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Only 39% Curse At Their Computers?

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the i-make-up-for-them dept.

Idle 286

netbuzz writes "That's what we are to believe based upon a survey of 14,284 individuals conducted by security vendor Avira. That survey found that 39 percent of respondents 'cursed or yelled at the computer out loud.' And no computer is needed to calculate the implication: 61% of those participating in the poll believe themselves to have never once uttered a profanity or raised their voice in the direction of a malfunctioning machine. Are the majority of us genuinely possessed of such remarkable self-control? Or might some of these self-reported stoics be exercising a bit of selective memory?"

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Linux (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35141774)

Yeah, the other 61% use Linux.

Re:Linux (4, Interesting)

DrgnDancer (137700) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141906)

I curse at Linux. All. The. Time. Just becasue it is a somewhat more stable and secure OS does make it completely stable and happy. Nor does it prevent hardware problems from manifesting in ways that make you convinced something is screwed up the OS (until you dig deeper). For that matter it doesn't prevent me from making typos or misremembering commands or options that cause the computer to something other than what I intended. Indeed, thanks to the fact that I work far more in Linux than Windows, I probably curse it far more as well.

Re:Linux (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35142360)

I curse at everything you stupid cock sucker. What's so god damned special about fucking computers anyway?

Re:Linux (1)

killmenow (184444) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142470)

I was cursing at it just the other day. FC14 says there are some updates, so I look at them and nothing seemingly troublesome is in the list. After the update, howerver, my @#%)@#% ATI video drivers stop working with Wine. OpenGL still works fine in Linux, but after the update, I had to reinstall video drivers to get Wine to let me play guild wars.

Or how about the time a week or so before that on the same FC14 host when VirtualBox was being a PITA about allowing XP in a guest VM access a plugged in USB flash drive. Gee, on Windows hosts I just plug it in and LO AND F-ING BEHOLD, IT WORKS IN THE GUEST VM! But no, not on Linux. There's some god-forsaken filter bullshit that has to be set up and/or some issue with group privileges and proper rights and yada yada yada. I DON'T FREAKING CARE. JUST LET ME USE MY F-ING FLASH DRIVE.

Of course, my Win7 office PC gets cursed at daily. If not for something stupid with the OS, for some stupidly behaved app. For instance, why the fsck does Excel put cells with commas in them inside quotes when saving a file TAB DELIMITED? Sure, when saving a file as a CSV, please put quotes around the text fields, ESPECIALLY ones with commas in them. But TAB delimited? Now I have to remove those quotes from the file. One more F-ing step for me to get this data formatted the way our ERP system wants it in order to import it. Thanks for that boneheaded logic Microsoft. F@#$(T@$T@O@)~!!!!

I'm a 39%-er.

Re:Linux (0)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141990)

As a Windows user who has tried several times to switch, I can assure you that much cursing was indeed involved.

Re:Linux (0)

Suki I (1546431) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142184)

As a Windows user who has tried several times to switch, I can assure you that much cursing was indeed involved.

Just from my experience today, I made up for those slackers who didn't admit to cursing aloud and for the ones telling the truth.

Re:Linux (1)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142382)

I was going to say that some of that 61% actually know how to use their computers and some of that 61% have no idea how to use their computers. Neither of those reqyure swearing.

Alternate Theory (2)

causality (777677) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141778)

61% of those participating in the poll believe themselves to have never once uttered a profanity or raised their voice in the direction of a malfunctioning machine. Are the majority of us genuinely possessed of such remarkable self-control? Or might some of these self-reported stoics be exercising a bit of selective memory?

I have an alternate theory: maybe they're just a bunch of liars, answering with "what they think would sound better" instead of answering with the truth since the issue itself is unimportant. Little white lies, if you will.

Re:Alternate Theory (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35141836)

Or maybe some people know the computer wont be fixed by yelling at it. A kick is usually more effective.

