Weaponized Tinderbox!

Back at Netscape, one of our early internal tools was Tinderbox, which ran continuous builds on multiple platforms and cross-referenced build failures with check-in logs to pinpoint who's fault it was. (It was called "Tinderbox" because when it turns red, "the tree is on fire".)

This was inspired by an earlier hack used at SGI that was hooked up to the building's PA. When the build broke, a text-to-speech system would announce it to the world. "The build. Is broken. Terry. Broke the build."

Public shaming works even better than you might expect!

Who broke the build?

Retaliation is a Jenkins CI build monitor that automatically coordinates a foam missile counter-attack against the developer who breaks the build. It does this by playing a pre-programmed control sequence to a USB Foam Missile Launcher to target the offending code monkey. Check out the video to see Tom take one in the back of the head all because of a missing semicolon!

<vader>This build system is now fully operational.</vader>

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Tacit: Sonar For The Blind

The headband was a great first test, and it did work, but it had two fatal flaws:

1) The most dangerous obstacles are not at head level. Furniture and most of the other things that can be tripped over and stubbed on are waist level or lower.

2) Vibrating motors stuck on your skull will drive you insane quickly.

In addition it would be a challenge to disguise it as anything but some mad-science-looking headband, and blind people do care how they look.

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