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Software Error Causes Crisis in Mississippi

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the you-are-mortal dept.

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marklyon writes "Mississippi's Alcohol Beverage Control division shutdown its distribution center for an indefinite amount of time to fix computer problems today at noon. A software update applied to the inventory and ordering software last week is malfunctioning, causing orders and inventory to be lost or misrouted. 'It's a software problem, and it's an operational problem. We've gotten a lot of product in and we've got it going to the wrong location ... and the location numbers were wiped out,' said tax commissioner Ed Buelow. Buelow said the distribution center will fulfill all orders placed before noon today. He said he hopes the system will be fixed in a few days, but it's possible it could take weeks. Until that time, Mississippi bars, restaurants, and liquor stores will not be able to purchase additional stock. Many retailers are already complaining that they were unable to order sufficient quantities to supply them if the bug takes more than a few days to fix."

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Science: Shit Mining the Analverse (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244287)

Posted by michael [mailto] on Friday October 17, @04:41PM
from the mother-lode-in-my-anus dept.
The NYT accepted my op-ed piece about shit-mining [tubgirl.com] , skimming large volumes of miscellaneous shit from my anus (refered to as the analverse because of its voluminous size) to extract some sort of refined faggot grease from it. I have enjoyed some degree of success [goatse.cx] using CmdrTaco and Richard Stallman as test subjects.

Wow (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244291)

Mississippi finally got a computer?

This is no laughing matter! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244303)

What happens if all those rednecks sober up?!!!

Re:This is no laughing matter! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244310)

Another Republican landslide.

Re:This is no laughing matter! (1)

Eric Ass Raymond (662593) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244311)

Withdrawal, shotguns, mayhem?

Re:This is no laughing matter! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244389)

Screw you I am a redneck from North Carolina and so is the guy that works for me. Funny picture of us at work, check it out Here [goatse.cx]

Re:This is no laughing matter! (1)

Eric Ass Raymond (662593) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244428)

So, what kind of work is that? Inquiring minds wish to know...

Re:This is no laughing matter! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244510)

that was an honest legit link!? Damn you guys. I am scarred for life now. I see people posting about and others say to do a google search for it. Bahhhhhhh. Last week I get brave enough to search it and the friggin google toolbar took me to i'm feelin lucky. I figured I would share it with those who will be as foolish as I. Come on, hit im feelin lucky.

STFU, hillbilly! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244445)

I was referring to rednecks in Mississippi as being career drunkards. I made no such characterization of the sons of the land in your neck of the woods!

Although now that you raise the point, you-all have a fine tradition of moonshinin' up in them thar hills...

Re:STFU, hillbilly! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244472)

ok, well I am only partial redneck then because I was born there and lived there for 6 years. At least you are not giving all the credit to Mississippi for redneckin.

Re:Wow (1)

GreatOgre (75402) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244315)

If you check the top 500 supercomputers, you'll see that Mississippi has a few on there. Dumbass!

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244337)

Way to understand the principle of a "joke," you humorless ass.

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244354)

I only see one in the list [top500.org] , but I didn't look too hard.

I bet they run Linix (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244299)

TP!

Just In Time inventory (3, Interesting)

Asgard (60200) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244305)

This is the downside of Just In Time inventory -- the system has little resiliancy to burps in the supply chain. Every step should have enough buffer to handle problems (ie bad weather, computer problems, disasters, etc).

Microsoft Jokes? (0, Troll)

jbottero (585319) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244369)

Yes, but also there is high potential for good / lame Microsoft jokes here!

USA is a Socialist State? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244373)

So, why the is this a government agency?
Is the USA not a capitalist state?

God, you europeeans are an ignorant lot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244467)

Haven't you ever read about the Whiskey Rebellion, you eurofag freak?!!
In some regions, the state wants to control liquour sales in order to ensure that they get their cut in taxes.

err, no, this is important, you should read it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244513)

from Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] :

The Whiskey Rebellion was an insurrection in 1794 [wikipedia.org] by settlers in the Monongahela Valley [wikipedia.org] in western Pennsylvania [wikipedia.org] who fought against a federal tax [wikipedia.org] on liquor [wikipedia.org] and distilled drinks.

