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  • ParkinT 2012-12-11 07:20
    Sounds like a case of "Fool's Mate"

    {Sorry, it had to be said}
  • Fecal Matter Lip Fur 2012-12-11 08:04
    ParkinT:
    Sounds like a case of "Fool's Mate"

    {Sorry, it had to be said}


    But you didn't have to post it.
  • Bring Back Nagesh 2012-12-11 08:17
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    ParkinT:
    Sounds like a case of "Fool's Mate"
    {Sorry, it had to be said}

    But you didn't have to post it.

    And you didn't have to post that either. You probably would have said the same thing if he'd posted 'frist'. Quit being a killjoy, you insensitive clod.
  • moz 2012-12-11 08:24
    But then, the same was true for Remy.

    It seems that, several years later, no-one had found a pressing need to increase security on the network. Maybe they did that the next time someone decided that the system was an appropriate place to slander colleagues.
  • Fecal Matter Lip Fur 2012-12-11 08:29
    Bring Back Nagesh:
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    ParkinT:
    Sounds like a case of "Fool's Mate"
    {Sorry, it had to be said}

    But you didn't have to post it.

    And you didn't have to post that either. You probably would have said the same thing if he'd posted 'frist'. Quit being a killjoy, you insensitive clod.


    My post had the very specific and noble purpose of making someone feel like your posting, i.e. bad.
  • QJo 2012-12-11 08:30
    " ... continent-spanning national government ..."

    That narrows it down. Australia, probably. Or Canada. Or Russia. Can be argued that it's China, but I think they arrived somewhat later to the IT circus than the early 1990s.

    Can't think of any other continent-spanning nations that have the technological know-how to set up such a bulletin-board.
  • QJo 2012-12-11 08:32
    "...Daniel could do all of his support work in Notepad."

    Sorry, but that is genuinely funny.
  • Rodnas 2012-12-11 08:35
    That sounds just like a normal day at the office. You are doing great and all your work is going smoothly, until someone from the middle management walks in and asks you a question. Any answer you could give is wrong one. And the doom of overtime, rework and angry management is upon you.
  • Bring Back Nagesh 2012-12-11 08:35
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    Bring Back Nagesh:
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    ParkinT:
    Sounds like a case of "Fool's Mate"
    {Sorry, it had to be said}

    But you didn't have to post it.

    And you didn't have to post that either. You probably would have said the same thing if he'd posted 'frist'. Quit being a killjoy, you insensitive clod.

    My post had the very specific and noble purpose of making someone feel like your posting, i.e. bad.

    Wow! That was the purpose of my posting too! Maybe we can be friends!
  • Fecal Matter Lip Fur 2012-12-11 08:39
    Bring Back Nagesh:
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    Bring Back Nagesh:
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    ParkinT:
    Sounds like a case of "Fool's Mate"
    {Sorry, it had to be said}

    But you didn't have to post it.

    And you didn't have to post that either. You probably would have said the same thing if he'd posted 'frist'. Quit being a killjoy, you insensitive clod.

    My post had the very specific and noble purpose of making someone feel like your posting, i.e. bad.

    Wow! That was the purpose of my posting too! Maybe we can be friends!

    Maybe... maybe we already are!
  • $$ERR:get_name_fail 2012-12-11 08:47
    and the institution of government IT only knew one approach to dealing with unauthorized software: complete and utter panic. Crack teams of auditors went from office to office, looking for anything that didn’t belong on the government computer systems.


    As someone who works in government IT, I can report that this modus operandi hasn't changed at all in the past 15 years.
  • Herwig 2012-12-11 08:52
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    and the institution of government IT only knew one approach to dealing with unauthorized software: complete and utter panic. Crack teams of auditors went from office to office, looking for anything that didn’t belong on the government computer systems.


    As someone who works in government IT, I can report that this modus operandi hasn't changed at all in the past 15 years.

    As someone who DOES NOT work in government IT, I can report this hasn't changed at all.
  • spamcourt 2012-12-11 09:01
    He was reprimanded for running an unauthorised server to chat with his workmates. Nowadays they would have reprimanded him for not having Facebook and Twitter accounts (linked to their internal social network), then hired another community manager to, huh, manage more communities. He costs twice as much as a programer, but it's worth it, he's an expert on people after all.
  • David 2012-12-11 09:08
    I must have the wrong website. I thought this was the Daily WTF, not the Daily everything is operating normally.
  • Bring Back Nagesh 2012-12-11 09:15
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    Bring Back Nagesh:
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    Bring Back Nagesh:
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    ParkinT:
    Sounds like a case of "Fool's Mate"
    {Sorry, it had to be said}

    But you didn't have to post it.