Re:Alternate Theory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35141998)

percussive maintenance

Re:Alternate Theory (1)

12WTF$ (979066) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142164)

Not listed in manuals, percussive maintenance is one of the less productive arms of mechanics.

Please boot the computer. Now take the boots off. Finally, reboot the computer.

Re:Alternate Theory (3, Insightful)

Suki I (1546431) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142216)

Or maybe some people know the computer wont be fixed by yelling at it. A kick is usually more effective.

I never compute within reach of a loaded shotgun just for that reason.

Re:Alternate Theory (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35141854)

I have an alternate theory: maybe they're just a bunch of liars, answering with "what they think would sound better" instead of answering with the truth since the issue itself is unimportant. Little white lies, if you will.

I fucking agree. Although some of us never swear at the fucking computer and are telling the truth, goddammit. Some of this shit that does happen to this box is caused by some asshole who's coding like some dipshit.

But, I have a lot of fucking control and never swear - well, the occasional "damn!" *looks around* Good! No one heard me!

Re:Alternate Theory (1)

crazycheetah (1416001) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142426)

Some of this shit that does happen to this box is caused by some asshole who's coding like some dipshit.

Interesting point..

I think I'm cussing at my own mistakes and at what I interpret to be the results of some dipshit coder (proprietary wifi wl driver in Linux, I'm staring at you... and well, a laundry list of others as well) more than I really cuss at the computer itself. In fact, given that, I don't know if I ever do cuss at the computer itself. I'm always cussing at the dipshit that caused the problem (60+% of the time that's me cussing at myself for making some ridiculous typo or forgetting some little tiny step or something, to be honest).

Re:Alternate Theory (2)

nzac (1822298) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142006)

I have an alternate theory: maybe they're just a bunch of liars, answering with "what they think would sound better" instead of answering with the truth since the issue itself is unimportant. Little white lies, if you will.

Half of all research that gets an article published in the news (my local news anyway) has the same problem but its valid science for consumers. Slashdot polls are probably just as accurate as research like this.

Re:Alternate Theory (1)

indeterminator (1829904) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142154)

I have an alternate theory: maybe they're just a bunch of liars, answering with "what they think would sound better" instead of answering with the truth since the issue itself is unimportant. Little white lies, if you will.

Or maybe they would just feel too silly talking to inanimate objects. I don't talk to myself either.

Only 39% curse at their computers (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35141798)

The rest administer severe spankings.

Re:Only 39% curse at their computers (1)

chichilalescu (1647065) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141874)

*to the screen, not the actual computer, therefore motivating their answer "I don't curse the computer".

Re:Only 39% curse at their computers (1)

adonoman (624929) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141974)

I had a computer screen once that would turn bright pink after about 2 hours of being on. I sharp whack to the side would fix it for about half an hour, before I'd have to hit it again. It was quite the therapeutic computer.

Re:Only 39% curse at their computers (1)

chichilalescu (1647065) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142230)

at some point I was with my hard drive at a friend's place, to copy music (more than ten years ago, it was legal in my country at the time). from time to time when he got angry he would hit the monitor. I told him "you do know that it's not the monitor's fault, right?". he said "well yes, but if I strike the computer something important might actually break".
the truth is, this reaction [youtube.com] is the most natural that comes to me, and I think to most people too. we hit the keyboard and the screen (true, for a laptop the "keyboard" is the computer, but that's just coincidence).

Re:Only 39% curse at their computers (1)

hodet (620484) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142130)

This lady I work with calls me to fix her family computer every once in a while. Her kids manage to kill it at least once a year. Last time I picked up the box it would not even boot up. There was a dent on the silver power button (its a Dell Dimension). I'm thinking the kid punched it or hit it with something. Mom had no idea what was wrong, kid had an innocent look. Gave me a chuckle.

I have a Mac (0)

applewax (748400) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141806)

It's all rainbows and butterflies.

