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“Though I'm not quite sure why "sanity check" is considered pejorative by any group.”
Perhaps people with mental health problems world consider it offensive. I would not (I have ASD and ADHD and know someone who is bipolar, they wouldn’t find offensive either, although I know that doesn’t speak for all those afflicted)
Regardless, Sanity Check should be banned for one very good reason. In my experience, everyone who uses it in every day language is a complete and utter cnut.
Very surprised HP haven’t yet started selling printers that recognise only the chemical signature, or invisible to the naked eye micro dots, or a RFID thread woven into their paper, so that they’ll only print on HP branded paper.
Counting the minutes until another commenter points to a link or patent that says this is on the way....
I've got a "bag for life" bursting at the seams with ethernet, disk drive, kettle, micro USB cables and jiffy bags full of screws that didn't quite make it into a PC build.
At these levels of mark up, that bag is probably worth more than the new beemer on my neighbour's driveway.
I worked for a small biz where network admin was everybody's responsibility. After a couple of backup woes, they made one of the developers assume full responsibility of the network.
A month later, sick of fielding password resets, he enforced everyone having the same password - the name of the company.
I went back there as a contractor, some ten years after I'd left - and my username and password, with full rights, logged me in at the first attempt.
How they're still in business I'll never know.
A good few years ago a mate was getting into photography in a big way and spent loads of money on cameras and gear.
He called his insurance company (on the phone) and added "valuable items in transit" cover.
When his car was broken into and his gear stolen the insurance co. refused the claim - because he couldn't prove he was transporting his high value items to or from a safety deposit box, as specified in the small print.
A few years ago I was contracting for a firm creating an application for an NHS body.
Somehow the NHS body had managed to wangle clauses into the contract that said if the firm made a mistake, it had to be fixed at the firm's expense. However, if the NHS body made a mistake, it had to be fixed at the firm's expense.
The people at the NHS body were spectacularly useless - they didn't know about the clauses and actually thought their jobs were on the line, as NHS england was threatening to close this body if the project failed - and they were still unable to deliver the simplest of requirements until after deadlines were missed or beta versions were delivered. And we are really taking basic stuff - what role of person would be responsible for progressing a document through a workflow, for example.
The firm eventually pulled the plug, after losing about £5m and being no longer able to predict clawing any losses back. Chump change I know, but big money for a smaller firm.
And the guys at the NHS body are still there, and they fucked up the next attempt to get their project implemented, too.
The point being, when the gov body has this power over the firm creating the deliverable, they will fuck it up anyway.
My local postoffice closed and was re-situated in the convenience store a couple of hundred yards up the road.
It's open, including the PO counter, from 7am to 9pm. I don't use it often but it's handy if I need to call in on the way to / from work, as the "old" postoffice was strictly a 9-5 affair.
I was a contractor working on an NHS portal about 10 years ago.
One of the junior devs turned to me and asked "Shall I try to update my local database or start again from scratch?"
"Take off and nuke it from orbit" I replied "It's the only way to be sure"
"Take off and nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure!"
"WTF are you talking about, Adrian?"
At this point, virtually the entire office rounded on the poor lad and meme-bombed him with quotes, ending with "Aliens is arguably the best sci-fi action film ever made"
30 seconds of googling, and he let rip an utterly contemptuous snort, followed with "I wasn't even *born* when this PoS came out..."
Gawd, I feel old.
If it uses Flat files, XML, JSON, YAML, Redis, Mongo, SQL Server, MySQL, MariaDB, C#, PHP, Perl, Ruby, Cobol, Visual Basic, BrainFuck or MSX Basic, and it runs on ARM, AMD or Intel Hardware, under Suse, RedHat, FreeBSD, RiscOS, AmigaOS, ReactOS or Qnix, on Laptops, Raspberry PI's, Atari ST's, Blades, Dell Power Edges or Sinclair calculators, hosted behind Dynamic DNS at home or co-located, then it qualifies as being Cloud, Enterprise and AI.
At least according to some of the marketing types I've had to work with.
Dividend taxation was introduced to punish small businesses and one man bands (contractors) who had the temerity to play, quite legally, within the existing tax rules.
The aim was to get those legitimately outside of IR35 to pay a similar amount of tax as those inside, seeing as they'd failed (up to this point) to score any significant IR35 victories. It was a grudge tax.