The ineffective government of the United States [wikipedia.org] under the Articles of Confederation [wikipedia.org] was replaced by a stronger federal government under the United States Constitution [wikipedia.org] in 1788. This new government inherited a huge debt from the American Revolutionary War [wikipedia.org] . One of the steps taken to pay down the debt was a tax imposed in 1791 on distilled spirits.

Large producers were assessed a tax of six cents a gallon. However, smaller producers, most of whom were farmers in the more remote western areas, were taxed at a higher rate of nine cents a gallon. These Western settlers were short of cash to begin with, and lacked any practical means to get their grain to market other than fermenting and distilling it into relatively portable distilled spirits. From Pennsylvania [wikipedia.org] to Georgia [wikipedia.org] , the western counties engaged in a campaign of harassment of the federal tax collectors. In the summer of 1794, George Washington [wikipedia.org] and Alexander Hamilton [wikipedia.org] , remembering Shays' Rebellion [wikipedia.org] from just eight years before, decided to make Pennsylvania a testing ground for federal authority. Washington ordered federal marshals to serve court orders requiring the tax protesters to appear in federal district court in Philadelphia.

By August of 1794, the protests became dangerously close to outright rebellion and on August 7 [wikipedia.org] several thousand armed settlers gathered near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [wikipedia.org] . Washington then invoked the Militia Law of 1792 [wikipedia.org] to summon the militias of several states. A force of 13,000 men was organized, roughly the size of the entire army in the Revolutionary War. Under the personal command of Washington, Hamilton, and Revolutionary War hero "Lighthorse" Harry Lee [wikipedia.org] the army marched to Western Pennsylvania and quickly suppressed the revolt. Two leaders of the revolt were convicted of treason, but pardoned by Washington.

This response marked the first time under the new Constitution that the federal government had used strong military force to exert authority over the nation's citizens.

The whiskey tax was repealed in 1802, never having been collected with much success.

Re:Just In Time inventory (0)

Smidge204 (605297) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244463)

I think the real problem here is that a temporary restriction in the supply of alcohol is labeled as a 'crisis'

Maybe the submitter skipped out on his AA meeting to report this story?

"I have an alcohol problem - I can't seem to find anyplace to sell me any!"
=Smidge=

Re:Just In Time inventory (1)

Nuclear Elephant (700938) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244492)

The real problem here is lack of adequate testing prior to an upgrade.

Re:Just In Time inventory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244537)

I smell an H1B here

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Re:Trollkore - The Second Generation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244351)

creative artwork, but I'd still give it a (-5, Retarded)

Hmmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244307)

They were probably drunk.

Dry Town (1)

SomeOtherGuy (179082) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244308)

Embargo On!

error (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244313)

wrong topic [slashdot.org]

or should there be a Moonshine icon?

How could this happen (1)

w3weasel (656289) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244314)

How could this happen in a liquor warehouse (hic!)

Re:How could this happen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244434)

I think come Monday when they find all the deliveries to the wrong address is really to Bubba's house. Then they see all the "Hacking for Dummies" books Bubba has, a pattern begins to develop.

Re:How could this happen (1)

Tacoguy (676855) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244436)

Hic !!

whaatt? No more Makers *hic* Mark ? I bet RIAA took down the song ! *hic

eh? (1)

BillsPetMonkey (654200) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244323)

Many retailers are already complaining that they were unable to order sufficient quantities to supply them if the bug takes more than a few days to fix."

I'll be complaining too when is wasn't fixed tomorrow too. *Hiccup!*

Crap! (1)

NetNinja (469346) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244326)

This is a national emergency!

people will not be able to wallow in thier woes!

That means the rich people better watch out!!

Holy Crap (1)

devphaeton (695736) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244328)

It's one thing when software crashes ruin your Word Document.

It's one thing when software crashes ruin your FPS gaming

It's one thing when software issues plague your job.

but please.... don't...take...away...my...beer!!

That's it. The kegger moves to ... (2, Funny)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244329)

Louisiana!

I call shotgun!

Re:That's it. The kegger moves to ... (1)

devphaeton (695736) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244355)

I'll one up you:

I can beowulf clusters of keggers, you insensitive clod! Shotgun on the ride to Soviet Alabama!

