Rhythm Nation crashes on old laptop hard drive

Raymond Chen, a senior software engineer at Microsoft and author of “The Old New Thing,” has confirmed that an unnamed PC maker found a certain model of laptop while playing Janet Jackson’s 1989 hit music video “Rhythm Nation.” will crash. The investigation found that playing a music video also crashed a competitor’s laptop, and even more bizarrely, an adjacent laptop that was not playing music also crashed. The reason was found to be that Rhythm Nation contained the natural resonant frequency of a 5400 RPM laptop hard drive, which interfered with its operation. The bug, which was given the official CVE number CVE-2022-38392, affects laptops released in 2005, which should be largely obsolete.

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