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Re: The cost of NOT using Linux

In comp.os.linux.advocacy, B Gruff
on Thu, 05 Oct 2006 18:19:22 +0100
> On Thursday 05 October 2006 18:11 Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> __/ [ arachnid ] on Thursday 05 October 2006 18:03 \__
>>> On Thu, 05 Oct 2006 17:58:58 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>> *LOL* @ "Vista Budget Vacuum"
>>> I saw a good one from an MVP over on the XP support group the other day:
>>>   "Destructive Recovery"
>>> Apparently that's when you have to wipe your HD and reinstall Windows
>>> from scratch, in order to "recover" your system.
>> Reminds me of a joke:
>> Windows is an arsehole. Must be wiped regularly.
> I hope that you guys are suitably ashamed of yourselves for descending into
> vulgarity and name-calling after my carefully phrased and diplomatic
> OP............:-)

I saw once a poster or text that started out with "That
idea is just full of shit", presumably by a worker on the
project line.  Subsequent communications, as the proposal
wended its way to upper management, mutated this to the
point that upper management bought the proposal as the
language by then was so flowery that they loved it.

Unfortunately Google isn't being horribly helpful. :-/  I
*was* able to find the one at one point where the customer
wanted a tire swing.

One variant is at


another, shorter variant is at


All three are variants of the old game "Telephone",
and illustrate possible problems in communication.
Diplomacy, after all, is merely telling the other side
"that's crap" in a fashion they're happy to accept (at
least sometimes).

(It may be worth noting that "negotiation" is ultimately
derived from the latin for "not leisure".  I would have
hoped it was derived from "a way of saying no, but" but oh
well; good diplomacy, like any form of good engineering,
is hard work, apparently.)

And of course it depends on context and audience.  Certain
four letter words might be very useful in one's bedroom,
for instance, but not during a business presentation. ;-)

So wotthehell.

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