Re: Loyal Wingman
I wonder if the left hand knows what the left hand is doing.....
8345 posts • joined 5 Oct 2007
Earlier this week I was listening to the radio and heard the story of the council in some German town. Going for a bulk buy to save costs, someone got a few zeroes where they shouldn't have been and for an encore, neglected to QA what they were buying.
The town had finally managed to use up its stock of horrible, grey, hard bog paper several decades(!) later.
No, no, no. Not since the fairytale merchants enacted legislation making that illegal.
What you do now is hire a local PR company, for a shitload of cash, to lobby on your behalf. They repack the cash in suitcases and hire hookers to deliver it for you. This is more expensive as the local firm will cream off 10% themselves.
Quite a few countries now have legislation enforcing the use of local PR firms to act as intermediaries, allegedly to ensure everything is kept above board but actually for precisely the opposite reason.
 Once upon a time we made bribery illegal, that stopped it happening and we all lived happily ever after. The End.
Back in the eighties, a friend worked at at '38 shop as lone operator. Handily placed behind the two band printers was a wide, highly polished and almost frictionless marble windowledge. His method of getting reports off the printers for distribution was to flick the perfs on the fanfold at the appropriate point, stack the reports on the ledge and once he had a decent stack, give the stack a shove along the smooth, polished surface where it would stop at the end. Repeat until all reports are sat in a series of stacks along the ledge. Easy and efficient.
One day he took the day off. The developers were busy with a software release required that day so it fell to The Boss to sort the reports out. He'd observed the operator's process and decided that it was the best idea, so that's what he'd do.
Turned out that knowing the maximum permissible height of the first stack, so it wouldn't smack into the EPO button at the end of the ledge when slid that way, was a crucial part of the process that he'd missed.
That's "reassembly is the reverse of dismantling".
Probably makes sense on the newish car they used for the pics which invariably lacks the many years of corrosion and wear present on what you're actually working on. Straightening the butchered bits and drilling out the sheared bolts is left as an exercise for the reader.
There's also this problem.
75 baud on an honest-to-god teletype when I was at college. If you got use of the VDU you could entice it to the dizzy heights of 300 post connection. That felt bloody quick at the time(!)
Woe betide he who neglected to reset the sodding thing on disconnection, as a subsequent connection attempt would shit all over the modem at the other end and oblige an operator at the Poly to manually reset it. This invariably resulted in a formal complaint and a witch hunt for the culprit.
That'll be cyear from the ctime library with a hard-coded century tacked on. Somewhere there'll be a mouldering set of code comments to the effect that this needs reviewing before 2000.
I remember that, come Y2K, the fact that cyear is the number of years since 1900 turned out to be one of those things that a lot of people didn't know and just assumed it was the two-digit year...oops.
Most high-profile one I found on the glorious day was the US Naval Observatory's clock on the web merrily showing the year as 100...
Tickets come with a Target Resolution Time. To avoid a breach and the associated hassle from management, merely get the user to admit that whatever they're winging about is causing a problem and then convert the ticket to a problem. Problems have no TRT and can be safely allowed to moulder in peace.
The problem borks audio from affected PCs, with playback from screens connected via HDMI, USB-C or Display Port silenced for some users.
Actually this happens quite readily on certain machines with no Intel graphics and with the sound provided directly from an on-board Realtek chipset, so I call bollocks on their version of events.
Methinks MS are blamestorming this one...
Some years ago I was chatting to a bloke whose business was painting aeroplanes.
He told me that some bunch who had their fleet done in yellow were obliged to have the whole lot repainted at phenomenal cost.
The yellow they chose turned out to be close enough to Deutsche Post yellow for some rapacious legal trolls to spot an opportunity for profit.
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