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3:03 PM
wow, I've been pinged five times on screen, I feel so popular XD
 
@StephanS WOW! MUCH PINGINGINGING
 
@StephanS Congrats! :D
 
@StephanS Ping!
 
I should have seen this coming
 
Ping abuse
 
3:04 PM
Pong
There, no more ping abuse
 
SUPERPING! @StephanS :P
 
@Tinkeringbell do you have to be SUPERFLY to SUPERPING?
 
Do remember that every ping is also broadcast in the server room. Engineers there got scared
 
@Mgetz Nope, just blue (or too red)
 
you got to keep them on their toes
 
3:08 PM
It's Friday, you think they don't have any alerts being actively suppressed until Monday?
 
@terdon Win 98 came in floppies (both the "upgrade" and "full" versions)
 
I remember those days
"Please insert disc x of x"
Wasn't it three?
 
@LinkBerest pretty sure 95 was the last
25 floppies
 
it was like 40 of them (I installed it enough I should know this)
 
@rene what type of engineer doesn't like to hear pings ring ding ding they should all be in an upswing to hear ding ding
 
3:11 PM
Nevermind, 39. I just googled it
@StephanS Not everyone likes to hear a ding-a-ling or a ring-ring on a Friday when they're trying to sham.
 
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@divibisan: I don't speak for all of the mods, but I think most of us were willing to accomodate the new rules. Rules lawyering in the CoC is not the problem, it's the heavy-handed way they decided to flex their muscle over it. It makes the mods feel like SE doesn't have their back; if you can't have a candid conversation about some future rule without being fired, then what can you have a candid conversation about? — Robert Harvey 1 min ago
 
@Rubiksmoose I was too slow, and regret seeing what that was
 
yeah, we had a couple of specialty Touchscreen based "Gift/Baby/Wedding" registry customer-facing POS systems (cutting edge in 98) that did not have CD-Roms (we built the base off of older systems and used up a lot of room adding all the needed ports for the touchscreens) so I got really used to that install process
 
hello
 
3:16 PM
@JourneymanGeek :(
 
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Hello @Gwideon. Did you come back for more abuse? :)
 
I wish I had the rep to see deleted posts/answers sometimes.
 
Our main systems were DOS & Cobol based at the time and the upgrade to Linux based ones (using Java/C++) was amazing!
 
no I'm not posting on meta today
 
Then I remember seeing some of them and I really don't, lol
 
3:17 PM
@Trasiva entirely cynically? Now is the best time to get rep
 
not after yesterday
 
and its a clickthrough if you're a 10ker and ITS YOUR OWN FAULT
 
okay, ending nostalgia now :)
 
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@Gwideon It's just a cesspool right now, best avoided.
 
i'm just here because this chat room is fun
 
3:18 PM
@Gwideon is it the llamas?
 
nah it's the puns
 
user102937
Oh, God. I just had a Winamp moment.
 
I think there might be a dog in this room but I don't know where
 
@JourneymanGeek I've tried to get rep. But people have gotten...upset over some of my answers and they get nuked from orbit. Or someone comes in here and begs for flags and gets them.
 
user102937
We're all dogs here.
 
3:19 PM
@RobertHarvey Winamp was ahead of its time. Change my mind.
 
@RobertHarvey Um.
 
@Trasiva so post less upsetting answers ;p
 
@RobertHarvey I'm more of a fox but close enough
 
@JourneymanGeek 50% 50% with whoever decided it was a good idea to let deletion due to rude content and deletion due to standard reasons be handled at the same way at UI level?
 
@JourneymanGeek Or people could get thicker skin, lol.
 
3:20 PM
@StephanS hello?
 
@Trasiva I hate that arguement
YOU BE LESS STABBY
 
^
 
@RobertHarvey I said ending nostalgia for a reason :P ;)
 
@JourneymanGeek But...but I like da stabby.
 
@OrangeDog Hello. Are you going to help me find the dog?
 
3:21 PM
NO REPPY FOR DA STABBY
 
Ugh, fiiiine
 
anyway, have to go. Have a good weekend if you are a normal user I guess. Mods instead will have a lot of fun discussing the new revisions over the weekend...
 
