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National "Take Your Computer To Work" Day

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong? dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Today marks the inaugural 'Take Your Computer to Work Day'. First conceived by security researchers Michael Gough and Ian Robertson (the Thoughtful Hackers), this day has exploded in popularity and has now become a world-wide phenomenon. Says Mr. Robertson of its introduction, 'We always hear stories of how much productivity people gain by using their own mobile phones and tablets at work – by some studies, as much as 110%. We thought, wow, that is so smart and has absolutely no downsides. The next logical extension of that is to offer all our workers to bring in any of their computers, so we did.' 'The results were absolutely astonishing', said Mr. Gough. 'We were seeing user productivity up at least 0.5 times with Commodore 64's alone. Our database searches got faster with home-built white-box servers, and our janitorial staff was able to clean the restrooms twice as fast thanks to their TRS-80's.'"

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Slashdot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43333659)

Stahp! Wat are you doing?

I Love April 1 (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43333667)

It's the time of year when editors purposely drive readers away from their own site with drivel.

Re:I Love April 1 (3)

ruadatha (1161071) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333687)

Completely agree - who would have though that deliberately obscuring the sample text would encourage me to simply stop reading at all. AMAZING!

Re:I Love April 1 (2, Informative)

ThurstonMoore (605470) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333689)

Eat a dick Slashdot, April 1st sucks.

Re:I Love April 1 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43333797)

Agreed. Eat many D's, /.
One post like this would have been, at best, mildly amusing. All day long? Annoying and totally un-funny. Asking the same people why the chicken crossed the road 25 times is asking for a punch in the face, not generating laughs.

Re:I Love April 1 (1)

neminem (561346) | about a year and a half ago | (#43334031)

I disagree, and so (to a certain extent, when done right) does tvtropes: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OverlyLongGag [tvtropes.org]

See also: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AntiHumor [tvtropes.org]

On the other hand, telling 25 *different* jokes, none of which are very funny, is way worse.

Re:I Love April 1 (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#43335899)

Not funny is not funny, however you try to analyse it.

Re:I Love April 1 (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43333759)

1st one was funny. Now it is annoying. Come on. Your joke loses something when you don't know how to stop.

Re:I Love April 1 (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43333767)

I love April First. I don't even read slashdot anymore, but I have to come back here because I love watching everybody crying.

Re:I Love April 1 (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43340351)

Schadenfreude day!

Re:I Love April 1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43333779)

My favorite part about April 1 is watching the sperglords rage over some silly website.

Re:I Love April 1 (4, Funny)

Nick Fel (1320709) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333791)

I hadn't noticed a difference.

Re:I Love April 1 (1)

metalheadsunite (1207724) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333809)

I usually try to stay offline as much as possible and avoid all unnecessary human interaction on this day. Most of the crap that people do isn't even funny; it is just annoying.

Re:I Love April 1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43334187)

I usually try

Translation

'it sounds like a good idea but I don't really pursue it'.

I mean really, you posted about how you try to avoid the thing you're posting about. Not only did you not avoid it, you participated.

Re:I Love April 1 (0)

rjr162 (69736) | about a year and a half ago | (#43334015)

No kidding, An April Fools joke should happen once and be done with (otherwise, the joke just becomes an annoying pain in the ass such as Slashdot today). The ROT13? Do it once, have a "ha ha" and be done with it.

The other option, if you'd like to have something all day, is don't make it shoved into the users face. Do like google with the Doodle or map option, or like Proctor-Gamble with the Bacon Flavored Scope.. it's not their whole damn page.

Then again, I guess that's asking for a bit too much from the guys here

Re:I Love April 1 (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43340327)

I have never understood why some people dislike jokes. Just because they're not necessarily works of genius, or even outright bad, that is no reason for all this hatred. If you don't like the joke you can just move on. One day a year, I'm sure you can bear it.

Lighten up Francis!

Oblig: /. sucks today (2)

ndogg (158021) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333681)

OMG! Ponies!

Re:Oblig: /. sucks today (1)

CheshireDragon (1183095) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333745)

AND FAIRY PENGUINS! :D

Re:Oblig: /. sucks today (1)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333951)

OMG! Ponies!

Compared to this ROT13 thing, "OMG! Ponies!" was pretty damn funny. Doing all stories in ROT13 is just annoying as hell and makes it harder to read the summaries.