Re:That's it. The kegger moves to ... (1)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244478)

Louisiana

Since when did we in Louisiana ever lose the kegger?! There ain't no such thing as a dry parish!

Re:That's it. The kegger moves to ... (3, Funny)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244520)

At least it's not that hard to fix... just look for the comment that says:
/* drunk now - fix later */

Central distribution, managed by the state? (2, Insightful)

JUSTONEMORELATTE (584508) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244333)

Wait, so every drop of alcohol in the entire state goes through one warehouse, and the state is in charge of running this warehouse?
And this seemed like a good idea?

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Re:Central distribution, managed by the state? (3, Interesting)

nate1138 (325593) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244365)

Yup, 18 states do it that way. All the booze passes through, gets taxed, and then resold. Alabama is the same way. On the bright side, the state-run stores are open to the public and have CHEAP liquor. Beer and wine, on the other hand, goes direct to the stores (at least in Alabama).

Re:Central distribution, managed by the state? (1)

devphaeton (695736) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244375)

Wait, so every drop of alcohol in the entire state goes through one warehouse, and the state is in charge of running this warehouse?
And this seemed like a good idea?


I was thinking the same thing, but trying to get modded Funny++ seemed more appealing, for some reason.

Re:Central distribution, managed by the state? (1)

JUSTONEMORELATTE (584508) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244446)

I was thinking the same thing, but trying to get modded Funny++ seemed more appealing, for some reason.
And if you ask me, you nailed that target. [slashdot.org]

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Re:Central distribution, managed by the state? (1)

donutz (195717) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244382)

Wait, so every drop of alcohol in the entire state goes through one warehouse, and the state is in charge of running this warehouse?
And this seemed like a good idea?


You beat me to it. Why does the government of Mississippi distribute all the liquor in the state? Wouldn't having multiple independent distributors be a good way to prevent disasters like this? People need their whiskey, for goodness sake!

Re:Central distribution, managed by the state? (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244406)

I'm not sure that beer needs to have some sort of distributed networking routing system with triple redundencies, no matter how important you think it is.

Re:Central distribution, managed by the state? (1)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244432)

I agree. Brew your own beer. Your allowed up to something like 300 gallons of home brew per year for consuming yourself and giving away to friends.

Re:Central distribution, managed by the state? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244523)

"Your allowed"? By whom? Isn't this a free country where I have certain unalienable rights which the government doe snot grant to me and thus cannot take away.

I believe home brewing would fall under such rights, same with growing your own cannabis, the only legimite reason for the government to get involved is if you were engagin in commerce. Though since brewing your own beer would potentially prevent another from profitting from commerce they may try to stick it to you and say "your allowed."

Re:Central distribution, managed by the state? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244409)

it's mississippi. they are more like a third world country than an actual state.

i hear tell that their valedictorians have just learned the world was round and that there are things called "abacus" which lets you count higher than using your fingers and toes.

Re:Central distribution, managed by the state? (1)

cK-Gunslinger (443452) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244416)

FYI:

Is your state backwards as well? [216.239.41.104]

Mine (Texas) is not. But then again, we do have other problems. :P

Re:Central distribution, managed by the state? (1)

cmdr_beeftaco (562067) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244439)

So not only does their inventory system fail but let's also slashdot as many miss. state government sites as possible. This is slashdot terrorism pure and simple.

Re:Central distribution, managed by the state? (1)

Master Bait (115103) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244461)

The pot distribution in Mississippi is fully privatized though!

Re:Central distribution, managed by the state? (1)

soulsteal (104635) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244515)

Being a resident of Mississippi (insert jokes here), I welcome you to the Bible Belt.

Crisis? (0, Flamebait)

FreeLinux (555387) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244336)

Is a lack of liquor for a few days really a crisis? If so, maybe there is a bigger problem than the state's computer woes.

Re:Crisis? (1)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244451)

Is a lack of liquor for a few days really a crisis?

I know one at least one person who would find that situation to be a major crisis.

Of course, since that person can't hold down a job and is perpetually broke, she actually gets to live through that crisis nearly every week.

Re:Crisis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244462)

Yeah, like how am I gonna get laid now?

Re:Crisis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244481)

Who cares about the owners of all those liquor stores and their lost profits due to a government software mistake, right?

