It’s kind of like the way they can pick out a specific digital camera by the sensor noise…
Or the secret government codes in yellow ink in color printers (though that one is intentional).
OK seriously I sound like a wacko conspiracy nut, but those were real things.
Exactly why when I designed my logo, I didn’t use my own fingerprint!
I read that article, and it’s probably somewhat useful for showing that something could have come from a particular machine. But replace the nozzle, tighten the frame or loosen the belts…
Don’t forget the microprinting serial number in most all copier brands…
That’ll just have go be our little secret
Well, there goes my next murder weapon source.
Wasn’t there a Hardy Boy story that treated this in terms of a type writer? Mechanical artifacts of systems are a thing. Would be interesting as applied to lasers.
Hardy Boys # 39: the Mystery of the Chinese Junk.
Wow. That’s a blast from the past. I remember those books as a kid.
First book I read cover to cover in one setting one night. Stayed up till four in the morning reading it. I loved the Hardy Boys in Fourth and Fifth grade. My favorites were Alfred Hitchcock’s Three Investigators and Mad Scientists Club. I credit my interesting in mechanical contraptions to this short, but amazingly fun series.
What about the Hardly boys?
Knowing Matt and Trey, probably a very simple Freudian answer.
Yep! And Tom Swift. That was a Maker
I’ll allege that you have a shelf of those books in your library from your youth.
Yep. Still have a bunch. Not all of the Hardy Boys though (had the complete collection) because my sister took them for her kids. I only have the dups.
Had some that were original first release ones from the 30s and then updated ones from the 50s & 60s before they fell out of favor/print.
Oooohhh yeah Did you ever read the original and one of the blue cover re-do ones back to back?
The Tom Swift ones were neat because some of the early ones came true by the time I was reading them in the 60s and 70s.
I did, long ago! Some interesting updates between editions.
I noticed that with the Tom Swift books. I never found as many of those as I would have liked, though.