Here Is Why Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation' Music Video Could Damage Laptops Around the World

A Microsoft employee has recently explained why Janet Jackson's iconic music video released in 1989 had the power to cause damage to computers around the world.

AceShowbiz - Released the iconic music video in 1989, Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" music video had the power to crash laptops. More than 30 years later, a Microsoft employee revealed how it's managed to crash laptops around the world.

"A colleague of mine shared a story from Windows XP product support. A major computer manufacturer discovered that playing the music video for Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" would crash certain models of laptops," Raymond Chen, Microsoft's principal software engineer, explained in a blog post. "I would not have wanted to be in the laboratory that they must have set up to investigate this problem. Not an artistic judgment."

"One discovery during the investigation is that playing the music video also crashed some of their competitors' laptops. 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!"

"What's going on? It turns out that the song contained one of the natural resonant frequencies for the model of 5400 rpm laptop hard drives that they and other manufacturers used. (sic)"

Despite this, the tech experts ultimately managed to find a solution to the problem. The blog post continued, "The manufacturer worked around the problem by adding a custom filter in the audio pipeline that detected and removed the offending frequencies during audio playback."

"And I'm sure they put a digital version of a 'Do not remove' sticker on that audio filter. (Though I'm worried that in the many years since the workaround was added, nobody remembers why it's there. Hopefully, their laptops are not still carrying this audio filter to protect against damage to a model of hard drive they are no longer using.) (sic)"

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