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Vanykrye wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

So, the single-most-frustrating thing about working for Global Megacorporation is that we could have a really really great product that let us conquer the world, but incompetent executive management combined with apathetic software engineers renders our software a constantly bug-ridden, difficult-to-use mess. Shiro put it well: "Yeah, if your guys were competent your company would dominate the world, so it's a good thing they're not."

I filed a bug. "This extremely commonly-used field isn't working in filtering, and that's a major issue."
Dev's response? "That field doesn't exist."

I had to ADD A FRICKING SCREENSHOT to prove that the field existed.

I mean, seriously.

<.<

>.>

Are you working for Microsoft?

Oh, it gets better and better.

Dev: That field doesn't exist. User error.
NH: Here's a screenshot of the field.
Dev: Ok, well that field doesn't exist on MY environment.
NH: Here's a screenshot of the field on your environment.
Dev: (Long-suffering sigh) Oh, OK. I guess I'll re-open the bug.

So, if I were an executive, I'd have someone scanning bugs for this level of incompetence, and that guy would be out of a job come Monday. But I'm not, so he'll remain employed and incompetent, making our product worse for years to come...

I've had dealings with an individual from a branch of Global Megacorp. I find him to be substandard in his knowledge of security. Somehow he thinks sending financial files over plain text FTP is perfectly fine. I've been trying to explain to him what that actually means and he's just like, "Yeah, it's the same method it was using before, it's just that you've changed your rules to detect it and now you're seeing the warning. But it's fine."

No. No it's not fine.

please elucidate.


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Freehold DM wrote:
please elucidate.

I don't know if I'm on the right medications for that, but here we go...

Plain Text FTP...it's the equivalent of sending a postcard with sensitive info written on it through the standard postal service.


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...dont elucidate on THAT, mind you.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
please elucidate.

I don't know if I'm on the right medications for that, but here we go...

Plain Text FTP...it's the equivalent of sending a postcard with sensitive info written on it through the standard postal service.

ahhh... okay.


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As an aside, I researched and solved my own computer problem today and did not bother IT even once!

I'm a good boy! I'm a good boy!


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Cohle Slaad wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Also, I got out of getting sent back to VA for the third time in three months.
Now I'm starting to wonder: are you an IT dude who regularly finds himself in the Virgina ("Vor...ginya. Vorginya!") office, or are you actually in Virgina always dreaming of escaping to elsewhere and periodically waking?

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I don't know.
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You have me questioning my own reality now.
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This has got to be The Matrix.
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Or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

So, the single-most-frustrating thing about working for Global Megacorporation is that we could have a really really great product that let us conquer the world, but incompetent executive management combined with apathetic software engineers renders our software a constantly bug-ridden, difficult-to-use mess. Shiro put it well: "Yeah, if your guys were competent your company would dominate the world, so it's a good thing they're not."

I filed a bug. "This extremely commonly-used field isn't working in filtering, and that's a major issue."
Dev's response? "That field doesn't exist."

I had to ADD A FRICKING SCREENSHOT to prove that the field existed.

I mean, seriously.

<.<

>.>

Are you working for Microsoft?

Oh, it gets better and better.

Dev: That field doesn't exist. User error.
NH: Here's a screenshot of the field.
Dev: Ok, well that field doesn't exist on MY environment.
NH: Here's a screenshot of the field on your environment.
Dev: (Long-suffering sigh) Oh, OK. I guess I'll re-open the bug.

So, if I were an executive, I'd have someone scanning bugs for this level of incompetence, and that guy would be out of a job come Monday. But I'm not, so he'll remain employed and incompetent, making our product worse for years to come...

You work for SONY and I claim my £5.


I am a purple slinky, apparently.

(The latest, RPG game he has decided to run for us has us each being a slinky of a different color. As a purple slinky I can cause fear and recruit people, apparently.)


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So, I'm really beginning to wonder just what the **** this guy's job description actually is.

*AFTER* re-opening the bug, following my screenshot to find the field, and verifying that my error does indeed exist, he just handed off a debug environment to the engineer who'd asked me to file the bug in the first place.

Classic Global MegaCorporation, "Fix your own d***** bug!" approach. (And no, we're not Sony.)

