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By Bob Abooey (Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:02:53 AM EST) Bank, tom Delay, lunch, Music, Money, Movie, All this and much more!! (all tags)
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  • I heard on the news today that GM is loosing1 1 million clams AN HOUR. Damn, how can you loose1 one million dollars an hour??? It's seems beyond comprehension. How are so you incontinent2 for so many years that you end up at that point??
  • I watched Strangers on a Train last eve, and, wowsers, what a great movie. Might be my favourite Hitchcock movie yet. Great story, great acting, and of course the traditional Hitchcock suspense scenes (the tennis match scene was brilliant) make this one kill. Er. Flick. I give it 9570/10000.
  • The word on the street is that the SABP has reformed and are currently in the studio working on some new material! I guess the bass player got out of prison and the guy on keys got out of rehab so they're back together!! Look for some new material soonly1 as well as maybe a tour this summer.
  • So DeLay is DeDone eh? Well, you live by the sword and you die by the sword3 I guess. I think it's funny that the religious whack-jobs are claiming that he's a victim of religious persecution. Heh.. yeah, whenever something doesn't fit in with their twisted little world view it has to be some far reaching conspiracy. How has the human race survived this long with our general abject lack of cognitive capabilities?? Anyways, don't let door impale itself on your sphincter on the way out you big fat criminal looooooooooser!
  • I'll be partaking in a BBQ chicken stemitch 1 for lunch today, along with a giant vat of cottage cheese, natch. I'm expecting a flavour bonanza, quite frankly, and will be disappointed if it doesn't occur.
  • I was at my bank last weekend, doing some banking, natch, and I happened to notice the tellettes2 were hacking on these computer terminals that were still running DOS. DOS for fucks sake! I mean, it sure loooked1 like DOS, what with the big giant 16 colour screens and whatnot. I'm shocked that some modern software company hasn't thrown together some newer software for them to use and join the 21st century. Crikey.

[1] - Misspeled1 on purpose for comedic value.
[2] - Wrong werd2 used for comedic value.
[3] - Wrong phrase used for comedic value.

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the word on the g33kstr33t is that ATMs by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:14:04 AM EST
often run OS2, which can look like DOS, I reckon.


Banks by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:19:14 AM EST
They're all running COBOL apps so I don't see what your issue is.




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You sure it was DOS? by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:34:36 AM EST
It may well have been an OS/2-based system which quite a few major banks still use. Banking software is complex and expensive, and along with that the relative obscurity of OS/2 helps keep it fairly safe from hackers/crackers. Why "upgrade" from a working system that will run on any old hardware that others would throw out for a new system and software full of bugs and security holes?

woof.

OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

It looked like DOS, that's all I know by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:49:33 AM EST
I hadn't thought of OS/2, I guess because I wasn't aware that anyone was still supporting it???? Didn't IBM pull the proverbial plug on that years ago?

OS/2 had the worst commercials ever, I'm surprised anyone ever bought it.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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Not much to support by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 07:13:41 AM EST
OS/2 is pretty fucking rock solid, especially given that nobody ever changes it.
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Note on endnotes by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:38:38 AM EST
The 2 after "werd" in your endnotes should instead be a 1. Unless, of course, you meant to make it 24 with an additional endnote "[4] Wrong endnote number used for comedic value."

Please fix so that this comment will make no sense what-so-ever.



I cannot comments on this by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:52:53 AM EST
It's supposed to be left as an exercise for the reader. Golly, I can't do all the work for you.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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'Doh! by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:56:42 AM EST

I apparently left my sense of humour at home this morning. I should probably stay away from the internets in this state.



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WIPO: A quick and dirty knock-off of CP/M by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:51:52 AM EST
[NoT New Technology]

GOOOOOO TRIBE! by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:52:56 AM EST
off to an inconspicuous 0-1 start, how do you feel about that Bob ? On their way to a 100 losses season  this year ?

Anyway, gotta love how so many folks have a fancy pants dell 3 ghz machine with a cool 17" LCD monitor, and it's running some shitty terminal application to access a main frame somewhere. Lowe's was running something that looked vaguely X or OpenWindow-ish on their non-checkout terminals (eg tools dept where the guy looks up to see if it's in stock). It's still a terminal window, in a graphical  OS, but it ain't MS Winders, as best I can tell.

But who is going to spend the money to upgrade the hardware and software ? Banks want profits, and upgrading something that 'Just Works'(tm) makes no sense.


Actually by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:58:05 AM EST
Thanks for reminding me, The TribeTM1 plays an afternoon game today!! I'll have to warm up the radio to get it ready for the big game!!

re: It makes perfect sense for Lowes to use Loonux for simple stuff like that, I'll bet they save millions of dollars by doing so. PC's are so cheap nowadays that you can't blame them for having new stuff, even if it is overkill. Plus I would guess they'll be using those for years and years to come.

[1] - The Baseball team, not the oppressed race of people.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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How can GM lose a million an hour? by thenick (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 06:59:19 AM EST
Two words: Job Bank. Something like $900 of the MSRP of a GM car goes to pay for the job bank employees. Guess how much non-UAW auto manufacturers spend on?

Hint: it's less than $.01...

 
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Jeeeesus.. by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #12 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 07:11:38 AM EST
That's so batshit crazy you couldn't even make it up. Words fail me.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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Oh, so Communism does work after all. by dr k (2.00 / 0) #19 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 11:09:04 AM EST
What, oh what will the non-working stockholders have to do to get their 5% annual return?

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DeLay out by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 07:53:44 AM EST
Don't you owe me $1?

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Mind like a steel trap by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #15 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 08:04:36 AM EST
Golly, that's fine memory you've got.

Or do you have a giant keyword search-able archive somewhere.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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If I did, I'd have a link to PROOVE my claim by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 08:09:20 AM EST
I'll take my $1 in unmarked pennies in a plain brown bag.

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mainframe, baby! by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #17 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 10:32:42 AM EST
i mean, once the banks have invested in the hardware....and the software is rock solid.....why change it?

hell, we still use a mainframe at my hospital.

Strangers on a Train by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #18 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 10:45:01 AM EST
Mighty fine movie. I gave it . I dinged it one because the bad guy was too Tony Randallish and creeped me out. Fine, fine movie, though. That Hitchcock bloke sure knew how to make a good movie.

You should try Rebecca next.
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Bruno was great by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #20 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 11:31:49 AM EST
I don't even know who that guy was but he was perfect for that part. Hitchcock was brilliant.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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bank stuff by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #21 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 02:05:15 PM EST
nick's mommy works at a bank, and we were talking about how their old program, that they've been using for a million years, is DOS. they've switched to a new one, but there are still things that they prefer to use DOS for, for some weird reason. she says it's probably because they havent yet bothered to learn to do it in the new program.
Send me to Austria!
Yeah by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #22 Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 05:43:28 AM EST
I can understand the "don't fix it if it isn't broken thing" but it's got to be hell when they're forced to upgrade to newer computers. I don't know if DOS would even run on newer hardware.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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they have by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #23 Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 05:54:19 PM EST
an emulator sort of thing, i think.
Send me to Austria!
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