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March 23, 2003 9:44 AM   Subscribe

Get your free cup holder here. While stocks last.
posted by armoured-ant (37 comments total)
 
Meh!
posted by Slithy_Tove at 9:46 AM on March 23, 2003


windows only?
posted by machaus at 9:47 AM on March 23, 2003


stupid. but it made me grin, so i guess it's doing the job pretty well.
posted by triv at 9:49 AM on March 23, 2003


Yeah, I guess it's probably Windows only... Perhaps IE only. But it worries me that a web site can do this to my PC without my direct consent.

Perhaps I should reconsider my security settings. Ack.
posted by armoured-ant at 9:50 AM on March 23, 2003


so, for a mac user, what does it do?
posted by hulette at 9:52 AM on March 23, 2003


Without direct consent?

I had to click on a VBA popup box to 'claim' it.
That's your consent.

Just think of all those popups you click 'agree/yes' to all the time (I can't be alone in doing this when installing something...)
posted by Busithoth at 9:52 AM on March 23, 2003


Of course it's windows only. What else would allow such a ridiculous hole in security.
posted by BlueWolf at 9:53 AM on March 23, 2003


IE only on a PC. The VBScript is right in the source.
posted by yerfatma at 9:53 AM on March 23, 2003


Quit your bitchin. It was a wee liitle bit of fun. Stuff your "windows only" and "ridiculous hole in security" comments up your pretentious asses.

Try to have a little fun now and again. Damn.
posted by damnitkage at 9:54 AM on March 23, 2003


To all Mac users:

It opens your CD/DVD drives. Haw haw.
posted by armoured-ant at 10:01 AM on March 23, 2003


It's an innocuous site. But I damn well checked my security settings and changed them after this.
posted by maudlin at 10:03 AM on March 23, 2003


heh...I got two! HOT DEAL!
posted by stew560 at 10:09 AM on March 23, 2003


That was funny and creepy at the same time :)
posted by sadie01221975 at 10:19 AM on March 23, 2003


Any site that direct links to a VBScript pop-up is untrustworthy.
posted by Argyle at 10:20 AM on March 23, 2003


Coca Cola did something similar on their corporate web site several years ago.
posted by scarabic at 10:26 AM on March 23, 2003


I guess stocks didn't last.
posted by waldo at 10:29 AM on March 23, 2003


you don't need to click "ok" either, closing the popup does the same thing - THAT is scary
posted by Big_B at 10:47 AM on March 23, 2003


Note to self:

Read the comments before clicking. My computer is in a desk cabinet, and clicking on that blasted link caused my CD-ROM tray to slam repeatedly against the inside of the cabinet door before I figured out what was happening. Very nice.
posted by broeker at 10:50 AM on March 23, 2003


Took me a while...not until I read the comments did I look over at my beloved Dell CPU to see - lo & behold - my CD drive open.

My kids & wife thought it was really cool.
posted by davidmsc at 11:04 AM on March 23, 2003


It didn't do anything to my CD-Rom tray, but it did force me to reboot my computer. This was an uncool link to post to MeFi.
posted by ZachsMind at 11:11 AM on March 23, 2003


That we bit of fun is a symptom of more dangerous security problems.
posted by BlueWolf at 11:18 AM on March 23, 2003


Boy, am I glad that long ago I decided to ONLY USE NETSCAPE.
posted by reality at 11:18 AM on March 23, 2003


Even if you have Windows and IE, it will still error out if you don't have Windows Media Player. Mind you, if you have windows and IE, it takes some effort not to have Windows Media Player and to furthermore keep it from reinstalling itself.
posted by George_Spiggott at 11:23 AM on March 23, 2003


Aww, us Mozilla users are missing all the fun!

This is a shitty link, I agree. I have a case which covers the CD tray and I'd hate to damage it because of a lame joke.

Is this using the new media player exploit or is it just regular VB script?
posted by skallas at 11:28 AM on March 23, 2003


>This is a shitty link, I agree. I have a case which covers the CD tray and I'd hate to damage it because of a lame joke.