So the engineer did some testing, said, "OK, it works for these cases, and not for these other cases, so NobodysHome's got a good point. We need to contact the team responsible for the object that contains this field and find out whether this is intended behavior."

So, what did bug guy do?

He just said, "OK," and reassigned the bug to me.

I swear, firing him is too good at this point. He should get a special "black mark resume" as in, "This man should never work in this field again..."


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...

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...

... I'm awake!

Rather, striving hard to stay awake.

Nearly failing.

Yaaawwwn.

But I've gotta try!

Gotta count the kiddo's violin minutes!


Ragh. Can't even open Discord.

And I know, guys, I know. Turn it off and back on again.

But I got stuff I'm doing, here!

(Though I'm going to sleep, so.)


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Leave it to me to find something that seems interesting a year after it stops updating.


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Freehold DM wrote:

As an aside, I researched and solved my own computer problem today and did not bother IT even once!

I'm a good boy! I'm a good boy!

I am only slightly worried that all the IT people favorited this one. I am waiting for woran to read the post and give me a toffee or some other treat.


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NobodysHome wrote:

So, I'm really beginning to wonder just what the **** this guy's job description actually is.

*AFTER* re-opening the bug, following my screenshot to find the field, and verifying that my error does indeed exist, he just handed off a debug environment to the engineer who'd asked me to file the bug in the first place.

Classic Global MegaCorporation, "Fix your own d***** bug!" approach. (And no, we're not Sony.)

So the engineer did some testing, said, "OK, it works for these cases, and not for these other cases, so NobodysHome's got a good point. We need to contact the team responsible for the object that contains this field and find out whether this is intended behavior."

So, what did bug guy do?

He just said, "OK," and reassigned the bug to me.

I swear, firing him is too good at this point. He should get a special "black mark resume" as in, "This man should never work in this field again..."

Are you absolutely sure you're not SONY*? 'Cause I'm getting sense-memory flashbacks right now.

* Edit: Apparently, to stop typing Sony in all caps takes years to mentally deprogram.


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I sometimes love leaving my class notes/scribbles up for future classes to find with no context. And since I teach multiple subjects, it's absolute confusion for anyone not in them.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8

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This is vaguely reminding me of the time I hit a problem with our financial processing software (you know, just the stuff we use to pay bills and buy supplies and pay our employees, nothing critical).

The first thing I do is check the troubleshooting guide and see that certain settings need to be set in a certain way, so I follow the troubleshooting guide's instructions and nothing works. I then contact division IT.

IT guy comes to my office, checks to be sure certain those settings are set correctly, sees that 1) I did indeed do that all by myself and 2) the problem is still happening. Division IT guy says, "Okay, this is a deeper problem, and because it's this particular software, we are forced to push it to Central IT." (As in he would actively get in trouble if he tried to do further troubleshooting.) He follows this with sincere apologies because he knows that 1) Central IT is across town and will only handle things remotely and 2) their competency level is generally below that of a slightly deranged moose's, and their communications skills are even worse.

So I open the ticket with Central IT. I immediately get a generic, obviously form-written instruction to check the settings Division guy and I already checked. I tell this to Division IT guy to ask him how I might get past the automated form response.

Because Division IT guy is nice, he directly emails someone in Central IT, cc'ing me, cites the problem, and confirms that the settings are set correctly, and could someone please help me with this problem.

The first response we get is "please check to be sure these settings are set correctly."

We reply with screenshots of both the bug and the settings being set correctly. He and I both reiterate the bug is still occurring, with all relevant information (that we have already reported).

They say, "Hmm, that's a problem, we'll forward you to one of our case managers."

I then get contacted TWO DAYS LATER (please note in the meantime I am unable to pay pending bills our department is responsible for) from someone who...

Sends me a copy of the troubleshooting guide I used at the very first step to set the settings correctly, telling me to follow these instructions to fix the issue.

I reply to her that we are way past that point, and include the email exchanges I and the division IT guy have already had with her colleagues, screenshots included (bearing in mind SHE ALREADY HAS ALL OF THIS STUFF). (Even sans email chain, the ticket contained all relevant information they needed to know like a full description of the problem, OS, etc. I know what IT needs to know to fix things and provide it.)

She basically replies, "yeah but, have you checked to be sure these settings are set correctly."

