• JakeyC (unregistered)

    Genius!

    Captcha: ingenium

  • Yep (unregistered)
    As afternoon grew shorter and the evening approached, the jokingly-proposed “someone’s going to have to sleep at the office tonight” became more and more a reality.
    Nice one Alex.
  • (cs)
    Emmanuel put down his cup of coffee, went upstairs to my computer, and then...

    For more, visit wtfslashfic.com (now with Chapter 34 of the Alex/TopCod3r epic)

    Note from Alex: I sometimes gets his pronouns mixed up.

  • Bob Dole (unregistered)

    Emmanuel put down his cup of coffee, went upstairs to my computer

    Really? He went up to your computer, Alex? Just who is this Emmanuel guy?

  • Ivan Alfaro (unregistered)

    I personally use CD drives as an alarm - I just surround multiple drives around my head and set them to trigger at 6am.

  • JimmyVile (unregistered)

    Reminds me of that little resetting machine that was featured here a while ago.

    Poor little guy kept ejecting his little tray to no avail. /something in my eye

  • h (unregistered)

    Not nerd enough. They should have used a cronjob.

  • my name is missing (unregistered)

    This is how it starts, first the robots open our doors, then they take over the world!

  • Danny Staple (unregistered)

    I know a guy who had problems with his computers, and swore it was haunted. He had an all powerful force feedback joystick that would calibrate itself. At one point, waking up and turning the PC on, he was groggily walloped in the head by the self calibrating stick. At another point, he had the misfortune of a CD tray ejecting into a sensitive already abused shin. This all may be down to him doing all this in a very compact student room at the time, and grog was most definitely involved.

  • Crabs (unregistered)

    That's not a WTF. That's an Awesome...TF.

  • Wrapped in a riddle (unregistered)

    MacGyver would be proud.

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

    I AM ITDOORMONROBOT!

  • adi (unregistered)

    The original article says: 3) Ran ~# eject /dev/scd0 And, click, the door was opened.

    TRWDF: How can you click to submit a command on the SSH ?

  • (cs) in reply to Danny Staple
    Danny Staple:
    ...and grog was most definitely involved.
    Nice.
  • Keithius (unregistered) in reply to my name is missing

    I, for one, welcome our door-opening robot overlords.

  • (cs) in reply to adi
    adi:
    The original article says: 3) Ran ~# eject /dev/scd0 And, click, the door was opened.

    TRWDF: How can you click to submit a command on the SSH ?

    The click of the lock releasing?

  • Mike (unregistered) in reply to adi

    You don't, the door switch clicks

  • George Roberts (unregistered) in reply to adi

    The click is the sound of the door unlocking.

  • Simon (unregistered) in reply to adi

    I would assume the click is the noise of the lock retracting.

    CAPCHA: mara

  • (cs) in reply to Keithius
    Keithius:
    I, for one, welcome our door-opening robot overlords.

    Actually, they welcome you. That is their job.

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

    It's the sound of the... oh, never mind.

  • commentor (unregistered)

    I appear to have stumbled onto THE DAILY FRICKEN SWEET by mistake.

  • tonecoke (unregistered)

    Why the hell wasn't this implemented as a web service with a WAP interface?

  • Tom Woolf (unregistered)

    BRILLIANT!!!

  • SomeCoder (unregistered) in reply to halcyon1234
    Emmanuel put down his cup of coffee, went upstairs to my computer, and then...

    I guess Emmanuel lives with Alex. Not that there's anything wrong with that :)

  • Neil (unregistered)

    I think the WTF is the need to hire a locksmith for their computerized door security system.

  • Sutherlands (unregistered) in reply to Tom Woolf
    Tom Woolf:
    BRILLANT!!!
    Fixed
  • (cs) in reply to Bob Dole
    Bob Dole:
    Emmanuel put down his cup of coffee, went upstairs to my computer

    Really? He went up to your computer, Alex? Just who is this Emmanuel guy?

    He meant
    Emmanuel put down his cup of coffee, went upstairs to My Computer, double-clicked the icon, navigated to PuTTY's directory, made a mental note that he really should create a desktop icon for faster access next time, ran it, and then...

  • mauve (unregistered)

    I wish I had unused Shuttles lying around the office.

    That said, I gave my old Shuttle to my grandmother, preinstalled with Ubuntu.

  • (cs)
    1. Electronic Pass system without a manual override (traditional tumbler lock) - WTF. All my robot overlords have off buttons.

    2. I hope the PC was at least on a UPS. An epic WTF would be to show up during a long term power failure, blown breaker, etc. and not be able to get in.

  • NiceWTF (unregistered) in reply to h
    h:
    Not nerd enough. They should have used a cronjob.

    Also, they should have made it accessible through a website. Preferably an unsecured one.

  • (cs) in reply to Code Slave
    Code Slave:
    2) I hope the PC was at least on a UPS. An epic WTF would be to show up during a long term power failure, blown breaker, etc. and not be able to get in.

    And he goes to all the trouble to find an UPS, installs it, sets the little cable up so he can get notifications if the power goes out, sets up nagios to want him if the box does go down, tests the pager function, test the email alert thresholds, and leaves for the night.

    He wakes up at 3am in a cold sweat with the realization that the UPS he stole was the one used for the switch that serves the network segment which covers that room.

