A bored teenager working in a store with the right diameter pin could cause havoc.
40 posts • joined 9 Feb 2011
My first boss at a real job used the mantra "If you want to find the easiest way to do a job, find the laziest man to do it."
He was also of the opinion that if you mess up and hide it, that's sackable. Mess up, fess up, that's learning.
God I miss him and his ilk
The write command and wall were abused horrendously in our labs as a student. Some of us sensibly set mesg to n, but even so, some of the abusers didn't get tire of this. cat core|write idiot was a suitable warning, as well as cat /dev/urandom | write idiot would tend to lock their session.
I had a similar situation, I was the local IT and he thought my position was redundant, he decided to play silly buggers. Got a new position, wrote meticulous documentation, made sure I left everything in order.
He didn't actually understand my role, but soon realised.
Whatever instructions/documentation etc would not be followed and calling me two days after I left and started my new role, that I wasn't going to "do him a favour" and bail him out of brown stuff.
It cost him a weeks wages to get me back in, in cash before I set foot in the area the fault had occurred.
Despite me telling me repeatedly that spares are good in time critical situations, it backfired spectacularly when they lost around 100,000 quids worth of production, a production line crew standing idle for what should have cost 1600 in parts and one electrician following instructions to restore a backup to a touchscreen. He had to wait till morning to get a refurbed screen,
I left site 10 minutes after I arrived, a huge grin and a perfect tale for future employers that documentation, courtesy and spare parts can really make a difference, and Schadenfreude is real and so, so satisfying.
Have the same thing here. The problem we now have is that they don't send engineers over, they leave it to a "print champion". Namely the muggins that used to have to do the jobs, but were allocated different tasks to make up for the loss of maintaining the printers.
All mails from the outsourced print team are now correctly routed to /dev/null
Similar thing happens when you have a lab above an MRI scanner. That seems to cause a spontaneous reboot, lockups, missing keyboard errors. Move the computer to a room away from the scanner area, works fine for weeks.
Down the other side of the corridor from the scanner. A rock crusher. The joys of working in a shared building
I've had two memorable ones brought to me for diagnosis. First one was a laptop that mysteriously had stopped working. Checked the power supply, all well and good. Then moved onto the laptop,which had a bit of a funky smell to say the least, and when opened up could see there had been a bit of fluid spilt on it. Asked the user what happened, and she said, "I got up to make a cup of tea, and the cat lay on the keyboard, he does that because its warm on the laptop. He's a bit old, so...." and it was then we both realised her incontinent cat had peed on the keyboard, and this had seeped into the electronics and fried them.
Second one was another member of staff who loaned a printer, and returned it stating it no longer worked. Found most of a pack of bourbon biscuits and a custard cream wedged in the print head, as well as various soft drinks that had been dumped into it. She claims her children were never let near it. She was asked to pay for a new printer.
I've had a 930 for over a year, and loved the here suite, as if I was driving, the offline maps was invaluable, as on holiday last year in California and Nevada with very patchy data coverage, and when I was using public transport, Here transit was great for showing you the different options available (bus, train, tram where available) and made getting round an unfamiliar city a doddle.
The Windows Map application doesn't have train or tram support for its route planning for non-drivers, so isn't as useful to me as here is, which is a shame.
Openreach decided that they weren't going to add FTTC to my old houses cabinet, as it they could then claim it an improvement under the rural program for my county. They basically used that money to infill where it wasn't economically viable due to their poor planning in setting out cabinets, rather than the intended purpose for rural improvements. And the new place we moved to? VM had already cabled, so BT decided not to bother.
Sorry, after Konami delivered successive versions with the worst netcode possible, there's a reason FIFA outsells it. Piss off your core audience, and if a competitor comes along with a decent product, they will buy that instead. Seabass screwed over gamers after PES 6, subsequent releases just took the money and never fixed the underlying flawed code.
Here is a company that doesn't want users running Linux on a Playstation, which they marketed as a computer system for tax purposes, but are wanting to market a Playstation branded phone running android, derived from Linux. Do they not see that as strange?
Then don't buy using your card. Take your card down to most supermarkets, they sell Live membership cards and Points cards that can be redeemed on the console.
The kid must have known full well what was happening, it tells you how many points or how much in cash it costs for each download.
And well done to the Daily Mail when they published this, you could clearly see the kids gamertag.
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