This goes back and forth like this several times.

I reply to her something along the lines of, "You have told me to check the settings FOUR TIMES now, when I have not only done this and CONFIRMED that they are set correctly, I have set you screenshots and a confirmation from the Division IT guy who checked my computer personally to be sure they are correct, and you keep replying that I should check the settings. Please get OFF THE FLOWCHART and actually read through these emails. If you are incapable of actually solving the problem, please refer me to your supervisor so I can find someone else to assist me."

She replies, "Oh, sorry, it's just that most people don't ever check the settings to be sure they're set correctly."

She then follows up, after having probably read all of the information I sent her for the first time, "I don't think I can fix this, I am looping you in to someone else in the department."

I wait two more days. (Bills still unpaid.)

I get the supervisor of the department to respond to me. No, he does not ask me to check the settings. Central IT is still alive to this day for this reason.

But what DOES he say? "Oh, we're very sorry for the inconvenience, but this is a known issue we haven't figured out to fix. Here is a workaround in the meantime."

The other people were giving me the runaround because they didn't know how to fix the issue themselves. They couldn't admit that, so they kept falling back on user error.


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DeathQuaker wrote:
GRAR IT STORY IT TECHS MUST BE FLOGGED

Yeah.

That happens all too often.

It makes me angry.

Very, very angry.

I've recently found my red Swingline stapler, so I guess there's only one more thing to do.

Grand Lodge

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I am honest to a fault about my inability to fix things. I also don't work for a megacorp, so everyone I support is someone I work with regularly.


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Scintillae wrote:
I will never stop describing Tom Sawyer as that one kid who means no one is allowed to watch wrestling because he has to copy all the cool stuff he sees on TV.

When they grow up, they do HEMA.

Not me, though.

No no no.

I most certainly am a very serious scholar of historical combat.


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*Cough* plastic knife-chuks*Cough*


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My mind battles with a 1930s economic trend.

Given that I'm half German, this will likely end with fury, productivity, and inevitable defeat.


So, here's my review of the God Eater anime:

My review wrote:
Ooooooooooooooh. It's an adaptation of a game. That... explains much.

That's pretty much it.

(It was forgettable enough that I didn't even notice when I stopped watching, got up, and started cleaning instead, nor did I notice when it ended. It was never offensive while I was watching - well, except for that one girl's shirt, because neither gravity nor clothing work that way. dang it - it just... wasn't that interesting to me? Maybe worthwhile for fans of the series, but I honestly don't know. I know that there were dramatic stakes or whatever. Also people had living swords that were secretly guns spoiler that ate people monsters that def. weren't a weird new kind of people, that's for sure. Also the heroes wore redonkulously heavy baclets and it <spoiler'd> them, because <plot>.)


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Freehold DM wrote:

As an aside, I researched and solved my own computer problem today and did not bother IT even once!

I'm a good boy! I'm a good boy!

Now I wonder how often Vany has to deal with problems that were solved by users before they reached them...


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NobodysHome wrote:
Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

So, the single-most-frustrating thing about working for Global Megacorporation is that we could have a really really great product that let us conquer the world, but incompetent executive management combined with apathetic software engineers renders our software a constantly bug-ridden, difficult-to-use mess. Shiro put it well: "Yeah, if your guys were competent your company would dominate the world, so it's a good thing they're not."

I filed a bug. "This extremely commonly-used field isn't working in filtering, and that's a major issue."
Dev's response? "That field doesn't exist."

I had to ADD A FRICKING SCREENSHOT to prove that the field existed.

I mean, seriously.

<.<

>.>

Are you working for Microsoft?

Oh, it gets better and better.

Dev: That field doesn't exist. User error.
NH: Here's a screenshot of the field.
Dev: Ok, well that field doesn't exist on MY environment.
NH: Here's a screenshot of the field on your environment.
Dev: (Long-suffering sigh) Oh, OK. I guess I'll re-open the bug.

So, if I were an executive, I'd have someone scanning bugs for this level of incompetence, and that guy would be out of a job come Monday. But I'm not, so he'll remain employed and incompetent, making our product worse for years to come...

Note that NH haven't denied working for Microsoft :D


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Tacticslion wrote:

So, here's my review of the God Eater anime:

My review wrote:
Ooooooooooooooh. It's an adaptation of a game. That... explains much.