Re:I have a Mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35141898)

I do too. I have little bash scripts named things such as "shit" and "fuck" and the like, so that when I curse at the computer in terminal it actually does something.

Re:I have a Mac (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35141952)

at least my Windows machine can do more than just rainbows and butterflies

Re:I have a Mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35142040)

I like watching the beach ball. It takes me back to summer trips to the beach as a kid. AAAAAHH. The soothing memories.

That depends (5, Insightful)

anom (809433) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141818)

I don't really curse at my computer per se, but I certainly curse those responsible for building/developing crappy hardware/software. I have probably never said "Dang you computer", but as for "Dang you Microsoft!", well...

Re:That depends (2)

digitalhermit (113459) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142272)

The most recent curses I uttered were at Microsoft for disabling the ability to change the background in Windows 7 Starter. It's just f*ing ludicrous that they took away that option.

Re:That depends (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35142344)

I don't really curse at my computer per se, but I certainly curse those responsible for building/developing crappy hardware/software. I have probably never said "Dang you computer", but as for "Dang you Microsoft!", well...

That's funny. Every time I try to get Linux to work on my hardware, something doesn't work right. So I always find myself cursing the freetards responsible for that mess. Then all is better when I put windows back on there. Just the act of formatting with NTFS makes me feel better at that point.

Then a couple of years later, one of you lusers convinces me that all the problems with Linux are fixed. Then the entire process repeats. The community goes out of its way to convince the new luser that it is his/her fault rather than the fault of Linux or its developers.

All you have to do is make a simple edit to your xorg config for your model of video card. There is a howto article right here at the top of Google. Here, I've even put a helpful link to the page (sort of). I actually took the time to setup a lmfgtfy link and linked to it instead. Oh that discrepancy in the howto guide? Well that part doesn't apply to your model of video card. Here's another lmfgtfy link. Sound not working right? Volume not increasing logarithmically? Well, blame your hardware vendor.

Bullshit (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141822)

I call bullshit, and I mean that literally. As I read the headline, I said "bullshit". It may have confused those around me, but they're used to that by now...

never loud, but profanities none-the-less (1)

smileygladhands (1909508) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141834)

I don't think I ever yell "out loud" at my computer (or something my computer is doing or telling me). I certainly call the computer a "mother fucker" or a "little bitch" under my breath, or just when thinking out loud.

Which computer? (1, Informative)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141844)

I rarely have to curse at my Mac, but my Windows machine locks up regularly for minutes at a time, during which I sound like a freakin' truck driver.

Re:Which computer? (1)

bishopBelloc (1751712) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141938)

That's funny. The ONLY time I curse at my computer is when using Microsoft products on my Mac. I cannot stand MS's reinterpretation of standard Mac key commands.

Re:Which computer? (2)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142274)

Well, even as an Apple fan, I've got to admit that the only programs worse on Windows than the Office suite are Safari and iTunes. I'm amazed that ANYONE puts up with them.

Not at the computer (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141846)

If I'm alone, I'm quiet because what would be the point? The computer's not listening. I'll only swear if I have an audience and something really fucking catastrophic happens to the system.

As in, "oh SHIT the /home partition is unmountable."

Re:Not at the computer (4, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141986)

If I'm alone, I'm quiet because what would be the point? The computer's not listening.

Are you *sure*?

Really? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141850)

I'm surprised that 61% of people claim to have never cursed aloud at their computer.

Heck, I want to know what percentage of people have merely spoken aloud to it. I'm betting it's pretty much all of 'em.

Re:Really? (1)

nzap (1985014) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141956)

I must be strange, but I've never spoken or yelled at my computer. I seriously don't understand why you would. My computer rarely functions differently than I would expect, even then I don't yell at it. Am I missing something here?

Re:Really? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142110)

Am I missing something here?

Ever written code? By the time I graduated university, that was just part of the process. :-P

Re:Really? (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142396)

Writing code isn't so bad.