    And you didn't have to post that either. You probably would have said the same thing if he'd posted 'frist'. Quit being a killjoy, you insensitive clod.

    My post had the very specific and noble purpose of making someone feel like your posting, i.e. bad.

    Wow! That was the purpose of my posting too! Maybe we can be friends!

    Maybe... maybe we already are!

  • Warren 2012-12-11 09:18
    This middle-manager did what middle-managers did when they wanted access to an IT resource: she called the helpdesk and asked for access.

    I call shenanigans. My manager asks me to sort everything out and is most upset if I say, "Call the helpdesk." Given the competence of the helpdesk, I'm not surprised.
  • Cbuttius 2012-12-11 09:29
    And they gave Daniel a knighthood?

    And it all happened in black and white.
  • Retard 2012-12-11 09:32
    Bring Back Nagesh:
    Quit being a killjoy, you insensitive clod.
    Please try to show some sensitivity. My son was a killjoy, and let me tell you, it was no laughing matter.
  • Oscar 2012-12-11 09:37
    Rodnas:
    That sounds just like a normal day at the office. You are doing great and all your work is going smoothly, until someone from the middle management walks in and asks you a question. Any answer you could give is wrong one.
    Even this?

    "But that would mean we would have to recursively decrement the contents of the display register without overwriting the terminal null character creating the potential for a buffer overflow, which would otherwise be inherent in a hexidecimal stack-based architecture!"
  • some pony 2012-12-11 10:11
    One cannot just recursively decrement! These registers do vary by devices within the family of devices so special attention needs to be paid to which devices use which registers and register fields.
  • Bored 2012-12-11 10:27
    Feh, that one can be brushed off with a simple "We were giving it an extended Beta test complete with multi-user load testing before releasing it to the general community."
  • No Bronies! 2012-12-11 10:37
    Alright, why is this page littered with "Click here" Brony art?
  • geocities 2012-12-11 10:44
    QJo:
    " ... continent-spanning national government ..."

    That narrows it down. Australia, probably. Or Canada. Or Russia. Can be argued that it's China, but I think they arrived somewhat later to the IT circus than the early 1990s.

    Can't think of any other continent-spanning nations that have the technological know-how to set up such a bulletin-board.


    Or Britain or France, or any other country that has some remote former colony areas still under their jurisdiction.
  • Mr Minitel 2012-12-11 10:53
    geocities:
    QJo:
    " ... continent-spanning national government ..."

    That narrows it down. Australia, probably. Or Canada. Or Russia. Can be argued that it's China, but I think they arrived somewhat later to the IT circus than the early 1990s.

    Can't think of any other continent-spanning nations that have the technological know-how to set up such a bulletin-board.


    Or Britain or France, or any other country that has some remote former colony areas still under their jurisdiction.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minitel
  • You must be new here 2012-12-11 11:40
    You must be new here
  • Herr Otto Flick 2012-12-11 12:15
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    Bring Back Nagesh:
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    Bring Back Nagesh:
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    ParkinT:
    Sounds like a case of "Fool's Mate"
    {Sorry, it had to be said}

    But you didn't have to post it.

    And you didn't have to post that either. You probably would have said the same thing if he'd posted 'frist'. Quit being a killjoy, you insensitive clod.

    My post had the very specific and noble purpose of making someone feel like your posting, i.e. bad.

    Wow! That was the purpose of my posting too! Maybe we can be friends!

    Maybe... maybe we already are!


    I'm fairly sure you are the same person, with two unregistered 'accounts'.
  • mag 2012-12-11 12:53
    king me
  • n_slash_a 2012-12-11 13:08
    Herwig:
    $$ERR:get_name_fail:
    and the institution of government IT only knew one approach to dealing with unauthorized software: complete and utter panic. Crack teams of auditors went from office to office, looking for anything that didn’t belong on the government computer systems.

    As someone who works in government IT, I can report that this modus operandi hasn't changed at all in the past 15 years.

