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An entire block was shut down around the Duke Energy building in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday after mail room staff reported "a small manila envelope handwritten and addressed from out of state" to police. The workers were right to be concerned. Further investigation by a bomb squad revealed the package to …

  1. DJV Silver badge

    Crimes against music

    How do Journey's crimes against music compare to those of, say, Justin Bieber?

    E.g. the damage caused by 1 x Bieber.CAM could equal 1000 x Journey.CAM

    Maybe this could be the start of a whole new El Reg unit of measurement!

  2. sorry, what?
    IT Angle

    Re: Crimes against music

    Shockingly, I totally agree with @DJV. Worse still, I actually quite like what little of their stuff managed to impinge on my consciousness.

    (Icon reflects the total lack of real relevance to IT for this article. That the tape is reported as being a DAT doesn't really get it over the IT hurdle IMHO. That said, the article was welcome light relief from a tedious code review I've been trying to finish for the last 2 days.)

  3. JLV Silver badge

    Re: Crimes against music

    Easy. The classic rock stations I occasionally listen to would never play Bieber. Do yours?

    But an ill-considered Journey or Loverboy could strike at any time ;-)

  4. Long John Brass Silver badge
    Coat

    Re: Crimes against music

    Icon reflects the total lack of real relevance to IT for this article

    I take it you've never used audio cassettes to load programs into your computer?

    /Mines the one that goes Sweeeeerrrrkk Skwick Swick

    And get the hell off my lawn you damned whippersnappers

  5. jake Silver badge

    Re: Crimes against music

    "total lack of real relevance to IT for this article. "

    Mr/s what?, may I introduce you to Bootnotes?

    Bootnotes covers all journalistic sins. Even the crime of linking to a Journey tune ... although that's pushing it a trifle. Remember, ElReg is a RedTop, they have to publish this kind of thing once in a while or they get kicked out of the guild. Besides, all work and no play makes a dull vulture.

  6. JulieM Bronze badge
    FAIL

    Re: Crimes against music -- the IT angle

    The IT angle is that if you were around at the beginning of the UK home computer revolution in the early 1980s, the humble audio cassette most probably was the medium you would have had to use for data storage.

    Hmmmm ..... I suppose that makes me officially Old.

  7. Frank Bitterlich
    Black Helicopters

    Re: Crimes against music -- the IT angle

    Hmm, not a bad thought. Maybe the tape didn't actually contain the works of Journey, but rather a C64 copy of Leisure Suit Larry, complete with virus? I hear the recipient was a power company, prime target for hacking. Maybe somebody wanted to prove that hacking can be done without the internet... if the recipient owns a Datasette, that is...

    PRESS PLAY ON TAPE

  8. Prst. V.Jeltz Silver badge

    Re: Crimes against music

    "1973, and enjoyed strong commercial success into the mid-'80s with their brand of skin-crawlingly nasal arena rock. "

    I'll take that anyday over the "disco" epidemic that spanned roughly the same period.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Don't stop believing..."

    someone is out to get you!

    lol

  10. jake Silver badge

    Re: "Don't stop believing..."

    You're not paranoid, they really are out to get you.

  11. chivo243 Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Before Steve Perry

    Journey was more of an instrumental band... I had the self titled first album. Hey! I was a teenager ;-}

    from our friends at Wikipedia:

    Unlike their later recordings, this is a jazzy progressive rock album which focuses mainly on the band's instrumental talents.

  12. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

    Re: Before Steve Perry

    And now I'm going to watch BASEketball after work.

  13. Ugotta B. Kiddingme

    Re: Before Steve Perry

    couldn't agree more. Prior to Steve Perry and the conversion to sappy junk pop, Journey were a very good rock band

  14. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

    Re: Before Steve Perry

    this is a jazzy progressive rock album which focuses mainly on the band's instrumental talents

    I once bought some of their later albums (having heard their first one).

    I was not a happy progster.

    (CP: Kaipa - Notes from the past (part two) - which seems somehow appropriate)

  15. james_smith

    Re: Before Steve Perry

    "Prior to Steve Perry and the conversion to sappy junk pop, Journey were a very good rock band"

    'Er indoors loves a bit of rock pop era Journey, particularly Separate Ways.

  16. Rameses Niblick the Third Kerplunk Kerplunk Whoops Where's My Thribble? Silver badge

    Escalation

    If that's the trouble a simple audio cassette can cause, imagine if it had been a copy of Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey on VHS? Those things are huge, imagine the damage that could cause!

  17. ThomH Silver badge

    Re: Escalation

    Instead of the usual bomb disposal expert they'd have used the bomb disposal evil robot?

  18. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

    Re: Escalation

    Or Station's most bodacious creation, the good robot us-es?

  19. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    Re: Escalation

    Remember: Home taping kills music

    Probably explains why we don't have music today

  20. Patched Out

    Re: Escalation

    Bill & Ted ... pah that's kid's stuff. it could have been "Ernest Saves Christmas"!

  21. Joe W

    Re: Escalation

    or even the "christmas special" of a certain sci-fi trilogy...

  22. Fungus Bob Silver badge

    Re: Escalation

    "Instead of the usual bomb disposal expert they'd have used the bomb disposal evil robot?"

    Should have used Justin Bieber.

  23. Fungus Bob Silver badge

    Re: Escalation

    "Bill & Ted ... pah that's kid's stuff. it could have been "Ernest Saves Christmas"!"

    Or "Pee Wee's Big Adventure".

