An angry American IT pro has responded to a rude Facebook post from his daughter by riddling her laptop with a fusillade of bullets and posting video of the shooting on YouTube. Here it is, with the incensed dad leading in by reading out the offending Facebook post and offering a few points in response before emptying his .45 …
Looks like an HP Pavilion
Looks like an HP Pavilion. If it is, the HDDs (I say HDDs since it looks like a 17", and my 17" Pavilion came with one, but a bay with a drive (and, arrrrrrgh, no cage for the 2nd drive which I could have used, but probably HP left it out so that the ease of installing a 2nd HDD would not suck down the battery life...)and a spare bay. Looks like he missed the HDDs.
Then again, he may have removed them just to have a working disk in case he later had a change of heart or wanted to repurpose the disk. They're still pricey these days unless you buy a new laptop with one already installed.
Personally I would have used the rest of my saboted slugs left over from deer gun season on it.
Although the last time my 15 year old gave me grief about her laptop and refused to give up the password (it was Linux) I tossed a Scrub CD in the drive and booted up from it.
You know if you have physical access to a linux laptop you can reset the root password and log in right?
Is it on youtube?
Yeah, that's what I would have used.
Is it on youtube?
Sadly not. I came home to find it non-functional in a kind of had it's 'middle punched through to it's backside' kind of way and bits of DVD embedded in the walls. I gather my wife is an expert baseball bat wielder, I didn't push for video evidence.
Perhaps a 12 gauge would have been more satisfying in the initial carnage it caused, but the 45 leaves the laptop in pretty much one unusable lump for the brat to gaze upon while she considers the errors of her ways. May she grow up to have a child like herself to look after.
The Scrub CD gave a level of satisfaction that resetting a password couldn't, and ulitmately the laptop could be put back into commission without additional expense (unlike the one in the video)
"You know if you have physical access to a linux laptop you can reset the root password and log in right?"
Not if the machine is set up to prevent that you don't. Encrypting the disk is hardly difficult and short of access to a supercomputer and endless time you ain't getting in without the password.
@404: Nah, stick with the slug thrower, it's more cathartic.
One blast for the 12 gauge and you're finished. Save the scatter gun for urban combat.
The dog did it in this case. They had a FB page set up for the dog.. while She had the rest of the family in a family group the dog wasn't in a group. She was looking at the dog profile and forgot to close it. Dad worked on the laptop and saw his daughter's rant on the dog's FB page.
@Jeff & Ty
Me, first, I'd mount her drive in another machine, boot up to knoppix or some such, and dd her drive off. A kid playing that sort of games is rarely so sophisicated/paranoid as to encrypt the drive -- encryption would be more of a reason for suspicion than anything else, and in that case, with time and CPU, all problems can be solved.
Anyway, after that, I'd run DBAN on her drive, and then while she's feverishly trying to rebuild her laptop and recover the conversations/whatever she had, I'd be doing a little analysis of my own to figure out what secrets she has that she wanted to hide from me. Depending on the content, I might be making a phone call to a certain young man, where all's he gets is an anonymous caller ID, and the unmistakeable sound of a round being jacked into the chamber of a shotgun. Nothing else. Just that sound. Let his paranoia do the relationship ending.
As the girl in the OP found out, it isn't wise to piss off a BOFH. Not wise at all. Even un-wiser to do it to a BOFH that possesses firearms and a subtle sense of humour.
In case any of you shrinking violets out there think I'm a baddie for this, well, yes, you're right. I'm my kids' parent, not their friend, and I never have problems with that role, nor with abusing my powers as BOFH in furtherance of protecting my kids from themselves. However, before you fire off your sternly worded letters to the editor, you might want to consider that the main reason a kid in this situation would want to hide stuff is more often than not being in an abusive relationship, where they are *told* not to tell anyone. This is where the knowledge of what is going on that they don't know I have comes in so very handy.
Sir, I take my hat off to you.
If my kids are getting into something they shouldn't, I will gladly scare them out of their wits, rather than let them come to harm. I would rather they learn that I'm going protect them - and in the process be looking over their shoulder - than give them the illusion of freedom and let them ruin their own lives. Children - and this includes teenagers - are notoriously bad at making decisions. That's what parents are for. And yes, that means I'm going to invade my children's privacy, never let them have any fun, and refuse to allow them to do things on the basis that everyone else it. Because that's my job.
