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Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Posted by Nick on 10 July 2000, 20:07 GMT

Alright... I'm beginning this item at 12:37 AM. I just got home from a rather complete day. I don't know how many mistakes I'll make, but here goes nothing (everything?). Keep this in mind while I lambaste all you otherwise comfortably happy people with a very (very) bad rant that I've had festering in me since about last March.

I've always enjoyed my work at ticalc.org. The people I work with are great, they're friendly (even though there are people I rip on as a joke sometimes *g*), and I'd be hard pressed to find another team quite as talented, skilled, and devoted as the people I've worked with since my joining the staff last May.

I like posting news. I like making people smile at the news, to have a chuckle, and then to be entertained to boot. They have fun coming to the site. Inevitably, they come back for more. I enjoy what I do. I'm good at it, and I'm having fun at the same time. I really haven't found such a thing in my entire life.

For those of you who have just started visiting here (and I just know we get such an influx of visitors in mid-July), my name is Nick Disabato. I post news here at ticalc.org. It's what I do. I was initially hired to do screenshots, but problems with the system and a vacancy as news editor quickly found me at the helm of said section in question. I've been that way ever since. I'm getting close to posting my 250th news item (yay!), but that's not really a milestone that I care about much at the moment.

Since my beginnings as a completely inept, bumbling moron of a news editor who would insert many a grievous error into news items (destroying our page layout was a real fun one), I'd like to say that my practice has led to perfection... at least, technical perfection. Up until about late March of this year, I can honestly say that working at ticalc.org was one of the best things I've ever done.

Quite sadly, my current position and views on things have led me to think of my job as being far from the halcyon days of yore. I refuse to mention names, I refuse to link to email addresses or web sites. I don't want to start wars. I wasn't hired here to start wars with anyone. The only person I'm at war with right now is myself.

Let's start with the general immaturity and ignorance of most people who decide to visit me during my normal day. Requests have filled the news mailbox and my mailbox like clockwork that: think we're the epicenter of vast conspiracies headed by TI because our secondary DNS server is ns.ti.com, want me to post news about $1,000,000 contests if people can find two numbers that divide together to equal a number besides 1.41, want me to go F myself, want me to die, tell me that I'm going to die by their hand, etc. etc. etc. Mostly it's just people begging for news items, and the signal to noise ratio has gotten alarmingly low as of recent. I doubt it has much to do with the signal decreasing as it has to do with the noise increasing: people see a lack of news posts on the site to be their cue to flood my email box. I've gotten mailbombed before, too. With 2,000+ messages. That was really pleasant, especially for my friend who hosts my mail servers and web site for free.

It almost seems like, as far as my posting news goes, there's two camps: those who get along with me fine, who claim their files and participate actively, who put out good quality software, who get my news posts more often than anyone else. There eventually becomes an influx in that direction of news items pertaining to that person or people, and that irks me, because it always seems like I'm not giving enough focus to the people who have rising talent and potential to improve. On the other hand, if you're not intelligent and polite in your requests, and you don't seem to want to talk to me (I am an approachable person - most people should probably notice that by now); you want me to die, to fall off a large building (ironically, I do live in the city with the largest building in the world, heh), to be shot. I've had death threats before. I don't take things like that lightly, only because I've never really gotten serious death threats in real life prior to my working at ticalc.org. I hate to say that, but it's true.

Horribly Extreme Example of the Day(TM): Someone from the East Coast wanted to visit me. So much, in fact, that he decided to drive to Chicago to visit me. This involved stealing his parents' SUV and driving across five state lines. He did so, and was eventually caught at the Indiana/Ohio state border. Furthermore, he's fifteen years old and as a result has absolutely no driving experience.
All to see me. To top it all off, I still have NO idea what he would do if we actually met.
It's flattering, but... you get the idea.

