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  • PlasticineGuy 2012-08-13 06:06
    TRWTF: "ready to recount the tail of the dreaded F5 virus,"
  • Sebastian Buchannon 2012-08-13 06:15
    So what? it has a long tail. What are you some kind of virii noob?
  • mscha 2012-08-13 06:20
    TRWTF is Blair closing the browser window without further thought, when the problem is HTTP requests coming from that computer...

    – Michael
  • Stev 2012-08-13 06:52
    Sebastian Buchannon:
    So what? it has a long tail. What are you some kind of virii noob?


    I don't know if you're deliberately using that word, given the context, but I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been. Anyone that uses "Virii" to mean the plural of "Virus" is, frankly, an idiot trying to sound smarter than they really are. The plural of "Virus" is simply "Viruses".
    Once again, if you were using the word in an ironic sense, that is fine, but if not - by all means go look it up in a dictionary: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/virii?s=t
  • QJo 2012-08-13 07:01
    Stev:
    Sebastian Buchannon:
    So what? it has a long tail. What are you some kind of virii noob?


    I don't know if you're deliberately using that word, given the context, but I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been. Anyone that uses "Virii" to mean the plural of "Virus" is, frankly, an idiot trying to sound smarter than they really are. The plural of "Virus" is simply "Viruses".
    Once again, if you were using the word in an ironic sense, that is fine, but if not - by all means go look it up in a dictionary: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/virii?s=t

    +1
  • kktkkr 2012-08-13 07:01
    I loved that comment about nearly fully depressed F5!
  • freibooter 2012-08-13 07:06
    kktkkr:
    I loved that comment about nearly fully depressed F5!

    Depression is no laughing matter! More and more function keys suffer from depression every year, suffering enormously under the pressure and hoping that they could just let go.
  • Cherry Treats 2012-08-13 07:25
    Make sure to click $WORD fluke
  • Meep 2012-08-13 07:25
    Stev:
    Sebastian Buchannon:
    So what? it has a long tail. What are you some kind of virii noob?


    I don't know if you're deliberately using that word, given the context, but I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been. Anyone that uses "Virii" to mean the plural of "Virus" is, frankly, an idiot trying to sound smarter than they really are. The plural of "Virus" is simply "Viruses".
    Once again, if you were using the word in an ironic sense, that is fine, but if not - by all means go look it up in a dictionary: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/virii?s=t


    These are the same people who think the plural of box is boxen.
  • Ducky 2012-08-13 07:33
    I had the same thing happen with me once...
    A LMS system we use had blocked our IP address because they were getting "attacked" by someone on our network.

    Turns out it was just an F5 key on one machine on a 20mbit connection -_-
  • PaulR 2012-08-13 07:40
    I had the exact same thing happen to me, albeit with an electromechanical machine:

    A customer called and explained that when he closed a safety-pressure-release gate (it was normally closed), the machine would start actuating, all by itself. "Hmmm, when the other technician comes back in the next few minutes, I'll be able to head out to see you. In the meantime, I'll look at the schematics to see if I can see anything that can cause that."

    I hung up, and turned to the schematics. After a few minutes, I figured that a defective microswitch in the footswitch could cause the customer's problem. Just as my hand was reaching for the phone so I could call the customer and ask him to disconnect the foot switch, a "Paul, line one!" came over the PA system...

    It was the customer: "I'm so embarassed. We just realized that someone had placed a box right on the footswitch....."
  • $$ERR:get_name_fail 2012-08-13 07:50
    and they swooped over the situation like B1 bombers over Eastern Europe.

    Don't want to nitpick*, but I think you mean a B2 bomber. There is no such thing as a B1 bomber.


    *who am I kidding? Sure I want to! Nitpicking is the reason I am reading this website!
  • Cbuttius 2012-08-13 07:50
    so someone had a key stuck. boring WTF. next!
  • Ru 2012-08-13 07:53
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    Don't want to nitpick*, but I think you mean a B2 bomber. There is no such thing as a B1 bomber.


    Rockwell B1 Lancer

    (wikipedia might be spam, I suppose. thanks, akismet)
  • schmitter 2012-08-13 07:58
    Come on. Stories where a user/idiot/moron do something that anyone smarter than a tomato plant would NOT do, that in turn causes hours of work for an department/group/individual that they do not work for are always interesting.
  • Poor Suffering Bastard 2012-08-13 08:16
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    and they swooped over the situation like B1 bombers over Eastern Europe.

    Don't want to nitpick*, but I think you mean a B2 bomber. There is no such thing as a B1 bomber.


    *who am I kidding? Sure I want to! Nitpicking is the reason I am reading this website!


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockwell_B-1_Lancer

    orly?
  • See that 2012-08-13 08:17
    Marketing manager left a book on the enter key of a unix terminal session so that the screen would costantly refresh so he could see the sales instantly, pity it put the POS system offline :(
  • Dessimus 2012-08-13 08:18
    I was unaware of the need for home-grow project-management software, I guess hydroponics has become serious business.
  • Remy Porter 2012-08-13 08:29
    The B2 bomber would be a bad choice for a Cold War metaphor. The first prototypes were only hitting the air in 1989, and didn't actually enter service until 1997. The B1-B, on the other hand, was featured in the film Real Genius.
  • Andrew 2012-08-13 08:31
    Stev:
    Sebastian Buchannon:
    So what? it has a long tail. What are you some kind of virii noob?


    I don't know if you're deliberately using that word, given the context, but I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been. Anyone that uses "Virii" to mean the plural of "Virus" is, frankly, an idiot trying to sound smarter than they really are. The plural of "Virus" is simply "Viruses".
    Once again, if you were using the word in an ironic sense, that is fine, but if not - by all means go look it up in a dictionary: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/virii?s=t
    In a rare display, English abides by rules with reproducible results.
  • frits 2012-08-13 08:31
    Ha ha! Anybody who solders must be some kind of rube.
  • Mike 2012-08-13 08:55
    So a web server getting 20 requests per second on a single URL on the valid web port is under attack?

    What was it? an 80286 PC?
  • Tonka 2012-08-13 08:57
    Stev:
    Sebastian Buchannon:
    So what? it has a long tail. What are you some kind of virii noob?