    As someone who DOES NOT work in government IT, I can report this hasn't changed at all.

    Indeed, the correct approach would have been to call IT in the first place, and ask for permission to put a "development test server" on the network. Also, that you need admin rights because "mission critical" tools require admin rights to run. Then never mention it again.
  • Sage 2012-12-11 13:43
    No Bronies!:
    Alright, why is this page littered with "Click here" Brony art?


    you must be new here
  • Zylon 2012-12-11 13:48
    "Daniel was the pawn tasked with protecting this particular king."

    And at this precise moment, I knew I was in for the most excruciatingly insufferable WTF Remy has ever inflicted upon us.
  • da Doctah 2012-12-11 14:12
    QJo:
    " ... continent-spanning national government ..."

    That narrows it down. Australia, probably. Or Canada. Or Russia. Can be argued that it's China, but I think they arrived somewhat later to the IT circus than the early 1990s.

    Can't think of any other continent-spanning nations that have the technological know-how to set up such a bulletin-board.


    He said the 90s, not the 1990s. I'm guessing Atlantis.
  • Tasty 2012-12-11 15:06
    QJo:
    " ... continent-spanning national government ..."

    That narrows it down. Australia, probably. Or Canada. Or Russia. Can be argued that it's China, but I think they arrived somewhat later to the IT circus than the early 1990s.

    Can't think of any other continent-spanning nations that have the technological know-how to set up such a bulletin-board.


    It must be Australia. Canada has Alaska on its western border. Russia has Europe on one side and Japan on the other.

    The USA would qualify by your west to east rule, but there's no Prime Minister.
  • Harrow 2012-12-11 15:30
    Bring Back Nagesh:
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    Bring Back Nagesh:
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    ParkinT:
    Sounds like a case of "Fool's Mate"
    {Sorry, it had to be said}

    But you didn't have to post it.

    And you didn't have to post that either. You probably would have said the same thing if he'd posted 'frist'. Quit being a killjoy, you insensitive clod.

    My post had the very specific and noble purpose of making someone feel like your posting, i.e. bad.

    Wow! That was the purpose of my posting too! Maybe we can be friends!
    Maybe we can find some other posters with the same purpose and form a club! With passwords and a secret handshake. We can hold meetings, and have bake sales, and make posters. Then we can hunt down posters who try to make people feel good, and lynch them.

    -Harrow.
  • erat 2012-12-11 15:52
    Knight jumps queen! Bishop jumps queen! Pawns jump queen!
  • Zylon 2012-12-11 15:55
    erat:
    Knight jumps queen! Bishop jumps queen! Pawns jump queen!

    Knight drives car! Bishop dissects xeno! Queen will rock you!
  • Gunslinger 2012-12-11 16:15
    Oscar:
    Rodnas:
    That sounds just like a normal day at the office. You are doing great and all your work is going smoothly, until someone from the middle management walks in and asks you a question. Any answer you could give is wrong one.
    Even this?

    "But that would mean we would have to recursively decrement the contents of the display register without overwriting the terminal null character creating the potential for a buffer overflow, which would otherwise be inherent in a hexidecimal stack-based architecture!"


    Yes, that answer is self-evidently wrong on its face.
  • BC_Programmer 2012-12-11 16:17
    "Developed before anyone installed a Jet Engine into Visual Basic"

    True, but one wonders why they didn't use ODBC, which was available since shortly after Visual Basic 1.0's release, and integrated into the VB2 feature-set...
  • PiisAWheeL 2012-12-11 16:33
    mag:
    king me
    Check.
  • Matt Westwood 2012-12-11 17:22
    geocities:
    QJo:
    " ... continent-spanning national government ..."

    That narrows it down. Australia, probably. Or Canada. Or Russia. Can be argued that it's China, but I think they arrived somewhat later to the IT circus than the early 1990s.

    Can't think of any other continent-spanning nations that have the technological know-how to set up such a bulletin-board.


    Or Britain or France, or any other country that has some remote former colony areas still under their jurisdiction.


    Yeah but then that would be world-spanning not just mere continent-spanning, smartarse ...
  • Matt Westwood 2012-12-11 17:29
    Tasty:
    QJo:
    " ... continent-spanning national government ..."

