From Josh Lewenberg.
Just thought of this incident from mid-90's. It might be a bit long, but thought it might get a chuckle from those that remember MS-DOS support...
Background: At the time, I'm in my early 20's, fairly professional in all aspects of my job, and working for a business software company with less than 20 employees. I'm the sole programmer for "warehouse software", and the company has 3 tech support people for my software. I'm at a point in the company where I usually don't answer tech calls, unless the ticket's been escalated to me or there's no support staff available (out to lunch, at a client site, already on a tech call, etc.). So if I take the call, you're getting the most knowledgeable person that can resolve it.
One day, I'm forced to answer a support call, and the customer is already very short with his responses. I'll skip the general introductions and description of the actual issue (not relevant to the story).
>$Me: Well, that shouldn't be happening. It could be that you don't have the latest file version of one of the programs. We'll just need to check.
>$User: Ok. Fine.
>$Me: Are you at the machine?
>$User: Yes. (slightly angry) Where else would I be?!?
It should be noted, that they have several machines running the networked software at their site. From what I remember, at least 3 in their warehouse and 1 in the offices. So how the heck should I know his location? Maybe he was in his office.
>$Me: Ok. Can you get to a DOS prompt?
>$User: I'm there.
Now, for those of you that may not know... Back then, you had to use a 8.3 file naming system. And since the name of the software was longer than that, the software was installed in a directory name that was a condensed form of the software name with a version number. Typically, anyone that wasn't familiar with it, would have a hard time locating it in DOS. Whenever I provided support, I would always spell it out, and it eventually became a reflex to do it fairly quickly. I also always confirmed they using the correct drive letter, because our software required a mapped drive to connect to our server files and databases.
>$Me: Ok. Please type, C: <Enter>
A few seconds pass by.
>$Me: Now type in: CD\WHS_SFT2.1 <Enter>
More seconds pass by.
>$Me: And type in: DIR *.EXE <Enter>
>$User: (click) (dial-tone)
Well, that was weird. Gue... keep reading on reddit ➡
Edit: To be clear this is a patent application, not a patent. Here is the link to the patent application. Thanks to u/freddyt55555 for the heads up on this one. I am extremely excited for this tech. Here are some highlights of the patent:
Edit: Just as u/WinterWindWhip writes, this could also be used to effectively support legacy x86 instructions without having to use up extra die area. This could potentially remove a lot of "dark silicon" that exists on current x86 chips, while also giving support to future instruction sets as well.
I've ordered numerous times from door dash during the pandemic and never once has a dasher paid attention to the leave at the door instruction. They always ring the doorbell and wait to hand me my food. I got so frustrated that I tried putting explicit instructions in my address notes to say "please leave at door and don't knock or ring the doorbell". This seems to work about half the time. Do Dashers just not care about safety or customer preferences?
This all happened a few years back when I was in high school and distributing bundles of weekly advertising brochures around a neighbourhood as a means to earn some spending money.
What is important to note is that I did not work directly for the company that made these bundles, instead, there was the middle man who was also paid by the company and who oversaw multiple neighbourhoods in my area.
When I got my first stack of bundles (in total this would be around 80 kg of paper) I noticed that I had a lot of leftovers after doing my round. This is because here in the Netherlands, you cannot put advertisements in someone's mailbox when the have a ‘no advertisement’ sticker on it. I informed the middle man of this, asking if I could tell him how many bundles were leftover and if he could make sure I got less of them.
His response was that I would need to do a check of the stickers on my route, and report the exact addresses what did not want to receive the advertisements. I realised that this would cost me a lot of time and asked if this would be paid. His response was that I would not get paid for this and that my total pay would also decrease as I would be delivering fewer bundles. But then he said: you can also just dump them in the paper trash, that also works.
I’m guessing that he prefered that option as it would save him some administrative work and because he probably also would have his earnings lowered by the main company when the surplus would be reported. This would probably also spark some questions as to the situation on the other routes he was responsible for.
So, doing as he told me, once a month when the paper trash was collected I put the leftovers in the bin, and that was that. Sometimes our own bin would be too full, so I’d put them in another bin that was already on the street (as we do not pay per weight that is collected, this would not hurt the neighbours at all). This went on for about a year without any problems. The company (and especially this dude) were huge pains in the ass, delivering far too late for my to complete my route and forgetting when I was not available resulting in them having to pick up all bundles from my house again after delivering them to me (and then getting mad because they forgot that I was not available).
One day my neighbours also started working for this company and this dude, and they noticed some bundles in the trash. They told this dude and here it comes: he blocked my pay and said I was fi... keep reading on reddit ➡
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All of my teachers either take off points for too little writing or too much writing. Wouldn't it be the same?
I've also read a quote that says that if you can't explain this subject to them clearly in the allotted space, then you're showing the teacher that you don't clearly understand the subject. Or, in Hermione's case, she feels that she should ignore her professor's basic and perfectly understandable instructions and write an essay that is way too long, causing her teacher more work than is needed.