Pen, Paper and a Clipboard (1)

ChicagoBiker (702744) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244338)

Sheesh, have we become such babies that if the little light-up box can't do something then it just won't get done.

Um, if the computers won't work in the shipping dept. set them aside while the /.er's fix 'em and revert back to what you did BEFORE you had the things in the first place and just back-enter the data when they're working.

Withholding beer should be an act of terrorism! Especially in Mississippi!

Re:Pen, Paper and a Clipboard (1)

catbutt (469582) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244410)

And make sure to hold onto that stable full of horses in case your car breaks down. And I hope you've got a well in your backyard in case the water supply stops working. Oh and might want to grow some crops too instead of relying on that newfangled supermarket.

Re:Pen, Paper and a Clipboard (1)

devphaeton (695736) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244411)

Um, if the computers won't work in the shipping dept. set them aside while the /.er's fix 'em and revert back to what you did BEFORE you had the things in the first place and just back-enter the data when they're working.

Yeah, but when they power the computers back up, we'll probably find that the /.'ers have um.. *cough* modified some of the distribution addresses.

Re:Pen, Paper and a Clipboard (1)

Izang (569135) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244447)

My boss would agree with you. At least once a week he wants to throw all the computers in the dumpster and go back to pencil and paper. Usually it's because he doesn't have the required codec to play the latest joke video.

Business Process Reengineering (2)

Detritus (11846) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244448)

If it's a typical organization, the whole point of automating the system was to get rid of all of the people who staffed the operation when it used pen and paper. That means that the institutional knowledge of the old system is probably working at the local WalMart. The old forms and processes no longer exist.

oo Ohh! (1)

cK-Gunslinger (443452) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244339)


*something funny about Mississippi residents and lack of alcohol*

=P

This will get real action fast. (1)

Above (100351) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244347)

No lawmaker is going to be without booze. They'll (attempt) to fix it with some new law, or something.

Government's Role? (2, Insightful)

BandwidthHog (257320) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244348)

A weekend without enough booze oughta help convince the populace that a single choke point on a large system is a bad idea, and the government being that choke point is a worse idea. There's absolutely no reason for alcohol not to be handled by the private sector. I live in a state that does this too, and it's just ridiculous on so many levels.

Sure this is somewhat off-topic, but screw it. The whole idea has always bugged me, and I don't even drink that often (maybe twice a month).

Re:Government's Role? (1)

Eric Ass Raymond (662593) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244402)

A weekend without enough booze

Playing a devil's advocate here, but wouldn't that be like a good thing knowing how much the alcohol-related problems cost the society in general.

Re:Government's Role? (1)

beakerMeep (716990) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244476)

Definitely. Until next weekend that is.

Who's with me! (1)

kwashiorkor (105138) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244352)

Big Fucking Deal.

The tone of the article makes it sound like this is a catastrophe. I'm sure it'll illicit all the of the holier-than-thou beardos tut-tutting and tsk-tsking about the stupidity of some developers.

But (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244353)

Don't they all just drink their own illicit home-distilled moonshine down there anyway? Will this really have any great affect?

Re:But (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244401)

So why is moonshine production illicit anyways? I mean, people have been doing it for ages. Thats why we have alcohol in the first place. Beer is ok. Wine is ok. But anything else? No. It doesn't make sense other than the fact that alcohol is highly taxed.

other disasters (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244366)

Volkswagon Audi Group (VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Rolls Royce) switched systems(to SAP, I think?) for parts inventory+distribution a few years ago.

It was so bad, for weeks European customers were getting parts with entirely hand-written paperwork(if any parts at all) because the system was so horribly broken.

Reportedly VAG had 24x7 shifts of teams working to get things fixed as absolutely fast as possible...

Re:other disasters (1)

RobKow (1787) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244452)

VAG is Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (think Inc. or Ltd.), not Volkswagen Audi Group.

Re:other disasters (1)

buckinm (628185) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244509)

Hershey Company (chocolate) switched to SAP right before Holloween a few years ago. It was a very big mistake that caused them to miss most of the holiday season.

get drunk, screw up the software (3, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244367)

screw up the software, can't get drunk

hehe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244372)

Windows crashed again, huh?

