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  • After the recent blizzard in the northeast (US), they plowed the streets, and in one case, created a 2.5 story high mountain of snow in the middle of the street. It's a week later and they block off the street at both ends (2 2-man patrols), got three bull dozers and one of those big snow melting machines (basically a big bucket with a heating element, and a hole in the bottom that's supposed to be over an open manhole). Only they didn't open the manhole cover. So they dumped bucket after bucket into this thing, and a small rain storm was going on underneath it. The temp was just below freezing. The falling water splashed everywhere and quickly formed a small glacier. So big that when the snow was gone, they couldn't move the melting-unit because its supports were mostly submerged in solid ice.

    I finally get into the office only to be greeted by a BSOD on my laptop - the disk died. I give it to the PC support folks and go back to my desk to read the paper (we don't have desktop systems, just the laptops). A few hours later, the pc guy comes looking for me: I need additional info, why didn't you answer my email? Erm, because you have my F'g laptop?

    All before 9AM on the first workday of 2011.

    Happy New Year!



  • You're posting this from a production server in the server room I guess? 😉


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    @snoofle said:

    why didn't you answer my email? Erm, because you have my F'g laptop?

    You don't have a smartphone?

    Where I work, lack of computer access isn't an accepted excuse for missing emails.



  • @joe.edwards said:

    @snoofle said:
    why didn't you answer my email? Erm, because you have my F'g laptop?

    You don't have a smartphone?

    Where I work, lack of computer access isn't an accepted excuse for missing emails.

    I'm glad I don't work there as I don't even own a regular cellphone



  • @serguey123 said:

    I'm glad I don't work there as I don't even own a regular cellphone
    Do you own an irregular or extraordinary cellphone?

    PS: I can't/won't read email elsewhere either.



  • @b-redeker said:

    You're posting this from a production server in the server room I guess? 😉

    Actually, after some cajoling, I was able to post it from my Blackberry, but that was more an act of sheer will than technology cooperating.



  •  We've got a snow melter here in the Midwest, too. We call it "the sun".



  • @SQLDave said:

     We've got a snow melter here in the Midwest, too. We call it "the sun".

    That doesn't fly when you can have >50000 people/ sq. mile.



  • @frits said:

    @SQLDave said:

     We've got a snow melter here in the Midwest, too. We call it "the sun".

    That doesn't fly when you can have >50000 people/ sq. mile.

    It's not the midwest's fault you guys all decided to crowd together like cockroaches hiding behind a fridge. Spread out a little, it's a huge, empty, country. I mean, hell, it's been a state for like a century now, and there's still nothing worthwhile in Utah.



  • Most technology is held together with string and tape.

    Most cross-system web development (hey, let's make this system talk to that system using a [web]service), is when you have two of such string-and-tape balls, and glue them together with a five year old Pritt stick.



  • @snoofle said:

    @b-redeker said:

    You're posting this from a production server in the server room I guess? 😉

    Actually, after some cajoling, I was able to post it from my Blackberry, but that was more an act of sheer will than technology cooperating.

    Indeed. I've tried a couple times, but I gave up when the login form simply didn't post. So how did you make it work?



  • @b-redeker said:

    @snoofle said:

    ...Actually, after some cajoling, I was able to post it from my Blackberry, but that was more an act of sheer will than technology cooperating.

    Indeed. I've tried a couple times, but I gave up when the login form simply didn't post. So how did you make it work?

    I'm not really sure; I just kept hitting the button until it worked. And yes, I get the stupidity of it, but I was just *that* bored.



  • @Zecc said:

    @serguey123 said:

    I'm glad I don't work there as I don't even own a regular cellphone
    Do you own an irregular or extraordinary cellphone?.

    Err, no, I don't own a cellphone at all, never liked them.  Besides computers I don't own anything tech related.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @frits said:

    @SQLDave said:

     We've got a snow melter here in the Midwest, too. We call it "the sun".

    That doesn't fly when you can have >50000 people/ sq. mile.

    It's not the midwest's fault you guys all decided to crowd together like cockroaches hiding behind a fridge. Spread out a little, it's a huge, empty, country. I mean, hell, it's been a state for like a century now, and there's *still* nothing worthwhile in Utah.

    Like all successful cockroaches, we know where the food is.

