And it isn't Friday (yet)
I suppose Simon would be proud.
Of course, as any BOFH knows: ALL managers are stupid. That's why they were promoted to the position!
2950 posts • joined 14 Dec 2007
Spam DOES work (until you get caught!). As long as people respond (and it doesn't take much of a response), spammers will continue. The cost for sending out zillions of emails is NOTHING, and the income realized is (although really sleazy) significant. As long as this continues, we WILL have spam.
Somebody always wants Viagra! (or so it appears!).
If the time from first spam message to jail decreased significantly (hours?) it might help!
Will any of the 12 who have walked on the moon be alive to see the 13th on the moon? The mind wonders.
It seems that those with ANY experience have "left the building", and the replacement crew is attempting to make a go of it. Given all the people looking over their collective shoulders, it doesn't seem to be turning out well. In other industries, the sequel doesn't do as well as the original!
Weird... Some people "cash out" and then go on. Some just "cash out". It looks as if the guy who sold MySQL to Sun did just "cash out". He moved out of his "rental" and now is looking for a bigger house (one he can throw BIG parties at without the neighbors complaining). Maybe Sun over paid for that as well.
Obviously this happened because there was no BOFH episode on Friday last, something had to make up for it.
If done according to the script, there is a piece of code that forwards "release papers" at the proper time. Then air fare to a proper vacation spot, with a money transfer.
Oh, well, scripts don't go according to plan always.
If the link scanner is there, does it get "clicked" twice? Once for the scan, and once for when I really want to pay?
Maybe these guys are promoting double payments to vendors or some such?
It could happen, but does link scanner work on "secured" pages (https://)?
It seems that I have had some sort of thing like this. I am reminded of a time when I was having lunch with a couple of friends from work (it was around 1980 or so), and the music playing in the restaurant was interrupted by a brief spurt of the (USA) EBS tone. We both looked at each other with the look like "that shouldn't happen!". A bit later they did the standard "this is a test of the emergency broadcast system..." and we breathed a sigh of relief!
The other time was a few years earlier when my (then) boss poked a grounded soldering iron into a live AC (mains) circuit. After it vaporised the terminal (think BOFH cattle prod) and as I was walking over to supply to get another tip he indicated "when did they ground soldering iron tips?"
I got my BOFH training early (and admin gene).
Look, if you want it to be "universal" it should work world wide. None of that yucky French stuff, only good California stuff for me.
Of course, if they had one for sodas or coffee, I would have signed up already.
I can see it now: USB Starbucks. You heard it here first!
Left hand, meet right hand. You win some, you lose some. Maybe "next time" when they have unrealistic goals, they will include "world peace" as well. Might as well go for broke!
Of course, I prefer a good old CRT. Thankfully it contains a vacuum inside which compensates for other things.
Compare it to the little kid (it always seems to be one) of your boss who presses ALL the floor buttons on the elevator when YOU want to go to a high numbered floor. You get to stop at all the intermediate floors and see the doors open and close. A big waste of time, money and effort!
If you have ever been in this predicament, you will readily acknowledge that you have an overwhelming desire to decapitate the offender. The desire is usually related to the number of floor buttons you needlessly endure!
p.s. It really doesn't do any good anyway!
We here in sillycon valley have this freeway numbered "85". Many assume it is the speed limit. Unfortunately those with "gold stars" don't have such inclination. Tis a shame.
Life would be quite interesting if vehicles were equipped with a limiter that would not allow the vehicle to go over the limit (enforcement vehicles included). Would be interesting.
Life goes on. Oh, to have the 365 ('62 Cabroliet!) back to drive (*SIGH*).
Mr. Peabody, where are we going today?
Sherman, crank up that Wayback machine to around 473 AD. In a Castle, somewhere in the British Isles.
You mean we're going to see the RoundTable?
Well, we're not going to get Pizza!
Wonderful device that Wayback Machine!
OK, bad comparison, but it might be OK. I am reminded of this guy from Benton Arkansas, Sam Walton. He had gobs of $$$ and made his fortune building huge stores and squeezing out competitors. Yes, it worked for him, and we have Wal-Marts to see the results. The problem is that while they "Low prices, always Low Prices", the stuff they sell is CHEAP. Now we have this other company in Redmond Washington, that seems to follow the model. Yes, they have something that works, but it really is CHEAP. Competitors have better stuff, but some way or another the Microsoft stuff is sold, because it is "CHEAPer" (in the first analysis). Unfortunately for all of us, that is the only thing any bean counter does, the first analysis. When you take into consideration other factors (security, ease of use, compatibility, etc..) the real cost goes up. At Wal_Mart, the items just wear out real quickly, or just don't work that well.
We will always hold Mr. Bill in high regard since he has more money (about $10 for each person on this planet) than anyone can count. He will now proceed to give it away and become the darline in out eyes.
Isn't that what it means? It says so in my Altos manual (it was from 1985 or so). The error message for unknown input to the ROM monitor was: "WTF?". Then the ROMs were all programmed and ready to go, and they wanted an explanation. They got it.
Of course, one could go to: http://thedailywtf.com/ to see the REAL problems of the day.
Yeah, that's the ticket. Register "stupid" as a top level domain. Then we can put all these silly suggestions there.
Note to self: remember to register .smart as well, just to be safe!
p.s. What are the rules for registering? First come, first served? If so, everyone will need to hurry!
I should be so lucky. According to the 2007 annual report, Microsoft has over $21 Billion ($21E+9) US Dollars in "cash and short term investments"
If that is "strapped for cash", I've got some nice swamp land that has "excellent growth potential", or some otherwise investment from Nigera available.
Then as the saying goes: "A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money" (Ev we love you!, unlike your current senator!)