Forget about VPN's, differing methods of delivery or obfuscation - surely this statement alone, assuming that (finger in the air) 99.99% of all porn accessed in the UK is hosted overseas - renders this ridiculous 'thing' (it's barely meets the requirements to be called a plan) infeasible?
Someone must have explained to some minister, at least one minister, that one can view webpages served from a computer in a different country?
It might not have been underneath the "floor", afterall, what's underneath the floor of car is the road.
More likely this was found in the spare wheel well, or under a carpet, or if an older car, wedged into a seam underneath a seat, which by very loose definition any cop could say was "hidden under the floor", and which any non-pedant would probably agree.
Have you got kids? And a car? If so, how thoroughly do you clean your car? I've only got the one son, just short of his 12th birthday currently. I traded in a 3 year old Volvo V40 just a couple of months ago. I emptied it every week of junk, I valeted it myself thoroughly every few weeks, and got the local guys to valet it even more thoroughly every few months, but you would not believe the amount of shit one can find beneath almost any loose fitting flap or fairing.
A few years ago I traded in a car (coincidentally, also a Volvo), and though it was almost ready for the scrapper, I valeted it myself, and then also had the local guys valet it for me too, to remove any "evidence". A few weeks later I started getting hounded by the guy who'd bought it at auction and blamed me for buying a car with a faulty clutch. He'd got my number from a torn scrap of MOT invoice that must've been buried so far inside the car I assume he'd had to strip the car down to component parts to find it.
The point is, cars, even when well looked after and regularly cleaned, are black holes for any crap that enters them, especially if you have kids.
I left a small IT company about ten years ago, and went back about three years ago for a short term contract.
My email (username) and password still worked. Worse still, the network manager at the time had enforced the use of the company name as password because he was fed up of dealing with reset / forgotten password attempts by the peasants.
It's used to configure and control Human Runtime Containers, and is capable of advanced instruction including loops and subroutines.
A completed .docx full of rambling flowery prose (the technical term is called "Bullshit") is called either a "Memo" or "Press Release". It is important to name Subroutines using Buzzwords to avoid Namespace Collisions with actual meaningful human language.
It has the advantage that a Human Runtime Container can parse even badly written code within a .docx, but there is a danger that a badly formatted .docx created by a C level human operative may cause the Human Runtime Container to suffer a Bullshit Overflow Exception.
This is (in part) what drove me away from being a permie - I was never responsible for an 8 figure order, but certainly helped to win high 6, maybe even an occasional 7 figure deals on a regular basis, as illustrated:
Sales Eloi would often come along and say "I want to demo this (absolutely fucking stupid idea, but looks flash) to a potential client next week - have it ready by then".
"Not possible" we would say.
"But I've already promised the potential client (and I've already told the CEO* you've volunteered)" said expensively dressed Sales Eloi before shooting off in his delivery-mileage M5, to wine and dine said customer at a nearby Michelin-starred restaurant whilst us Developer Morlocks would put in yet another 10-15 hours of unpaid overtime, only to be rewarded with a shared box of Quality Street whilst Sales Eloi booked yet another 5* holiday to Monaco / Mauritius / Miami with his forthcoming commission.
*The CEO was extremely KPI driven, so Eloi's, as net-contributors to company coffers were a valuable asset and deserving of their rewards, but Morlocks, as a pure expense, were a drain and only barely tolerated.
When I studied electrical engineering at college, the lecturer once detailed the difference between TTL and CMOS logic chips, including how easily susceptible to ESD CMOS chips were.
He rolled it around in his hands and plugged it into his breadboard. It still worked.
He vigorously wiped his feet on the carpet, taking a couple of laps up and down his work area, before plugging it into his breadboard. It still worked.
He then passed 48V across it for a few seconds from his bench PSU (the chip was rated at 3.something to 8,something volts, IIRC) and it STILL worked.
Feeling embarrassed now, he started up his desktop Van De Graaff, blu-tacked the chip to his discharge wand and zapped the thing with 200kV. THAT got the result he was after.
"Tech stocks as a whole have been generally down this week in the US - although Microsoft was all right."
Intel shipped i9 in volume, and their stock has fallen.
AMD is doing incredibly well (for them), and their stock fell off a cliff
Amazon almost doubled earnings, and their stock plummeted
And Microsoft royally fucked up the latest Win 10 update and came out unscathed.
This is why I'm not a successful trader.
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