back to article Washed out summer? Fear ye not: DVDs for DevOps droogs

Hurrah! Summer is at last well under way, so how better to pass the weekends than pulling the curtains on the rainscape, lolling on the sofa and inhaling a few dozen hours of downloaded TV? I am aware that such an introduction sets up certain expectations. However, rather than treat you to ill-informed speculation regarding …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    ' "Each group of four LEDs represents a hex digit", explains Gordon, pronouncing "LEDs" to rhyme with "heads", just like a dork.'

    Twinkle, twinkle little LED

    How I wonder if you're dead.

    Ancient H/W engineer's chant.

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      It's always "LEAD", never "LEED" or "ELLEEDEE" (but that may be because I have been touched by German).

      How to read stuff out on a wrapped wire board back then was:

      From Jimbo's Amazing Shoppe Of Stuffe

      1. GrumpenKraut

        > From Jimbo's Amazing Shoppe Of Stuffe

        Hm, minus square root of 2. Why the minus?!?!!

  2. IrishFella

    I got goosepimples

    Honestly, I thought this show was amazing, beautiful period piece.

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Re: I got goosepimples

      Which one?

      I'm off for a rewatch of "War Games".

      I hope they are going to do a redo, were General Breedlove gets to tell to a P.U.T.I.N. evilly appearing on a Megavision Screen "You may have nothing to do with with our shitty software breakdown, but we are going to nuke your Russian arse regardless, just to make sure.", then POTUS comes online and confirms the world's fate in a girlish, evil cackle: "Take that for my good friend Toria Nuland". Armageddon is then NOT postponed by the love duo of skilled youngsters because they have been dragged off to a secret court for "terrorism" in full gimp gear a couple of minutes earlier.

      THE END!!!

      1. Prst. V.Jeltz Silver badge

        I'm off for a rewatch of "War Games".

        re I'm off for a rewatch of "War Games".

        did y'all know they've done a sequel to that?

        "The Dead Code" worth digging out

  3. Unep Eurobats


    Get you.

    Avocation (n): holiday for an avocet

    Took me a couple of reads to work out what a guh-raj was. But a pleasure, as always Verity.

  4. frank ly

    "... assembly language routines in lipstick on the mirror in the lavatory ..."

    Can I use a chinagraph pencil instead? It's important that my colleagues still talk with me, even though I don't enjoy it when they do.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      All the instructions are variations of REDRUM

      1. Sir Runcible Spoon

        "All the instructions are variations of REDRUM"


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  6. phuzz Silver badge

    "he is going to need to hold a ruler up to his screen just to read off the line number"

    Does your favourite text editor not tell you which column you're in?

    1. Anonymous IV

      And there was me thinking that line numbers related to rows, not columns!

      You learn something new every day...

      1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

        Actually some show the column on the bottom line, for example.

        "Bottom" brings us to:

        Significant whitespace: when you are using a bondage & discipline language and you have forgotten the safe word.

  7. Dan 55 Silver badge

    Wot no Mr. Robot

    Don't we get to read about him going off the rails while the world has a financial meltdown?

    I was looking for something to brighten my day.

    1. tfewster

      Re: Wot no Mr. Robot

      I switched Mr Robot on late, heard the Cybersecurity engineer offering to write a GUI in VB to trace the DDOS (even though the evil h4xx0rs were already through the firewall and had rooted all teh servers) - and switched off. Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but Dido Harding could have given them better technical advice.

      Shame really, as the main plot sounded quite interesting

  8. JimmyPage Silver badge

    Soul of a new machine

    would be ripe for this sort of treatment ...

  9. Toltec


    It isn't new, however Glitch is worth a watch, a kickstarter webseries about a game tester that has platform games suddenly appearing in his real life.

    @ Destroy All Monsters

    Is that LEAD as in the metal or the thing you walk a dog with?

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon

      Re: Also

      "Is that LEAD as in the metal or the thing you walk a dog with?"

      Neither, it's the word used to describe what you are doing when someone is following you, only in the past-tense.

  10. Lloyd

    On the subject of tabs

    The single best moment of Silicon Valley season 3 hinges around tabs vs space indentation and I'm sufficiently with Richard that I started getting annoyed on his behalf and yelling at the screen.

    1. Prst. V.Jeltz Silver badge

      tabs vs space

      well tabs obviously......

      although you can rely on spaces more to stay the same size..

      ..fuckit , I'm changing ...

  11. Gis Bun

    No Mr. Robot?

    Both H&CF and SV had to include above average looking females in the show [but only one of two are technical] to appeal to the geek community.

    But why did the author start at season 1?

  12. OzBob

    The "Lord of the Rings" quandry

    make it faithful and accurate, and only 12 people will understand and buy it.

    make it accessible and dumbed-down, and 1200 people will complain about it.

    (Note the interesting ratio between those 2 numbers)

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