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I Got 192 Billion Problems And You’re All Of Them

, , , , | Working | October 9, 2018

(I work in the help desk for a fairly large corporation, and it’s routine that we get people’s IP addresses from them so we can log in to their machines and troubleshoot the issue. The IP addresses come out as four three-digit numbers [192.168.172.X] and I already know the first three numbers because all of our IP addresses start with the same three number groups [octets].)

Me: *mid-call* “…so click start, then run.”

Coworker: “Okay.”

Me: “Press enter, then type in IPCONFIG.”

Coworker: “Okay.”

Me: “That will show you an IP address of 192 dot 168 dot 100 dot something. I need the last part.”

Coworker: *silence*

Me: “Still there?”

Coworker: “Hold on.”

Me: “I just need the last part.”

Coworker: “Hold on.”

Me: “Okay.”

Coworker: *sighs* “One hundred and ninety-two billion, one hundred and sixty-eight million, one hundred and seventy-two thousand, two hundred and thirteen.”

Me: “Um, I just needed the last part.”

Coworker: “Then why didn’t you say that?”

Me: “I did. Also, those are periods, not commas.”

Coworker: “Oh.”

(The call went smoothly after that.)

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