"There's been a lot of cheap imported blockchain on the market and apparently there are rust issues because of the poor quality galvanising."
BOFH logo telephone with devil's horns The Director is an idiot – that goes without saying – though the Peter principle doesn't even begin to describe him. He's got the sort of attention span that most people take a regimen of prescription pharmaceuticals to address, he has the business savvy of a bacon sandwich and no …
I think it was more BOFH versus supplier wars. But was that really 2010? It doesn't seem like that long ago! :/
For me I would have say it's a remnant of a robot-building competition, where the goal was to traverse a maze, but the BOFH had a very liberal reading of the rules, like traversing the maze meant that going through the wall and over the other robot was compliant.
"I had almost (but not quite) forgotten about the robot lurking in the basement."
Yeah, the BOFH & PFY vs Supplier (I think) war with the killer robots was highly amusing for a while. Good to dig up the past every now and again...
...Actually, this is BOFH, maybe that's not the best idea. May find a roll of carpet with something unpleasant inside!
Paging Ambassador Stabby to the main airlock. Ambassador Stabby, please report to the main airlock.
( there are numerous posts on tumblr and other places about the adventures of Stabby the space roomba. https://sepulchritude.tumblr.com/post/152864353958/on-the-topic-of-humans-being-the-inter galactic is the originator of them.)
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...but it's still massively entertaining when you're right? That. Just one little hole:
"Self driving vehicles?" The director burbles.
"Already taken care of. Your Lexus is the test case and it's trundling down the road as we speak. Who knew it was as easy as painting double yellow lines and alerting a passing traffic warden?"
I have used a robot IRL* to good effect. It was a benchtop model and it sucked samples and reactant out of 2ml tubes (barcoded, it read barcodes) and aliquoted them in required amounts into 96 up to 386 well plates. You could aliquot your samples, seal the plates and keep them in the freezer for reactant aliquoting at a later date.
It had a macro language programming interface with drag and drop routines or custom or customised routines which you could save. It was much more accurate than even a hand held motorised pipette so you got more consistent results.
It was bought to handle population level samples from blood samples in a big study but the rest of us could also use it.
I built a FileMaker relational database for the big project which handled barcodes and printed them in sheets for affixing to the tubes. It was still working just fine when I left the lab.
*A working head which could pick up and discard pipette tips and move in X,Y and Z dimensions constrained by a frame. There was another one which took bundles of the plates and dipped them into different hot water pools for defined periods. A PCR robot using the original PCR method before the Peltier block killed the three water baths and a timer setup. But the specific heat capacity of water is hard to beat and the ramp times are steeper for the robot. A Back to the Future robot if you will.
in Presumed Assumed Absolute Command*
"Risk? What risk?"
:-0) Spoken like a Native of the Genre. Bravo, El Reg ...... Welcome to the Asylum that Commends and Commands our Virtual Madness in Live Operational Virtual Environments.
Some would tell you not to deny they are Heavenly Spaces for Such Follies are Insanities ‽ .
And all of that would certainly really showcase the company's technical excellence.
Can you imagine the reactions elsewhere?
* .... :-) MOD would pay most generously to be able to provide program input into that as a Present Current Unfolding Augmented Virtual Reality Show for Virtually Free Global Information Broad Band Casting. And as an Open Secret , easily Policed and Peer Reviewed for Evidence of the Appearance of Malfeasance in any Unseemly Set Courses of Action .... delivering clashes in either joust or jest with an AIs NEUKlearer HyperRadioProACTive IT Facilities and Utilities from a Virtually Almighty Immaculate Space Place.
There's a lot to consider there, El Reg, and none of it is bad ........ therefore everything is good ... which is great too. If that aint Win Win, it would be Most Surprising.