Re: How not to filter
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2505 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008
How come we can't do that with light bulbs or garage doors ?
@Pascal - we can do it, at least for light bulbs. The problem is that they don't want to, as then they'd go bankrupt after selling that initial everlasting one per socket when the income-stream dried up.
Same as with many white goods these days, engineered to fail just after the warranty expires.
Can't comment on the garage doors, as I haven't had one of those (or a garage to put it on) for over 20 years now.
I can empathise and concur, although swap out Zoom for Webex in our case (whilst having the other two as well, as of course our customers all want to use something different). And currently moving from Skype for Business to Teams, although christ knows why as it's definitely a backward step (at least the hobbled version of Teams we're getting).
And at the first internal Europe-wide internal meeting they tried to hold on normal Webex, with many people sans headset, unmuted and with the beep for people joining/leaving the call enabled (and feeding back from aforementioned idiots who were unmuted). Suffice it to say the network slowed to a crawl, and no-one could be heard over the background noise and the incessant beeps and beep-echoes.
So some swift educational courses were mandated (although even now some people still can't seem to work any of them or diene to mute themselves when they're just sat there stealing oxygen), and the meetings were switched to Webex events, where everyone except the presenters are force-muted and can only ask questions etc via the chat Q&A.
My work laptop has to go into various customer sites and cleanrooms, and several of them have a no camera policy (although this seemingly gets ignored for smart phones).
So no Mr Customer, I can't turn on my camera for your multi-hour zoom/teams/webex shoutfest, as I don't have one due to your own site policies.
And the irony is, I'm working from home in my study, and directly behind me is actually a real wall full of loaded bookshelves...
And that's the "fun" with Teams too.
Had this the other day on an "Advanced VBA in Excel" course (I know, I know) given by an external company via Teams.
On a dual screen laptop/monitor set-up, with Teams mininised whilst I worked on the example code (Excel in one window, VBA screen in the other) when a fellow student unmuted his mike or shared his screen to ask a question of the tutor.
And what happens? Teams suddenly pops up full screen and takes the focus. So me rather than typing away in my code window am now suddenly looking at and typing into the Teams window. It was happening at least once every 5 minutes during the course, meaning I couldn't get anything at all done or concentrate on getting the code correct.
And it looks like this unwanted focus stealing cannot be turned off.
Previously we've done these courses via either Skype or Webex and neither of them did this. But no, it has now been decreed that we must use Teams for such things and it's an utter abomination (unto anyone up to and including Nuggan).
But if we do, how are all the self-driving cars supposed to know what's what?
I'm personally convinced that all this Captcha stuff is really just for the crowd-sourced data that their cars are using to identify stuff on/around the road.
So maybe Tesla need to push for a few more Captcha's featuring semi trucks and trailers?
It's the kind of scenario where I'd be tempted to wait for half an hour without doing anything affecting the db, then take it offline and ring back and tell them something disastrously bad had happened to it.
Then pause and comment - "At least that's what may happen if we do this live on your production database without any backups. Now do you want to reconsider this scenario...?"
Management seem to like their role playing training exercises, so maybe spring one on them to give them a proper taste of the risks they're taking?
Either that or leave them there for a while, then dig them up again and move the bones into a central mausoleum for longer-term "storage" and re-use the grave for the next tenant.
And most often the bones were put in the mausoleum by type rather than by previous owner, so there were shelves of skulls, ribs, pelvises etc but no-one was ever whole again.
Not music, but reminds me of an undergrad lab I did student demonstrator work on when I was doing my masters. Undergrads were supposed to build a circuit with two waveform outputs, wired to a scope to display both simultaneously.
Particular student managed to screw up both the circuit and the settings on the scope (had the two inputs driving X-Y mode rather than both on X-T mode), and rather than generating some rather boring sine-type waves, managed to generate an almost perfect silhouette of a penguin.
Of course he had no idea of how he managed it, but it earned him is one and only A mark he ever got in that lab, and it was still talked about occasionally years later when the same lab lesson rolled around to the next batch of victims^H^H^H^H^H^H^H undergrads.
For readers who hoped the wheel whacker was a masterpiece of aerospace engineering and composed of exotic materials, we have bad news: the whackers are just broom handles. Each whacker is, however, labelled with the name of the A380 to which it is dedicated.
You say this like it's a bad thing?
Why go for something highly technical, complicated and expensive when something simple and cheap will do the job just as well, or perhaps even better (or at least more reliably). The age-old K.I.S.S. principle in action...
In such cases, the simple question "would you rather I hadn't admitted and mentioned it?" usually suffices.
And if it doesn't, then it's time to consider whether the manager has ever made a mistake, and whether they admitted it or were just found out. Those are the ones to avoid working for whenever possible.
A lot of industrial usages are allergic to untested/unproven (by them) change, even if it's a simple change and for the better. "Copy exact" and such like.
So if they have existing kit and want more, often they will insist on the older and obsolete version rather than going to the effort of doing extensive tests on the new one. Even if the new one passes the test, as soon as it's installed then that would be the trigger for all the older ones to be removed and retrofitted with the new version too.
That can be considerable time, effort and cost, which in some cases isn't worth the investment (depending on what is new/improved on the new version compared to the old). It can also occasionally lead to odd scenarios of having new tools operating "too well", and having requests to detune them to match the operation of older kit.
My ringtone for at least the last three corporate phones has been Ode to Joy. Not so strange I hear you say, except the version I use is by The Muppets (Beaker to be precise).
Very distinctive and recognizable, and never fails to raise a laugh for those who aren't expecting it.
I'm not sure what's the better aspect of the news, that they're reopening or that they've survived thus far to be able to reopen...
Most pleased either way anyway, and may the punters roll in for both.
Both are certainly going on the tour list for the summer/autumn, looking forward to it already.
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