    I don't know if you're deliberately using that word, given the context, but I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been. Anyone that uses "Virii" to mean the plural of "Virus" is, frankly, an idiot trying to sound smarter than they really are. The plural of "Virus" is simply "Viruses".
    Once again, if you were using the word in an ironic sense, that is fine, but if not - by all means go look it up in a dictionary: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/virii?s=t


    Just in case you decide to find out more than you ever wanted:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plural_form_of_words_ending_in_-us#Virus

    TRWTF? Wikipedia-links being flagged as spam.
  • Vilx- 2012-08-13 09:11
    We're gonna need a new Timmy!
  • foo 2012-08-13 09:21
    mscha:
    TRWTF is Blair closing the browser window without further thought, when the problem is HTTP requests coming from that computer...
    Hey, still better than turning off the machine as a first step of troubleshooting.
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 09:21
    freibooter:
    kktkkr:
    I loved that comment about nearly fully depressed F5!

    Depression is no laughing matter! More and more function keys suffer from depression every year, suffering enormously under the pressure and hoping that they could just let go.


    That's because nobody likes to be under the finger of THE MAN!
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 09:29
    Mike:
    So a web server getting 20 requests per second on a single URL on the valid web port is under attack?

    What was it? an 80286 PC?


    Actually... on machines with modern specs (and I am not talking about 4x 8 hyperthreaded core processors with all solidstate drives...im talking about a more standard core I7 system or something)... pages with anything more than the most basic of server functionality... 118ms - 200ms response time is considered reasonably good. a 5 year old computer would likely be in the 350-450 range at best. That is roughly 5-10 requests/second for a newer system, 2-3 request/second for their own. Also... if the company is small enough that this is abnormal and is not hosting an external service (which I suspect it is not)... then I imagine traffic of this nature does appear to be at least an attempt at a DOS attack.
  • Cbuttius 2012-08-13 09:35
    No, virii has been commonly adopted as a plural form for virus in the computing context, although it is not used in the normal biological context of virus. It is rather strange that it is commonly spelt with a double 'i' as the normal Latin plural if there were one would simply be viri.

    Virus is actually a Latin word originally but it is a collective noun and they don't have plurals.
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 09:45
    Cbuttius:
    No, virii has been commonly adopted as a plural form for virus in the computing context, although it is not used in the normal biological context of virus. It is rather strange that it is commonly spelt with a double 'i' as the normal Latin plural if there were one would simply be viri.

    Virus is actually a Latin word originally but it is a collective noun and they don't have plurals.


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  • OKJoker 2012-08-13 09:55
    Whew. I'm glad he got your permission to use the word ironically.
  • Cbuttius 2012-08-13 10:03
    I was shocked when playing Words With Friends that it rejected the word struct as not being a word...

    Of course it's a word.

    Now someone sometime decided to call a kind of program that gets onto your computer unintentionally with dire consequences a "virus". Then people commonly created a pluralised form for it. There is no reason why this plural has to be the same word as the one for a biological virus.
  • ubersoldat 2012-08-13 10:16
    I believe that TRWTF is not the F5 key thing (that's just a little funny) but the reaction of the manager on the whole situation when a server with a service you don't care about is being "attacked".

    I mean, if it's your production environment, the thing that pays the beans, then it's ok to burn some torches and pray to the gods.
  • Bub 2012-08-13 10:24
    Another fine member of the snooty Tribe of Dorkii
  • Bub 2012-08-13 10:25
    Stev:

    I don't know if you're deliberately using that word, given the context, but I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been. Anyone that uses "Virii" to mean the plural of "Virus" is, frankly, an idiot trying to sound smarter than they really are. The plural of "Virus" is simply "Viruses".


    Another member of the snooty Tribe of Dorkii
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 10:27
    ubersoldat:
    I believe that TRWTF is not the F5 key thing (that's just a little funny) but the reaction of the manager on the whole situation when a server with a service you don't care about is being "attacked".

    I mean, if it's your production environment, the thing that pays the beans, then it's ok to burn some torches and pray to the gods.


    Like kicking a hornets' nest... yes. It reminds me of a few similar experiences of my own. Truthfully... I sort of forgot exactly where this story differed from my own memories of such situations. Ignorance, a good story and something suspect can breed all sorts of humuliation for people :p.

    I remember one old lady who asked me if she needed to get a padlock. "For what" I asked her, as I was unaware of any habits that might necessitate one, she mainly stayed at home. She wanted to do it to protect her credit card numbers on her computer. The funny thing about it was... the only thing she used her computer for was to play solitare. She just thought that since the computer was hers, she had to go buy a padlock so it didn't try to steal her personal information.
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 10:29
    Bub:
    Stev:

    I don't know if you're deliberately using that word, given the context, but I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been. Anyone that uses "Virii" to mean the plural of "Virus" is, frankly, an idiot trying to sound smarter than they really are. The plural of "Virus" is simply "Viruses".


    Another member of the snooty Tribe of Dorkii


    Unflatulantly, this thread seems to have reverted to english class.
  • Maltz 2012-08-13 10:31
    Poor Suffering Bastard:
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    and they swooped over the situation like B1 bombers over Eastern Europe.

    Don't want to nitpick*, but I think you mean a B2 bomber. There is no such thing as a B1 bomber.


    *who am I kidding? Sure I want to! Nitpicking is the reason I am reading this website!


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockwell_B-1_Lancer

    orly?


    I highly doubt that he was thinking of the B1 Lancer. In fact, I suspect he was thinking of the B-17, which actually HAS flown missions over Europe in large numbers, unlike either the B1 or the B2.

    But frankly, the whole argument is pretty pedantic...
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 10:38
    Maltz:
    Poor Suffering Bastard:
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    and they swooped over the situation like B1 bombers over Eastern Europe.

    Don't want to nitpick*, but I think you mean a B2 bomber. There is no such thing as a B1 bomber.


    *who am I kidding? Sure I want to! Nitpicking is the reason I am reading this website!


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockwell_B-1_Lancer

    orly?


    I highly doubt that he was thinking of the B1 Lancer. In fact, I suspect he was thinking of the B-17, which actually HAS flown missions over Europe in large numbers, unlike either the B1 or the B2.

    But frankly, the whole argument is pretty pedantic...


    B-52 is far more popular, if we aren't thinking strictly WWII anyway. It is easily the most well known stratigic bombing craft... and has a cool nickname to boot (BUFF-Big Ugly Fat Fucker) - you can wikipedia that if you don't believe me.
  • Cbuttius 2012-08-13 10:39
    In visual studio F5 starts a build. It doesn't "refresh" the content.

    It is a big WTF though when F3 doesn't implement "Find next" and you have to do some horrible mouse activity every time instead.

    It's also a WTF if you cannot type Alt-0189 to get the "half" character because something has decided that the Alt followed by the 0 should perform some menu action. Similarly Alt-0178 should give you the "squared" character.