Also, my first thought was "He should have dd'd that drive, first; now the evidence is gone!"
My kids are grown now, but they tell me now that while I seriously cramped their style, they knew that I always had their back -- as scary as I could be when they went wrong, that I could be a lot more scary if someone threatened them.
Nice grouping? Really?
I'm a former pistol marksman, both at civvy club level and British Army level (was on my Companys Shooting team in the T.A. for a while), and at the range his was shooting, it was about average. I'd say maybe 4" at what, five feet range at most? I'd have been more impressed if he'd achieved that grouping at 25 yards. Never the less, it was a rather spectacular way of making his point :-)
Firearms-savvy folks can skip this next bit :-)
For the non-gun-minded, hollow-point rounds are lead, wrapped in a copper 'jacket', that are designed to expand to over 150-200% of their original width on impact with a target - they are also illegal under the various international laws of war (Hague and Geneva Conventions), like 'dum-dum' (an earlier form of expanding round) and exploding munitions; under British laws, exploding rounds are illegal under the various Firearms laws and regulations.
Sadly (at work) can't hear audio till I get home, but boy, does this strike a chord ! This could be my son ! Apparently it's his "right" to go on the internet "when I like".
Er, no son. You go on *my* internet when I say you can. And sorry all DHCP assigned address from the wireless router (that's you *and* your mates) only work 3pm-10pm.
2. Lack of trust
3. Bad temper
4. Gun nut.
5. Bad hats
Part of the job.
2. Lack of trust
Comes with the job (or did you miss that this wasn't the first offense?)
3. Bad temper
Oh, if you think that's a bad temper, you haven't seen temper!
4. Gun nut.
5. Bad hats
Practical fashion choice.
Looks like the daughter got a new laptop and is posting on The Reg now.
Knowing what your teenage offspring are up to is called parenting.
2. Lack of trust
Trusting that your teenage offspring are up to what they say there are is called bad parenting.
3. Bad temper
Reacting in a calm manner is hardly 'bad temper' You might notice that it is over seven minutes into the video before the gun is actually fired.
4. Gun nut.
Owning a gun does not necessarily make the owner a bad parent. Gun laws in the US may arguably be less than sensible, but this doesn't, per se, make anyone who owns a gun a nut.
5. Bad hats
I fail to see the connection between choice of clothing and parenting skill. Please enlighten me.
"Gun laws in the US may arguably be less than sensible, but this doesn't, per se, make anyone who owns a gun a nut."
No, but shooting a laptop does.
And using a lethal weapon to express annoyance with a family member does.
And posting your ill-judged demonstration on Facebook for the world to see does.
It sounds like the daughter thoroughly deserved to lose her laptop, but from this side of the Atlantic the father's response says "Redneck".
How is it different...
than say hitting it with a hammer?
The hammer is only
in the Standard Issue IT toolkit.
He has the Delux.
/Don't fuck with the BOFH!
1. Snooper? Yes. Until you're no longer a minor and move out of the house.
2. Lack of Trust? Second offense. Parental trust violated in a big way.
3. Bad Temper? More like the kid is the one with the temper. Father has the right to be outraged by unacceptable child behavior. If more parents did things like this, less kids would be screwing up. They'd be too scared to screw up and that is a good thing.
4. Gun nut? No. Made a valid point in a way that prevents any back talk.
5. Bad hat? Great hat. Don't like the hat? BOOM!!! Like it now?
When I was a kid, I got my ass kicked for back talk and i tightened up and learned to do the right thing. Today's kids are too full of mouth, themselves, and their bad attitude celebrity heroes. Parents don't put foot to ass enough. A 12 gauge to that laptop would've been better, but a 45 got the job done. If she's not stupid, she's shut her mouth, say "yes sir", and "yes mam" to her parents, do what she's told, perform her chores, and get her butt out of the trouble it's in. If she's an idiot or brain dead, she'll continue to be a useless screw up, which if she does after seeing this, is proof that she's brain dead.
Cheers to the Dad. I'll like to shake that man's hand.
"say "yes sir", and "yes mam" to her parents"
Fracking hell! Which century are you living in?
Re: Kibla Cant
> No, but shooting a laptop does.
