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i'm stupid [Jun. 9th, 2001|04:08 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I just hit 'pause' on my mp3 player (on the computer) to pause my DVD player (on the other side of the room).

This is as dumb as me pressing my unlock button on my car remote control to try and open the front door (which I do every other week it seems)

Update: This wouldn't have been a problem if Blythe had brought back my remote control after borrowing my DVD player. :-P

[User Picture]From: blythe
2001-06-09 04:18 pm (UTC)
Whatever.. you're still dumb '=_
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2001-06-09 04:21 pm (UTC)
No dumb is walking upstairs and having to walk all the way back downstairs to figure out why you came upstairs in the first place...THIS I do ALL the time.

You made me laugh dude...
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[User Picture]From: stephenbooth_uk
2001-06-09 04:48 pm (UTC)
How about walking into a room and thinking "What am i doing in here?". And it's the bathroom.

Or is that one just a sign of advancing age?
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[User Picture]From: billiam
2001-06-09 04:38 pm (UTC)
wot movie were u watchin?
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-09 04:39 pm (UTC)
so i married an axe murderer
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[User Picture]From: billiam
2001-06-09 04:40 pm (UTC)


ah... Mike Myerz doin wot he does best.... doez it got any cool extra shit on da disk?
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[User Picture]From: stephenbooth_uk
2001-06-09 04:46 pm (UTC)
Actually I'm suprised you haven't got an IR transponder attached to your PC that let's you control the DVD player from there. Personally I'd love something like that. Mainly cos the UI on my video is really crap, I've had it for close to ten years now and still when I program it to record something whilst I'm out it only works about 2 times in 3. I'm sure there'd be a market for something like that, or maybe build a network connection in to the device and allow you to remote programme it from a PC.

And we all do dumb things every now and then. I'm always showing the wrong pass when I get into work or get on a bus, happens about twice a week. Back when I was working for a software house ('96 to '98) the head of technical services would do something dumb like shut down the wrong server or put regular OHP acetates through the laser printer about once every couple of weeks. And then at another company I worked for a new UNIX admin on his first day logged into the payroll server as root and did the following:

/root %cd /
/ %cd tepm
cd: directory does not exist.
/ % rm -r *

I'm told that people still talk about my dive accross the desks to hit CTRL-C before it finished expanding the wildcard.[1]
I usually tell that story when managers try to say they can save money by not having to implement backups "...because we've got a RAID array.".

Kinda puts dumbness in perspective.

[1] Ok so it would probably have fallen over before it completed building the list but I didn't want to take any chances, it being 4 days before the monthly pay run.
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[User Picture]From: ironman1231
2001-06-09 06:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not a programmer - what did he almost do?
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[User Picture]From: foobar
2001-06-09 06:25 pm (UTC)


Cute. :)

There's no programming there, just command line work.

He changed directories (cd) to /, which is the root directory, the base directory, somewhat like cd'ing to c:\ in windows (except different ;) ).

Then he tried to change into a subdirectory (temp) but bungled his typing, so it left him in the same directory.

Then he did a recursive delete (rm -r *) on every file in the current directory - in other words, delete every file in the system.
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[User Picture]From: visions
2001-06-10 07:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Hehehe

hrm.. yeah.. but it should be /tmp anyway.. so the UNIX admin was smoking crack either way you look at it.

and for it to truly cause big problems, -f would really be needed as well, depending on the version of rm.
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[User Picture]From: stephenbooth_uk
2001-06-10 02:37 am (UTC)
If the command had worked it would have wiped every file off the box.
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[User Picture]From: oncee
2001-06-09 05:03 pm (UTC)
You need one of these for the front door.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-09 05:07 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: missravenx
2001-06-11 09:16 am (UTC)
you weeeel eeettt my cheeeeeken!
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