* Posts by KittenHuffer

8 posts • joined 10 Dec 2018

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff


Someone in Marketing reading Our stuff!

They'd obviously heard the (semi-)famous story about 'magic' and 'more magic'!


People say tabloid hacks are always looking for an angle. This time, they'd be right: Tilting disk of proto-planets spotted


Re: And matter is just +ve -ve and electric force

My BSometer started going of VERY quickly, with the talk of the Universe having a resonant centre. A quick skim of the rest of it did not change that.

I went back to the top fully expecting to see that the whole thread was written by our favourite 'Martian', and was slightly surprised that it was written by an AC.

For a much better read about how the Universe really is please check out SWAB.


Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up


Re: Testing gone wrong

I'm in the habit of handling all possible values in a CASE statement ..... and then having an ELSE as well.

This gets populated with a variant of a Hex error message suck as the famous "Out of cheese" error.


The idea being that if the error ever activates then someone will come and let me know that it happened. Normally with either a big smile or a look of confusion on their face.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free


Re: Can't fix stupid, but you can evolve it!

There was a documentary released in 2006 that clearly explained the future of the US of A!


I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong


Routing turned out to be the issue

W**ked for an NHS trust at one time which had part of their hospital token ring network that kept falling over intermittently and randomly.

Took a while until some bright spark (not me) matched the downtime of the network segment with the uptime for the X-ray machine!

A bit of rerouting and a bit of additional shielding and the problem mysteriously vanished.

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary


In a previous position (UK) I had a nearly identical name to an employee in Canada. One day one of their colleagues decided to email them a 'secret' document, which they should not have done, and then decided to pick my name on the internal directory.

Much fun was had following this incident by the security wombles on both sides of the pond. The ultimate end was that all equipment that the email passed through (and was stored upon) in the UK was taken away and crushed.

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?


To understand recursion you first need to understand recursion!

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals


BBC Micros at college

I happened to go to a school and a college that were in the pilot for the Computers for Schools project in the early 80's. This meant that I had access to a computer room with a dozen BBCs at a time when most schools only had a single machine.

Ours were running ENet rather than EcoNet, which meant that they had a central (BBC Micro) server for the admin rather than allowing the 'admin' software to be run from any of the machines.

We developed a password grabber, cracked the file storage system on the MASSIVE 20MB hard drive, and finished by obtaining a complete list of all user passwords!

Ah, the joys of youth!

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