@JourneymanGeek I'll have you know I hit rep gain cap once. Then someone cried foul on my answer and it got deleted :(
 
sadness
 
3:23 PM
I have the badge to prove it!
To be fair though, it was slightly harsh, if factual.
 
o/
 
user102937
@DavidG I found out the scoop on that; looks like Jon met with Shog last night and wanted to convey things over voice chat; and while they were doing that Jon asked Shog to immediately remove his diamond. The normal process dumps us in a queue and as CMs are able to get to it they do. Right now things are a bit... backed up. — George Stocker ♦ 3 hours ago
 
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@KevinB Don't ask if you can ask, just ask.
 
Jon was a shock
 
I feel bad that we can't get along
 
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3:28 PM
@Gwideon Folks in marginalized groups don't. Many of them feel like creating conflict is the only way to get real change. Maybe they're right.
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If I was to pick the one SO mod who interacted the most (through chat esp) with normal users it would have been him and after George.....speechless
 
@JourneymanGeek what's the app?
 
I am not discounting other doggies who interact with us normal users (and maybe in this room) and other mods who interact a lot just Jon always just seemed to be there, ya know?
 
@202324 its just the usual SE page
 
@RobertHarvey I personally feel that the only way to get real change is through education not conflict
 
3:30 PM
no way!
 
alot of the more chill folks in the lavender community feel this as well
 
user384163
@RobertHarvey that's not a fair assessment. Please don't speak for groups you aren't a part of
 
user384163
especially when what you say is derisive and undermining.
 
also yeah please don't speak for us
 
user102937
3:31 PM
@AGirlHasNoName Ah, well if you can't rely on outside advocates, if it's always going to be "us" vs "them," then all hope is lost.
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@JourneymanGeek Awesome!
 
user384163
But that isn't advocacy
 
i'm gonna get out before crap explodes
 
user102937
Probably a good idea.
 
GOOD MORNING!
 
3:32 PM
gesticulates There is no war in ba-sing-se
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good morning shog
 
user102937
Not yet. I haven't had my second cup of coffee.
 
@Shog9 It's an OK morning at best
 
morning shog
 
lines up row of tall glasses for bloody marys
 
3:33 PM
oh, that's a good idea - goes to get another cup
.....of coffee
 
!!/coffee
 
@StephanS brews a cup of Cappuccino for @StephanS
 
see what shog is doing here is memetic deflection of tension
 
irishs Link's coffee
 
one of the marks of good cm work
 
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3:33 PM
@Shog9 Are you here to keep the peace?
 
feels a nice buzz since his coffee already had rum in it
 
probably
 
Naw, I'm here to serve.
 
can I get a green tea
 
@LinkBerest Are you sure? I could have sworn I remember a 98 CD.
 
3:34 PM
Morning Shog
 
i'm gonna go anyways
 
dunks a suspicious looking bag of Lipton's into a cup of tepid water & hopes for the best
 
@terdon yeah, it had both (very sure I installed it like once a week with the floppies at one point)
 
@Shog9 is there any other sort?
 
@Shog9 Thank you for your responses on MSE. You've always consistently been an understanding voice on SE.
 
3:35 PM
@LinkBerest Ah, both may well be true.
 
that relies mostly on folks forgetting all those times when I'm not
 
But then, that was the last time I was a Windows user, so it's been a while.
 
yeah, XP (technically ME but let's just ignore that) was when they dropped floppies altogether (though you could still make a floppy boot disk at the time)
 
but that is kind of the point isnt it
authenticity makes people forget the bad things
 
or just... longevity ;-P
 
3:36 PM
@LinkBerest Oh man, ME! I don't think I ever even saw that one, it went by so fast!
 
..............I did
 
We don't talk about ME
 
It wasn't too bad if you downgraded from 98SE
 
user102937
Lipton's is only good for making sun tea. For any other purpose it is worthless.
 
Was actually pretty stable
 
3:36 PM
@Trasiva Actually, sorry to break it to you, but we talk about you all the friggin' time!
drumroll
 
@JourneymanGeek until you tried to do anything with the network
or ports
 
I'll allow it, lol
 
@RobertHarvey If I actually liked tea , I'd get disowned for drinking that ;p
 
or ...... look I don't like remembering that
 
@Trasiva For a minute, you made me think ME was some dark forgotten Stack Exchange 1.0 site
 
3:37 PM
@LinkBerest ran it a few years ;p
 
@JourneymanGeek ME was fine for a clean install because it wouldn't try to upgrade the drivers. ME was the first instance of WDM taking precedence over DOS drivers.
 
