Day: February 19, 2007

The No-Asshole Rule

Great story, great policy, but I wonder does it work in practice.

One day, I waited behind an especially rude customer who was sitting at the counter. He made crude comments, tried to grab the waitress, complained about how his veal parmigiana tasted, and insulted customers who told him to pipe down.

This creep kept spewing his venom until a fellow customer approached him and asked (in a loud voice), “You are just an amazing person. I’ve been looking everywhere for a person like you. I love how you act. Can you give me your name?” He looked flustered for a moment, but then seemed flattered, offered thanks for the compliment, and provided his name.

Without missing a beat, his questioner wrote it down and said, “Thanks. I appreciate it. You see, I am writing a book on assholes … and you are absolutely perfect for Chapter 13.” The entire place roared, and the asshole looked humiliated, shut his trap, and soon slithered out — and the waitress beamed with delight.

(I’m an asshole from time to time, although I’d like to think I become an asshole only when I need to, because it’s the only language they understand.)

Google’s hard drive survey

Engadget has broken down Google’s paper on hard drive failures to save us all the time of reading it, and I’m going to break it down even further for you:

  1. 1ook 80-400GB 5400-7200rpm drives evaluated.
  2. SMART doesn’t work very well.
  3. Failure rates correlate to manufacturers.
  4. Drive usage is not a major factor.
    1. (Except in young or old drives.)
  5. Heat isn’t as big an issue as you’d think.
    1. (Overcooling is actually worse.)

Need to update your website?

As of April 1, you need to state the following details on your website:

  1. The name of the company and the company’s legal form;
  2. the place of registration of the company, the number with which it is registered and the address of its registered office;
  3. in the case of a company exempt from the obligation to use the word “limited” or “teoranta” as part of its name, the fact that it is a limited company;
  4. in the case of a company which is being wound up, the fact that it is being wound up; and that:
  5. if there is reference to the share capital of the company on any letters or order forms, the reference shall be to the paid-up share capital.

You may need to state this information in your emails too, but as is typical with Irish legislation, I’m not entirely sure if that’s the case. The ODCE doesn’t seem to either, or surely they would have been clearer than “company letters and order forms” in their information notice?

It’s definitely a good idea to require companies to put this information on their websites, but ffs ODCE, piss or get off the pot: what, if any, emails does this info need to go into?

How I Hacked Your LinkSys Router

Funny story about a guy that secures his router as soon as he gets home, only to discover several months later that that he actually secured his neighbour’s router, and his neighbour has been using his all along. Sounds a tad convenient to me, but still funny, and there’s no reason why it couldn’t happen. Tie down them routers folks!