Moving away from the people who hate me with a passion and/or are obsessed with me, let's go on to the immature and ignorant ones. People have done things that really, REALLY chafe me - I don't want to say what they've done, because that gives their name(s) away, and furthermore - this is what really gets to me - they don't understand that they've even done something wrong in the first place! Doesn't that seem just a little wrong to at least some of you? Please? Anyone?

Another example. Two programming groups - both of which code BASIC programs (you know who you are) - have gotten themselves into a war because one of them is full of power-hungry, pre-pubescent, twelve-year-old control freaks. They both come to my email box pleading to post news items validating their respective existences. They bug me through AIM. They invite me to Buddy Chats with them. I oblige. They spew "I hate this group! I hate this person!" over and over again, not giving *ANY* reasons as to why: or even HOW it happened! And you think this would simmer down after a few weeks? No! They have to be painfully persistent about it. They deface each other's web pages in only the most moronic and blatantly obvious of ways. I tried to make some humor out of the situation at my personal site a few days ago, but none of them noticed. They chose not to view that page. They blocked that out of their collective consciousness.

You know what? Ignorance is bliss, and they're in euphoria right now. Life is inherently unpleasant. None of them understand that. None of them ever WILL understand that, it seems.

But wait, there's more! A highly esteemed, respectable programming group - all of its members I have a great deal of respect for - has been at the forefront of what seems to be Nick Disabato's Evil Bad Few Months(TM) for the past week. One of their projects, which they've been working on for five months, was prematurely leaked to the public by what seems to be an unknown person. It's been traced back to another TI site, and essentially what happened in the past day or two was a lot of people were added to my AIM block list. By now, I've refused to deal with this anymore. Can you tell?

I posted to nickd.org six weeks ago that, come college this fall, I won't have any more time to work at ticalc.org. I mean that: I really won't. After September 15, I honestly won't know what to do. I love my job, I love the people I'm around, but there are just those bad points that really, really do irk and chafe me. None of you have any idea the kind of world of terror one goes through when people call you up at 3:00 AM repeatedly with death threats. Or when they drive across four state lines in an effort to stalk me. Or...

I hope at least a few of you can reflect on what I'm saying, and really do act upon it, without blindly sending flames to my inbox. I doubt it'll happen, though. After all... ignorance is bliss. Enjoy your ride.

 


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There are no comments on this article yet. Why don't you add one?
levine  Account Info
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Because I don't really think I have any reason to.

Ah, dammit.

Levine

     10 July 2000, 20:20 GMT

Re: There are no comments on this article yet. Why don't you add one?
Jeff Meister  Account Info

Bahahahahahaha.

- one[2]

     11 July 2000, 16:21 GMT


LEVEIN IS TEH SUCKS!!!1
Nick Silkey  Account Info
(Web Page)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAahs!!!!1

!! !! uu!!

k-rhad rhad.net .... go ya fux! oi, oi!

tha chump, phylluhr

     17 June 2001, 23:22 GMT

Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Ryan Pelletier  Account Info

Well, nick I have to say great job on all of your postings and most of them do make me laugh (expecially the birthday one). Keep up the good work :).
Ryan

     10 July 2000, 20:22 GMT


Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
JaggedFlame Account Info

I agree. I'd be sorry to see you leave ticalc.org.

     10 July 2000, 22:14 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Norman  Account Info

I probably didn't read the news article to carfully but... Yer leave ticalc.org??

     11 July 2000, 03:18 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
JaggedFlame Account Info

Here's a quote:

"I posted to nickd.org six weeks ago that, come college this fall, I won't have any more time to work at ticalc.org. I mean that: I really won't. After September 15, I honestly won't know what to do. I love my job, I love the people I'm around, but there are just those bad points that really, really do irk and chafe me. None of you have any idea the kind of world of terror one goes through when people call you up at 3:00 AM repeatedly with death threats. Or when they drive across four state lines in an effort to stalk me. Or..."

     11 July 2000, 04:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Norman  Account Info

That sucks

     11 July 2000, 06:32 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
KRU

Good luck, Nick!