That's pretty much it.

(It was forgettable enough that I didn't even notice when I stopped watching, got up, and started cleaning instead, nor did I notice when it ended. It was never offensive while I was watching - well, except for that one girl's shirt, because neither gravity nor clothing work that way. dang it - it just... wasn't that interesting to me? Maybe worthwhile for fans of the series, but I honestly don't know. I know that there were dramatic stakes or whatever. Also people had living swords that were secretly guns spoiler that ate people monsters that def. weren't a weird new kind of people, that's for sure. Also the heroes wore redonkulously heavy baclets and it <spoiler'd> them, because <plot>.)

freehold will watch.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

My mind battles with a 1930s economic trend.

Given that I'm half German, this will likely end with fury, productivity, and inevitable defeat.

...And long, winding trenches dug around the IT dept & server rooms whence you shake your fist at imaginary Sopwith Camels* flying overhead?

* Beagle biplane pilots are optional.


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Anyone here familiar with bone marrow donation?

A kid in the school district just got diagnosed with Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma and they're looking for bone marrow donors, but because of my age either the family or I would have to pay $100 just to get me tested. (And trust me, the family wouldn't be the ones paying.)

But at my age, is it even worth getting tested? Everything I'm reading is pretty much, "If you're over 44, don't bother."

Anyone know more than I do on this subject? Seems like a worthwhile cause, but the kid is <Current politically-correct term for black, because since I'm in Berkeley African-American is now verboten, but so is black, so I have no idea what I'm doing>, and I'm white and old, so I'm pretty sure the chances of me matching are near 0. Seems like paying to get an older black man tested would be more worthwhile.

Hey... Freehold...


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Freehold is old, yes.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Anyone here familiar with bone marrow donation?

A kid in the school district just got diagnosed with Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma and they're looking for bone marrow donors, but because of my age either the family or I would have to pay $100 just to get me tested. (And trust me, the family wouldn't be the ones paying.)

But at my age, is it even worth getting tested? Everything I'm reading is pretty much, "If you're over 44, don't bother."

Anyone know more than I do on this subject? Seems like a worthwhile cause, but the kid is <Current politically-correct term for black, because since I'm in Berkeley African-American is now verboten, but so is black, so I have no idea what I'm doing>, and I'm white and old, so I'm pretty sure the chances of me matching are near 0. Seems like paying to get an older black man tested would be more worthwhile.

Hey... Freehold...

the young man is of African descent.

I think I am on be the match. Is this kid on be the match?


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Olde Timey Fisticuffs Yesterday wrote:
Freehold is old, yes.

quiet you.


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Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Anyone here familiar with bone marrow donation?

A kid in the school district just got diagnosed with Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma and they're looking for bone marrow donors, but because of my age either the family or I would have to pay $100 just to get me tested. (And trust me, the family wouldn't be the ones paying.)

But at my age, is it even worth getting tested? Everything I'm reading is pretty much, "If you're over 44, don't bother."

Anyone know more than I do on this subject? Seems like a worthwhile cause, but the kid is <Current politically-correct term for black, because since I'm in Berkeley African-American is now verboten, but so is black, so I have no idea what I'm doing>, and I'm white and old, so I'm pretty sure the chances of me matching are near 0. Seems like paying to get an older black man tested would be more worthwhile.

Hey... Freehold...

the young man is of African descent.

I think I am on be the match. Is this kid on be the match?

Yep. So you'd've matched already.

Political Nonsense:
And no, the whole issue is that not all blacks trace their ancestry back to Africa unless you start breaking the 10,000-year mark. Australian aboriginals are probably the most populous among such peoples.

So, being Berkeley, land of, "How DARE you assume my gender/ancestry/sexual preferences, you sexist/racist/misogynistic <expletive>," I've been told that "African American" is offensive (not all people with dark skin hail from Africa) and "black" is offensive (U.S. history), but nobody's thought up a decent alternative. So it's "people with skin darker than mine", which is pretty much 99.5% of the world population...

And the problem is, in cases like bone marrow donation it matters. Your ethnicity really helps.

So in this case yes, the young man has African ancestry, so you were correct. But in general it's no longer an acceptable term around here, and I have no idea what is.


