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Comment Re:Let me see if I have the meeting right (Score 1) 471 471

You're missing the point. The improved dress code is not to impress your customers, it's to impress your INVESTORS. If HP is doing as badly as everyone says, then it might make sense that upper management may want to sell the company. Often, this means a prospective buyer taking a tour of your office. If everyone is dressed like a slob, then they would be willing to pay less for the company.

Comment Re:It's not so easy (Score 1) 217 217

Also, what is to say that your "friend" who buys the ticket doesn't just go to another convenience store and buy another ticket with the same numbers. Then there would be 2 winners, and your takeaway winnings would be reduced proportionally. Also, the friend could tell other friends, and so on, and so on, and so on, until you win only $30.

Comment Re:Well, there have been couple of cases... (Score 5, Interesting) 231 231

In 1991, I was repairing PCs at a local shop. A desktop PC came in for some software to be installed. I powered it up, and installed the software. Then turned it off.... Or at least I flipped the power switch into the OFF position. The PC was still running.

Mind you, this is in the days where the power switches on PCs were big red toggle switches that were connected directly to the mains. Well, It's possible that there may be a mechanical fault in the power switch, so I pulled the power cord.

The machine was still running!

I rubbed my eyes in disbelief. I double, no, triple-checked that I had pulled the power cord from the correct PC, that I had the monitor plugged into the machine that I thought I did, etc.

I picked up my screwdriver, opened the case, and found a large expansion card populated with several batteries. It was an internal UPS that was feeding power directly to the motherboard!

Comment Re:Sure, I favor doing more of it (Score 1) 195 195

After the gulf oil spill, I don't dislike deepwater oil drilling. I dislike the completely irresponsible company that floundered around for weeks before they even tried to fix the leak. There is nothing inherently evil about drilling for oil as long as adequate precautions are taken.

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. -- Poul Anderson