     11 July 2000, 12:45 GMT

Re: 3 am phone calls
jaymzru
(Web Page)

Man! I knew i shouldn't have given the guys at hpcalc.org your phone number. I didn't know they would start calling you at all hours of the night. :)

     10 July 2000, 20:36 GMT

Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
evan  Account Info

no offense, but Ti-calc is not the most high profile site in the world. and you've gotten (serious) death threats and real live stalkers? good lord. Kinda makes you glad you're not someone like CmdrTaco or JonKatz.

As for the asbestos bit of the rant, I'd just like to inform you and the rest of the TI community that asbestos is not as bad as most people think, and more deaths have been caused by staplers.

     10 July 2000, 21:12 GMT

Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
evan  Account Info

Oh wait a second, The Onion is a /FAKE/ news site? n/m on that last bit there.

     10 July 2000, 21:24 GMT


Asbestos
MiG-53  Account Info

As a matter of fact, there are two forms of asbestos. One form causes cancer and the other form is perfectly safe. Only problem is that they're a bit hard to seperate.

"Sleep well and wake" - Aiel saying

     11 July 2000, 01:48 GMT

Re: Asbestos
dreadnought46 Account Info

My grandfather died of lung cancer. I blame his smoking. The fact that he worked in an asbestos factory for 30 years didn't hurt either :(

     11 July 2000, 05:19 GMT

Re: Re: Asbestos
Nick Disabato  Account Info
(Web Page)

My grandmother died of lung cancer...

As for the asbestos, I explained it to a person on AIM recently -
BlueCalx84: asbestos is a common slang term when you flame people. when someone sends you flames or harsh criticism, you put on "asbestos underwear"
BlueCalx84: it's mentioned on jargon.org.

--BlueCalx

     11 July 2000, 08:39 GMT


Smoking
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

I highly recommend against getting me started on the topic of cigarette smoke. But since you did, here goes...

I am an asthmatic. I also happen to be allergic to cigarette smoke. Therefore, I _HATE_ smokers with a vengeance. As you shall see below, I hate the tobacco companies even more.

Cigarettes are the only product legal in the US that kills over 2/3 of its users when used properly. The ONLY drug more deadly than tobacco is heroin, which kills about 80% of its users. Cigarettes contain 101 poisons. They contain about 60 carcinogens. They also have 1.5 millirems of radiation per cigarette (its from traces of polonium). That's 11.95 rems of radiation per year for a pack-a-day smoker, 1/3 the average amount received by someone living near the Chernobyl plant when reactor #4 had a runaway reaction and exploded at 1:15 am local time on April 26, 1986. Every cigarette a person smokes reduces their lifespan by approximately 7 minutes.

Lung cancer is second only to brain cancer as far as deaths from cancer goes.

I feel that the lawsuit in Florida against tobacco companies is not awarding _enough_ money to the plaintiffs, although they were smokers. Its the tobacco companies that did this, so they deserve a worse fate than the smokers.

Feel free to flame me (no pun intended). I have my kevlar-nomex shell to protect me (sort of like that inflatable ball in 007's ski lacket in The World is Not Enough).

     12 July 2000, 03:35 GMT


Re: Smoking
The Muffin Man Account Info
(Web Page)

Grr..
These days there is so much crap being pumped (so to speak) into cigaretes it's making them literally atleast a 100 times more dangerous than (back in the day).
"Take off the filters and let's watch millions of people die!" - Anonymous.
Before there was lung cancer, there was lip cancer. Oh, what fun. "Hey, let's put some filters on these things so the consumer lives long enough to buy more of the product. We don't want them to die too soon, do we?"
"Such is life" - Ned Kelly
Get over it...

     19 January 2004, 08:06 GMT


Re: Asbestos
Jefferson_Airplane  Account Info
(Web Page)

This Has No Bearing On Anything, But Mark My Words, There Will Be A Fiberglass Scare In A Few Years Too...