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Drejk wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

As an aside, I researched and solved my own computer problem today and did not bother IT even once!

I'm a good boy! I'm a good boy!

Now I wonder how often Vany has to deal with problems that were solved by users before they reached them...

Yeah, just the other day I had someone opening a PDF in Adobe, going to File > Print and selecting a PDF software printer...which converts the file to PDF...from PDF...and does a Save As...and then complaining that it didn't "print" and the software isn't doing anything.

So 1) If you're just going to be saving the PDF, do a Save As. It's easier.

2) If you are going to need to "print" the thing (usually because they only want select pages, which you can do just like you were printing a Word doc, but it's just going to save the select pages as a PDF, so it's pretty much the only legit reason to use Print instead of Save As in these cases), then you still have to hit this here button to browse to the location you want to save it, and then you have to hit this here BIG GREEN BUTTON THAT SAYS SAVE ON IT.

"But I want to print it."

I will smash you.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Anyone here familiar with bone marrow donation?

A kid in the school district just got diagnosed with Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma and they're looking for bone marrow donors, but because of my age either the family or I would have to pay $100 just to get me tested. (And trust me, the family wouldn't be the ones paying.)

But at my age, is it even worth getting tested? Everything I'm reading is pretty much, "If you're over 44, don't bother."

Anyone know more than I do on this subject? Seems like a worthwhile cause, but the kid is <Current politically-correct term for black, because since I'm in Berkeley African-American is now verboten, but so is black, so I have no idea what I'm doing>, and I'm white and old, so I'm pretty sure the chances of me matching are near 0. Seems like paying to get an older black man tested would be more worthwhile.

Hey... Freehold...

the young man is of African descent.

I think I am on be the match. Is this kid on be the match?

Yep. So you'd've matched already.

** spoiler omitted **...

Spoiler:
if myself or any of the black people I know trace back to Australia, it would be amazing. But Africa is a whole lot more likely. My family is from Barbados and Guyana on my mothers side and Jamaica on my fathers side. Everyone went to Panama to work on the canal for what was considered big money, at the time. My grandmother worked for a German woman there in the canal zone who paid very very well, well enough for her to afford to go to school to become a nurse and go to America. Not sure what my fathers side of the family did, but my great-grandfather was missing an arm, which indicates he may have been a thief or pirate or just found guilty of some kind of wrongdoing, or just failed a reflex save(but made the fort save) one day, but he built the last name censored family compound with that one hand and had a small farm and many, many ,many children because what's a condom? Before my ancestors were...escorted...to the Carribean, it's a safe bet they were in Africa. According to my genetic profile, they were likely from one the hundreds of tribes on the west coast.

If you can find some black people who originated entirely in Norway, I will fall on my hands and knees and embrace math as my lord and savior, and live a chaste life, refraining from carnality and pornography for so long as I live.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

As an aside, I researched and solved my own computer problem today and did not bother IT even once!

I'm a good boy! I'm a good boy!

Now I wonder how often Vany has to deal with problems that were solved by users before they reached them...

Yeah, just the other day I had someone opening a PDF in Adobe, going to File > Print and selecting a PDF software printer...which converts the file to PDF...from PDF...and does a Save As...and then complaining that it didn't "print" and the software isn't doing anything.

So 1) If you're just going to be saving the PDF, do a Save As. It's easier.

2) If you are going to need to "print" the thing (usually because they only want select pages, which you can do just like you were printing a Word doc, but it's just going to save the select pages as a PDF, so it's pretty much the only legit reason to use Print instead of Save As in these cases), then you still have to hit this here button to browse to the location you want to save it, and then you have to hit this here BIG GREEN BUTTON THAT SAYS SAVE ON IT.

"But I want to print it."

I will smash you.

I had a similar problem, but I needed to go into properties to make some changes there.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

As an aside, I researched and solved my own computer problem today and did not bother IT even once!

I'm a good boy! I'm a good boy!

Now I wonder how often Vany has to deal with problems that were solved by users before they reached them...

Yeah, just the other day I had someone opening a PDF in Adobe, going to File > Print and selecting a PDF software printer...which converts the file to PDF...from PDF...and does a Save As...and then complaining that it didn't "print" and the software isn't doing anything.