    But then he goes back to bed because he knows that their border router isn't on an UPS anyway, so fsck it...

  • (cs) in reply to wee
    wee:
    Code Slave:
    2) I hope the PC was at least on a UPS. An epic WTF would be to show up during a long term power failure, blown breaker, etc. and not be able to get in.

    And he goes to all the trouble to find an UPS, installs it, sets the little cable up so he can get notifications if the power goes out, sets up nagios to want him if the box does go down, tests the pager function, test the email alert thresholds, and leaves for the night.

    He wakes up at 3am in a cold sweat with the realization that the UPS he stole was the one used for the switch that serves the network segment which covers that room.

    But then he goes back to bed because he knows that their border router isn't on an UPS anyway, so fsck it...

    An UPS? Hell! Why didn't they placed two computers there, it's failsafe.

  • (cs) in reply to Yep
    Yep:
    As afternoon grew shorter and the evening approached, the jokingly-proposed “someone’s going to have to sleep at the office tonight” became more and more a reality.
    Nice one Alex.

    Um, that makes perfect sense. What exactly do you have a problem with?

  • Dirk Diggler (unregistered) in reply to mauve
    mauve:
    I wish I had unused Shuttles lying around the office.

    That said, I gave my old Shuttle to my grandmother, preinstalled with Ubuntu.

    You must really hate the old gal. Did you really stick it to her by setting up the Ubuntu with a wireless card? What am I saying, no one's ever gotten Ubuntu to work with wireless.

  • (cs) in reply to Flatline
    Flatline:
    Yep:
    As afternoon grew shorter and the evening approached, the jokingly-proposed “someone’s going to have to sleep at the office tonight” became more and more a reality.
    Nice one Alex.

    Um, that makes perfect sense. What exactly do you have a problem with?

    Seconded. That sentence makes perfect sense. Well, except for "afternoon grew shorter", which really ought to be "the remaining part of the afternoon grew shorter" or something.

  • ay ess dee eff (unregistered) in reply to Code Slave
    Code Slave:
    2) I hope the PC was at least on a UPS. An epic WTF would be to show up during a long term power failure, blown breaker, etc. and not be able to get in.
    I wouldn't be surprised if a power failure disabled the lock itself as well...
  • jim steichen (unregistered)

    It's a cup holder! No, it's a door opener! Ha, you're both right, the PC-OMatic is both a cup holder and a door opener. The PC-OMatic has a 1001 other uses as well!

  • moshbox (unregistered) in reply to Dirk Diggler

    Thanks a bunch. My entire wireless network crashed after I read that.

  • anonymous (unregistered)

    Hello? Click is the sound of the door unlocking! Muahahah! How stupid can some people be!

  • cromulent (unregistered) in reply to halcyon1234

    Ghastly, isn't it? All the doors on this spaceship have been programmed to have a cheery and sunny disposition.

  • Volker Grabsch (unregistered)
    <nitpick>

    The last command can be shortened to

    eject

    on modern systems, because eject detects first CDROM device automatically.

    </nitpick>
  • bbqsandwich (unregistered)

    You can do this on a Windows machine too, right?. VPN in to the target computer, open My Computer, right-click the CD drive and click "Eject?"

  • Zach Bora (unregistered) in reply to Zecc
    Zecc:
    Bob Dole:
    Emmanuel put down his cup of coffee, went upstairs to my computer

    Really? He went up to your computer, Alex? Just who is this Emmanuel guy?

    He meant
    Emmanuel put down his cup of coffee, went upstairs to My Computer, double-clicked the icon, navigated to PuTTY's directory, made a mental note that he really should create a desktop icon for faster access next time, ran it, and then...

    The initial text was written as "I", "my" etc. and Alex just replaced "I" with "Emmanuel" but forgot the "my" for "his".

    CQFD

  • (cs) in reply to Bob Dole
    Bob Dole:
    Emmanuel put down his cup of coffee, went upstairs to my computer

    Really? He went up to your computer, Alex? Just who is this Emmanuel guy?

    Maybe that was actually Emmanuelle.

  • bbqsandwich (unregistered) in reply to bbqsandwich
    bbqsandwich:
    You can do this on a Windows machine too, right?. VPN in to the target computer, open My Computer, right-click the CD drive and click "Eject?"

    By "VPN" of course I mean "VPN and then Remote Desktop."

  • Franz Kafka (unregistered) in reply to ay ess dee eff
    ay ess dee eff:
    Code Slave:
    2) I hope the PC was at least on a UPS. An epic WTF would be to show up during a long term power failure, blown breaker, etc. and not be able to get in.
    I wouldn't be surprised if a power failure disabled the lock itself as well...

    It's okay for it to fail locked if there's a manual release on the inside.

  • (cs) in reply to Anonymous
    Anonymous:
    It's the sound of the... oh, never mind.
    What? WHAT? Don't leave us hanging here! What was it the sound of?
  • rleibman (unregistered)

    What would have been really cool is if you also told the door opening computer to sigh afterward with the satisfaction of a job well done.

  • (cs) in reply to jim steichen
    jim steichen:
    It's a cup holder! No, it's a door opener! Ha, you're both right, the PC-OMatic is both a cup holder and a door opener. The PC-OMatic has a 1001 other uses as well!
    Order in the next 15 minutes and get this set of Ronco steak knives at no extra charge! Call now! Operators are standing by to receive your call.

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