Windows Millennium Edition, or Windows Me (marketed with the pronunciation of the pronoun "me" and codenamed Millennium), is a graphical operating system developed by Microsoft as part of its Windows 9x family of operating systems. It is the successor to Windows 98, and was released to manufacturing on June 19, 2000, with general availability on September 14, 2000. Windows Me was the last operating system released in the Windows 9x series which was targeted specifically at home PC users, and included Internet Explorer 5.5, Windows Media Player 7, and the then-new Windows Movie Maker software, which...
 
Communists drink herbal tea.
 
sadly older hardware and drivers hadn't updated from DOS or VxDs
 
3:38 PM
i never used windows me
 
It is always funny to see how the room changes when the floating one is around. Shog, maybe we should put a talking Shog animatronic somewhere in the room - seems just your presence makes people nicer.
 
Yorkshire tea gold is the only real tea
 
Because proper tea is theft.
 
@Mgetz the story I heard later was some drivers apparently were more stable and were left alone
 
Ah yes, Windows ME. The prototype for Vista.
 
user102937
3:38 PM
@SPArchaeologist-様 Shog already is an animatronic. You didn't know that? They used a quantum computer prototype.
 
@JourneymanGeek stablish, VxDs were generally migrated if possible. But WDM drivers were always more stable
 
@terdon also know as Malebolge Edition
 
i don't remember vista either... just 98 and xp
 
@Stevoisiak windows 2k was the prototype for vista
 
didn't spend much time on the computer back then
 
3:39 PM
@JourneymanGeek yeah, it was good for home use but MS never told businesses that they aimed it directly (and only) at home computer users
which made for a nightmare in a corporate setting (but it did get us to finally us Linux where I worked so I guess it was great at at least one thing)
 
@RobertHarvey Fpu bugged Pentium running Windows ME but close enough
 
I'm still sad to see Windows 7 end of lifed
 
user102937
Windows 7 was solid.
 
Linux is solid
:<
 
It feels like we finally convinced people to get off XP
 
3:40 PM
@Stevoisiak Me too, since I'm running my DVR on it
 
I still get XP machines
 
At least when XP was dying, people agreed 7 was a good replacement
 
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@Stevoisiak You mean after all of the hospitals still running it got ransom-wared? Yeah, I'd say it was a good time to switch.
 
@ArthurHavlicek If you set it up right
 
@RobertHarvey Shoulda seen Shog1, poor thing ran on an Pentium 2 processor. Couldn't handle all the input.
 
3:41 PM
my answer to people with those systems is: I'll move your data over to a new machine with something else
 
@JourneymanGeek Nowadays it ships with good defaults on major distros
 
@Stevoisiak people forget how much XP was despised in the early years due to driver issues.
 
@ArthurHavlicek eh
 
costs me contracts sometimes but its not worth the price every time
 
But when it dosen't...
 
3:41 PM
Open the pod bay doors, @Shog9
 
Windows 7 was very easy to break into cough cough so I've heard
 
@RobertHarvey Ready for that to be repeated with 7 ransomware?
I'm sure it will be
 
nonetheless I wish I had an XP machine
there are abandonwares that only works on XP
 
@Stevoisiak I'm honestly not, from a kernel perspective it has a lot of issues
 
user102937
@Stevoisiak The military industrial complex is slow about everything. But even they know you don't stay on an OS that is end-of-lifed.
 
3:43 PM
@Raedwald I'm sorry, raewald, but I can't pronounce your name properly
 
@RobertHarvey you say that but until MS basically paid the DoD to upgrade the tanks ran windows 95
 
@RobertHarvey HA! Boy, let me tell you some things I saw in the Military at the end of 2011....
 
@RobertHarvey My laptop at work is still 7. We're still finishing up our upgrades
 
Don't forget the Navy warships also running on XP still
 
@RobertHarvey lol....oh, that's a great joke ;)
 
3:44 PM
@Mgetz I'd be interested to learn more about that.
 
We were earlier talking about the US military getting ride of 8" floppy disks.
 
Anywhere I can read up on that?
 
Oh, then there's the things I saw at the NSA, but we don't talk about the NSA.
 
user102937
You can use an EOL OS safely if it never gets anywhere near an Internet connection.
 
user102937
And you don't plug in thumb drives.
 
