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Back in the days of Windows XP, a major computer manufacturer discovered that playing Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” music video crashed some laptop models.

During the investigation, playing the music video also crashed some of their competitors’ laptops.

And then they discovered something extremely strange: playing the video clip on a laptop caused a laptop sitting nearby to crash, even though that other laptop wasn’t playing the video!

It turns out that the song contained one of the natural resonant frequencies for the 5400 RPM model of laptop hard drives that they and other manufacturers were using.

The manufacturer got around the problem by adding a custom filter in the audio pipeline that detected and removed the offending frequencies during audio playback.

Learn more on the Microsoft blog.

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