3x38: Nikola Where Are You Now

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and special guest Jorge Castro present Bad Voltage, in which Stuart honestly thought for one second that the Americans have a very worryingly-titled show called “Poor Patrol” before realising that he misheard, and:

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News music: Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero, used with attribution.

Thank you to Marius Quabeck and NerdZoom Media for being our audio producers!

The Missouri story reminds me of one of my first jobs. Our clients were unable to restore from backup after a disaster, so we were on the phone forever with the vendor’s technical support. On a whim, while they were trying to explain that this was sophisticated work and it could take a long time for a solution, I started investigating the file, itself, and blurted out “wait, is this backup just a TAR file?”

The other end of the conference call went dead for a while, and then a panicked voice came on to ask “who told you that?” I mean, clearly, I was a diabolical industrial spy, and not a developer who finally remembered that the file command exists.

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