So 1) If you're just going to be saving the PDF, do a Save As. It's easier.

2) If you are going to need to "print" the thing (usually because they only want select pages, which you can do just like you were printing a Word doc, but it's just going to save the select pages as a PDF, so it's pretty much the only legit reason to use Print instead of Save As in these cases), then you still have to hit this here button to browse to the location you want to save it, and then you have to hit this here BIG GREEN BUTTON THAT SAYS SAVE ON IT.

"But I want to print it."

I will smash you.

I had a similar problem, but I needed to go into properties to make some changes there.

I'd say you had an actual problem. She just stopped hitting the obvious buttons to do the normal things and called IT saying it was broken.


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NobodysHome, have you listened to NPR's podcast, The Big One? So far it is pretty good, in a scary sort of way.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Anyone here familiar with bone marrow donation?

A kid in the school district just got diagnosed with Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma and they're looking for bone marrow donors, but because of my age either the family or I would have to pay $100 just to get me tested. (And trust me, the family wouldn't be the ones paying.)

But at my age, is it even worth getting tested? Everything I'm reading is pretty much, "If you're over 44, don't bother."

Anyone know more than I do on this subject? Seems like a worthwhile cause, but the kid is <Current politically-correct term for black, because since I'm in Berkeley African-American is now verboten, but so is black, so I have no idea what I'm doing>, and I'm white and old, so I'm pretty sure the chances of me matching are near 0. Seems like paying to get an older black man tested would be more worthwhile.

Hey... Freehold...

the young man is of African descent.

I think I am on be the match. Is this kid on be the match?

Yep. So you'd've matched already.

** spoiler omitted **...

ALL (DE) tends to say 'Person of Colo(u)r' in general, if that helps.

Or just 'Black (Caribbean/African, etc.)' if she wants to be more specific.


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Also, Eddie Money died earlier this week due to cancer. I got to see him in concert once. He put on a good show.


So, there's a monologue from... something... that I know I've heard before, but I absolutely cannot place for some reason.

I recently heard it in a video by someone else and it's been drying me nuts trying to figure where it comes from.

(They edited their own voices into the audio with no visuals from the original source - just backgrounds of city stuff and sound-indicator lights, so no help, there.)

Ground Hog Day?

Ghost Busters? One or two?
I think this is the most likely, but I'm honestly not sure.

Quote:

We are accepting calls this hour from time travelers only. If you have traveled in time, or are a traveler... to this time... than we wanna hear from you. Otherwise the phonelines are closed, but for that group they are certainly open. With that in mind, top of the morning to you on the Wildcard line, you are on the air.

<snip>
Pretty remarkable stuff. Alright, we are going to do, now...

... and that's what I got. Anyone else here, know?

Google searches failed me.

Video with the audio in front, if you want to hear it yourselves.

Scarab Sages

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Freehold DM wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

As an aside, I researched and solved my own computer problem today and did not bother IT even once!

I'm a good boy! I'm a good boy!

I am only slightly worried that all the IT people favorited this one. I am waiting for woran to read the post and give me a toffee or some other treat.

I use the favorite system as a bad bookmark system so I can hopefully find dev posts again.

But I'll mentally favorite your post.

Scarab Sages

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NobodysHome wrote:

Anyone here familiar with bone marrow donation?

A kid in the school district just got diagnosed with Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma and they're looking for bone marrow donors, but because of my age either the family or I would have to pay $100 just to get me tested. (And trust me, the family wouldn't be the ones paying.)

But at my age, is it even worth getting tested? Everything I'm reading is pretty much, "If you're over 44, don't bother."

Anyone know more than I do on this subject? Seems like a worthwhile cause, but the kid is <Current politically-correct term for black, because since I'm in Berkeley African-American is now verboten, but so is black, so I have no idea what I'm doing>, and I'm white and old, so I'm pretty sure the chances of me matching are near 0. Seems like paying to get an older black man tested would be more worthwhile.

Hey... Freehold...

Yeah, the chances of your HLA type matching are slim to none. Your age has nothing to do with it. I suspect its an 'american' thing. Your recovery time after donating will be longer, and they dont want to be sued? Or its not covered, ect.

