@bthall It derives from the expression "old boys" meaning "alumni" - former students of an exclusive private high school who've remained in touch with each other as a semi-formalized social club. They're "old" because they're older than when they were students there; not necessarily particularly old in absolute terms. Just saying "boys" would not suffice in that context because it would be assumed to refer to current, not former, students.
Toronto terrified by mystery accordion men! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/despacito-accordion-player-ttc-1.4627144
Excuse me, is this the right line to wait for my turn to get weeb-washed?
history of the fediverse:
- gargron created EVERYTHING
- white colonialism happened in the fediverse
- lain weeb-washed everything and made up gnu social
- mastodon 1.0 is released
- lain copy and pasted mastodon’s source code and called it pleroma
- the rightful owners of the fediverse (feminists and furries) come to reclaim their stolen land
computers aren't any smaller than they used to be in the 1950s, in fact it is us humans who have grown a hundred times taller
@guizzy I think it happens a lot in technical contexts because anybody at the pro level has a lot of experience of being better-informed than the person at the other end of the tech support line - in both directions. So, second-guessing the other party and "Look, just answer my literal question without trying to second-guess me" are both second nature.
some years ago, on a co-op term:
Me: "Could I have a dump of the testing database?"
DB Admin: "Why?"
"So I can load it into the Oracle instance on my OS/2 desktop machine."
"Oracle won't run on an OS/2 desktop!"
"I already have it running, I just need the data dump."
"Well, I don't have time to install Oracle on your desktop."
"I already installed it myself."
"Well, this is a bad idea."
"I agree, but it wasn't my idea, and it's not so very bad that I wanted to argue with my boss about it."
*we're engaging in rigorous intellectual debate*
me: ... therefore, my argument is correct. Now, look at this picture of a lovely dog
you: this is the Nice Dog Fallacy!!! Nice Dog Fallacy!!!!!!!
crowd: *murmuring* it is a very nice dog though
@mayuutann @lain Unix shell commands. "cat" is for copying files, "sudo" makes something happen with increased access privileges, "bash" is a general-purpose command processor (shell). People often do "cat (something) | sudo bash" as a way of installing software but this is dangerous and may be a bad idea.