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  • anephric 13 Oct 2019 15:35:10 3,525 posts
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    Yeah, the boards covered in solenoids are terror-inducing. I remember that guy telling me about the amount of grief he had just replacing a dot matrix display and getting the right resolution/driver to make it all work.

    They're complete time-sinks and a labour of love type hobby.
  • anephric 13 Oct 2019 15:38:40 3,525 posts
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    My uncle used to collect 1950s British upright pinball machines. They were very simple and mechanical, easy to maintain, a bit like really basic pachinko machines. They don't have anything like the sexiness of the US Bally and the like tables, but it might be a good starting point.

    Some of the pachinko machines you can get are insaaaaane.
  • Dougs 13 Oct 2019 21:23:21 91,055 posts
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    I looked it a few years ago and yeah, decided that was not going to happen. Was quite attracted to the cabs with ROMs though. Expensive, but all the tables you could want.
  • nickthegun 13 Oct 2019 21:57:24 79,230 posts
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    A guy I work with buys them, fixes them up and flips them in his spare time. The last one he showed me was a star wars one where he fixed up the r2d2 and a few other things and moved it on for a decent profit.

    I'd never actually thought about how complicated they are until he showed me.
  • mothercruncher 14 Oct 2019 09:58:40 16,719 posts
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    Apparently, CSO Logistics are delivering my parcel “between 1:54pm and 1:54pm today”.

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  • Vortex808 14 Oct 2019 10:02:34 13,418 posts
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    That's some super-accurate logisiticing. :-)

    Edited by Vortex808 at 10:02:44 14-10-2019
  • smoothpete 14 Oct 2019 10:19:04 36,134 posts
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    Is there much swearing in your workplaces? I swear a lot here in conversation, and curse like a motherfucker at the idiots in my computer.

    I only ask my colleague just dropped the expression "it's a fucking shitshow" on her conference call and it made me laugh

    Edited by smoothpete at 10:21:01 14-10-2019
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 14 Oct 2019 10:21:35 21,502 posts
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    Yeah loads.
  • Dougs 14 Oct 2019 10:23:53 91,055 posts
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    Depends on who I'm talking to. In my own team, loads.
  • anephric 14 Oct 2019 10:25:38 3,525 posts
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    It's like a 1970s working men's club where I work, although management have really tried to drag it into the, uh, 1990s maybe?

    There's a lot of ex-army and ex-miner types so you can imagine the sorts of epithets that get chucked around. I swear a fair bit anyway (I'm an Essex scutter) so being around ex-squaddies just makes me worse.
  • Salaman 14 Oct 2019 10:29:24 23,715 posts
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    anephric wrote:
    I used to work with a guy who collected pinball machines. He started with one that cost around £2-3k and worked his way up trading and the like. It's a weird community.
    I bought the pinball machine back plate ages ago (10 or 15 years or so) at a flea market. I wanted to use it for decoration. Just put it up on a wall with some nice lighting behind it. I never got around to it and moved a few times since.

    Last year my parents mentioned they came across it in their garage and did I still want it.

    I had a look at some pinball enthusiast sites and offered it up fro sale. Some dude from Nothern France was restoring this exact machine and needed an original back plate.

    KACHING!

    250 euros
  • smoothpete 14 Oct 2019 10:38:38 36,134 posts
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    I occasionally (very occasionally) drop the C bomb in the office but it does actually offend people so I have to be careful. It's the final frontier.
  • TechnoHippy 14 Oct 2019 10:50:44 15,547 posts
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    It depends, in the general office there's a fair amount - less so in meetings, especially with the execs :-)
  • robthehermit 14 Oct 2019 10:59:06 7,515 posts
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    Gout really hurts :(
  • JamboWayOh 14 Oct 2019 11:02:02 15,740 posts
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    Gout, the rich man's illness.
  • robthehermit 14 Oct 2019 11:05:15 7,515 posts
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    I wish.
  • nickthegun 14 Oct 2019 11:35:54 79,230 posts
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    I swear probably more than most of my colleagues but mostly through annoyingly colourful turns of phrase.

    I described someones actions as ‘farting about’ in a meeting last week, which the offshore guys couldn’t quite get their heads around.

    And, yeah, I try really hard not to drop the c-bomb. It really is the final frontier of swearing.

    Edited by nickthegun at 11:37:25 14-10-2019
  • Addy__ 14 Oct 2019 11:44:29 2,002 posts
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    On a red hat Linux level 2 course and I'm already losing the will to live.
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 14 Oct 2019 11:46:17 6,800 posts
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    We're fairly liberal with the lower-order swears. You'll hear plenty of "shit", "bugger", "arsehole" and variants thereof around the office. "Fuck" is generally considered acceptable only if reserved for special occasions, but still gets wheeled out a fair bit (we have a lot of special occasions).

    As others have said, the c-bomb is the final frontier. I might use it once or twice a year at most, with an audience I'm comfortable with and where I absolutely need maximum impact. Others mostly seem to work to the same rules.
  • JamboWayOh 14 Oct 2019 11:48:33 15,740 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    I swear probably more than most of my colleagues but mostly through annoyingly colourful turns of phrase.

    I described someones actions as ‘farting about’ in a meeting last week, which the offshore guys couldn’t quite get their heads around.

    And, yeah, I try really hard not to drop the c-bomb. It really is the final frontier of swearing.
    Are those offshore guys American? A lot of of my American friends are amazed that I drop the c bomb so regularly.
  • nickthegun 14 Oct 2019 11:53:29 79,230 posts
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    Nah, all Indian. They do tend to pick up slang pretty quickly, but I think 'farting about' is probably a bridge too far.
  • JamboWayOh 14 Oct 2019 11:55:22 15,740 posts
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    Yeah it's very much a British colloquialism.
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 14 Oct 2019 11:56:46 6,800 posts
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    @JamboWayOh I've found Americans in general are absurdly prone to bouts of horrified fainting when it comes to workplace swearing. We've had a few cycle through the office (par for the course in this sector) and they always spend the first month or two looking horrified at even the mildest of swearing.

    Which of course encourages us to swear even more, to help them acclimitise.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 14 Oct 2019 11:58:53 21,502 posts
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    That's nothing, I swore at an American colleague once he just screamed "wait until Jesus hears about this" and ran out of the office crying.
  • smoothpete 14 Oct 2019 12:05:50 36,134 posts
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    Yeah all my americans (bar one) are all like "dang", "darn it" etc. Whereas my english lot are more like "what a fucking shitcunt"
  • MrAGSystems 14 Oct 2019 12:16:03 255 posts
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    Worked with an American once, she couldn't understand how myself and one of the girls were repeatedly calling each other "cunt" during the day.

    Daft fuckin' pansy cunt.
  • SolidSCB 14 Oct 2019 12:34:49 11,728 posts
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    I don't know what I would do if I couldn't swear at work. Probably be one of these psychotic hatchet jobs you see on the news to be fair.
  • nickthegun 14 Oct 2019 12:36:21 79,230 posts
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    It's probably because they are a lot more keen on Jesus.

    Our foul mouths are a result of us straying from the path of righteousness.
  • sport 14 Oct 2019 12:45:44 15,358 posts
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    I wonder what EG towers is like. Bet they're a wholesome bunch.
  • SolidSCB 14 Oct 2019 12:54:11 11,728 posts
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    I'm sure there will be plenty of farting about in there, followed by periods of heavy sniffing.
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