  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 10:43
    Cbuttius:
    In visual studio F5 starts a build. It doesn't "refresh" the content.


    yes... and F13 downloads Victoria's Secret models into your bedroom.
  • Ben Jammin 2012-08-13 10:49
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    and they swooped over the situation like B1 bombers over Eastern Europe.

    Don't want to nitpick*, but I think you mean a B2 bomber. There is no such thing as a B1 bomber.


    *who am I kidding? Sure I want to! Nitpicking is the reason I am reading this website!


    Out of curiosity, why would anyone start counting bomber ids at 2?
  • Ben Jammin 2012-08-13 10:50
    Some Jerk:
    Cbuttius:
    In visual studio F5 starts a build. It doesn't "refresh" the content.


    yes... and F13 downloads Victoria's Secret models into your bedroom.


    I need a better keyboard
  • just me 2012-08-13 10:52
    Meep:
    Stev:
    Sebastian Buchannon:
    So what? it has a long tail. What are you some kind of virii noob?


    I don't know if you're deliberately using that word, given the context, but I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been. Anyone that uses "Virii" to mean the plural of "Virus" is, frankly, an idiot trying to sound smarter than they really are. The plural of "Virus" is simply "Viruses".
    Once again, if you were using the word in an ironic sense, that is fine, but if not - by all means go look it up in a dictionary: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/virii?s=t


    These are the same people who think the plural of box is boxen.


    Yeah, everybody knows it's spelt "boxxen".
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 10:57
    Ben Jammin:
    Out of curiosity, why would anyone start counting bomber ids at 2?


    It's like movies... only the sequels have numbers. After all... who knew that the number would suddenly become important? HMMM... wonder if there was a "B" that simply didn't work out? Was the B plane like a B movie??? Getting so little recognition as to fade into obscurity? Or was it like those old "Christmas classics" narrated by Barry Manalow that are only aired because parents don't want to have to worry that their children are watching something violent while they are busy ignoring them... and that nobody ever seems to know the name of?

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  • Cbuttius 2012-08-13 10:59
    Some Jerk:
    B-52 is far more popular, if we aren't thinking strictly WWII anyway. It is easily the most well known stratigic bombing craft... and has a cool nickname to boot (BUFF-Big Ugly Fat Fucker) - you can wikipedia that if you don't believe me.


    it's not a WTF, it's WTF-lobster...
  • Zylon 2012-08-13 11:01
    Remy Porter:
    The B2 bomber would be a bad choice for a Cold War metaphor. The first prototypes were only hitting the air in 1989, and didn't actually enter service until 1997. The B1-B, on the other hand, was featured in the film Real Genius.

    It's "B-1B", not "B1-B". And B-2, B-52, F-15, A-10, etc.
  • Cbuttius 2012-08-13 11:16
    The F keys were put on the computer keyboards so that the alphabetic characters could retain their purpose of typing the letter they have printed on them. Unlike in vi where that depends on what mode you are in.

    And the key with the left arrow was put there to erase your last input character, not to put a Ctrl^H on your screen unless you "remember" to stty erase first.

    I don't have to stty to make the console print an A when I hit the A key, so why do I have to stty the erase?
  • DanDan 2012-08-13 11:18
    It seems everyone and his wonky donkey knows an awful lot about bombers.
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 11:19
    Cbuttius:
    The F keys were put on the computer keyboards so that the alphabetic characters could retain their purpose of typing the letter they have printed on them. Unlike in vi where that depends on what mode you are in.

    And the key with the left arrow was put there to erase your last input character, not to put a Ctrl^H on your screen unless you "remember" to stty erase first.

    I don't have to stty to make the console print an A when I hit the A key, so why do I have to stty the erase?

    ummm... what? Dude... I think your computer needs a breathalizer built on to i.
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 11:19
    DanDan:
    It seems everyone and his wonky donkey knows an awful lot about bombers.
    yea... they are the bomb
  • Cbuttius 2012-08-13 11:22
    the one up there who decides what comments should be featured, are you still with us? I have typed loads of comments here and you haven't featured any of them.

    and don't you dare feature another some jerk comment. He can't even be bothered registering and you feature his all the time.
  • henke37 2012-08-13 11:28
    No, F5 is run in visual studio, it is F7 that starts a build.
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 11:29
    Cbuttius:
    the one up there who decides what comments should be featured, are you still with us? I have typed loads of comments here and you haven't featured any of them.

    and don't you dare feature another some jerk comment. He can't even be bothered registering and you feature his all the time.

    You're right. So rude of me. I can be such a jerk sometimes.
  • Rootbeer 2012-08-13 11:46
    "I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been."

    Neither is "mouses" a proper pluralization of "mouse", nor "boxen" of "box", and yet in the context of information technology both are common and accepted (if slightly whimsical) terms.

  • Cbuttius 2012-08-13 11:54
    yeah of course F5 is run. I know I have been know to press it to refresh and found I was in the wrong window and of course my program kicked off...
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 11:55
    Cbuttius:
    the one up there who decides what comments should be featured, are you still with us? I have typed loads of comments here and you haven't featured any of them.

    and don't you dare feature another some jerk comment. He can't even be bothered registering and you feature his all the time.

    While we are on that subject... did you ever notice how he seems to favor comments that are ACTUALLY ABOUT THE ARTICAL when he features them? I am happy that he likes some of my thoughts... so I understand other people wanting to experience that. What I don't understand is how you are going to post a dozen comments about oranges on a thread about apples and complain that you aren't getting featured.

  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 12:00
    Isn't my name the prettiest in all the land? *bats eyelashes*
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 12:06
    Some Jerk:
    Isn't my name the prettiest in all the land? *bats eyelashes*
    Nah. Yer just another jerk!
  • cellocgw 2012-08-13 12:09
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    and they swooped over the situation like B1 bombers over Eastern Europe.

    Don't want to nitpick*, but I think you mean a B2 bomber. There is no such thing as a B1 bomber.


    That's what they WANT you to think.
  • Cynic 2012-08-13 12:22
    cellocgw:
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    and they swooped over the situation like B1 bombers over Eastern Europe.

    Don't want to nitpick*, but I think you mean a B2 bomber. There is no such thing as a B1 bomber.


    That's what they WANT you to think.

    Yeah? And how do we know _you're_ not working for them?
  • Aris 2012-08-13 12:22
    Some Jerk:
    118ms - 200ms response time is considered reasonably good. a 5 year old computer would likely be in the 350-450 range at best. That is roughly 5-10 requests/second for a newer system, 2-3 request/second for their own. Also... if the company is small enough that this is abnormal and is not hosting an external service (which I suspect it is not)... then I imagine traffic of this nature does appear to be at least an attempt at a DOS attack.

