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Author Topic: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)  (Read 11282 times)

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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #100 on: 15 Nov 2019, 14:39 »

Comic's up!
Beepatrice seems nice, if a little easily flustered.
I wonder if it's pronounced Bee-patrice or Beep-atrice?
(O.K., I've been up waaaaayyyy too long...)
I'm thinking it should be Beep-atrice. Sort of self-censored. And would go nice with a Basilisk.

[edit] No shipping of AIs intended, just the names have a nice theme together [/edit]

Holy cow. It's almost a year ago.
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #101 on: 16 Nov 2019, 06:58 »

But is a beep a bleep?

(Which inexplicably takes me back to those longago Saturday mornings when Josie and the Pussycats were IN SPACE, and had an alien (pet/companion/was never really clear) named "Bleep." All the little (bleep)er ever said was "bleep."
Such language! And me with such an impressionable young mind.

And not long after that, this guy. Such a mouth.
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #102 on: 18 Nov 2019, 02:12 »

The test specification just said "Firewall tests" so they're testing various scenarios involving the words "fire" and "wall" in some way
I am unable to imagine the need for any combination of dildo and "fire + wall" testing that makes any sense.  The only thing I can come close to would be an internet enabled dildo that would keep track of running time and export it to a web site for your later annotation and review.  But the very thought of that kind of privacy breach is about to give me hives...
There have already been, in our own universe, issues with privacy on internet connected sex toys. In 2016 it was shown that one connected vibrator sent customers' settings and usage information to the manufacturer's server without consent (the company eventually had to pay a settlement for that), and that third parties could access that information - and even take over the devices remotely. In 2017 another connected vibrator with a built-in camera was found to be hackable to give unauthorised people access to the video feed. In the same year it was discovered that one model of butt plug could be found and remotely controlled via Bluetooth.

As with other IoT devices, much of the market has little to no security, and for example will advertise themselves over Bluetooth to any nearby phone. Walk around your workplace with your Bluetooth explorer open and you might get a surprise or two. As is commonplace, the manufacturers tend to start paying attention to security after problems are found and publicised, not in the design stages, so at any one time there are lots of insecure products on the market.

Links are not hard to find, I'm just not going to search them up on my work computer (and can't be bothered manually copying them from my phone).
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #103 on: 18 Nov 2019, 05:06 »

And not long after that, this guy. Such a mouth.
Bleeped out every line he had...

Of course, beepatrice could be a back formation singularizing with censoring dominatrice.  Which would make her excessively sniveling personality a deliberate affection - and maybe her work at the non-profit is also a reflection of her determination to somehow escape the field.  Makes you wonder if Beeps would know anything about Marten's mom.
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #104 on: 18 Nov 2019, 07:48 »

But is a beep a bleep?

(Which inexplicably takes me back to those longago Saturday mornings when Josie and the Pussycats were IN SPACE, and had an alien (pet/companion/was never really clear) named "Bleep." All the little (bleep)er ever said was "bleep."
Such language! And me with such an impressionable young mind.

And not long after that, this guy. Such a mouth.

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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #105 on: 18 Nov 2019, 10:50 »

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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #106 on: 18 Nov 2019, 11:52 »

I always thought that was spelt "ID10T"
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #107 on: 18 Nov 2019, 17:07 »

I always thought that was spelt "ID10T"

No, that's the interface that our old IT guy kept telling me was the problem with my computer. That and something called a PEBCAK.
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #108 on: 19 Nov 2019, 04:35 »

That and something called a PEBCAK.
That's because the real meaning of the PICNIC error leaked out.   :lol: :wink:
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #109 on: 19 Nov 2019, 09:02 »

Sometimes you're the DAU. Although technically, the acronym is German (Dümmster Anzunehmender User), it works in English as well: it's the Dumbest Assumable User.
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #110 on: 19 Nov 2019, 09:23 »

Back in my tech support days we were fond of the term "keyboard driver error".

Which we used because management had forbidden us to use the term "user error". Seriously.  :roll:
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #111 on: 19 Nov 2019, 09:42 »

But sometimes it really is a problem with the driver software for the keyboard.
Try keyboard pilot error instead.
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #112 on: 19 Nov 2019, 09:58 »

But sometimes it really is a problem with the driver software for the keyboard.
Try keyboard pilot error instead.

Isn't a pilot basically a glorified driver?
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #113 on: 19 Nov 2019, 11:24 »

But sometimes it really is a problem with the driver software for the keyboard.
Try keyboard pilot error instead.

We never once had a problem with the actual keyboard driver software.
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #114 on: 19 Nov 2019, 18:50 »

That was usually reserved for Macs back in the day.
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #115 on: 20 Nov 2019, 04:55 »

Having written a TSR that captured KBD input, among other things, I've had to debug a "keyboard driver".  Twasn't fun...
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #116 on: 20 Nov 2019, 10:04 »

That was usually reserved for Macs back in the day.
My experience is usually M$ doing weird things or just plain torpedoing things like the RT9450 Microsoft Keyboards which I STILL get requests for after all these years because people still use them and love them.
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #117 on: 20 Nov 2019, 14:25 »

Every now and then there's a decent piece of MS hardware for a good price. I had one of those Microsoft five button mice for years, replaced it once it started double clicking randomly. Think it was called intellimouse optical, and it was silver.
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #118 on: 21 Nov 2019, 05:06 »

But sometimes it really is a problem with the driver software for the keyboard.
Try keyboard pilot error instead.

Isn't a pilot basically a glorified driver?

I have heard that USAF ground crew definition of "pilot" is "person who pushes buttons at random until something of significance happens."
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #119 on: 21 Nov 2019, 21:19 »

But sometimes it really is a problem with the driver software for the keyboard.
Try keyboard pilot error instead.
Isn't a pilot basically a glorified driver?
I have heard that USAF ground crew definition of "pilot" is "person who pushes buttons at random until something of significance happens."
So you're saying it is a good metaphor for the typical computer user, then.
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #120 on: 25 Nov 2019, 19:54 »

Feel free to run with that interpretation if you want.
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #121 on: 25 Nov 2019, 23:13 »

I have heard that USAF ground crew definition of "pilot" is "person who pushes buttons at random until something of significance happens."

Chuck, is that you?
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Re: WCDT 4131-4135 (Nov 11th-15th, 2019)
« Reply #122 on: 30 Nov 2019, 18:23 »

I have heard that USAF ground crew definition of "pilot" is "person who pushes buttons at random until something of significance happens."

Chuck, is that you?
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