Try reading perl that someone else (someone else includes yourself if you wrote it more than a week ago) wrote.

Self-Control (4, Insightful)

whois_drek (829212) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141856)

Are the majority of us genuinely possessed of such remarkable self-control? Or might some of these self-reported stoics be exercising a bit of selective memory?

Just because the submitter has a temper and a foul mouth doesn't mean everyone does...

and this is news for us at /. ...really? (3, Insightful)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141880)

Could we have better more compelling stories being posted please, other then my dog ate my homework, so I had to find a story quick to meet my boss's column deadline.

61 Percent (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35141882)

of the respondents were liars. Simple as that... :)

Easily explained. (1, Informative)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141908)

The ignorant wretched masses, who were 39% of the survey sample, cursed their computer. The rest, the tech savvy 61%, cursed Microsoft.

I had to get rid of spyware last night (1)

Haoie (1277294) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141910)

And I kept my composure by myself.

When others came by, yeah, I just had to complain though.

much the same as... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35141924)

I think this is much the same as the father who constantly curses around his growing kid. And then the day when the kid utters a curse, the father says "I have no idea where he learned that" and honestly means it. Some people are totally oblivious to how they actually act or what they say.

/. News Network (1)

Even on Slashdot FOE (1870208) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141950)

37% of reported statistics are obviously fake, the other 73% manage to get by without the audience noticing.

Also, in an unrelated story, a remarkably large number of people say they have never practiced the percussive school of maintenance.

Re:/. News Network (1)

Xtifr (1323) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142380)

37% of reported statistics are obviously fake, the other 73% manage to get by without the audience noticing.

And collectively, they gave 110%, something that only sports teams had previously managed! :)

pig. P I G! you junkpile PIG!!! (1)

swschrad (312009) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141964)

because the co-workers get uncomfortable when I call the freakin' thing what it reall is.

I've changed over the years myself (4, Interesting)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141966)

When I was younger, I used to swear and curse and destroy keyboards when I faced something frustrating. Not so much when I coded, because if something goes wrong with your code, more often than not it's your fault and you can correct it. No, the real frustration comes when trying to work with Windows, or some other piece of software with idiosyncrasies that drive you up the wall.

Nowaways, I don't swear or bang keyboards anymore. Instead, I just sit in front of the screen, and I let this feeling that I'm probably gonna be there, wasting my life away for hours once more, sink in my stomach.

I mean, reinstalling Windows or restoring your backups because the stupid hard drive crashed, or configuring a stubborn driver, or trying to share a stupid printer from Win 7 to XP, ... it's just like an itch you can't scratch isn't it? You just gotta do it and you know it's gonna take fucking longer than it should. What's the point of becoming angry on top of that hey...

In short, now that I'm older, the anger has turned into quiet desperation.

It's been 12 years (0)

Phoenix666 (184391) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141968)

Since I cursed at my computer. That's when I switched to linux. No more virii, no more systems crashes, no more lost data, no more spy|adware, no more crappy performance. Yes, in the early days linux applications did not always work, but you didn't expect them to when you didn't have to pay anything to get them.

Nowadays with user-friendly distros like Ubuntu most of the core programs you use on a regular basis work extremely well. Esoteric programs can still be hit-or-miss, but you understand that they're hobbyists who make them in their spare time. No reason to get upset if they don't work.

Re:It's been 12 years (2)

Eudial (590661) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142078)

The thing is, when you use Linux and it doesn't work, it's usually pretty obvious that the source of the fault is none other than yourself (unless you use ubuntu, that distro does enough crap behind your back for something to be the computer's fault), so shouting at the computer because your Linux system isn't working is a lot like shouting at the grocery store because you forgot to put the milk in the refrigerator when you got home.

Re:It's been 0 years (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35142304)

The source of lots of pain in Linux are the developers, as they write the actual software. Lots of software is not-finished or needs lots of QA and some is downright amateurish. There is a lot of bugs.

