Kelsenellenelvian, on 23 February 2012 - 07:11 AM, said:
Ummmm if this freaks you out DO NOT look too closely at the chips and boards in your pc!
I've seen plenty of pics of suck "easter eggs" or whatever you want to call them in ICs on the web but I've never seen one first-hand never having worked at a chip fab, but I see it all the time on PCBs, it's *extremely* common in the software world (hidden features or games inside apps, especially related around their about screens), I've seen various lab hardware that had such things as well (like an oscilloscope that played tetris), sometimes in executables you can find some funny strings with a hex editor (like Adobe's transient witticisms), some web apps like to include funny lines in the HTTP headers (namely X-Powered-By), lots of movie DVDs have easter eggs in the menus (nevermind Pixar who likes to re-use and hide characters from other movies in places where you might notice if you pay attention), hidden tracks on audio CDs, cheat codes in games, features that are disabled in the firmware of many devices but that can be "tweaked", hidden menus in all kinds of stuff that appear with the right keypresses, etc. And nevermind that this thing on your disc is just an anti-counterfeiting mark, something there is LOADS of on every single banknote of pretty much any country.
This stuff is all over the place, and that's not going away anytime soon, whether you like it or not.
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