2018-10-12 13:50:39

Those are fun to play with. I knew a guy who had a computer science degree and came back from the US with an AOL CD and screamed at Freeserve (yeah you can tell how old this story is when Freeserve is mentioned....), he insisted AOL was better and he was going to install it. So he was bored waiting for the installer to finish and had a PSU with a voltage switch on the back of the case of a high end academic machine. He started flipping the switch to pass the time. I got the hell outta there since I knew what it'd do. Took a few steps outside the dor, boom. Swiftly followed by various components giving up on being components.components..

Also, www.rinkworks.com/stupid has some awesome stories, but....that one about hitting all the computers in the lab was hilariously awesome.

I managed to somehow, amusingly, kill an entire supermarket by simply scanning an item. Sainsburys in the UK had, for a time, hand held barcode scanners. You'd go scan your item, it'd add it to the memory. You'd connect it tot he checkout or hand it to the cashier. So, was scanning items when I didn't ear the little beep that confirmed something'd been scanned. THinking it was an error I tried again. Little did I know I'd broken the entire supermarket system. I'd scanned something that'd been mislabeled in the system and it'd apparently gone and broken the table. they were stored in. Now, the store this was in hadhad some stuffed toy Aussie drop bears. Bear in mind...this was SQL databases. So by the time I'd found the drop bears they'd fixed the broken table. However...scanned the drop bear in. Boom. Everything just fel completely over. Turns out I'd told the database to drop everything past the drop bears...and since it was in the D range....well......everything but the air conditioning in the store gave out. Dors were locked, no power, no electronic stuf, no intercom....it made for a rather hilariously awesome moment. Apparently even big supermarket chains aren't immune to database screwups after all....

If in doubt, chocolate and coffee. Enough said.

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2018-10-12 13:58:43

@JaseK I just sent you a pm. figured you may be in the UK. lol. dunno why, just the rest of the world doesn't do crazy shit like blowing up computer labs or pretending we have frying pans that shrink in the wash like we do. I'm not sure that's a good thing, but it's an interesting one.

if duct tape doesn't fix it, you haven't used enough.

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2018-10-12 14:06:57

Try that with mini CDs if you got any laying around. I was able to convince somebody they are thinner, larger Polo mints. That had all the taste removed. That's still nothing compared to the frying pan though...and no, no, Canada has a monopoly on crazy shit. THey threw Group 1 alkali metals, aka the stuff that blows up if it's in water, into large bodies of water, lakes and rivers....and they fish with dynamite. I somehhow think they got a monopoly on weird stuff.....though I've run across hilariously awesome stuf in Wales. I go to a tea room a lot and know the people that run it. THey use Vista, to bring this back to Vista, and in Wales all signs have to be bilingual by law, Welsh and English. So....to save money and time, a lot of companies/councils justt whack it through Google Translate. So the Welsh for 'tea with milk and sugar' got auto translated to boiled water with cow urine and white powder. That....sounds a lot less drinkable frankly. Though, There's a whole site on those mistranslated Welsh ones. My favorite is the one that states, on a road sign: We are out of the office until Monday, please call us for details. That's supposed to be a place name....

If in doubt, chocolate and coffee. Enough said.

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2018-10-12 14:34:20

well did you know the welsh for microwave oven is popti ping?
crazy language but I'd love to learn it.

anyway, languages baffle me. I would love some cunning linguist to explain to me the genders in languages. I studied French at school and if I said mister table instead of misses table or what ever it was I'd get a clip round the ear. they could never explain the rules for that though. why is it le or la. who decides. by what criteria do they make that judgement.

which brings us back to computers. when the computer was invented, how did they decide in countries that use gender specific nowns weather it should be male or female.


was there a big board meeting with people arguing?

"I put it to the honorable members that the computer is obviously male because it is powerful and can take over the world!"

"I argue that it must be female because it can multi task and doesn't scratch it's testicles!"

am I the only person that wonders about things like this?

ok probably. but it's nice to wonder out loud.

if duct tape doesn't fix it, you haven't used enough.

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2018-10-12 14:42:53

Wel...funny you ask...

Computers are male since they won't do what you want unless you thrn them on. They are female because they sit there and watch you. THey are male because they demand attention...and female because once something goes wrong they won't shut up about it smile

Seriously though, no idea. THought I'd wheel out my snarky reply for that..and ah yes,Welsh. I did that S4C Welsh in a Week course and all I know how to order is tea and ten eclairs. Or cakes.

If in doubt, chocolate and coffee. Enough said.

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2018-10-12 18:23:39

I myself have never used Vista, but back in 2007 or 2008 a friend of mine, who besides teaching fixed computers, told me he really liked Vista. Why? Because it brought the bread on his table. Many people who bought a new computer with Vista preinstalled brought them to him for getting rid of the damn thing and installing xp instead.
It also reminded me quite a funny video. The title says it all! The bsod should be right before people start applauding. Considering what he says before it happened the timing could not be better!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb6kxmD1YZE

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