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Paul's first day at Redacted Commodities and Trading, LLC. started with a coffee and a muffin, and ended with trauma leave. [expand full text]
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Re: Trauma Center

2012-12-08 10:48 • by Meep (unregistered)
396757 in reply to 396470
the beholder:
sukru:
Richard:
Most of those old beige boxes with the mechanical power switches, you could release the button and push it again quickly enough to prevent a power-down.

You might want to practice a few times before doing it on a production server, though.
I used to do this all the time! As long as you can re-press the buttons before the capacitors discharge, nothing happened.
I did it several times too when those buttons were the norm, but Paul couldn't have the luxury. It wasn't his machine, so he couldn't be sure how much the button would push back until it reached the stage where you have to press it again.

The article calls the lack of ACPI a "small blessing of old hardware". I have to disagree. Were they using newer hardware Paul would release the button at Manny's scream and all would be ok.


It'd start to hibernate or some shite. ACPI pretty much means that power button does whatever it feels like.

Re: Trauma Center

2012-12-08 10:49 • by Meep (unregistered)
396758 in reply to 396533
jonnyq:
Remy Porter:
I can see it now, one of these people reads TDWTF today, and goes, "What? Holy crap, that guy still believes that was a real production server? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA."

Best. Prank. Ever.

Sadly, it probably wasn't.


I thought it was a prank, too, until they got him a bucket and decided someone else had to flush the bucket.


No rule that says you can't prank several people.

Re: Trauma Center

2012-12-08 10:49 • by Meep (unregistered)
396759 in reply to 396412
Sockatume:
Of course, MacGuyver would've opened up the machine and hotwired the power switch.


Or just get a wooden dowel or metal rod and jam it into the power switch. You could test it on another computer.

Re: Trauma Center

2012-12-08 18:21 • by h0h0h0
I call BS on this story.. A little too much narrative here.

Re: Trauma Center

2012-12-09 00:14 • by Patrick (unregistered)
396765 in reply to 396401
Rhywden:
Simon Peyote Joints:
I'm no expert - wouldn't holding the power button for 5 seconds on most machines trigger a hard shutdown?

Story covers that one: "No ACPI".

And you know what that means. If you can release the button and re-press it fast enough (which is kinda easy to do) you can then let go without powering down the machine.

Re: Trauma Center

2012-12-09 07:17 • by Val (unregistered)
396768 in reply to 396429
ObiWayneKenobi:
The threat would have been enough to release the button. "Good luck in court, asshole" followed by releasing the button and walking out.

Any company that stupid DESERVES to lose millions of dollars.


Well, imagine yourself in the place of his co-workers. Would you have liked if some random new guy would destroy your job just because he was feeling smug?

Re: Trauma Center

2012-12-09 07:18 • by Val (unregistered)
396769 in reply to 396765
Patrick:
Rhywden:
Simon Peyote Joints:
I'm no expert - wouldn't holding the power button for 5 seconds on most machines trigger a hard shutdown?

Story covers that one: "No ACPI".

And you know what that means. If you can release the button and re-press it fast enough (which is kinda easy to do) you can then let go without powering down the machine.


Would you take your chances with 10 million USD in the equation?

Re: Trauma Center

2012-12-10 09:38 • by ObiWayneKenobi
396820 in reply to 396768
Val:
ObiWayneKenobi:
The threat would have been enough to release the button. "Good luck in court, asshole" followed by releasing the button and walking out.

Any company that stupid DESERVES to lose millions of dollars.


Well, imagine yourself in the place of his co-workers. Would you have liked if some random new guy would destroy your job just because he was feeling smug?


I suppose not, but again any company that keeps everything that keeps them afloat on an unmarked computer situated in a random cubicle where anyone can turn it off doesn't deserve to stay in business. That kind of stupidity should not be rewarded, it should be punished swiftly and decisively as a warning to other idiots that such behavior is NOT tolerated.

Re: Trauma Center

2012-12-10 17:46 • by Chuck Conway (unregistered)
The real WTF was he did not quit the place.

Re: Trauma Center

2012-12-10 22:58 • by Bill C. (unregistered)
396857 in reply to 396765
Patrick:
If you can release the button and re-press it fast enough
I'm equipped to do that.
Patrick:
(which is kinda easy to do)
What? Hey! Way to destroy a man's ego.

Re: Trauma Center

2012-12-11 11:52 • by DavidN (unregistered)
As long as he left guilt-free in the end.

Re: Trauma Center

2012-12-11 21:27 • by Konrad (unregistered)
396928 in reply to 396427
I'm guessing it was an AT power supply, not an ATX power supply. Meaning that the power button was linked directly to the power supply, not to the motherboard.

Re: Trauma Center

2012-12-19 11:47 • by MichaelWojcik
Not a single comment mentioning molly-guards? Damn kids. I'm assigning all of you a five-page essay on the Jargon File.

Re: Trauma Center

2013-01-09 12:02 • by Neil (unregistered)
398838 in reply to 396476
Neil:
I'm looking at you, <!-- <b>Tokyo</b> &amp; <b>Beijing</b> - see you at <a href="http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/QCon-Tokyo-2012--QCon-Beijing-2012.aspx">QCon</a> (April 16-20) -->
Well, I'm not any more, this has since been fixed. (But today I noticed a stray </p> in the source of the InsertSql() article instead...)

Re: Trauma Center

2013-01-10 16:20 • by Dave (unregistered)
398981 in reply to 396427
Because on a machine this old, the power switch IS an actual physical switch; not just a momentary switch.
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