Had to look that one up!
However, if you take the "r" out I've had plenty of experience of working under that over the years.
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Yeah, I've seen those "capable hands" running at a small software house where I was temping back in 2005. I don't know who set up the server but they had to reboot it at least twice a week because it would just curl up and die for no logical reason. What was worse was that it had done so since it had first been installed. No one ever investigated any further - they'd just reboot it without question.
Near the end of that temping stint (about 5 weeks), they did offer me a full time job there. Having been there long enough to see first hand how the way the place was (mis)managed - and I don't just mean the IT side of it - I politely declined. They went bust a couple of years later. No surprise.
Dear Southern Water (or something beginning with "wa" anyway)
"We take the protection of customer data very seriously" - um, no you don't.
"we rigorously test our systems" - your interpretation of "rgiorously" and mine are obviously poles apart.
"have strong measures in place to safeguard customer information" - I think this situation proves that is a complete lie.
Well, until it's decisively proven that it isn't, by a data dump of student information appearing somewhere. Then Albion College will wheel out a brain-dead drone to state "The safety and security of our users remains our highest priority" when it patently isn't and that "no personally identifiable data has been disclosed" even though it's totally obvious to anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together that it has.
Well, if he really wanted to screw with the aircraft he should have just flipped the Gary Larson "wings" switch! https://i.pinimg.com/originals/af/08/4b/af084b2f06ab7977d9241bfbcbd08998.jpg
That's similar to Commodore having holes punched through the motherboard on some models of the PET. The same motherboards were used for the 8K, 16K and 32K models and had 2 rows for where the RAM could be soldered in. The 8K and 16K models only needed to use one row so they punched holes through the second row to prevent people from upgrading them themselves! See here: http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/43250/Commodore-PET-4008/
January 1st 2000 was probably the last time. All were at work (because the higher ups decreed it) and they were sitting around twiddling their thumbs wondering what to do with themselves. They'd already triple and quadruple checked all the fixes for the multitude of possible Y2K problems in the preceding months. So, after drinking all the beer and eating all the pizzas, their minds turned to fruitier things.
All their offspring will turn 20 in a couple of months.
Another (possible urban legend) is the story that a new Rolls driver took a friend out for a drive in his new toy. At some point the friend asked to see under the bonnet so they stopped on the side of a road that had other traffic passing along it. The bonnet was duly opened for a couple of minutes for the friend to take a quick gander at the insides. Then the bonnet was dropped and the journey continued.
A few days later the driver received a call from Rolls Royce asking what the trouble was. When told he was only showing the friend the engine he was asked in no uncertain tones never to do that again in sight of others as RR didn't want the impression that their cars could ever break down.
Indeed, for a while I had an HP tower with the (slightly recessed) on/off switch right at the top of the front cover. Maybe HP thought it was safe there. They didn't reckon on one of my cats who decided the top of the computer was a potential bedding down place and her well-placed heel was ideal for hitting that button without any problem!
My UK driving license photo is already facial recognition proof as I've still got a tatty old paper one from about 23 years ago (when I last moved house and had to update it). It doesn't actually have a photo as it wasn't a requirement back then. And, yes, I have checked with the DVLA, these old paper ones are still legal despite some people claiming otherwise!
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