     



  • I don't understand how in New England, where we get multiple 10+ inch snowstorms a year (pretty much every year) that the first time it happens every year it's OMG WTF TEH WORLD IS ENDING!!1

    I drove to work this last storm we had, the one where the news was all "CATASTROPHE!" about (when aren't they like that though?). I drive an economy hatchback with front-wheel-drive, not some big 4x4 or anything. It was great, I had the road and office to myself. 

    dataz (in terrible format, but that's all I could find):

    http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/snow-info2.shtml

    It's not like the south where the first flake that falls, everybody slides off the road and there's no equipment to plow. It's NE, there's like a hundred thousand plow trucks and such, giant piles of salt/sand on the side of the road to be spread, snow tires, etc. We're equipped to handle it without an issue, and people seem to forget that every winter.



  • @EJ_ said:

    I don't understand how in New England, where we get multiple 10+ inch snowstorms a year (pretty much every year) that the first time it happens every year it's OMG WTF TEH WORLD IS ENDING!!1

    I drove to work this last storm we had, the one where the news was all "CATASTROPHE!" about (when aren't they like that though?). I drive an economy hatchback with front-wheel-drive, not some big 4x4 or anything. It was great, I had the road and office to myself. 

    dataz (in terrible format, but that's all I could find):

    http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/snow-info2.shtml

    It's not like the south where the first flake that falls, everybody slides off the road and there's no equipment to plow. It's NE, there's like a hundred thousand plow trucks and such, giant piles of salt/sand on the side of the road to be spread, snow tires, etc. We're equipped to handle it without an issue, and people seem to forget that every winter.

    More importantly, were you fully stocked on bread and milk?

     



  • @EJ_ said:

    I don't understand how in New England, where we get multiple 10+ inch snowstorms a year (pretty much every year) that the first time it happens every year it's OMG WTF TEH WORLD IS ENDING!!1
    This seems to be universal.  I live in an area that's not quite as bad as New England, but we still get lots of snow every year.  And every year, when the first big snow hits, the people in charge of plowing the roads act like "OMG WTF WE DIDN'T KNOW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!!  WE DIDN"T BUY ENOUGH ROAD SALT!!"

     

     



  • @serguey123 said:

    @Zecc said:

    @serguey123 said:

    I'm glad I don't work there as I don't even own a regular cellphone
    Do you own an irregular or extraordinary cellphone?.

    Err, no, I don't own a cellphone at all, never liked them.  Besides computers I don't own anything tech related.

    Ah! A Slashdot reader.



  • @El_Heffe said:

    @EJ_ said:

    I don't understand how in New England, where we get multiple 10+ inch snowstorms a year (pretty much every year) that the first time it happens every year it's OMG WTF TEH WORLD IS ENDING!!1
    This seems to be universal.  I live in an area that's not quite as bad as New England, but we still get lots of snow every year.  And every year, when the first big snow hits, the people in charge of plowing the roads act like "OMG WTF WE DIDN'T KNOW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!!  WE DIDN"T BUY ENOUGH ROAD SALT!!"

     

     

    Here in Western Washington, it's because we only get decent snow every 5 years or so, and in the 5 year period between this snow and the last one, 20-25% of our population has been replaced by fucking Californians who keep fucking moving up here and ruining everything. (And seemingly 100% of the local news crews, who like to create huge banners reading "SNOWSTORM '10!" with cute animated backgrounds. As if snowing is an actual event.) Fucking Californians.

    Of course, when it *does* snow, we shut down. Which other states make fun of, except they don't have hills like we do-- we're actually better off shutting down during a snow than attempting to plow and sand roads, considering it only happens for a few days every 5 or so years.



  • @frits said:

    More importantly, were you fully stocked on bread and milk?
    This always puzzles me - why, when they fear not being able to go to the shops for an extended length of time (anything longer than 24hrs seems to work for most sheeple,) do people stock up on perishables that take up far too much space? Wouldn't stocking up on stuff that, for example, just "add water to" make more sense (dried milk if you really want milk e.g.)? Or tinned stuff?



    Why are the bread isle and the milk fridge the first things to get emptied in such situations? Either:

    1. It'll go off before you reach the shops again (should the fears be confirmed) or
    2. It'll go off before you finish consuming it (should they not) or
    3. It takes up valuable space that could be used for other more nutritious stuff in your freezer, and you'll be eating 6 month old bread in a few months.

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