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3:45 PM
or any outside media.
 
user102937
And lock it in a closet
 
user102937
and don't plug it in.
 
@RobertHarvey That is what ARPANET runs on, right?
 
and don't open the closet
 
@RobertHarvey You can try to keep people offline, but: zdnet.com/article/…
People will find a way
 
3:46 PM
@Stevoisiak which reminds me
 
if you don't own one you can't get hacked
 
@Stevoisiak No way...
 
user102937
Most software nowadays assumes an Internet connection. A good percentage of it won't even work without one.
 
I can delete the corporate image I downloaded in case the upgrade tool for work laptop failed
 
Never assume best practices when users are involved
 
3:47 PM
Never assume best practices when people are involved. FIFY
 
user102937
Never assume malice when stupidity could be involved.
 
^
 
stupidity is always involved
 
user102937
There's a decent convo below this post, if you're so inclined:
 
and never assume you can make something "idiot proof"
 
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3:48 PM
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A: Does the company want to enforce CoC irrespective of the backlash it received?

Rebecca J. StonesThe actual wording changes are documented on the Stack Exchange blog, where they write: ... the Code of Conduct requires people to use the correct gender pronouns ... This has always been true of our Code of Conduct and we are making it more explicit with this language. This isn’t a new rule ...

 
you will only prove - you are the idiot
 
There's always a better idiot out there.
 
To be fair, I think we've all done dumb things in fields we don't know well
 
@Stevoisiak I created a room for it if you're curious we can discuss it there
 
@Mgetz Joined
 
3:50 PM
@Stevoisiak I worked for a small company who once told me that I'd never be able to truly break their embedded system. It took me less than 25 minutes to stick it in a CRC loop.
 
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Cyclic Redundancy Checksum?
 
Yep
 
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Well. My list of the Two Worst Ideas Ever:
 
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1. Voting machines on the Internet
 
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2. Voting machines on the Internet
 
3:51 PM
I once wrote a script to interact with a web API at a specified URL. Then a user asked me, "What happens if someone types an invalid url, like google.com?"
 
3. voting machines in general
 
I'd literally never thought of it
 
I write software for a living I do not trust that thing as far as I can throw it
 
Sorry for arriving late at the tavern brawl before.
 
Don't tell me that your sd card stored linux embedded system is fool proof
 
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3:52 PM
Famous last words: "We can make it secure." Yeah, you don't even know what that word means.
 
but it's linux, so it's unhackable
 
@Magisch Let's be honest, those of us that write software for a living don't trust most things that are supposed to be secure.
 
My least favorite thing is developer software that assume the user (IE: me) knows what they are doing
 
Famous words : There is two infinite things. the universe, and human stupidity. And for universe we're not exactly sure
 
@Trasiva yea
 
3:54 PM
@Trasiva then you can trust me, I'm insecure
 
Being secure about your insecurities is the first step
But being insecure about your securities is a leap in the wrong direction.
 
@Trasiva my last task (project) in my information assurance course was where a company asked the class to test their system (very proud that it was an awesome system with no way in). I got the secretary to give me the wifi password in 5 minutes and her desktop password was on a post-it note on her desk (didn't even need technology - just a polo shirt and khakis).
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Social engineering is the best engineering
 
@Trasiva XD
 
They had a small security training here at my work last year. With having worked at the NSA and gotten white hat certified, I got a lot of side looks at the basic stuff they were teaching us in that class, lol.
 
3:57 PM
wait, didn't we just have a post on Meta about insecurity and SO?
 
Insecurity on SO? Whaaat?
 
an FAQ proposal, yeah... which is weird
 
insecurity caused by SO (or more correctly caused by copy & paste coders)
i.e. all those interns which double my workload (or more)
 
Ah, the joy of having to explain to some idiot "tech support" that no, sharing my email address and my password with them is not safe just because our chat is over SSL.
 
Don't worry, we hired an intern to help you on that project is like the worst phrase I hear when working
 
4:00 PM
The intern we had this summer was actually pretty slick.
 
"Me: so you can actually see my password in plaintext on your system?" "TechSup: Yes, but don't worry, our chat is encrypted".
 