> And using a lethal weapon to express annoyance with a family member does.
Anything that is capable of physically destroying a laptop is capable of being a lethal weapon.
> And posting your ill-judged demonstration on Facebook for the world to see does.
The daughter chose the medium. She chose to publish on Facebook and the parent responded on the same medium.
"The daughter chose the medium. She chose to publish on Facebook and the parent responded on the same medium."
I thought the base for the widespread approval of his actions on this board was that he showed who is the boss to her daughter.
But, you are right, it turns out that she actually is the one making decisions in that house...
Cuz "Hammertime" on a laptop on crab grass, while wearing boots and a 10-gallon hat, might look comical and nutty instead of crushed and betrayed.
If he were an archer instead of a gun owner, it would have been grand to see arrows piercing that laptop.
re: how is this different to hitting it with a hammer
well... this is a better visual demonstration and probably MUCH more satisfying. And I don't own a gun or even particularly like guns.
If you mis-hammer, it won't travel a mile in the wrong direction and potentially kill someone?
That said, you don't have to be pro-guns or a member of the NRA to like his style and see his point. I'd hazard a guess that where he's from, gun culture is a lot more 'relaxed' per-se, and the message he's sending has more focus on his point, and less focus on "OMG HE'S GOT A F***ING GUN!"
I guess that's harder to get here in the UK, thus the many disagreeing posts, and the reactionary thumbs-downs they have received...
Don't forget 7
Ah, pendantry, always the go to for those who's argument holds no water.
I'd imagine the USA. It's what their kids are expected to say when in the smelly stuff.
In addition, I've yet to meet an American who didn't call me "Sir" - and I drive a London bus, for crying out loud. They view it, I think, as showing a level of respect to the person that they are addressing. We in the UK have differing ways of addressing / responding to other people, but that's a completely different topic *huge and evil grin*
hat off to the man. this is a valuable life lesson not only in actions and consequences but also in the perils of social media. this is top parenting in action and i hope one day to follow his example.
"the aforementioned enpopment of caps"
You, Sir, win 1000 internets!
Enpopment of caps
Beat me to it.
That phrase was worth the entrance fee alone. I'm deffo going to nick that one.
I bet he gets *no* IT bug reports
Once word of his novel approach to dealing with problems becomes common knowledge, I'd be surprised if anybody would issue a bug report against any of his software, in case he applies his special remedy for "fixing" their IT problems.
It would be interesting to see his staff appraisals, too. I can imagine a somewhat shakily (hand)written assessment along the lines of " ... some scope for improving customer-facing skills"
And I always thought the BOFH was a fictional character
Although it pained me a little to see that freshly installed laptop at the wrong end of a .45, the guy does get extra points for his highly targeted parenting skills (and the grouping wasn't bad either).
Nope, I think all parents can learn something from this guy.
Got the joke but...
One of most flamed and trolled guys in open source/ hacker scene is esr and haven't seen any impolite answer or "banning" from him. He doesn't care about your nationality either.
Those liberal, anti gun guys however...
Surely this can't be real?!?! Surely not!
I know it's is hilarious and it has brightened up my Friday, but if I was a 15 year old kid, I'd be shitting myself if my Dad got so angry at me for an FB post that he'd shoot up a laptop!
What's he gonna do when she comes home with an 18yo boyfriend :o
I got this one....
Explain the Do's and Don'ts to the young man concerning proper dating etiquette while cleaning several home defense items in front of him.
If I had a 15 year old daughter,
and she came home with an 18 year-old, I'd kick him out of my house and tell him to try dating girls his own age. Maybe in a more forceful manner than that.
And as Bill Engvall said,
I'd look right at him and say "And if you think about huggin' and touchin' and kssin', keep this in mind: I got no problem going BACK to prison."
18 year old dating a 15 year old?
That would be a matter for the police to deal with.
If her potential boyfriends see this video then she will not have one or at least bring him home.
"....What's he gonna do when she comes home with an 18yo boyfriend....." Well, he has a gun, lots of land, and I bet he's got a shovel! I bet all the horny teen lads in his area have already crossed her name off their list!
being as it is the land of the 'free' the 18 year old will also have a gun, hopefully a bigger and better one suited to revenge.
Better actually to invite him
to the range. Seeing the groupings and weapons in action ya know.
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