On the other hand, the amount of bugs in Linux is less than Windows and one can fix some of the problems or work around them (eg. if you are a developer). You can also switch to different desktop, like I switched from GNOME (it was becoming painful) to Fluxbox. Heck, I like Linux much more than Windows *or* Apple's OS X.

Linux is the best environment I could find! It doesn't mean stuff doesn't work, needs fixing, and there aren't problems resulting in swears :)

PS. I've been using Linux for 11 years and have only used Linux almost exclusively for the last 3-4 (thanks to KVM, I can run Windows in a VM where it belongs :)

Never cursed at my PC. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35141972)

Why on earth would you curse at your computer?
It's not listening.

Ill believe it on one condition... (1)

Gunkerty Jeb (1950964) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141980)

Perhaps 61% of the world has come to accept that it is rarely the computer's fault when things go wrong.

Self control not required (5, Insightful)

sanchom (1681398) | more than 3 years ago | (#35141996)

Why would one need self control to not curse at a computer? Some people are just quiet. Some people are just not emotive. Some people realize that yelling at a computer is kind of silly. It's not like there's this urge to yell and curse that we have to hold back like a sneeze.

That's a surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35142012)

So Vista still has a 39% market share?

Positive reinforcement works best (1)

poity (465672) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142060)

I always try to find words of encouragement. Also, since have my previous laptop in the room, I tell the new one how much better it is than the old one when it does something right. You're so perfect I love you, and so sexy looking, unlike those desktop whales. ... what, I wasn't staring at that tablet!

Multiple choce? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35142068)

From the article it appears that this was a multiple choice question and that the 61% of people are made up of

        * 38% - No! I would never yell at my computer, it is too sensitive. (I friendly try to encourage it working again...)
        * 11% - Thought Wished for catastrophe to strike the company that makes your operating system software or computer
        * 9% - Hit your computer with another object (fist, baseball bat, etc.)
        * 3% - Actually thrown the computer to the ground or against a desk or other piece of furniture

It also appears that only 38% of people claimed to never yelled at their computer. The remaining 23% answered something unrelated to yelling at a computer. If we only take into account those that do or do not yell, the true the actual proportion of people who claim to never have yelled at their computer is

38 / (38+31) = 55%

Perhaps the summary should have used a computer to calculate the implications

Most popular language used by developers? (1)

MrElectron (704738) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142076)

I guess that I will have to re-visit my assumption that profanity is the most popular language used by computer software developers.

The 39% are delusional (1)

wagr (1070120) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142096)

On a counter-argument: am I to believe that 39% of you waste imagination and breath on cursing a computer? Save it for lesser life forms like politicians, marketing directors, and news commentators. Won't you be sorry when computers discover revenge.

Some people have a Mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35142100)

Some people have a Mac (although less than 61%).

Re:Some people have a Mac (1)

Interoperable (1651953) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142422)

I curse at my Mac routinely. I'm not using one by choice, the edict to go Mac was handed down from above at my work, and I despise it. The hardware is nice but I curse OS X more and more every day.

The statistic may be accurate (1)

HikingStick (878216) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142106)

That statistic may be accurate. Sixty-one percent (61%) might never yell at their computers, but that doesn't mean electronic frustrations don't affect them. They might not yell at their computers, but they just might bite the head off the next person who rubs them the wrong way. I'm not saying that's the case for all people. Some will truly be able to remain calm no matter what, some will blow their tops at a device, and for others, it might just eat away at their sanity day after day after day until they...

Patience (1)

captain_dope_pants (842414) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142112)

If there's one thing that coding / fixing / troubleshooting / installing etc has taught me it's patience. No swearing and cursing here, just get the job done and it takes as long as it takes.
Getting riled up isn't conducive to logical thought (at least for me). Do the job, keep calm, move on. YMMV

Turn my back on a working one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35142118)

Well, I for one find malfunctioning computers the highest form of entertainment. They just get darn boring when they work well...hardly worth yelling at a boring, working PC.