    Congratulation, you've just mistaken latency with throughput. It's very well possible to have pages that take a whole second to refresh and still be able to serve hundreds of pages at the same time.
  • Coyne 2012-08-13 12:25
    Ben Jammin:
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    and they swooped over the situation like B1 bombers over Eastern Europe.

    Don't want to nitpick*, but I think you mean a B2 bomber. There is no such thing as a B1 bomber.


    *who am I kidding? Sure I want to! Nitpicking is the reason I am reading this website!


    Out of curiosity, why would anyone start counting bomber ids at 2?


    Maybe the first model was not entirely successful?

    I once saw an article discussing common street names, that stated that the most common street name in the U. S. was "Second Street". Second place went to "Main Street"; while "First Street" earned a miserable seventh place.

    There's lots of reasons, really, to skip "one" or "first" in the real world; at least 97% of which come from some marketing department.
  • Beef Projectile 2012-08-13 12:26
    PlasticineGuy:
    TRWTF: "ready to recount the tail of the dreaded F5 virus,"


    It's as if nobody knows to view source on these things anymore...
  • Mitur Binesderti 2012-08-13 12:31
    I'm not sure if you're deliberately ignoring how words come into being, but I just want to point out that when someone uses a string of letters in a semantic or pragmatic way there is no such thing as "not a real word;" it is by definition a word. More so if many people use that same sequence of letters for the same meaning.

    Anyone that asserts that a word is "made up" is, frankly, an idiot trying to sound smarter than they really are. Anyone that then points to a dictionary further demonstrates they haven't the foggiest idea how language works nor how words come to have meaning and they look even more foolish. Dictionaries do not originate words nor do they decide what they mean; they document the use of them.

    Once again, if you were being doubly ironic, that is fine, but if not - by all means go look up the definition of a word.
  • Mitur Binesderti 2012-08-13 12:32
    Stev:
    Sebastian Buchannon:
    So what? it has a long tail. What are you some kind of virii noob?


    I don't know if you're deliberately using that word, given the context, but I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been. Anyone that uses "Virii" to mean the plural of "Virus" is, frankly, an idiot trying to sound smarter than they really are. The plural of "Virus" is simply "Viruses".
    Once again, if you were using the word in an ironic sense, that is fine, but if not - by all means go look it up in a dictionary: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/virii?s=t


    I'm not sure if you're deliberately ignoring how words come into being, but I just want to point out that when someone uses a string of letters in a semantic or pragmatic way there is no such thing as "not a real word;" it is by definition a word. More so if many people use that same sequence of letters for the same meaning.

    Anyone that asserts that a word is "made up" is, frankly, an idiot trying to sound smarter than they really are. Anyone that then points to a dictionary further demonstrates they haven't the foggiest idea how language works nor how words come to have meaning and they look even more foolish. Dictionaries do not originate words nor do they decide what they mean; they document the use of them.

    Once again, if you were being doubly ironic, that is fine, but if not - by all means go look up the definition of a word.
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 12:34
    Aris:
    Some Jerk:
    118ms - 200ms response time is considered reasonably good. a 5 year old computer would likely be in the 350-450 range at best. That is roughly 5-10 requests/second for a newer system, 2-3 request/second for their own. Also... if the company is small enough that this is abnormal and is not hosting an external service (which I suspect it is not)... then I imagine traffic of this nature does appear to be at least an attempt at a DOS attack.

    Congratulation, you've just mistaken latency with throughput. It's very well possible to have pages that take a whole second to refresh and still be able to serve hundreds of pages at the same time.


    Not mistaking latency... just making a few assumptions which are pretty safe ones to make. Unless the hardware and software are chosen/configured for hosting... the extra threads only insure that a page call that requires less execution time will not be delayed by one that is slower (or a large download). It does not improve the overall potency of the processor. Yes... in theory my Core I7 6Core processor can deliver 12 requests in exactly the same amount of time (excepting limitations network throughput) that it it requires to deliver one. But that kind of processor did not exist 5 years ago... so unless they were using a server board with 4-8 dual core xeon processors (which I SERIOUSLY doubt given the artical)... then the limitation still applies regardless of the threading model.
  • foo 2012-08-13 12:43
    Mitur Binesderti:
    I'm not sure if you're deliberately ignoring how words come into being, but I just want to point out that when someone uses a string of letters in a semantic or pragmatic way there is no such thing as "not a real word;" it is by definition a word.
    Cromuctly perfelent!
  • foo 2012-08-13 12:45
    Some Jerk:
    you can wikipedia that if you don't believe me.
    If wikipedia is a verb now, what's its past tense, wikipediaed or wikipediad?
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 12:45
    foo:
    Mitur Binesderti:
    I'm not sure if you're deliberately ignoring how words come into being, but I just want to point out that when someone uses a string of letters in a semantic or pragmatic way there is no such thing as "not a real word;" it is by definition a word.
    Cromuctly perfelent!

    Unflatulantly... you are correct. Some jerks invent words to suit their preference all the time, and it stinks!
  • foo 2012-08-13 12:46
    Some Jerk:
    Cbuttius:
    the one up there who decides what comments should be featured, are you still with us? I have typed loads of comments here and you haven't featured any of them.

    and don't you dare feature another some jerk comment. He can't even be bothered registering and you feature his all the time.

    You're right. So rude of me. I can be such a jerk sometimes.
    Feature please!
  • Unblairable 2012-08-13 12:46
    Blair went down to the workspace where the computer lived.... The computer was already awake, so Blair grabbed the keyboard, closed the one open browser window, and then he ran the full battery of tests.
    Once again the submitter is TRWTF. Which school is it that teaches the diagnostic technique of "make random changes to the state of the machine before beginning your investigation"? I really want to know because they spit out an awful lot of graduates, none with an IQ of higher than 75, and none of whom should remain employed in IT.
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 12:47
    If wikipedia is a verb now, what's its past tense, wikipediaed or wikipediad?


    wikipeeed
  • Randy 2012-08-13 12:54
    Ben Jammin:
    Out of curiosity, why would anyone start counting bomber ids at 2?
    The first one bombed.
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 12:57
    Randy:
    Ben Jammin:
    Out of curiosity, why would anyone start counting bomber ids at 2?
    The first one bombed.

    LOL!
  • da Doctah 2012-08-13 13:03
    Rootbeer:
    "I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been."

    Neither is "mouses" a proper pluralization of "mouse", nor "boxen" of "box", and yet in the context of information technology both are common and accepted (if slightly whimsical) terms.