Euros! (1)

haystor (102186) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244386)

Finally, a topic where I'll agree 100% that the Europeans do this better than the Americans. I know there are all sorts of laws about alcohol in Europe, but they run a distributed system that would not be bothered by an isolated crash.

*sigh* (1)

ekephart (256467) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244387)

It's called software testing. I don't feel sorry for them.

that would suck.... (1)

itallushrt (148885) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244392)

Not the computer problems...being without liquor. I would go crazy once the well ran dry at my favorite (and least favorite) watering holes.

Alcohol (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244396)

Today Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) has done what the government failed to do - prohibit alcohol. In a move triggered by a flaw in their operating system, noone is able to purchase alcohol. Reports are coming in that alcoholics may have had the last straw and may do bad things to Microsoft. Fine restaurants around the country, who are running Windows on their cash registers, are worried for two reasons are smashing them in protest. Windows PC destruction throughout the country is running rampid. Apple is offering a 20% discount if you bring in or destroy your own Windows computer bought in the past 2 years. In addition, someone in Finland named "Linus Torvalds" has another solution - change the "Operating System" on your existing Windows computer. Some people have tried this with success, but us at the Corporate-Run Times donot recommend this, as using his "Linux" operating system is bad for the country.

This is really difficult... (2, Funny)

Bruce Perens (3872) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244399)

I'm trying to think of a polite way to explain just how little I care about this.

Bruce

You would if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244457)

... you were halfway through a Hank Williams Jr CD & ran out of Jack Daniels. It's a loooong way to the Lousiana line...

Re:This is really difficult... (1)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244490)

Yet, you posted. So you must care about this to some extent, even if only caring about how stupid it is to be concerned about such a triviality.

However, it could have been worse - watch this, Bruce:

What if this had been Cmdr. Taco's home state?

(now watch Rob get the D.T.s just by suggestion).

Re:This is really difficult... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244517)

Maybe there's an open-source angle we could get outraged about?

I vote for the following: large powerful monopolies are bad for society.

No big deal here... (2)

djeaux (620938) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244404)

I live in a Mississippi "dry county," but beer & wine coolers may be sold inside the city limits after 7 AM & no later than 10 PM, Sundays excluded. Quantities less than 32 oz may not be purchased. Since there's not a liquor store, everyone buys their "distilled spirits" by the case or pickup truckload anyway.

There are other counties were even beer isn't sold & others where beer isn't available but liquor is. My personal favorite is Oktibbeha County (home of Miss'ippi State University) where, for many years, beer could only be purchased by the case, hot.

And the state commission doesn't control the sale of 'shine, anyway, thank goodness.

Contrary to what all the damyankees on /. think, most of the deep rednecks switched over to crystal meth several years back...

wrong day (1)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244408)

"Guess I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue"

Where is FEMA (1)

gwayne (306174) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244412)

when the really important crisis occur?

The BACKUP DANCE (1)

DasBub (139460) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244420)

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Backups backups backups backups
We love to back up and backup the backups
Back back back back UPS

(refrain)

Oh No!!! (1)

4of12 (97621) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244426)


Blaster, Welchia, whatever cause my computer to crash, yawn.

Software in nuclear power plants shutsdown, OK.

Software in electric grid gets flaky - I'm cool - eat the ice cream by candlelight.

Software in grandpa's life support system has to reboot - well, them's the breaks.

Commercial airliner avionice system goes down - so sorry.

But...

Software messin' with my beer? SHIT, WE GOT A CRISIS HERE!

In other news.... (4, Funny)

freeze128 (544774) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244429)

Mississippi's divorce rate jumped to a whopping 72% this weekend. But on a higher note, there were no DUI's...

I wonder where it was misrouted to (1)

Texas Rose on Lava L (712928) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244437)

causing orders and inventory to be lost or misrouted.

It's Friday. What do you want to bet the "misrouted inventory" found its way to the local college dorms/frat houses?

Returning to base, cover me! (1)

SeanTobin (138474) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244440)

I think someone is out playing capture the b33r [thinkgeek.com] .
I just hope they don't get sniped.

In these trying times of crisis... (1)

ENOENT (25325) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244444)

it is important for all Mississippians to leave behind their petty quarrels and band together, with neighbor supporting neighbor, to face the demands of the current troubles.

