• Ron (unregistered)

    I might be able to see where she's coming from. The mute, in a sense, is a digital shutoff of background noise and ought to guarantee inactivity.

    On the other hand, you can empirically measure how sensitive the inactivity detector is to background noise, by using duct tape. That might be a stretch though :)

  • Larry Osterman (unregistered)

    It also depends on the phone. There are digital phone sets where the mute key isn't a mechanical cut-off on the microphone, but is instead a signal back to the phone system.

  • Jim Bolla (unregistered)

    I wonder how long it took for this timer to fire that a semi-permanant cover like duct tape was needed. I'd think simply comvering the mic end with a HAND would be sufficient to block the sound. I sure hope so anyways, otherwise I would have shocked/insulted quite a few clients in my tenure as code monkey, er software developer.

    I have a mini-daily WTF of my own from this morning...

    A client pointed out that a feature was "missing" from the application that we are building for them. They pointed out that this feature is described in the "spec sheet" and we have failed to build it. Therefore we should now build it free of charge. Huh? First off the web app is still on our development server and not deployed to them. Even so, how could one logically argue that it should be then built free of charge? WTF?!?!>@!*^

    On a side note, the feature is actually there but the data for that feature hasn't been imported yet and the app is smart enough to not enable it until there's data. The data import will take some time because the data they gave us needs sanitized and some manual entry can't be avoided. If they even think that will be free somehow, ohhh man, I will sooner sit them down in front of Enterprise Manager and tell them "get typin!"

  • Mario Goebbels (unregistered)

    Must have been MacGyvers mom.

  • anon (unregistered)

    if you dont hang up a phone, there's bound to be background noise. shouldn't the inactivity timer take that into consideration? (or did it) (not) ... whatever ... i agree with the hand thing

  • Chef (unregistered)

    Years ago I worked as an exec chef and I one evening my sous told me something about customers that never really occurred to me, "They are the enemy" he said.

    Now I am working as a software tester but I had a short stint in Project Management where I applied what I learned in food & beverage. "They" still are the enemy and they always want you to work for free. Only difference now is I no longer have to work under vulcanic conditions while earning peanuts while having to deal with customer nonsense. I've moved up to Clams Casino, or something...

  • Gertie (unregistered)

    Heeeey!  That's my boss you are talking about there!  Give me back that duct tape!

  • tharpa (cs) in reply to Chef
    Chef:
    Years ago I worked as an exec chef and I one evening my sous told me something about customers that never really occurred to me, "They are the enemy" he said.

    Now I am working as a software tester but I had a short stint in Project Management where I applied what I learned in food & beverage. "They" still are the enemy and they always want you to work for free. Only difference now is I no longer have to work under vulcanic conditions while earning peanuts while having to deal with customer nonsense. I've moved up to Clams Casino, or something...

    There are certainly customers who think like you. I can see why you would say that they are the enemy. However, the real enemy is anyone who thinks like you and your sous chef.

  • tharpa (cs) in reply to Jim Bolla
    Jim Bolla:
    ...I'd think simply comvering the mic end with a HAND would be sufficient to block the sound. I sure hope so anyways, otherwise I would have shocked/insulted quite a few clients in my tenure as code monkey, er software developer.
    Whenever I have been on the other side of a hand, it was not silent. The hand created a distinct muffling sound. So it might not be detected as silence.

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