* Posts by PBXTech

10 posts • joined 13 Jun 2017

Time for another cuppa then? Tea-drinkers have better brains, say boffins with even better brains


Re: Smarts drink tea or Drink tea makes smarts

I'm a coffee drinker. The coffee pot makes 72 oz. of coffee and shuts off automatically after two hours. Is it a bad thing if I have to turn if off then back on in order for it to brew my second morning pot?

Is it a bad thing that I generally go through 3-4 pots per day, more if performing work requiring thought?

My brain is non-linear and very ADHD. This is a positive thing. 10 linear thinkers with similar training and background will generally give you the same answer to a given question. I probably won't.

I've finally got my managers trained on how to "manage" my tasks. Tell me what the problem is, tell me what the desired end result is, give me all available information, then leave me alone.

Wake me up before you Gogo ... so I can jump out: Kenyan MP takes on aeroplane flatulence


Sounds like my US Navy days. Ship hits port, 3/4 of the crew hits the beach for fast food and beer. Some hours later, a bunch of broke and drunken sailors return to the ship and hit their racks. Shortly thereafter, the air in the Engineering berthing area became somewhat thick.

For those who have never been on a ship, they stack the bunks 3-high in two end-to-end rows with a 3-foot aisle between them. End result is 12 guys sleeping in a 7X12 foot area. Same arrangement is repeated all down the main 4-foot aisle. Kind of like a main road with a bunch of cul-de-sacs.

Thankfully, the gyrocompass equipment and the PBX required air conditioning...And there was just enough space down in the shop to stretch out with blanket and pillow behind the workbench.

Mazatlán was probably the worst that I can remember. About 75 engineering types returning after a night of Mexican food, bad water, and cheap beer...

Pro tip: Plug in your Tesla S when clocking off, lest you run out of juice mid hot pursuit


Re: Due To Police Incompetence

I am really enjoying the current run of electrical puns....

Comms room, comms room, comms room is on fire – we don't need no water, let the engineer burn


Re: P.C's dont' really burn - Do they?

Not sure how Halon works in a server room. I'm hoping it is different than it was on an older US Navy ship in the Fire Room or Engine room.

1) Hit the button. alarms sound and supply ventilation dampers close/fans stop.

2) Delay to evacuate the space. Exhaust ventilation system still running.

3) Quantity of Halon almost equal to the volume of the space is released.

4) Delay while air is displaced through ventilation exhaust vents.

5) Exhaust fans shut down, exhaust dampers close.

By the time the sequence is complete, you have an oxygen level insufficient to support a fire (or life) and a sealed compartment filled with Halon at a very slight overpressure. Now you just wait for things to cool off completely before aligning the ventilation to purge the space.

Obviously, the Halon was a last resort triggered as the firefighting teams evacuated after failing to control the fire.

Never underestimate the usefulness of 15-20 high-pressure Halon bottles about the same size as you dumped into a space which can be made pretty much airtight.

Owner of Smuggler's Inn B&B ordered to put up a sign warning guests not to cross into Canada


"Most British Columbians just go over the border to Washington State to get cheap gas (petrol) since our gas is $1.72 CAN a litre whereas Washington state is $1.05 CAN a litre or even less in some places!"

Unfortunately, some of them bring their attitudes with them. Remember standing in line to buy cigs at a convenience store in Blaine listening to a gal (old enough to know better) literally SCREAMING at the cashier for trying to rip her off.

The alleged crime was trying to charge her like $26.00 for $20.00 worth of gasoline. She just couldn't/wouldn't understand that the CANADIAN $20.00 bill she handed the clerk was worth about $15.00 US. Worst thing about it is that I could save money by driving 30 miles south to get gas...Blaine gas prices are about the highest in WA state...wonder why.

It's not just gas. I've seen cars with back seats filled with groceries, especially milk and eggs.

Interesting trying to get a doctor's appointment within 50 miles of the border, as there seems to be an issue with the Canadian "free health care for all" which makes paying cash to a US doctor a better alternative. It could be that calling in and getting a doctor's appointment for the next day is the norm, rather than the exception.

Weirdest thing is that there is apparently something about crossing the border which affects Canadian drivers in a negative manner. I know for a fact that streets north of the border in Canada come equipped with stop lights, stop signs, speed limit signs, etc. Never could figure out why cars with Canadian plates always seemed to have difficulty figuring these signs out when in the US.


Re: Jurisdiction?

"Presumably the owner is accused of a crime in Canada and is currently physically in custody in Canada. If they wish to be granted bail, and to be allowed to leave the country to cross back to the USA, one would expect the bail conditions to be onerous."

They probably nabbed him when he entered Canada to mow that little strip of grass between the rocks and the road...

Out-of-office email ping-pong fills server after server over festive break


Re: Been there

Know of system that used to be set up to auto-generate a trouble ticket when a message was received in a specific mailbox. It would then email the ticket number back to the email that the request was sent from.

That concept went away after several instances where customers sent emailed requests from their help desks, which of course had an auto-reply to tell you that they had received your email.

So they would send an email, the ticket was generated, and the ticket number was sent back to the customer. Their system received the email and auto-replied. Of course the auto-reply generated a new ticket, with accompanying email back to the customer with the new ticket number....

Wanna guess how many trouble tickets can be generated by dueling email servers over a three-day holiday weekend?



Not an acronym, or even computer-related, but...

While working for a small telecom interconnect many years ago, had quite a few tickets which I closed as "Troubleshoot non-working phone to electrical open in line cord".

While it was occasionally an actual faulty cord, it generally meant:

"Didn't want to get the customer's employee canned by documenting that I drove 60 miles one-way on a ticket with a per-mile trip charge and 1-hr minimum labor charge to discover that her phone had come unplugged from the wall jack"

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI


Perhaps we are over-thinking this a bit. Is the whole alert thing really necessary?

You are on an ISLAND. There is an inbound multi-megaton nuclear weapon. Where exactly do you plan to GO?

Meteor swarm spawns new and dangerous branch


Re: "we will wake up to this threat only when half a continent has been erased from existence"

CustardGannet said:

"(We all know which half I'm talking about - and it's not the ice-hockey-playing half.)"

Isn't just horrible when your children get mad at you, move out on their own, refuse to move back even when you try to kick down their door and force them to, then do BETTER than you ever thought of?

Isn't even more horrible when your nasty neighbors come calling and you have to beg your children to come back and protect you...Twice?

Greetings from the States! :)


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