^^^ Somebody missed the 'free preview' offer :-) (2)

henkvanderlaak (965214) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333699)

^^^ Somebody missed the 'free preview' offer :-)

Re:^^^ Somebody missed the 'free preview' offer :- (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43333829)

Except it doesn't work properly if you're using certain custom stylesheets, greasmonkey scripts, etc.

Dangerous (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333723)

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Lrf, rfcrpvnyyl vs lbh jbex va n gbc-frperg snpvyvgl. *Gung* vf n oevyyvnag vqrn gb sbyybj.

Re:Dangerous (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#43335907)

Don't encourage them.

I have read slashdot for years (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43333739)

I've never had an account and have no intention of ever creating one.
This is just stupid, effectively slashdot is down for me today...

Re:I have read slashdot for years (1)

reboot246 (623534) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333795)

Don't fret so much. It's down for everybody. Shortly they will be back to normal, or as normal as it ever is at slashdot.

Hey children! Time to behave!

Re:I have read slashdot for years (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43333815)

Likewise with regards to having an account or an intention to create one, but both you and I can click for the "FREE PREVIEW of the decrypted version of this story!" below the existing text and see it anyway.

Re:I have read slashdot for years (1)

tqk (413719) | about a year and a half ago | (#43334791)

This is just stupid, effectively slashdot is down for me today.

I think the best part of the joke is seeing people like you whine "It's NOT FUNNY!!!111" ALL. DAY. LONG.

It's sort of like when Ubuntu showed up. It went a long way in separating the true Debianistas from the rest of the flotsam and jetsam. Hopefully, a lot of the whiners here will leave and never come back, and /. will experience a golden age of tech relevant news and discussions.

I can dream.

Re:I have read slashdot for years (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year and a half ago | (#43334957)

Other than not acceding to your implication that Debian is the One True Distro*, I'm with ya, good buddy. Good riddance to the riff-raff.

(*Don't worry, the OTD sure as hell ain't Ubuntu, either.)

Re:I have read slashdot for years (1)

tqk (413719) | about a year and a half ago | (#43337013)

Other than not acceding to your implication that Debian is the One True Distro*, I'm with ya, good buddy.

I didn't mean to imply that. I used Slackware for years and from time to time, still do. I've always been attracted to OpenBSD as well. Debian is pretty slick though (once you wrap your head around its oddities).

Seriously? (5, Insightful)

BradleyUffner (103496) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333769)

This is your worst April Fools joke ever. Not only isn't it funny, it has made Slashdot entirely unusable. In the past at least once you saw the joke there was a way to "turn it off" and get the normal site. I hope you enjoy all the reduced ad revenue and lost page views today. Was it worth it? This is almost enough to make me consider not returning.

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43333989)

You must be new here. 4/1/xxxx is considered a public holiday on the Slashdot calendar.

Re:Seriously? (1)

nadaou (535365) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333997)

hey, at least in future years you can say that you were there for the great /. implosion of 2013.

Re:Seriously? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#43335915)

hey, at least in future years you can say that you were there for the great /. implosion of 2013.

It would be like saying you'd been at the filming of the Happy Days episode with the Fonz and the shark.

Ill come back when the rot13 shit is over (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43333775)

I check again tomorrow. I'm not logging in for this crap

I am logged in (1)

MitchDev (2526834) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333805)

and it's all gibberish. Stupid fucking april fools assholery

Re:I am logged in (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43333861)

Oh... well... my rot13 is a bit rusty right now... at least I know it when I see it. Actually reading it fine. :-P

That explains it (1)

kilodelta (843627) | about a year and a half ago | (#43333977)

On the train home tonight I noted a high prevalence of laptops. Me, I just stuck with my cell phone. I refuse to take my computer into the office.

natalie portman --feed her fish and..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43334079)

ive looked at almost every post and have seen most of tjhe old standbys
it seems like more people are swearing to "say goodbye forever" because of something they do every year
so far i have not seen any natalie portman although her OMG ponies .
i love this site and if people REALLY want to "leave forever"/ fuck-em
thanks slashdot for being the best site
  even though changes are painful and AC isnt as anonymous as it used to seem.....
  were all (mostly) still here

What is this 'office' of which you speak...? (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year and a half ago | (#43334973)

Dunno about you, but for me, the word office is defined as that place where my computer happens to be located when I boot the 'work' image.

Re:What is this 'office' of which you speak...? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#43335919)

Dunno about you, but for me, the word office is defined as that place where my computer happens to be located when I boot the 'work' image.

That's cool and everything, but in the real world people do indeed mainly work in offices. We don't commute just for something to do.

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