I curse (at Windows) (1)

dr-suess-fan (210327) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142120)

I used to curse at my Win98 machine every other night (I still prefer to shutdown desktops nightly at home) as I observed it's inability to shutdown the O/S. It always froze during shutdown and I never found a solution for it. How hard is it to quiesce the disks and shutdown ? Fast-forward to today and I've got a Dell laptop with Vista running, and it gets 'sleep', 'reboot', 'shutdown' mixed up. So I'm still cursing. The cursing is always about Windows for me. My linux boxes never had a problem.

Proof Positive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35142122)

Proof positive that 61% of the population are ^&#$^&* liars.

If people knew.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35142146)

How hard it is to make software / hardware they wouldn't complain. I have a degree in electronics and computer science so I know my shit. When I complain is mostly because of poor design.

Does talking dirty count?... (2)

kwolf22 (825499) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142152)

Since installing Ubuntu, my computer certainly looks a lot sexier... Now I curse at it for pleasure - not for pain! Yessss... That's just how daddy like it... Now post my comment you filthy little....

But the rest of us make up for it... (1)

david.emery (127135) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142190)

I suspect I cuss enough for 3 or 4 "average people", and that's without using Windows...

Insulting its intelligence (1)

radicalpi (1407259) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142196)

Does Insulting its intelligence (or lack thereof) count? I never curse at my computer, but I routinely lower its self-confidence with insulting remarks.

rival theory (1)

mevets (322601) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142236)

61% blame themselves, mistakenly believing their magical devices can do no wrong. That thought makes me so proud of our industry.

Damn... (1)

orphiuchus (1146483) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142244)

I don't think my neighbors have assumed anyone was being murdered when I yelled at my computer within the last 48 hours... thats still pretty good right?

I don't curse at all (1)

Omnifarious (11933) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142250)

I don't curse at all. So I never curse at my computer. Or, rather, the word I use as a curse is "Bother!". And, strangely enough, I'm not christian, and am largely an atheist.

I also generally don't get frustrated at my computer. Partly that's because it is running Linux, and I understand it well enough that I know that almost anything that goes wrong can be traced down to a root cause. I do find myself sometimes getting frustrated with my Android cell phone because even though it runs Linux, I do not have the same level of understanding of exactly what's going on. But even then, I know that if I just had the knowledge, I could figure it out and fix the problem. My frustration is vented at the people who made it the way it is, not the machine itself.

Growing up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35142350)

A very long tme ago I used to curse at my computer all the time. Then I found Linux and only cursed every once in a while. Then I found intel based apple. I haven't cursed at it since.

Curse at it? Why not shoot it? (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142362)

On an extended business trip to Austin, Texas, a colleague told me that someone there actually shot their computer. I didn't buy it, and told him that he was just bullshitting me. Background: My girlfriend tagged along for part of the time. We had an apartment with a swimming pool, and I invited him and his wife over for a swim. My girlfriend got hit by a car as a child, and had to go through multiple operation on her right leg, which left nasty looking scars. She is sometime sensitive about that, and notices that people are looking at them. She asked me what she should say if someone asks (she's German, so was uncertain). I told her to say that she was bit by a shark, but was able to fight it off, with punches to the nose. She was able to hold out for about five minutes, before my colleague shouted, "bullshit!"

So that is why I am skeptical of his claim about someone shooting his computer. On the other hand, there is probably a clip on You-tube of someone doing this.

Probably because (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35142388)

61% of them cybercheat.

Swear by my Computer? (1)

OwenDMoney (963991) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142408)

Is this the same as saying I would swear by my Computer? I think we have all done that until the latest update fixed it all. NOT.

Why the computer? (1)

gadget junkie (618542) | more than 3 years ago | (#35142456)

39% curse at the computer. 31% curse at the guy who sold them the computer. the rest curse at the nearest techie .
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