  24. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

    Re: Escalation

    Probably explains why we don't have music today

    Although music can still be found clinging to the nooks and crannies, resisting being washed away by the tides of audio vomit coming from the commercial music world..

    (Going to see "Spock's Beard" and "The Flower Kings" in December - at the same venue. On the same evening! Yay!)

  25. Prst. V.Jeltz Silver badge

    Re: Escalation

    Remember: Home taping kills music

    Probably explains why we don't have music today

    My god you're right. We killed music. Now the only music we get is produced by those TV appeals aired on a Saturday night where they use phone in donations to bully halfwits into singing for our amusement.

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm sure I won't be the only one to point out that the picture isn't a DAT cartridge, but an old analogue cassette tape.

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  28. smudge Silver badge

    I'm sure I won't be the only one to point out that the picture isn't a DAT cartridge, but an old analogue cassette tape.

    ...which really shouldn't be as close to the speakers as that.

  29. Jamie Jones Silver badge

    What's dat?

    Where does it say it's a DAT cartridge?

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: What's dat?

    "Where does it say it's a DAT cartridge?"

    The reference to DAT has been removed from the copy since the comment was posted!

  31. onefang

    "...which really shouldn't be as close to the speakers as that."

    Why, do you think it will go off?

  32. oiseau
    Facepalm

    I'm sure I won't be the only one ...

    No you won't.

  33. Chunky Munky
    Holmes

    I concur

  34. ma1010 Silver badge
    Mushroom

    This sort of "it's a bomb" madness isn't new

    Back in the early 70's when I was doing my BA, someone reported a "strange package" left near one of the campus buildings. Our security folks responded and took the package to the student health center where it was X-rayed. They saw a couple of cylindrical objects and what looked like a bunch of wires. Scary!

    The quad was cleared, the package placed in the center. They tied a rope around it and, from a safe distance, jerked the rope hard. The package fell apart. The janitor was annoyed that his lunch - two egg rolls and some chow mien - would up on the quad lawn.

  35. Voland's right hand Silver badge

    Re: This sort of "it's a bomb" madness isn't new

    That is some very heavy metal chow mien.

    Wonder, did they grow the wheat downwind of a lead plant or something...

  36. DougS Silver badge

    Re: This sort of "it's a bomb" madness isn't new

    Given that there were over a dozen IEDs mailed to various democrats only a week ago, it is probably fresh in the minds of anyone who is tasked with opening the mail. Duke Energy may not be owned by a democrat, but they certainly have their enemies. One thing we know is that sending something bad through the mail which achieves a lot of attention is likely to attract copycats, who may have a different target list.

    Besides, even if you X-rayed it and looked like a cassette you'd probably think "its gotta be a decoy, who would mail a cassette to Duke Energy in 2018"?

  37. ICPurvis47
    Mushroom

    Re: This sort of "it's a bomb" madness isn't new

    When I was in the armed forces (civilian division, and therefor unarmed), we were waiting for our new plastic ID cards to arrive. One morning, a large brown paper parcel arrived at Bentley Priory (HQ), but as it had no sender's information on it, the Bomb Squad were called. They cleared the car park and placed the parcel in the centre, and proceeded to blow it up with a small "controlled explosion". The whole car park was covered with thousands of badly scorched and distorted ID cards. Needless to say, we had to wait for a complete set of replacements.

  38. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: This sort of "it's a bomb" madness isn't new

    This is how to RickRoll somebody in the old days, before Rick was even born

  39. LeeE Silver badge

    Re: This sort of "it's a bomb" madness isn't new

    I read a story in the Fortean Times a very long time ago, when bombing was a thing in the UK, about a 'mystery' package that had been found outside an Army Recruiting Centre (iirc) by the key-holder when they arrived in the morning to open the aforesaid centre. The Bomb Squad were called in to 'deal' with it whereupon the small controlled explosion they used revealed that the package was a stack of hand-out leaflets warning people about 'mystery' packages.

  40. Prst. V.Jeltz Silver badge

    Re: This sort of "it's a bomb" madness isn't new

    The quad was cleared, the package placed in the center.

    gotta admire 70s chilled out groovy bomb disposal practices

  41. Version 1.0 Silver badge
    Happy

    Bring back the 70's

    Remember the 70s? Jefferson Airplane's Volunteers and Blows Against the Empire ... albums that are as applicable to today as they were then.

  42. Rich 11 Silver badge

    Re: Bring back the 70's

    I was thinking more of Anarchy in the UK and Eat the Rich.

  43. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Bring back the 70's

    Also, Trump was not around the nuclear football.

  44. Fading Silver badge
    Unhappy

    Did they.....

    Ask the Lonely for more information or check Who's cryin' now?

    I am disappointed with El'reg's lack of punn-age in this article

  45. Excellentsword (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: Did they.....

    Ah c'mon, they only have two songs and both are shit.

  46. Killing Time

    Re: Did they.....

    If you think they are shit then I'm afraid we will have to go our 'Separate Ways' or you will feel the 'Edge of the Blade'!

  47. Fungus Bob Silver badge

    Re: Did they.....

    There is only one Journey joke, the rest are true.

  48. jake Silver badge

    Re: Did they.....

    "There is only one Journey joke, the rest are true."

    I heard it as the Grateful Dead, not Journey. But your way works, too :-)

  49. chivo243 Silver badge
    Mushroom

    It was a bomb

    Not in a good way either...

  50. Bronek Kozicki Silver badge
    Windows

    That's not what DAT looks like

    I know, I have few old DATs at home (used them for actual backups). Icon corresponding to age.

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