back to article BOFH: Siri, why do users lie?

bofh_sideybofh "My bloody voicemail isn't working. Again." the Boss snaps. "You've forgotten your PIN number again, haven't you?" the PFY asks. "No, it's just not working!" "What's not working about it?" "It won't let me log in. It tells me there's a message but won't let me log in." "Because you're using the wrong PIN …


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  2. MrWibble

    "PIN" not "PIN Number" Grr...

    1. Alister

      PIN not PIN Number

      Yes, it's a tautology, but it's in such common usage that I feel pedantry on the subject is wasted.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: PIN not PIN Number

        It is NOT a tautology, because it's not a tautology (that, by the way, is a tautology).

        It is RAS syndrome (redundant acronym syndrome syndrome).

        And I hope Simon disciplines his PFY appropriately - 40 joules per utterance from the BOFH cattleprod should do nicely.

        And 20 for himself, for letting The Boss grow this much of a clue before "resetting" him.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Out of all the things that could wind you up at the moment.

      You chose RAS Syndrome? Christ you must be serene.

    3. sisk

      What do you have against personal identification number numbers?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        That's a good question

        So what would a PIN number be - a hash of the digits of the PIN? A check digit?

        Would than mean an ATM machine is a machine which dispenses ATMs?

    4. Nigel 11

      But a PI number would be too easy to guess

      3141 or 3142, except for members of the USA legislatures who'd probably use 3000

    5. Anonymous IV

      Someone complains about "PIN number" when Simon uses "pinnochio" as a verb?

      What is pedantry coming to?!

      1. oregonensis

        The appropriate pic for this is "Won't someone think of the children!"

        What is pedantry coming to, indeed.

    6. mraak

      HTTP Protocol?

    7. HeNe

      Tell Me Another

      ... "PIN number" ... which is right up there with "ATM machine" and "NIC card" on my personal hated-phrases list.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Re: Tell Me Another

        What about LCD Display, that one drives me up the wall sometimes.

  3. Captain Underpants

    YAY! New BOFH is always good.

    1. Sid_the_Kid

      And this one... very fine. Thoroughly enjoyed that and made my Friday doughnut break even more pleasurable than usual - if that is even possible.

  4. John G Imrie

    PFY 1 BOFH 0?

    I wonder how long this will be allowed to last for?

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson

      Re: PFY 1 BOFH 0?

      Not long, rest assured, not long

      1. IglooDude

        Re: PFY 1 BOFH 0?

        It is a very competitive league, after all.

    2. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

      Re: PFY 1 BOFH 0?

      I recon the PFY murdered the BOFH and is pinning it on the boss

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: PFY 1 BOFH 0?

      Two months judging by the current release rate.

  5. Kimberly Burgess
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    Well done, PFY! Well played.

  6. MichaelC72
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    Oh that's so good...

    ...makes it a happy Friday :)

    As an aside, I don't recall ever seeing the words "fishburger", "aliens" and "uterus" used in the same sentence before!

  7. Brett


    you'll never take me alive... proper lol moment

    Thanks for brightening my Friday

  8. adam payne

    Well played PFY!

  9. Dcope
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    Great as allways, the start of another ware between the PFY and the BOFH? This could get messy.

    /awaits further twists

  10. earl grey


    Sorry, the PFY just stepped out a minute ago....

  11. Nunyabiznes

    Thanks Simon!

  12. laird cummings
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    A bit off his game this morning...

    Caught on the back foot by the PFY. No doubt he'll be back in form by the afternoon...

  13. mark 63 Silver badge

    mulitple greetings

    I'm surprised the pfy diegned to start going over the types of greetings with the boss.

    I had flashbacks of extreme boredom tediousness and impatience just reading about it.

    After going through that once - i wrote some basic instructions and now just throw them at the user in question when this arises

  14. Robert E A Harvey

    Ah, yes.

    Welcome back, Simon, it's been too long

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Awesomeness, can we nominate Simon for a peerage ?

  16. The Dark Lord

    Top stuff

    Happily bimbling along enjoying another BOFH, but then Simon goes and makes it all awesome right at the very end. Well done sir(i)!

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I want to laugh, I really do, it's worthy of it and I am amused.

    Just not as amused as I would have been if I hadn't just had a bunch of users, including the oxygen thief who's daddy owns the company, change their passwords on Friday, before the bank holiday.

    You can guess the rest...

    1. DaveDaveDave

      Re: Damn...

      The company offices mysteriously went up in flames over the weekend, various of your co-workers haven't been seen since, nor have the company financial records, and you're posting from Rio?

  18. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    Oh come on now guys. A PIN number is simply the number of PINs you have, so if you have 6 bank cards your PIN number would be 6. For Joe public, it would of course be 1. Indeed, there is probably a direct PIN number ratio to a persons TSQ (tech savvy quotent), which would of course be the PINTSQR

    1. oregonensis

      It would be PINTSQR number. Honestly.

  19. oregonensis

    ¿What happened to ¡Bong!?

  20. Anonymous Coward


    The BOFH is losing his edge if he let the PFY pull the Siri training scam without suspecting an ulterior motive. The man's getting soft.

  21. Local Group

    It's elementary, my dear Watson

    The expression 'PIN number' is only used 3 times at the beginning of Simon Travaglia's monograph, but then the correct acronym, 'PIN', is used four times after that. Travaglia obviously put 'PIN number' at the beginning of his work to generate frivolity and bonhomie in the commentary of the old timers here.. Other commenters may have been in on the scheme.

    According to some other posts, he has just returned after an absence and probably wants to be stood a pint or two.

    I'd need to see the dust and particles on his luggage to say where he's been.

  22. Chris Osborne

    I for one... very pleased that the BOFH From Hell has returned

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