The Auditor’s Bot Walks into NASA’s Open Bar

[When discussing the ontological question "What Constitutes Hacking?", the Auditor recalled his “script” story. Here’s PDA’s comment, which won the thread at the time.]

Dishonesty aside, Rabett has now shown, quite conclusively, he has no idea how connecting to servers works.

Indeed, another clueless individual made a similar bone-headed suggestion:

If you do programmatic retrieval, it is usually considered good manners to insert a delay of at least 1 second between requests so as not to load the server [clueless].

Another idiot offered a link purporting to present “performance hints,” and added the inane observation that

While the execution time of a script can be significantly reduced by using faster CPUs, the invocation is disk I/O bound [idiot].

What a maroon!

Another fool said he

slept for a full 4 seconds between each station request and ran it overnight on the weekends [fool].

Clearly driven beyond the endurance of any normal man, Mr McIntyre’s response was

In retrospect, I would have put a sleep instruction – BTW how do you do that? [Auditor]

[See also my comment at Judy’s].

Illegitimi non carborundum.

PDA, in the heat of the moment.


PDA, quietly laughing to himself.
Keith’s Gang fight, PDA’s finest work ever.

Keith’s Gang fight, PDA’s finest work ever.

I don’t want my central point to get buried again.

PDA, being able to detect the parsomatic shovel even after midnight.

Harvard Negotiation Project: 5 Lasting Rules For Negotiating Anything

  1. Don’t Bargain Over Positions.
  2. Separate the People From the Problem.
  3. Focus on Interests.
  4. Invent Options for Mutual Gain.
  5. Insist on Using Objective Criteria.

Your Pompous Ass

[PDA chuckles a bit while impersonating the voice of the USENET past.]

> What a stupid thing to say.

It was an accurate thing to say. Claiming that you don’t do something “very often” when there’s documentary evidence that you do it “very often” might be described with the adjective you used.

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PDA’s Law

[PDA hereunder declares his Law:]

I am herewith declaring PDA’s Law:

As a blog comment discussion grows longer, the probability of someone invoking approaches one.

“Someone is wrong on the internet” is, ultimately, the topic of every comment discussion and many if not most blog posts [1]. Arguments (well, and porn) are the raison d’être of the Internet. Let’s not be ungrateful.




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