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Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation’ reportedly wreaked havoc on old laptops

(WJBF) — As anybody born earlier than the year 2000 can attest, Janet Jackson’s 1989 hit ‘Rhythm Nation‘ absolutely jams. But it also had a way of jamming hard drives more than a decade after the ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ album was launched.

Raymond Chen, a Microsoft Software Engineer, wrote in a blog this week that “a major computer manufacturer” discovered that enjoying the music video for the tune would “crash certain models of laptops.” It didn’t simply crash their laptops, however their rivals’ laptops as nicely.

But after additional analysis, it was discovered that it wasn’t simply the video inflicting the issue, it was the tune.

“And then they discovered something extremely weird: Playing the music video on one laptop caused a laptop sitting nearby to crash, even though that other laptop wasn’t playing the video!” Chen wrote.

Turns out the tune contained one of many identical frequencies utilized in 5400 RPM laptop computer exhausting drives that the producer and their rivals used. The frequency used within the tune would rattle the drives and primarily power them to come back aside.

The Verge reports that the laptops that failed got here from the Windows XP-era of the early 2000s. The drawback was rapidly remedied after producers added a filter to the drives “that detected and removed the offending frequencies during audio playback.”

Despite being virtually unimaginable to occur on laptops at present, the basics of physics, old technology, and one killer traditional tune makes for a really fascinating story.

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