What century are we living in, again?


Could be worse, I guess. They might have been running MT4.

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15 Responses to On #FAIL

  1. Bob O'Hara says:

    MT5 will fix that.

  2. Maxine Clarke says:

    I saw a twitter from Bob about “ranting and procrastination” as being the key elements of a science blogger (have I got that right)? I’m beginning to see what he means.

  3. Jennifer Rohn says:

    /forced to sign in again even though I just signed in to post something else ten seconds ago
    (special rant just for Maxine)
    But seriously, you often see the Microsoft page of death around – particularly on National Rail departure boards. Perhaps we should appreciate it as a reminder of our human limitations?

  4. Eva Amsen says:

    I saw a screen like this in a museum recently. I forgot which, because I go to way too many museums, but it was in a display case about something historical/educational. I was wondering if it was making a statement, but there was a sign next to the display indicating that there was supposed to be something else on there.

  5. John Wilkins says:

    I saw a similar dialogue in Portsmouth recently, only it had a Macafee screen. I ejected my card and walked very quickly in the other direction.

  6. Austin Elliott says:

    I think it was me that said my own blogging had largely sidestepped talking about science in favour of ranting and procrastination, Maxine.
    But Bob did note sagely that that meant I blended right in…

  7. Richard P. Grant says:

    I’m amazed anybody still gets on aeroplanes.
    I shouldn’t wonder if someone has managed to hack their bankcard with a virus that can infect ATMs. Maybe I’m a terrorist just for suggesting it.

  8. Matt Brown says:

    No, but taking photos of cash machines is probably considered semi-criminal.

  9. Richard P. Grant says:

    Only ‘semi’? “Must try harder”.
    Isn’t anyone else gibbering at the thought of a Turing-complete machine (well, it’s Windows but close enough) in an ATM?

  10. Henry Gee says:

    I would procrastinate, but there’s probably something else I need to do first.

  11. Nicolas Fanget says:

    A Turing-complete machine in an ATM, well, low production costs will do that, fair enough. But Windows? On something that gives out money and handles private information over a network?

  12. Richard P. Grant says:

    Yah. Hence, ‘gibbering’.

  13. Elizabeth Moritz says:

    Makes me miss the simpler days of the “blue screen of death” and the finality of its appearance (at least until you manually shut off your computer and turned it back on).
    That nice image/logo in the center makes you think the system might still recover…

  14. Ken Doyle says:

    Ah, a Windows ATM. For every $1 that it gives you, you have to pay it $1.33, reboot three times, and collect your statement from an undisclosed location in rural China.

  15. James Hendler says:

    The ATM network protocols are a heavily guarded secret, you cannot even get near them without signing NDAs threatening death and dismemberment if you tell anyone anything – now I know why 🙂

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