* Posts by T-Bo

22 posts • joined 22 Feb 2008

Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Re: Link to slides

They'll want to be careful with those floodlights on Europa ... just sayin' ....

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

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For anyone in a long-ago office who was silly enough to leave their workstation open and unattended, we used to replace the Windows error sound with a WAV from the cowboy line boss in Blazing Saddles: "Hold it, hold it -- What the hell is that shit!?"

Sounded glorious, eventually ringing out across a dead-quiet office.

Good times, back in the day ...

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Re: Easily fixed...

there are people genuinely incapable of ever learning which side is left and which one is right

This is not completely uncommon ... My Pop once got directions to someone's home, to look at a piece of furniture that my Mom was interested in. After driving for nearly an hour in confusion, he went back home and decided to retrace the route, substituting left for right and right for left in the directions had had been given. Straight to the house he went.

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Stripped of its galaxy, this black hole is wandering naked in the cosmos

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re: (untitled)

"I'm just a brain surgeon... :-)"

No, no, no, don't tug on that. You never know what it might be attached to.

--- Buckaroo Banzai

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Police raid India call centre, detain 500 in fraud probe

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Trollface

Re: Hello, my name is [Anglicised], I'm calling from [major corporation/department]

Agreed ... trolling them can be quite fun, provided you don't have better things to do at the moment. The sillier the better. The longer you engage them, the less effective they are overall.

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That's cold: This is how our boss told us our jobs are at risk, staffers claim

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Done traveling

In the run-up to Y2K, I was all over the US, upgrading/replacing data integration engines for larger healthcare and utility companies. After around a year of being on the road for weeks on end, supporting one site locally and 3-5 others remotely from my hotel room in the evenings, I finally got smart and caught on with a big hospital system to run their integration team.

Gave my current employer 4 weeks notice, as this would allow me to get my main client site in Arkansas through their go-live. Thought this would be a great way to end up for them. On Thursday of the final week, go-live week, I received a call from a colleague who was also in his final week with the company, saying "Check your credit cards ... mine have been cut off".

I checked, and so had mine. Amex, phone card, everything. 3 weeks of hotel, long distance bill, car rental, etc ... and I was on the hook for all of it. I went to my contact at the client site, explained the situation. He was livid. Insisted on paying all of my bills, and charging it back to the my soon to be ex-employer, with a significant markup for being idiots. Go-live was flawless, and I hopped the plane home on Friday, footloose and fancy-free.

Haven't considered a traveling job since.

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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Devil's in the details

Years back, I worked for 3D Systems, supporting their old resin/laser-based stereolithography systems. Customer had just taken delivery a of shiny new SLA machine, and the elevator stage had a mind of its own, with the stepper motor bucking and intermittently running the opposite direction as commanded. Two regional support techs and their senior supervisor visited the site, replaced nearly every component in the subsystem, but still the problem persisted.

After three weeks of this, the customer was ready to crate it up and send it back. So - I'm dispatched with a one-way ticket to Oregon to figure it out. First thing I did was unplug/check/reseat each connector on the harness involved. Sure enough, in manufacturing one of the pins in a molex block had been improperly soldered to its wire, connected by just a few strands. Sometimes the motor got correct current to all windings, and sometimes it didn't. 15 minutes with a crimp and portable soldering iron and all was well. Cabling is always a playground for failure.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Pint

No!

Stunning news - RIP Lester, you will be sorely missed.

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TITANIC 'UNLIKELY' TO SINK AGAIN, says prof - apparently

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Happy

Re: The chances of the Titanic being raised somehow from the freezing ocean depths

(AND Justin Bieber)

Fixed that for you ...

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IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

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You've missed it ...

He wasn't looking for sympathy, nor complaining to the world ... his intended audience was his daughter and perhaps a number of the teenage frinds to whom she undoubtedly bragged about her video rant ... the world was just invited along for an enjoyable ride.

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Ministers kill off failed £12.7bn NHS IT revamp

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Thumb Up

On the right track ...

"It is no longer appropriate for a centralised authority to make decisions on behalf of local organisations. We need to move on from a top down approach and instead provide information systems driven by local decision-making."

If only governments would extend this same logic to themselves ...

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'Rock star' spewed guts after emitting vast pearl necklace

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Sundive

A spokesman for Disaster Area was later quoted as saying that it had been "a good gig"...

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Lightning bolt smites 60ft Jesus statue

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Happy

Consider this:

Larry Flint's Hustler Superstore is right across the freeway from the statue and it was perfectly fine after the storm. And no, I'm not kidding ... :)

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Hawking: Aliens are out there, likely to be Bad News

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Pint

Nature imitating art?

"I don't know," said the voice on the PA, "Apathetic bloody planet, I've no sympathy at all." ... It cut off ...

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NASA flying car engineer shoots down Reg coverage

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Sledgehammer

Always called that the "Mexican Speedwrench"

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X-Men helmsman to fly Battlestar Galactica

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Paris Hilton

@Rob

That would be a "pink slip" ...

Paris, because I'm sure she has many pink slips ...

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Bloke uses nail clippers to go roundhead

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Alert

Ouch

Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch Ouch

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Obama eyes next NASA boss

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Happy

Experience, just for a change

Being a merkin myself, I think it's good that BO is tapping someone with practical experience and proven leadership skills for this position. Much of NASA's management sorely lacks these, and has for some time.

Also -- RE: the race scrap above -- give it a rest, guys ... too early in the week .... :)

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'Bolt removal issue' hits Hubble spacewalk

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Happy

Percussive Maintenance

"If it jams, force it - if it breaks, it needed replacing anyway"

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ISS urinal/drinks-machine combo still buggy

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Happy

NutriMatic

Share and Enjoy ...

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Google eyes Cleveland medical records

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Not just a Clinic ...

The Cleveland Clinic is actually a Health System with 10+ large hospitals and dozens of outpatient/ambulatory clinics as members ... this move actually has huge implications for those of us in Healthcare IT...

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