Why do they still build cases like this? Why not just add a self-destruct button to the front?

Furthermore, what 10 year old slave labourer programmed your drive's firmware? ;-)
posted by shepd at 11:44 AM on March 23, 2003


I can't believe this is new to you all. The free cup holder has been circulating for years in Holland. The word free could have to do something with that.
posted by ginz at 11:48 AM on March 23, 2003


>Why do they still build cases like this?

Its cool, you press a button on the top and the cover slowly slides down revealing all the drives. Many server boxes have a design similiar to this too, usually to physically lock down the box.
posted by skallas at 11:56 AM on March 23, 2003


Is this using the new media player exploit or is it just regular VB script?

From the source:
Set oWMP = CreateObject("WMPlayer.OCX.7" )

Don't know if it used the same script, but I remember first seeing this wacky and zany laugh-riot on a site about three years ago.
posted by normy at 12:36 PM on March 23, 2003


Sorry for posting twice in a row, but, just for the heck of it, the other-half and I have been trying to imagine a scenario where this could possibly be a useful feature on a website...
...and we've drawn a blank. Any mefiers more imaginative than us who can devise a bizarre set of circumstances where this is a useful feature?
posted by normy at 12:43 PM on March 23, 2003


normy, how about on a tech support site. Here's the unlikely situation.

Q: My CDROM eject button is broken. How can I open it?
A: Put a paperclip in the little hole and push.
Q: I don't have a paperclip what do I do?
A: Goto My Computer and right click on Eject.
Q: I have WindowsXP there is no My Computer.
A: Okay, then right click on the desktop.
Q: I don't know how to get to the desktop, they took the show desktop button away too!
A: Oh crap, just click here.
posted by skallas at 12:55 PM on March 23, 2003


normy, i was thinking about why this would be something they'd allow as a "secure" action (unless it's a bug someone must have sat down at some point and discussed whether or not to include this as an api that doesn't require signed code). i think it's aimed at "user-friendly" install processes. while code via the internet isn't normally trusted, code via local cd is. so you might have a situation where net-loaded code wants to install cd-loaded code to perform some action. installing fonts might be a good example - you go to a web page that has a character set not available to the system and the site prompts you to install your windows cd, opening the tray...

it's not hugely convincing, but all i can think of.
posted by andrew cooke at 2:41 PM on March 23, 2003



That's a great way to knock over your beer.
posted by wfrgms at 2:44 PM on March 23, 2003


I've got a question for the flash/java/javascript guru's out there. Suppose I wanted to get stupid users to do something. Realizing that they might be just educated enough to not click OK would it be possible to add scripting to the cancel button?

I know pop-ups sort of work this way, but can you do non-trivial things? Do you have to have a cancel button? Could I just create a button that said "Cancel"?
posted by substrate at 6:21 PM on March 23, 2003


Opened both my CD-burner and my new DVD-burner trays. Do you know how sensitive it makes one to see a $250 piece of brand new hardware operate on its own thanks to a MetaFilter post? Really sensitive. (And apparently my security-sensitive latest version of IE, with the default settings, does not produce any confirmation window for running of the script. Hrumph.)
posted by VulcanMike at 7:51 PM on March 23, 2003


Quit your bitchin. It was a wee liitle bit of fun. Stuff your "windows only" and "ridiculous hole in security" comments up your pretentious asses.

Did you ever think that, just maybe, people exist that don't use internet explorer or windows? And then, maybe, just crazy maybe, these hypothetical people wouldn't know what the hell this post is about?
posted by toothless joe at 10:40 PM on March 23, 2003


That's a great way to knock over your beer.

That's what you get for not using the cup holder.
posted by lucien at 4:54 AM on March 24, 2003


UPDATE: I went to show this site to my kid and her friend, and the link now takes you to a Disney site...huh?
posted by davidmsc at 5:15 PM on March 28, 2003


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