Here we have a country wide registry. If you want to be a donor, you get tested (for free), and your HLA type gets added to the database. If there is ever a person needing it, they just search the database, and if you match, they contact you trough your dokter.

Scarab Sages

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NobodysHome wrote:
And the problem is, in cases like bone marrow donation it matters. Your ethnicity really helps.

Yes. For all kinds of transfusions/donations.

Your blood is more then A, B, AB and 0.
Your organs/bone marrow match is dependant on the HLA genes, and the prevailance of certain genes is dependant on ethnicity.


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Limeylongears wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Anyone here familiar with bone marrow donation?

A kid in the school district just got diagnosed with Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma and they're looking for bone marrow donors, but because of my age either the family or I would have to pay $100 just to get me tested. (And trust me, the family wouldn't be the ones paying.)

But at my age, is it even worth getting tested? Everything I'm reading is pretty much, "If you're over 44, don't bother."

Anyone know more than I do on this subject? Seems like a worthwhile cause, but the kid is <Current politically-correct term for black, because since I'm in Berkeley African-American is now verboten, but so is black, so I have no idea what I'm doing>, and I'm white and old, so I'm pretty sure the chances of me matching are near 0. Seems like paying to get an older black man tested would be more worthwhile.

Hey... Freehold...

the young man is of African descent.

I think I am on be the match. Is this kid on be the match?

Yep. So you'd've matched already.

** spoiler omitted **...

ALL (DE) tends to say 'Person of Colo(u)r' in general, if that helps.

Spoiler:
That doesn't fly with me, as that was a term used to keep people in second class status- yet stil above those evil blacks and dirty Chinese- for decades while also ignoring their ACTUAL heritage. No idea how it entered common parlance again.

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Freehold DM wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

As an aside, I researched and solved my own computer problem today and did not bother IT even once!

I'm a good boy! I'm a good boy!

I am only slightly worried that all the IT people favorited this one. I am waiting for woran to read the post and give me a toffee or some other treat.

I use the favorite system as a bad bookmark system so I can hopefully find dev posts again.

But I'll mentally favorite your post.

Can I have a toffee or perhaps some treat for good boys associated with your culture?


Man.

I went for years hating coffee.

Still do, mostly.

But, dang it, she had to be nice. Silly people. Giving me a free frosted coffee. Bothersome.


More specifically with the caramel. Dang it.

Scarab Sages

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Freehold DM wrote:
Woran wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

As an aside, I researched and solved my own computer problem today and did not bother IT even once!

I'm a good boy! I'm a good boy!

I am only slightly worried that all the IT people favorited this one. I am waiting for woran to read the post and give me a toffee or some other treat.

I use the favorite system as a bad bookmark system so I can hopefully find dev posts again.

But I'll mentally favorite your post.

Can I have a toffee or perhaps some treat for good boys associated with your culture?

My offer to send you a whole lot of licorice is still open, if you're willing to PM me your adress.


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Woran wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Woran wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

As an aside, I researched and solved my own computer problem today and did not bother IT even once!

I'm a good boy! I'm a good boy!

I am only slightly worried that all the IT people favorited this one. I am waiting for woran to read the post and give me a toffee or some other treat.

I use the favorite system as a bad bookmark system so I can hopefully find dev posts again.

But I'll mentally favorite your post.

Can I have a toffee or perhaps some treat for good boys associated with your culture?
My offer to send you a whole lot of licorice is still open, if you're willing to PM me your adress.

YES!


Question for those who know:

Is Fate/Zero the same thing as Fate/Stay Night?

EDIT: tyyyyyyyyyyyypo


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NobodysHome, have you listened to NPR's podcast, The Big One? So far it is pretty good, in a scary sort of way.

I tend to listen to music while at work (because focus) and the family in the evening (because family), but I'll see whether I can squeeze it in.

I'm assuming it's about the eternally-upcoming 9.0+ quake in California.

I've got a stream nearby, a water purifier, solar power I know how to tap into (and have the equipment to do so), about a month's worth of food, and backpacking gear to get us a couple hundred miles, which is enough to get across the Sierras and into Nevada.

So yeah, I'm as ready as I can be, and Albany's on bedrock so I should even have a standing building.

But yeah, in general we're not ready for it as a population, and the continuing push to just build build build regardless of the consequences is going to make things that much worse when it comes.

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