The funniest post on a tech forum

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  1. Keniff macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt the original question was serious.

    Because if it was a genuine question…*:eek:
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    well you have to remember that data on a computer is binary, i.e., made up of ones and zeros and if you look at the 1s and 0s you see that that the 0s take up more space so they're will definitely cause an increase in weight.

    I'd recommend that they (people who are concerned about the weight of their computers) to search the net and find a utility that will strip the data of all 0s and push the 1s together. Besides what's a 0 nothing so why occupy space with nothing
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  5. sammich macrumors 601

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    The original post was the posters only post. So it must've been a genuine question. And that name!
     
  6. Berlepsch macrumors 6502

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    So that's the secret of the supermodels!

    That is very bad advice. Because of the way hard disks save data in blocks and sectors, you can end up with having all the heavy 1s on one side of the disk, causing dangerous imbalance. That may cause premature disk failure or even complete destruction of the computer.

    Windows users have to use defragmentation tools regularly (at least once per week) to prevent hard disk shattering, of course MacOS does this automatically, so no worries there.
     
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    Wow, that explains why I'm overweight! It's all this useless, trivial knowledge I have stuck in my head! You know, stuff like every line from a Monty Python film or skit. I can remember that kind of stuff, yet I have problems remembering where my keys or cell phone are. Maybe my brain needs to be defragged.

    One of our jokes around here is telling users that the network is slow because while zeros are round and flow through network cables just fine, sometimes the 1s get turned sideways and get stuck in the cable. This causes a jam, and makes the network run slowly.
     
  8. bern1812 macrumors member

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    haha that reminds me of the story my boss told me the other day

    he told me they actually had to send out an email to the whole office that the space bar was in fact the "any key" and they simply dont print it on there to save confusion. He actually received a reply asking why they couldnt just print "spacebar" and "any key" on the spacebar
     
  9. grooveattack macrumors 6502a

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    hey! i noticed that too!!
    After installing adobe CS4 and final cut studio i cant even get my computer off the desk!!!
     
  10. Queso macrumors G4

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    I love the "This is serious. If we don't delete the programs we don't use we can...transform our planet into a black hole" comment :D
     
  11. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    omg i have finally heard everything. we must be evolving backwards.

    I had always thought it was a little snarky for tech groups to start out with "OK let's see if I can help you... first, is your computer plugged in?" but now that you have shared this tale, I have done a 180 on that issue.
     
  12. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040

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    You got that right. I've seen people try to update their facebook status by typing it into a google search bar.
     
  13. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    It seems like a dumb question to us...but for people who know next to nothing about computers, it could make sense to them that more programs = more weight.
     
  14. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040

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    Not if they have the most basic understanding about science. You're being too forgiving.
     
  15. Boneoh macrumors 6502

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    I've seen a few things like this over the years.

    Several years ago, when memory limits would often cause a crash, one user swore that typing in UPPERCASE used too much memory! We had a good laugh about that.

    Another user called in and was belly-aching about a modem that was not working. The support guy neglected to start at the basics and go from there. He started looking at COM ports, IRQs, etc. He was really pissed when he found that the phone line was unplugged!

    We had one guy who used his Outlook deleted items as his archive! He never deleted anything from there. His PC finally ran out of disk space and crashed. We told him to empty his deleted items, and he freaked out!

    Another guy was a salesrep who worked from home. He kept complaining that his laptop was too slow, etc. So one day he brought it in to have the support tech take a look. We were wondering what was taking so long, then we heard the tech laughing really loud! It turns out that the hard drive was full, and 99% was porn! :eek: And there were tons of photos of him with various 'friends' :p
     
  16. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    Actually, the funniest (and most dumb) thread happened on this very forums

    "can I download the internet" :D

    [​IMG]
     
  17. ethical macrumors 68000

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    hahaha, I love it! And they are a 6502!

    My dad went out to a friends house on a sunday evening to fix her computer....she was complaining of fan noise but no image.... the monitor wasnt plugged in. D'oh!
     
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    You are being way too assuming of the ability of the average user. If they can't remember the password they have been typing in every day for the last month how do you expect them to understand science?

    They have the ability to screw it up like no one else, can't explain a single thing they did in the last x hours/days to get it into that situation but yet expect it to be fixed last week.
     
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    Reminds of the Zoolamder scene where Hansel smashes open the iMac to get files that are "in" the computer.:p
     
  21. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Most people don't.
     
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    Wow that is so funny! I wonder how much 1TB worth of data would weigh.. 150kg??
     
  25. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    The funniest thing in the OP's link is the geeks that thought he was being serious. That needs a serious detachment from reality.
     

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