Meanwhile, we here at Acme Enterprise Software Solutions and Live Bait will be working around the clock to overcome this crisis.

Oh, and the CEO said to tell you there's going to be a huge keg party at his place tonight.

Looks like its time for (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244450)

Smokey and The Bandit to make another run to Texarcana.

FEAR FEAR FEAR (1)

fruity1983 (561851) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244469)

This is way worse than that pussy hurricane.

Oh well boys... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244480)

It's back to moonshine !

I am not responsible! (1)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244482)

Seriously! All that beer didn't get rerouted through an adress in the Netherlands, I have not aquired a large cooled warehouze recently nor did I mess up their patch by screwing the boss' secretary for her login details. That said, anyone want a free beer?

I'm happy to say... (1)

UID30 (176734) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244483)

that all of the misrouted alcohol suddenly appeared at my house this morning. the party is ON! y'all are all invited.

*cheers*

a few points to consider (1)

Servo (9177) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244496)

1) What the hell is the state doing in the business of alcohol sales? Isn't that a monopoly on distribution? Government intervention = Big Mess.

2) Do these guys not have backups of the database?

3) I can understand the plight of those who sell the alcohol, since their businesses rely on this, but why is this a major catastrophe for those on the receiving end? Does this state have the highest alcoholics rate or something? Get a f'ing hobby people.

I have the solution to all their problems! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7244498)

If they use Windows, the solution is to use Linux!

If they use Linux, the solution is clearly FreeBSD.

If they already use FreeBSD, then they might have better luck with Mac OS X.

If they've already switched to OS X, then obviously they need to use Extreme Programming and test-driven development.

If they are already XP'rs, they need to switch from whatever they are using, to Java.

If they are already using Java they obviously need to try Python.

If they are already using Python, then why not Ruby? It's really nice.

If Ruby isn't saving the day, then without a doubt they need to switch from regular Ruby to distributed Ruby, using a cluster of machines.

If they already have the cluster up, they need to put their source code on the internet under the GPL, to encourage lots of developers to look at while protecting taxpayer-funded code from getting into closed products.

If they've already gone this route, they need to try the BSD license instead, since the GPL scares off many talented developers and is bad for business.

If the BSD license doesn't cure their woes, I strongly suggest getting a fucking clue.

Hope this helps, that'll be $5000 plus travel expenses.

Website running Netware (1)

mhesseltine (541806) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244501)

I wonder what their control software was, and if there was some problem/exploit at the OS level (latest patch gone bad) or something more like a hardware/software failure at the user level (RAID died, new control software). The linked articles seem to be very light on details.

Also, for the record, this probably doesn't count as a "crisis." For the love of $DEITY, it's only a little alcohol. If this is a crisis, you need to seek some help [alcoholics-anonymous.org]

This IS a crisis (1)

nystul555 (579614) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244525)

I've seen a lot of people commenting on how this is no big deal. It is.

It is a crisis when thousands of bars, clubs, and restaurants are without alcohol. Restaurants aren't high margin businesses, and many need the revenue from alcohol sales to make a profit. Obviously, the bars and clubs can't make any money without it - if they don't get it fixed soon many, many businesses will suffer greatly, and many bartenders, waitresses, etc will go without pay. Bars and clubs have already been devistated by Camel's dropping sponsorship (in case you didn't know, Camel has been giving millions of dollars to clubs and bars to sell their cigs, that ended recently.)

Even if you don't go to bars or clubs, many people work there, and their livelyhood depends on alcohol sales. How would you all react if you couldn't work (and get paid) until the government fixed some stupid problem they had created?

Sure they can't.... (2, Insightful)

morganjharvey (638479) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244536)

Many retailers are already complaining that they were unable to order sufficient quantities to supply them if the bug takes more than a few days to fix.

Nice choice of words...

But all joking aside, isn't there some sort of fallback system so that at least partial distribution comes to mind? Pen and paper is just the first one to come to mind, after all, there had to be some human element in the wharehouse (unless they had robots pulling all the liquor, which would just be cool).

Had this been something more important, say the postal service, a hospital, or even a fast food chain, what would the fallback have been?

Free! (1)

notcreative (623238) | more than 10 years ago | (#7244539)

Mississippi as in "Beer-Free."
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