Especially once he got over his insecurities and wasn't afraid to ask questions
 
Most interns I saw were actually pretty good
Never supervised one, but would like to
 
The first two weeks or so tend to be hell
The trick is to forcefully drag them out of their shell
 
yeah, its not the intern itself its the "we just hired a new person with no experience when your in the middle of the project" - its extra work dealing with getting an experienced person onboarded
 
@LinkBerest they treated that in mythical man month, as a paradox. Bring people on a project, you will push back the deadline
can't remember exact wording though
 
someone for whom this is their first real-world experience....ugh. (I don't mind when they are added at the start but people don't seem to have read any project management anything around here)
 
@Stevoisiak oh man...
 
Brooks' law is an observation about software project management according to which "adding human resources to a late software project makes it later". It was coined by Fred Brooks in his 1975 book The Mythical Man-Month. According to Brooks, there is an incremental person who, when added to a project, makes it take more, not less time. This is similar to the general law of diminishing returns in economics. == Explanations == According to Brooks himself, the law is an "outrageous oversimplification", but it captures the general rule. Brooks points to the main factors that explain why it works this...
 
@terdon still not as bad as this: serverfault.com/questions/293217/…
 
4:05 PM
Thanks, its exactly this
 
@ArthurHavlicek I can - and you are correct but well when you have people who think "I'm a manger so project management should be easy" (a common occurrence around here)....eh, it brings me contracts fixing there stuff I guess
 
@DavidA Oh wow, yes, I remember that.
 
@LinkBerest it's easier to pick things up in the middle of the project then at the start when there's nothing to go on. As long as they didn't expect an extra person to make it go faster then that's fine.
 
^ see the last statement is exactly what they expected
last one was literally along the lines of: PM: your just making some database changes so this person should be great with the data entry at least ...... Me: we don't have any data entry, we are building automated process to remove your data entry - remember?
 
oh dear
 
4:09 PM
add to that, it was in Spark so "database changes" was missing the point a bit by itself
 
Could be some tortured reference to a hive metastore.
 
Note, my experience is not normal because companies which have good systems don't usually need to hire an outside contract to fix their stuff.
 
Good systems are more rare than massive amounts of technical debt.
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fwiw, building signal processing systems is now top of the list of my favorite things (so much still left to do!!! :) ;)
 
4:38 PM
@divibisan Thank you.
 
I wonder what the reaction would have been if the COC change was posted without the FAQ
 
@Stevoisiak The same.
 
For me personally, I was ok with the COC change up until I read the FAQ
The good reception of the community proposed FAQ seems to indicate I'm not the only one that thinks this way
+257/-20
I'm not saying people wouldn't be upset. I just don't think it'd be the level of anger we have now
 
lets just wait and see what we get tuesday
 
4:55 PM
I was fine with the CoC the mods helped with
 
@Stevoisiak The content isn't fundamentally different, but the tone is completely different. And tone is important.
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@terdon Exactly.
 
sigh that feeling when you get a bowl of soup that looks delicious and then take a bite and realize looks can be decieving
 
How does one bite soup?
 
ws picture of soup har har
 
5:09 PM
Photosoup?
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@LinkBerest That's why I makes it
 
5:23 PM
@Bart I don't think there's another way to eat erwtensoep.
 
@Tinkeringbell that's in its own category. If the spoon doesn't stand up straight it's no good
 
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@Stevoisiak It also has the advantage of not being posted by a staff member, or being instantly tagged (rather than )
 
@Bart Well... I'm not fond of it either way. But yeah, I've heard the sentiment, same for bruine bonensoep.
 
Oooh, good batch of erwtensoep every winter. That's something I still make here.
 
Mom still makes it, together with oliebollen, for New Year's Eve each year. And then sometimes on Sundays too (as that's traditionally a kind of 'soup day' here anyways)
 
user102937
5:26 PM
@Trasiva Looks delicious.
 
@RobertHarvey I call it loaded potato soup. 'cause it's not boring and it's got lots of flavor. Plus I make it with smoked chicken stock to add that smokey flavor naturally.
 
user102937
5:55 PM
Recipe, please.
 
user102937
Actually, there a re a couple on the Internet that look pretty good. But there's something about the color of your soup that is rather pleasing.
 
@RobertHarvey pepperplate.com/… I couldn't remember where I saved it, lol
It's the carrots, they add a bit of golden color to it
 
user102937
Thanks. :)
 

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