    But the plural of Prius is "Priora". Just in case it comes up.
  • Agention 2012-08-13 13:04
    Dessimus:
    I was unaware of the need for home-grow project-management software, I guess hydroponics has become serious business.


    The last stuff I tried to home-grow tended to have the opposite effect of project management.
  • Spelling pedant 2012-08-13 13:09
    As any fule knows, virii is Latin for two viruses, viriii is Latin for three viruses, viriv is four, and so on.
  • Some Troll 2012-08-13 13:10
    Some Jerk:
    Cbuttius:
    In visual studio F5 starts a build. It doesn't "refresh" the content.


    yes... and F13 downloads Victoria's Secret models into your bedroom.


    LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ursus 2012-08-13 13:10
    Whether "virii" is a real word depends on how you feel about prescriptivism and descriptivism. In the original Latin, "virus" is uncountable, so it doesn't take a plural. In general English, it's countable and regular, so the plural is "viruses." However, in some parts of the seedy underworld of the Internet, it's irregular, and pluralized "virii." It's a common usage within a small subset of the English-speaking population, so it might be considered jargon.
  • Gurth 2012-08-13 13:17
    Meep:
    These are the same people who think the plural of box is boxen.

    And they'd be correct.
  • farmer 2012-08-13 13:22
    Then what if I've got more than one ox ?
  • C-Derb 2012-08-13 13:22
    Ursus:
    Whether "virii" is a real word depends on how you feel about prescriptivism and descriptivism. In the original Latin, "virus" is uncountable, so it doesn't take a plural. In general English, it's countable and regular, so the plural is "viruses." However, in some parts of the seedy underworld of the Internet, it's irregular, and pluralized "virii." It's a common usage within a small subset of the English-speaking population, so it might be considered jargon.

    Can we all take a break from English class, please?
  • Gurth 2012-08-13 13:25
    Coyne:
    Ben Jammin:
    Out of curiosity, why would anyone start counting bomber ids at 2?


    Maybe the first model was not entirely successful?


    You can go insane from things that are simpler than trying to figure out the US military's numbering systems.
  • uns 2012-08-13 13:25
    Yse, but was it a woooden table?
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 13:39
    Agention:
    Dessimus:
    I was unaware of the need for home-grow project-management software, I guess hydroponics has become serious business.


    The last stuff I tried to home-grow tended to have the opposite effect of project management.

    Every time I try to build project management software, it becomes an unmanageable project. Must be the blind leading the blind.
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 13:43
    C-Derb:
    Can we all take a break from English class, please?

    Sprekenze GIZZADAMN!?
  • Fyrilin 2012-08-13 13:43
    DanDan:
    It seems everyone and his wonky donkey knows an awful lot about bombers.


    The B-1 is actually beautiful to watch. It looks like a huge goose (to me). I have a great story of a friend guiding planes at an air show and ducking into a ditch when one of these started to land.
  • Obvious Man 2012-08-13 13:50
    Fyrilin:
    DanDan:
    It seems everyone and his wonky donkey knows an awful lot about bombers.


    The B-1 is actually beautiful to watch. It looks like a huge goose (to me). I have a great story of a friend guiding planes at an air show and ducking into a ditch when one of these started to land.

    Wow, that IS a great story!
  • Bitmuncher 2012-08-13 13:54
    Mine actually goes all the way to F19.

    Thank you Apple.
  • Steve 2012-08-13 14:00
    Wow, over 90 comments and no one noticed the error in Remy's comments. Remy referred to 8 1/4" floppy disks. Floppy disks came in 8" (not 8 1/4"), 5 1/4", or 3 1/2" sizes. In the days of "War Games" (an excellent movie starring Matthew Broderick that came out in 1983), floppy disks were typically 5 1/4". Get your facts straight, Remy!
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-13 14:07
    Steve:
    Wow, over 90 comments and no one noticed the error in Remy's comments. Remy referred to 8 1/4" floppy disks. Floppy disks came in 8" (not 8 1/4"), 5 1/4", or 3 1/2" sizes. In the days of "War Games" (an excellent movie starring Matthew Broderick that came out in 1983), floppy disks were typically 5 1/4". Get your facts straight, Remy!

    There's an observation to preserve for posterity!
  • RichP 2012-08-13 14:15
    Tone out the line? Bah. Disconnect the cable and wait to see who bitches about no connectivity.
  • Greg 2012-08-13 14:41
    It's very common to use virii when speaking of computer viruses. You must be new to the interwebs, or maybe your tubes are full and you haven't read that page yet.
  • the beholder 2012-08-13 14:44
    C-Derb:
    Ursus:
    Whether "virii" is a real word depends on how you feel about prescriptivism and descriptivism. In the original Latin, "virus" is uncountable, so it doesn't take a plural. In general English, it's countable and regular, so the plural is "viruses." However, in some parts of the seedy underworld of the Internet, it's irregular, and pluralized "virii." It's a common usage within a small subset of the English-speaking population, so it might be considered jargon.

    Can we all take a break from English class, please?
    Agreed. Let's just just settle that virii is an ugly, weird sounding stupid word that has no real reason to exist and we could just say that Blair's boss suspected some godamn fucking viruses were the reason of all trouble. It's not as if english didn't have enough exceptions to its own rules.
  • Another Jerk 2012-08-13 14:48
    Some Jerk:
    Some Jerk:
    Isn't my name the prettiest in all the land? *bats eyelashes*
    Nah. Yer just another jerk!


    No, I am. I'm his brother.
  • BR 2012-08-13 15:04
    Rootbeer:

    Neither is "mouses" a proper pluralization of "mouse", nor "boxen" of "box", and yet in the context of information technology both are common and accepted (if slightly whimsical) terms.


    If the word "virii" is accepted it is only because it identifies the speaker as a ponce who can safely be ignored.
  • Meep 2012-08-13 15:40
    Gurth:
    Meep:
    These are the same people who think the plural of box is boxen.

    And they'd be correct.


    Or the same people who look up plurals for English words in dictionaries for other languages.
  • Meep 2012-08-13 15:42
    BR:
    Rootbeer:

    Neither is "mouses" a proper pluralization of "mouse", nor "boxen" of "box", and yet in the context of information technology both are common and accepted (if slightly whimsical) terms.


    If the word "virii" is accepted it is only because it identifies the speaker as a ponce who can safely be ignored.


    As opposed to, say, "cloud" which identifies the speaker as a goddamned client.
  • PRMan 2012-08-13 15:55
    Cbuttius:
    In visual studio F5 starts a build. It doesn't "refresh" the content.

