* Posts by Pennsyjohn

5 posts • joined 28 Dec 2011

Breaker, breaker. Apple's iOS 12.4 update breaks jailbreak break, un-breaks the break. 10-4

Pennsyjohn

Nothing new here

I worked on mainframes in the bad old days. A programmer wrote code that if the tape reel was full, it rewound the reel and erased all the data on ot. As expected, it caused consternation and was promptly "fixed" i.e. it was bypassed. After about two months, a patched version of the software was installed. You guessed it, it re enabled the old bug. Ah, the days when you got to meet the VP of engineering from Boston, who promptly said we did it somehow.

Customer fessed up after a day, but the chewing lasted a long time.

Wombats literally sh!t bricks – and now boffins reckon they know how

Pennsyjohn
Facepalm

Re: Wombats shit bricks?

Sounds like a good idea. Then get Professor Rincewind to catch some of the little beggars.

I ship you knot: 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel found intact at bottom of Black Sea

Pennsyjohn

Ships sink when they their floatation ability is compromised. Perhaps they were overloaded and their freeboard got compromised ( gunnels under water). Weight of load sinks ship, perhaps some of it floats off, but the rest (non-floating) takes it down to the bottom.

Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

Pennsyjohn

Re: Classics

And the military equivalent of RTFM, RTFMS. Read the F****** Manual, SIR. Used when officer is not aware of certain acronyms. There are a few of these around.

Reg hack cops a licking from the bosun's cat

Pennsyjohn
Holmes

Casting the anchor

Let's go back to when men first started sailing.

Back then, anchors were rocks with lines wrapped around them to hold the boat in place. They later evolved to rocks with a hole in it for making sure the rope didn't slip.

These were carried on deck, and when you went to use them you threw them over the side. You would want to throw (or cast) them over the side so as to not have the rock hit the side of the ship and damage it. Hence, casing anchor.

The first fluked anchor stopped the rocks and were hung over the side at the cathead.

Fun looking that up.

Enjoy, my British cousins

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