Monday, August 08, 2005

News from PEAR- Jinxed computer users curse themselves

Jinxed computer users curse themselves

Science proves IT is black magic

BOFFINS at Princeton University have proven that there are some people who should not touch a computer because they are cursed.
Curses are not something that the scientific community has mentioned a lot since the 17th century and have more or less gone the same way as the flat earth theory and people with no heads living in India.

But the Princeton boffins say there is a clear statistical reality to what help desk operator have been saying for years – some computer users are just plain jinxed.

According to the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) department has confirmed there are some people who have a natural rapport with computers and there are other people who can tigger* everything even without touching it.

PEAR has tested whether people, through their consciousness alone, can somehow affect the output of various devices [...]


Jinxed computer users might be sending out a bad vibe, researchers suggest

[...] Computer support experts certainly recognize a small, but perhaps statistically significant, number of their clients who could very well be sending out some strong vibes.

"Occasionally you'll come across a person who is just absolutely jinxed," said Lyle Melnychuk, a computer whiz who runs Geeks 2 Go in Kamloops, B.C., and helps people fix their technical problems.

"It's not that they're bad people, it's just that they and technology ... they should just go back to pen and paper."

But he and other experts say the reason for persistent computer problems is likely something simpler than mind control.

"I think it's quite possible that individual people could have statistically noticeable effect on computers, but I don't think it's a vibe," said John DiMarco, information technology director for the University of Toronto's computer science department.

"The presence of strange anomalies in the hardware can often be attributed to the environment," he said.

People whose machines always seem to be working against them may be the same people who are forever zapping their computers with electric shocks because they live in a dry house and have long hair, fuzzy carpets and a penchant for wool sweaters, he said.

DiMarco also said the source of mystery problems can often be traced back to a reluctance to admit misuse - like indiscriminate downloading that can bring on spyware and viruses.

"They're not always readily admitting what they've done, especially if they have the sense they shouldn't have done it. It's an issue of admission of guilt." [...]


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