    It is a big WTF though when F3 doesn't implement "Find next" and you have to do some horrible mouse activity every time instead.

    It's also a WTF if you cannot type Alt-0189 to get the "half" character because something has decided that the Alt followed by the 0 should perform some menu action. Similarly Alt-0178 should give you the "squared" character.




    Alt+number codes? Dude, you're a programmer, right. Make your own keyboard driver. (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/goglobal/bb964665) I did. I press Right-alt+2: ½ and Right-Alt-Shift+2: ²
  • Unlogged 2012-08-13 15:57
    No, any word that ends with -us has a plural form of -ii; for example, the plural of Jesus is Jesii.
  • Zylon 2012-08-13 15:57
    Steve:
    Wow, over 90 comments and no one noticed the error in Remy's comments.

    There tend to be so many to choose from.
  • Wonk 2012-08-13 16:13
    Why couldn't Lassie leave that little brat in the well?
  • da Doctah 2012-08-13 17:13
    Unlogged:
    No, any word that ends with -us has a plural form of -ii; for example, the plural of Jesus is Jesii.
    However the *singular* of "us" is "I". Meditate upon this wisdom.
  • 7eggert 2012-08-13 17:19
    It depends on the language. In latin, the plural is virus.
  • JJ 2012-08-13 17:22
    da Doctah:
    Unlogged:
    No, any word that ends with -us has a plural form of -ii; for example, the plural of Jesus is Jesii.
    However the *singular* of "us" is "I". Meditate upon this wisdom.

    No, the singular of "us" is "me."
  • Cbuttius 2012-08-13 17:39
    Some Jerk:
    Cbuttius:
    the one up there who decides what comments should be featured, are you still with us? I have typed loads of comments here and you haven't featured any of them.

    and don't you dare feature another some jerk comment. He can't even be bothered registering and you feature his all the time.

    While we are on that subject... did you ever notice how he seems to favor comments that are ACTUALLY ABOUT THE ARTICAL when he features them? I am happy that he likes some of my thoughts... so I understand other people wanting to experience that. What I don't understand is how you are going to post a dozen comments about oranges on a thread about apples and complain that you aren't getting featured.


    really, so how is the plural of virus on the subject of what we are discussing here?

    And if you look at the comments in the Kentucky Fried Cat Error'd you will see that I made the same point as two of the comments that got featured before they did.
  • Another 2012-08-13 17:43
    Some Jerk:
    F13 downloads Victoria's Secret models into your bedroom.
    For those of you who have a Microsoft keyboard, or some other similarly lame brand with no F13, you can soft-emulate the F13 key by the following sequence:

    1. Hold down the LEFT control key

    2. Hold down the RIGHT enter key (the one next to your numeric keypad)

    3. Press F10
  • Balls 2012-08-13 18:01
    Thank you for helping out, Mr. Internet Crossing Guard.
  • Eric 2012-08-13 18:09
    Besides, the plural form of 'virus' would be 'viri', not 'virii'.
  • AP² 2012-08-13 18:33
    I'm sure, but those aren't safe assumptions at all. Almost no real world service is based on pure CPU processing; IO, often but not just from databases will usually take a good chunk of the request/response time, leaving the CPU free for other threads or processes. You don't need a multi-core CPU for this.
  • Cbuttius 2012-08-13 18:52
    If you are speaking to Jesus you would address him in the vocative so Jese.

    If Jesus is the object, i.e. something is being done to him, (like being crucified) you would use Jesum.

    If it his possession it would be Jesi but as you give him the object it would be Jeso.

  • A. Nonymous 2012-08-13 20:52
    I did this some ten years ago onpurpose. No, not a DOS attack, but keeping akey pressed down mechanically (I stuck a tea spoon between the keys, so that it'd keep the one key I needed pressed down). This caused our programm to execute a simple "next" in its viewer, but had the side effect of fixing some error in the corrseponding data. I knew it were just about 100 data sets corrupted and didnt bother to write a special routine to apply the fix in batch mode. We called this the "tea spoon update method".
  • Chunklet 2012-08-13 23:50
    Unlogged:
    No, any word that ends with -us has a plural form of -ii; for example, the plural of Jesus is Jesii.


    Ignoramus. Everyone knows the plural of Jesus is Christopuses.
  • Nick 2012-08-14 01:16
    just me:
    Meep:
    Stev:
    Sebastian Buchannon:
    So what? it has a long tail. What are you some kind of virii noob?


    I don't know if you're deliberately using that word, given the context, but I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been. Anyone that uses "Virii" to mean the plural of "Virus" is, frankly, an idiot trying to sound smarter than they really are. The plural of "Virus" is simply "Viruses".
    Once again, if you were using the word in an ironic sense, that is fine, but if not - by all means go look it up in a dictionary: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/virii?s=t


    These are the same people who think the plural of box is boxen.


    Yeah, everybody knows it's spelt "boxxen".

    I thought it was boxii?
  • Spaatz 2012-08-14 03:16
    Maltz:


    I highly doubt that he was thinking of the B1 Lancer. In fact, I suspect he was thinking of the B-17, which actually HAS flown missions over Europe in large numbers, unlike either the B1 or the B2.

    But frankly, the whole argument is pretty pedantic...


    Oh, the B-17, what great memories of burned german cities this name brings to me! But for cold war bombing, give me the faithful B-52...
  • Cbuttius 2012-08-14 05:32
    not sure you can really pluralise a name but Jesus is indeed a Latin name, so the plural would be Jesi in subject (nominative) and also vocative form, Jesos in accusative (object) form, Jesorum in genitive (belonging to them), and Jesis in plural ablative and dative (to and for them)

    In full:
    Jesus, Jese, Jesum, Jesi, Jeso, Jeso,
    Jesi, Jesi, Jesos, Jesorum, Jesis, Jesis

    that's how I learnt it at school...

    It is highly likely that Jesus spoke Latin too as well as Hebrew where his name was Yehoshua (Joshua).

  • Cbuttius 2012-08-14 05:37
    I'm not alone: how to decline Jesus:

    http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071006050152AA9DJrO
  • sagaciter 2012-08-14 06:17
    Unlogged:
    No, any word that ends with -us has a plural form of -ii; for example, the plural of Jesus is Jesii.

    That's good; that makes us all geniii here.:-)
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-14 07:39
    sagaciter:
    Unlogged:
    No, any word that ends with -us has a plural form of -ii; for example, the plural of Jesus is Jesii.

