Re: In other news...
Australian PMs moot new laws to repeal the law of gravity and make both pi and e equal to 3.0.
They are 121 years late.
10 posts • joined 10 Feb 2011
A few years ago the big banks (Australia) were caught out when it was exposed that the swipe access works with ANYTHING.
Same here in Spain: the "swipe access" is nothing more than a little button embedded into a credit card sized slot that, when triggered, unlocks the door. Any solid object which can fit this slot can open any of these doors: travelcards, business cards, even a paperclip if you know where to poke (and if not, just keep poking around and you'll eventually hit it).
This has been that way for ages and nobody cares. This easy access is useful for homeless people to spend the night, to the point that it is virtually impossible to find an indoor ATM at night without a tenant. Mind you, unemployment and housing prices are still a huge problem here despite the "we're out of the crisis" official statements.
...it also was on Renfe's quite useless website, the Spanish state-owned railway company. Even more, it explicitly requested permission from them to include a link to their website on e-mails. Yes, e-mails.
So I sent them an e-mail requesting permission. Never got a reply.
Now that I think about it, was that e-mail itself a breach of the conditions becasue I sent to somewhere at renfe.com (which included the forbidden renfe.com) before asking permission from them by e-mail? Should I had written a prior e-mail asking for permission to send them an e-mail asking for permission? And what about this e-mail?
I don't remember the exact details about that 7/7, I recall hearing the news at the morning and thinking that the power surge was somewhat fishy.
What I really remember is 11-M. Because I'm from Spain.
I heard nothing before leaving home. I took Cercanías trains without any disruption up to the university. Just like everyday. Note, however, that I was at Barcelona, not Madrid.
Nobody knew anything at class at first. The first term passed uneventful. Before the second term, some of us noticed a faint smell like coming from a gas leak. Some minutes later, we were evacuated from the building, all believing due to this gas issue.
It was not until 11pm that news surfaced all around the campus. Bombs at trains, which most of us use to ride to the campus. Some said that there were also bombs at Barcelona's network. That was a false rumor, but impossible to know at the time. The silence was terrifying: most of us thought that it could have happened to ourselves.
I do not remember that 7 of July. But I do remember very well that 11 of March. And know what terrible feelings go through everyone's bodies.
As with London, the death toll was unbearable. Not because it was higher, but because just one single death is too much.
I can understand too well how do you feel.
On the computer lab, they put a dual-boot system with Windows XP on one side and Mandrake Linux on the other. If a USB drive was plugged in during Linux bootup, a text interface would pop up asking where to mount the device. If cancelled, it showed an assistant for the partition editor running with full root privileges. The obvious and easier thing to do was deleting partitions, which rendered the computer unusable until repaired. I told this issue to the local BOFH, who didn't care at all.
As there was a lot more demand for XP than for Linux, having a computer unable to boot Windows was very useful to avoid waiting for a computer to be available. They eventually fixed the issue when upgraded the whole Linux system about a year after.
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