The big problem with the various editions of Windows is that they are all bundled up. Smart systems (Linux is but one) have the kernel separate from the windowing system, separate from the applications. Microsoft (by design) doesn't do this, and we all pay for it. When they want to release something, they have to "do it all", and it has to "work". With so many interrelations there is bound to be some junk that doesn't work as planned, and the more interrelations the worse it gets. Fixes, fixes, and more fixes get stuck on a balloon with zillions of holes, and no matter how many band-aids you add, the holes are still there, leaking like a sieve.
You see, Microsoft built this messy balloon, and now they have to live with it. The problem is that Vista is but ONE result.
As silly as it sounds, Microsoft (and us) might have been better off if they accepted the Anti-trust ruling, and broke up the company. Too late for that!
As I remember, Microsoft's recent ventures in the hardware arena were CP/M softcards for the Apple II, and mice with two buttons (with weird communication protocols). Those were the profitable ones. Zune and X-Box rely on tie-ins to really make anything work.
I suspect that Microsoft can't be a hardware vendor, much less a service provider like Rackable. They would actually need to do some "work" and compete in a business they can strong-arm and bully people. Of course, if they use Rackable as their own, and change over to their own (IIS comes to mind) software maybe they will realize how terrible it really is. The problem there is it might take some innovation and original ideas (Bob??).
Sorry, doesn't compute for me!
While this is a wonderful statement, the "malice" part is more fun:
Example 1: Most character terminals, being monochrome, had simple deflection systems. Some of the coils inside had a simple two position connector that with little effort can be installed the "incorrect" way given a little "push". Opening up a terminal and swapping said connector can be most fun to an unsuspecting victim/sucker/co-worker. It can take a few hours of all sorts of "how could that happen" and mad diagnosis attempting to find a solution.
Example 2: While working at Apple, a co-worker described an 'init' routine that decreased the screen size 1 pixel in each direction every time the machine re-booted. The effect of this "screen shrinker" are fascinating. In his developing work, he thought his eyes were going bad as the screen shrink day by day. It was just a little, but over time it became significant. The victim was finally told of the "hack" and let in on the prank. It was much fun while it lasted.
Example 3: (Not really IT related) Back when gas economy was not THAT important (read the '60s), someone had purchased a VW Beetle. He would come to work and brag about his mileage every time he filled up his tank. Then one of his co-workers would add a little gas (remember it was "cheap" then) to his tank, the bragging became worse. More was added over time, and the "zillions of miles per gallon" ensued. Then he stopped adding gas, and down it went., not getting so much now, and he would run out of gas every once in a while. It ended the "bragging rights" of the VW owner. I suspect that this was before VW's had gas gauges, so it was pre-1964 or so. For the UK: gas == petrol.
We now return you to your regular program. Yes, BOFH's existed even then!
Look, almost every game written is pretty similar. Get weapon, use on enemy, make points, discover treasure, find goal, live happily ever after. Yes, these guys just took some screen shots and fit them into the mold.
The whole process (stealing stuff) has been going on in media for a LONG long time. See:
The article said "Hormel, the firm behind the meaty snack". I know several people who would disagree with that statement. In particular, I have an uncle who was stationed on Fanning Island during WW2, and he has "not so kind words" about SPAM (the meat). He doesn't want to see if even darken his doorway!
Than again, given the choice between the awful meat, and the spewed verbiage that infects us all, I might take up the former. Yes, it would be a hard choice, but at least I would lose weight which is a "good thing".
Is prosecute the SUPPLIER of the laptop since they were the ones responsible for the distribution of the "bad stuff".
What you should do when getting a "supplied" computer is a statement that the supplier warrants it to be "in good working order" (which given some suppliers of operating systems may well be impossible).
"That's enough power to run a Death Star for just over 12 years."
The gas bill of $4.5 trillion won't run the Death Star for even a couple of years. It takes about $2.5E12 to run the current Death Star. I looked it up myself:
You must have a cheaper Death Star in mind.
Making a container that will hold the Hydrogen is VERY difficult. Because the molecule is so small, it leaks through everything. To top it all off, it will react with the container, and make its contact surface VERY brittle. People have been working on this for YEARS. The other problem is that when you (attempt) to store it, it isn't very dense. The volume of a container which might hold 10 gallons of gasoline (UK: Petrol) won't store the amount of Hydrogen that the gasoline will allow you to travel. That says NOTHING to the weight of the container necessary.
No, at the densities of storage, it won't be lighter than air.
P.S. You don't want to be around when it blows up either (if you can see the explosion).
They said "...safer, easier online payments.". Don't get your hopes up. Anything that is "easier" isn't (almost by definition) "safer".
Unless the buyer and seller are in a nice "padded cell" alone, where items and cash can be exchanged (or not), it won't get "safer" or "easier".
By the way, I've got $N millions in a check, can you help me cash it?
Like the handcuff attached to the briefcase/laptop coming to mind. If you have secrets, you might need this "accessory". Don't most laptops have a place for the cable already??
Random thoughts. I always saw these things in the spy movies in the 60's anyway. They seem a good idea!
Security? We don't need any security!! Airport "security" is just window dressing anyway!!
Look if it were to be a reasonable technology piece, the accessory would be a connector that receives the Cat-5 connector and makes the loop. I mean, bowline knot, how very "last century". Even include the handle that accepts the connector. They latch very nicely, you know!
Please please, please!!!
Wine for a BOFH? No, it needs to be storage for the pub's next door beer. Of course, there will be taps that happen to work in the command & control center, but that isn't the 'primary mission'!
Everyone knows that IT people start with caffeine and end with alcohol. It is just the way the day works.
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