    That's good; that makes us all geniii here.:-)

    wtf? spelling theory and religeous spelling theory have totally dominated this thread. I didn't know that programmers were capable of such right-brained debates. I'm glad I managed to sleep so long... I might have gone into ceasures if I was bored enough to try to follow this thread.
  • Cbuttius 2012-08-14 07:41
    Because it's a very boring WTF.
  • corroded 2012-08-14 07:50
    I'd maintain the ironic version of virii would be viriises.
  • Mike 2012-08-14 07:56
    Maltz:
    Poor Suffering Bastard:
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    and they swooped over the situation like B1 bombers over Eastern Europe.

    Don't want to nitpick*, but I think you mean a B2 bomber. There is no such thing as a B1 bomber.


    *who am I kidding? Sure I want to! Nitpicking is the reason I am reading this website!


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockwell_B-1_Lancer

    orly?


    I highly doubt that he was thinking of the B1 Lancer. In fact, I suspect he was thinking of the B-17, which actually HAS flown missions over Europe in large numbers, unlike either the B1 or the B2.

    But frankly, the whole argument is pretty pedantic...


    The B-17 didn't operate much over eastern Europe, that was mostly where the Russians came after Germany. Also the B-17 and B-2 doesn't really swoop very well unlike the B-1B which flies almost like a fighter despite its large size.
  • Stev 2012-08-14 10:05
    Cbuttius:
    No, virii has been commonly adopted as a plural form for virus in the computing context, although it is not used in the normal biological context of virus. It is rather strange that it is commonly spelt with a double 'i' as the normal Latin plural if there were one would simply be viri.


    Except it hasn't been adopted by anyone other than people who either read it somewhere else and went with it or just want to sound flashy. There's not a single person in the computing security industry that uses the term. It's origin does come from someone trying to pluralize the Latin word and getting it slightly wrong, which just lends to the fact that it's not a real word. The reason it's not being adapted as a word is because "Viruses" is the correct word to use and means exactly the same thing - there's no need for another "new" word.

    Rootbeer:
    "I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been."

    Neither is "mouses" a proper pluralization of "mouse", nor "boxen" of "box", and yet in the context of information technology both are common and accepted (if slightly whimsical) terms.



    Incorrect, "Mouses" is a real word as defined here: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mouses?s=t
    As for "Boxen", it's a completely different kettle of fish in that it's a real word with a very specific meaning (Unix Boxes). It isn't the plural of a Cardboard box because cardboard boxes are not interchangeable, whereas (so the rhetoric goes) Unix Boxes are, hence the word "Boxen". It's technically not a real word because it's (as someone else already pointed out) "Jargon".
  • Pete Zicari 2012-08-14 10:19
    Um, "virii" isn't a word in English, but it IS the plural of "virus" in Latin, from which the English word is derived. Of course, in Latin, "vir" literally means "man," so maybe it's just better not to go there.
  • Anon 2012-08-14 10:32
    I'd just like to thank Stev for the tireless work he does day in and day out scouring the internet for spelling and grammatical errors. Think of what a terrifying and uneducated place this world would be if the internet didn't have Stev the self appointed copy editor.:)
  • fa2k 2012-08-14 10:35
    Some Jerk:
    pages with anything more than the most basic of server functionality... 118ms - 200ms response time is considered reasonably good. a 5 year old computer would likely be in the 350-450 range at best. That is roughly 5-10 requests/second for a newer system, 2-3 request/second for their own.

    F5 reloads *all* of the page resources including images and CSS files. (there should really be a refresh button which just loaded the base HTML) In this case, you could have a page with 7 images, and you'd get 20 requests per second. Could also be that the page has a huge amount of images, and the page was reloaded every few seconds (the "pause" in the story)
  • DaveK 2012-08-14 18:16
    Maltz:
    Poor Suffering Bastard:
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    and they swooped over the situation like B1 bombers over Eastern Europe.

    Don't want to nitpick*, but I think you mean a B2 bomber. There is no such thing as a B1 bomber.


    *who am I kidding? Sure I want to! Nitpicking is the reason I am reading this website!


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockwell_B-1_Lancer

    orly?


    I highly doubt that he was thinking of the B1 Lancer. In fact, I suspect he was thinking of the B-17, which actually HAS flown missions over Europe in large numbers, unlike either the B1 or the B2.

    But frankly, the whole argument is pretty pedantic...
    Not just pedantic, but you're all missing the real point: Managers don't swoop like bombers. They swoop like seagulls.
  • Luiz Felipe 2012-08-14 21:17
    Cbuttius:
    The F keys were put on the computer keyboards so that the alphabetic characters could retain their purpose of typing the letter they have printed on them. Unlike in vi where that depends on what mode you are in.

    And the key with the left arrow was put there to erase your last input character, not to put a Ctrl^H on your screen unless you "remember" to stty erase first.

    I don't have to stty to make the console print an A when I hit the A key, so why do I have to stty the erase?


    Years of evolution, and we are stuck with vt100 terminals. I hate linux so much, i know, can be configured, but its boring to hell, i prefer to my O/S work all by itself instead i can play games and forget about that shit.
  • herby 2012-08-14 23:16
    fa2k:
    Some Jerk:
    pages with anything more than the most basic of server functionality... 118ms - 200ms response time is considered reasonably good. a 5 year old computer would likely be in the 350-450 range at best. That is roughly 5-10 requests/second for a newer system, 2-3 request/second for their own.

    F5 reloads *all* of the page resources including images and CSS files. (there should really be a refresh button which just loaded the base HTML) In this case, you could have a page with 7 images, and you'd get 20 requests per second. Could also be that the page has a huge amount of images, and the page was reloaded every few seconds (the "pause" in the story)


    I suspect that the rate (20/second) is related to the typematic rate in the BIOS/operating system.
  • MarkW 2012-08-15 05:19
    Pete Zicari:
    Um, "virii" isn't a word in English, but it IS the plural of "virus" in Latin, from which the English word is derived. Of course, in Latin, "vir" literally means "man," so maybe it's just better not to go there.
    Wrong. If virii were a genuine Latin plural it would be the plural of virius.

    Also nothing to do with vir=man, vīrus (ī denoting long i, unlike the short i in vir) is a mass noun (meaning "poison; venom") and as such has no Latin plural.

    CAPTCHA: ludus -- one ludus many ludii?
  • RealUlli 2012-08-15 10:45
    Some Jerk:
    Maltz:
    Poor Suffering Bastard:
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    and they swooped over the situation like B1 bombers over Eastern Europe.

    Don't want to nitpick*, but I think you mean a B2 bomber. There is no such thing as a B1 bomber.


    *who am I kidding? Sure I want to! Nitpicking is the reason I am reading this website!