     14 July 2000, 05:38 GMT

Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
poison  Account Info

hey nick, I had no clue of all this shiz goin on with u, i would never think that just for your postings of news items, would get you this much bs that goes on. wtf is up with all these lil 12 year olds flaming and pissin you off like this. are ya leavin because of college, or are you leavin because of the immature people who "stalk the news item guy". what kind of shiz is that. i come to the site everyday to see whats new. i honestly don't know what will happen with ticalc.org, and im sure u don't really care. ticalc.org is a good site, and u probably have alot of the credit because you're the one with the most news items with your name on it. you bring humor to it and almost everything that goes with that. anyways, if you're leaving, good luck with college and all the other stuff u enjoy, don't be letting just another internet site with immature people that go to it flame u down like that. but another thing, u shouldn't be giving out info like that, because you know in the back of your head that flaming is going to happen. anyways, good luck with college and all that. laters
-poison

     10 July 2000, 21:30 GMT


Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Nick Disabato  Account Info
(Web Page)

Only reason everyone gets my info is because I have a domain record for nickd.org and penix.net. My contact info is there for legal reasons.

--BlueCalx

     10 July 2000, 21:57 GMT

Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Akira_of_HLC  Account Info
(Web Page)

Sorry nick, Chicago no longer has the tallest building in the world. That's in Africa somewhere I can't remember.

     10 July 2000, 21:34 GMT

Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Justin B  Account Info
(Web Page)

Actually, I think the tallest building is the Millennium Tower in Tokyo, Japan.

     10 July 2000, 21:50 GMT

Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
rob_squared  Account Info
(Web Page)

Not Africa, the Petronas towers in south america, brazil I think.

     10 July 2000, 21:53 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Nick Disabato  Account Info
(Web Page)

Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia.
Fully aware.

We still have the tallest. Ask any Chicagoan. :)

--BlueCalx

     10 July 2000, 21:58 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
JaggedFlame Account Info

Uh... we do? ;-)

-- JaggedFlame, a Chicagoan who knows almost nothing about Chicago ;-P

     10 July 2000, 22:16 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Nick Disabato  Account Info
(Web Page)

GAH! Shush! :)

--BlueCalx

     10 July 2000, 22:50 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Mike Knapp  Account Info
(Web Page)

I just wanted to add another level to this particular comment. the sears tower is quite tall... tallest in the world afaic. btw, nick, sorry about all those death threats at 3 am... ;)

--Mike, a sarcastic bastard

     11 July 2000, 02:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
rob_squared  Account Info
(Web Page)

Yeah, I think the sears tower holds the record for the highest office space.

     12 July 2000, 04:00 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Ed Fry  Account Info
(Web Page)

Actually, if you count the antennas on top of the buildings the Sears Tower is taller than the Petronas Twin Towers but in actual building size the Petronas Twin Towers are taller. Thats why there is still a debate over these building sizes.

     11 July 2000, 17:38 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Matt Hockenheimer  Account Info

The actual structure of the Sears Tower is taller, but some international group made specifically to study the issure said the ornamental spires on the top of the Petronas Towers counted as part of the building even though they searve no purpose (other than to make it taller), and that the radio antennas on the Sears Tower don't count towards building height. Seems like a pretty arbitrary decision to me, so I just consider the Sears Tower taller, since the actual building part of it is (by a significant amount).

     11 July 2000, 19:18 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Ed Fry  Account Info
(Web Page)

so I had it backwards. Oh well. I remember the spires had something to do with the height. At least thats what the history channel told me :)

     11 July 2000, 22:04 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

I don't recall that Modern Marvels episode comparing the Petronas Towers to the Sears Tower other than to say that they took the tallest building title from it.

     13 July 2000, 20:25 GMT

Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
The_Professor  Account Info
(Web Page)

The tallest *Stucture* in the world, last time I checked, was the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada... It isn't considered a building because "They" say that it has no floors, but there are arguably 7 floors...

     11 July 2000, 00:54 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Nivek Account Info

i've been up that, very high....

