The only thing that is really worrying me now, is the fact that he still had
the drawing on the back of his hand. I drew it on with ink and laid it out
in columns with the decimal number and the switch sequence to tell him which
switches should have been set to on. Then he tells me that " I " got it
wrong and that when switch 3 (4dec) and 2 (2dec) are on, the number of the
head would only be 5 instead of 6 as I had written it on his hand, so he
changed it round to suit. :-))
What am I gonna' do with this guy ? :-))
| "Owain" wrote
| > He's confusing switch number with arithmetic value.
| > Perhaps one of the Clever People who generated the crib-sheets could
| > generate a look-up as
| > Detec. Switches
| > Number On
| > 1 1
| > 2 2
| > 3 1,2
| > 4 3
| The only thing that is really worrying me now, is the fact that he still
| the drawing on the back of his hand. I drew it on with ink and laid it
| in columns with the decimal number and the switch sequence to tell him
| switches should have been set to on. Then he tells me that " I " got it
| wrong and that when switch 3 (4dec) and 2 (2dec) are on, the number of the
| head would only be 5 instead of 6 as I had written it on his hand, so he
| changed it round to suit. :-))
Well, he's trying. (Oh, you agree!)
Tell him to do what he's told and stop thinking about it. (And tell us what
Good idea. And he does have spikey hair. Would that count ?
And, is Dilbert still on the go ? I remember that from the seventies when
IT departments and open plan offices were first introduced. :-))
You have brain-fade. "Seven Years of Highly Defective People" (an excellent
introduction to Dilbert with handwritten notes by Scott Adams) was published
in 1990, and if you dig around the web-site you'll find a history showing
early rejection letters dated 1988.
I used to work in cubicles (or pods). I think light dawned when it was
suggested that I relocate to the exact centre of a floor and simultaneously
move the computer equipment to a corner office. We swapped, and I spent
many a long hour gazing out at the traffic coming off the M8.
Many, Many Thank you's to everyone. I used most of your suggestions, and
very creative some of them were (Thanks Witchy), on getting the Binary
numbering system through to a moron. :-))
I sat with him for two and a bit hours today, just him and I, and we went
over it to see where the problem was. He was thinking of the switches on
the detector heads as decimal right enough, as this is the way they are
marked by the makers. So I started him on the very basics of the system
again to see how he would react. He then told me that he'd never even heard
of the Binary way of counting, and that he'd always thought we were winding
him up on the settings of these detectors.
Once I'd shown him the basics and he'd done a few addition and subtraction
sums using it, it seemed to click into place no problem at all. Yipee !!!
Say's I, as you can imagine. I think, with your help, I've just gained
another brilliant security engineer for the team.
Brilliant people. Many, Many Thanks Again.
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