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockwell_B-1_Lancer

    orly?


    I highly doubt that he was thinking of the B1 Lancer. In fact, I suspect he was thinking of the B-17, which actually HAS flown missions over Europe in large numbers, unlike either the B1 or the B2.

    But frankly, the whole argument is pretty pedantic...


    B-52 is far more popular, if we aren't thinking strictly WWII anyway. It is easily the most well known stratigic bombing craft... and has a cool nickname to boot (BUFF-Big Ugly Fat Fucker) - you can wikipedia that if you don't believe me.


    To my knowledge, it also has a nicer nickname that even fits the situation better: "Aluminum Overcast"
  • Andrew 2012-08-15 14:20
    The F5 key reminded me of a time when I was rewarded with a bottle of Cuervo Gold for taping down an Escape key. Of course I had also written a VBScript macro for Word that displayed a useless, yet impossible to avoid, dialog box. Esc closed the dialog.
  • Some Jerk 2012-08-15 15:19
    fa2k:
    Some Jerk:
    pages with anything more than the most basic of server functionality... 118ms - 200ms response time is considered reasonably good. a 5 year old computer would likely be in the 350-450 range at best. That is roughly 5-10 requests/second for a newer system, 2-3 request/second for their own.

    F5 reloads *all* of the page resources including images and CSS files. (there should really be a refresh button which just loaded the base HTML) In this case, you could have a page with 7 images, and you'd get 20 requests per second. Could also be that the page has a huge amount of images, and the page was reloaded every few seconds (the "pause" in the story)


    turn caching on if you want that.
  • Charlie 2012-08-15 19:43
    Ah, the ugly ghost of Tom Christiansen's rant resurfaces.

    At one time, clever computer scientists used the plural form "virii" (which is actually no more or less incorrect than "viruses", since both words are created by applying a non-latin postfix to a latin root) so they could trivially distinguish between papers written about biological viruses and computer virii using text search utilities and web search engines. It was a commonplace example of expert jargon, like using the word "nibble" to mean a 4-bit object (because a nibble is half a byte) or using "vaxen" to refer to multiple VAX computers.

    But then one day Tom Christiansen, a superb perl hacker, published a rant in which he made specious claims to etymological expertise, claiming to prove that differentiating between these two different things was <i>wrong</i> and <i>bad</i> because <i>virii is not a real word</i>.

    And so progress will always be retarded by the zealous but tedious followers of obsolete rules. Free your mind.
  • method1 2012-08-16 11:38
    Some Jerk:

    Watching programmers debate grammer is like watching monkeys debate mathematical proofs. It's just wierd. And really... WHO GIVES A SHIT!?

    Not you obviously
  • method1 2012-08-16 11:48
    Charlie:
    using the word "nibble" to mean a 4-bit object (because a nibble is half a byte)
    ................
    zealous but tedious followers of obsolete rules. Free your mind.

    I thought it was "nybble", to distinguish it from the non-IT usage.

    Yeah free your mind, maaan, from those petty syntax rules enforced by fascist compilers - they should just know what your code means & who can say what is "right". Rules are for uptight dudes like computer programmers, er.....
  • NotACoder 2012-08-16 18:47
    A. Nonymous:
    I did this some ten years ago onpurpose. No, not a DOS attack, but keeping akey pressed down mechanically (I stuck a tea spoon between the keys, so that it'd keep the one key I needed pressed down). This caused our programm to execute a simple "next" in its viewer, but had the side effect of fixing some error in the corrseponding data. I knew it were just about 100 data sets corrupted and didnt bother to write a special routine to apply the fix in batch mode. We called this the "tea spoon update method".


    Hehe.. I've had users actually ship their computer away, when they simply had pushed the keyboard tray too high up and it was pressing a button when put away. "It's making an awful beeping sound, it must be broken..." Sigh.

    I know, this has nothing to do with the argument about how to spell, conjugate, but I thought it was funny.
  • Brad 2012-08-16 18:51
    Did you bother to look?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B1_bomber

    The Bone is one of the sleekest bombers, I've ever had the pleasure to see.
  • None 2012-08-17 07:00
    "virii" has always been used as plural in the virus development community and I first read it even long before the internet was publicly available. You should just regard it a technical term, like the similarly "wrong" but for IT people well established "boxen" or "unices".
  • Anonymous 2012-08-17 10:49
    Honestly, I feel bad that their server was getting hit so hard by someone holding F5. They should get that looked at. That would mean that 1 person in their house could "hack" their servers.... Hold F5...
  • terrence 2012-08-17 14:08
    Also, wouldn't you usually use the singular to refer to a general subject anyway? e.g. "shoe noob" vs "shoes noob".
  • Severity One 2012-08-20 04:25
    Stev:
    Sebastian Buchannon:
    So what? it has a long tail. What are you some kind of virii noob?


    I don't know if you're deliberately using that word, given the context, but I just want to point out that "virii" is not a real word and never has been. Anyone that uses "Virii" to mean the plural of "Virus" is, frankly, an idiot trying to sound smarter than they really are. The plural of "Virus" is simply "Viruses".
    Once again, if you were using the word in an ironic sense, that is fine, but if not - by all means go look it up in a dictionary: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/virii?s=t

    Quite apart from the fact that the plural of most Latin words ending in '-us' is '-i' (at least in the nominative case; other cases have other endings such as '-o' and '-um') and not '-ii'.

    If you don't know Latin, don't attempt to use it. Pretty much the same thing as with programming languages.
  • Jon O 2012-08-20 20:40
    Especially since the proper Latin pluralization would be "viri". But then, it might just have been a problem of holding the down the 'i' key a few milliseconds too long.
  • mikael 2012-08-24 01:52
    I remember a similar story which originated from Helsinki Department of Transportation. They still have a 20 year old system operating every traffic light in the capital of finland.

    The system of course is very expensive to maintain, even spare parts require a great deal of detective work.

    One particular morning the system crashed, big time. Every traffic light in the city of 600 000 people went dark. The system didn't wake up despite of frantic attempts of repair and reboot. Long story short, the culprit was a paperclip which had wedged the spacebar, filled the keyboard buffer and thus kept the big old system crashing.



  • Bob 2012-08-24 18:28
    Says Brian Regan. Dur her her!
  • Bob 2012-08-24 18:29
    I think he was meaning the comedian Brian Regan. Watch the clip. Its hilarious.
  • vaisakh 2012-11-08 10:35
    Much, much better than spanking the CPU cabinet to see if the problem persists. Sadly, I have seen that tendency in more than one 'System admins'.