     11 July 2000, 02:28 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
NLD

Off topic:
Canadians rule + we have the tallest building in the world.

     11 July 2000, 04:44 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
JaggedFlame Account Info

Not to mention some pretty good hockey teams.

     11 July 2000, 04:58 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Binky  Account Info
(Web Page)

And BEER too!

     11 July 2000, 05:13 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
dreadnought46 Account Info

GO BEER!!

     11 July 2000, 05:24 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Akira_of_HLC  Account Info
(Web Page)

Your beer sucks!

And the CN Tower is the largest FREE-STANDING structure in the world. I know, I've lived there!
(in toronto, dammit)

     11 July 2000, 20:57 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
dreadnought46 Account Info

HERETIC!!!!!!! BITE YOUR TONGUE!!!!!!!
"I'm trying to ween myself off of alchohol, yesterday I was dricking canadian beer, today I'm drinking water, tomorrow I'll be drinking AMERICAN BEER."

     12 July 2000, 04:19 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

You mean _tallest_ free-standing building?
and, it is.

Does anyone else find "Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Rant:" funny?

     14 July 2000, 20:37 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Max Seckel  Account Info
(Web Page)

to quote canadian bacon, "CANADIAN BEER SUCKS!"
but they also got those people with red jackets and horseys;)

     12 July 2000, 00:06 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Akira_of_HLC  Account Info
(Web Page)

Oh, yeah, the mounties suck too.

     12 July 2000, 19:08 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

Its going to take a nuke to put out the flames from this, but:

only if they're either gay or female.

anyone have some asbestos I can borrow?

     14 July 2000, 04:01 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Michael McElroy Account Info
(Web Page)

How, pray tell, does one put out flames with a nuke?

     19 January 2004, 19:20 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
killerB  Account Info
(Web Page)

LOL!

wow,
after 3 and a half years, a reply.

anyway, i believe he was speaking figuratively, but a nuke might act like a big snuff of air--just as if you were to blow out a candle.

oh, and Canadians stink in SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs Online. I was in the U.S. vs. Canada match.

     19 January 2004, 21:08 GMT

Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Jeff Meister  Account Info

He said biggest building in the world. I always thought the Pentagon was biggest...

- one[2]

     11 July 2000, 16:24 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

The Pentagon holds the record for most office space. The largest building in the world is the Boeing 747 factory in Washington state.

     11 July 2000, 20:20 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Andy Lundell Account Info
(Web Page)

Not to mention, the US millitary still has some dirigable hangers left.

And NASA's vehicle assembly building is a bit on the big side.

     11 July 2000, 21:42 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

NASA's VAB is the second-largest building by open interior volume.

     21 July 2000, 03:20 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
FIFAREF99

The Pentagon holds the record for most floor space. Boeing's factory in Washington holds the record for most volume.

     11 July 2000, 22:58 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Kiros Lionheart  Account Info

Yes and I also heard that clouds sometimes form in the Boeing building. Is this true?

--Darkfire

     12 July 2000, 01:04 GMT

Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
AuroraBoriales  Account Info

Actually, the TALLEST tower in the world (that has guy wires) is the Warsaw radio mast in Poland. It is 2,120 feet tall, almost 2 times the hight of the highest habitable building in the world.

The tallest building that does not have guy wires is STILL the sears tower
(The resource i am using is REALLY outdated)

     11 July 2000, 17:33 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
Akira_of_HLC  Account Info
(Web Page)

sorry, the Warsaw radio tower fell down in 1976 when they tried to make it taller.

     11 July 2000, 21:01 GMT


Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
BaSe-2-oP  Account Info
(Web Page)

Ah, actually as of ~2005 Chicago will have the tallest building in the world again. They started building it last fall. fj34r.

-base2op, a Chicagoan.

     11 July 2000, 17:51 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

That's 7 South Dearborn, right? I read about it in Popular Science a few months ago.

     21 July 2000, 03:42 GMT

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