    That narrows it down. Australia, probably. Or Canada. Or Russia. Can be argued that it's China, but I think they arrived somewhat later to the IT circus than the early 1990s.

    Can't think of any other continent-spanning nations that have the technological know-how to set up such a bulletin-board.


    It must be Australia. Canada has Alaska on its western border. Russia has Europe on one side and Japan on the other.

    The USA would qualify by your west to east rule, but there's no Prime Minister.


    Canada has a coastline on both the east and west coasts of the continent, which is continent-spanning in my book ... But I take your point, the quibble over Alaska could be a hair-splitter.

    At a push you could include Chile, as at its southernmost tip it does spill over onto the west coast of South America.

    Can't be Australia because the west coast of Australasia is in fact New Zealand.

    Russia spans the entire breadth of Asia and into Europe, and goes far further west than Japan. So Russia is my best guess.
  • someone 2012-12-11 17:35
    Check a map, look for British Columbia, we have lots of west coast.
  • Too Anonymous 2012-12-11 17:39
    So, was there a real problem here? Or just one of those "this is bad, but wouldn't have happened if you bought our advertised buildsystem software" stories?
  • Kooshy 2012-12-11 19:52
    The Daily SNAFU?
  • Jimshatt 2012-12-11 20:19
    I agree. And "Chessboard" makes the most sense, as a name, in Russia as well.
  • mabinogi 2012-12-11 20:53
    Matt Westwood:

    Can't be Australia because the west coast of Australasia is in fact New Zealand.


    New Zealand is _east_ of Australia, and it's actually on its own (mostly submerged) continent, Zealandia. Australiasia isn't a continent, just a colloquial term for Australia and New Zealand.
  • I forget 2012-12-11 22:20
    Damn Apple Maps......
  • bladesong 2012-12-12 01:30
    Matt Westwood:

    Can't be Australia because the west coast of Australasia is in fact New Zealand.


    You are American aren't you....
  • xmkh 2012-12-12 02:15
    Niiice...

    Kudos for managing to reference an 80's TV/Sci-Fi series, one of the best Sci-Fi/Horror Sequels and the greatest Rock band in one sequence.
  • xmkh 2012-12-12 02:17
    My comment post above was of course in response to Zylon.

    Zylon:
    erat:
    Knight jumps queen! Bishop jumps queen! Pawns jump queen!

    Knight drives car! Bishop dissects xeno! Queen will rock you!
  • Poo 'Stache 2012-12-12 04:13
    Herr Otto Flick:
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    Bring Back Nagesh:
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    Bring Back Nagesh:
    Fecal Matter Lip Fur:
    ParkinT:
    Sounds like a case of "Fool's Mate"
    {Sorry, it had to be said}

    But you didn't have to post it.

    And you didn't have to post that either. You probably would have said the same thing if he'd posted 'frist'. Quit being a killjoy, you insensitive clod.

    My post had the very specific and noble purpose of making someone feel like your posting, i.e. bad.

    Wow! That was the purpose of my posting too! Maybe we can be friends!

    Maybe... maybe we already are!


    I'm fairly sure you are the same person, with two unregistered 'accounts'.


    No, you are the persons.
  • Steve The Cynic 2012-12-12 04:14
    "nostalgia fan-service"... Maybe, but I'd rather see Japanese anime fan-service, thanks.

    ((Look in the comments...))
  • Poo 'Stache 2012-12-12 04:15
    Harrow:
    Then we can hunt down posters who try to make people feel good, and lynch them.

    -Harrow.


    Don't need much rope for that, though.
  • Zemm 2012-12-12 04:36
    LOL I just Googled for "Australian visual basic" and the result was the one true VB. In fact the first nine results are all about Victoria Bitter and not Visual Basic.
  • Lockwood 2012-12-12 07:41
    No Bronies!:
    Alright, why is this page littered with "Click here" Brony art?

    Don't like it, don't click it.

    (Also, cornify unicorns aren't MLP unicorns, unless they've added a few more now)
  • Beta 2012-12-12 13:44
    The server was confiscated, Daniel got a stern reprimand, and the matter was mostly forgotten. At least until a month later, when the IT manager announced the release of their new bulletin board, Checkerboard.


    I wonder how management would react if Daniel went around casually boasting that he had created Checkerboard. You know that look managers get on their faces when they want to chastise you, but know they can't actually say what for without sounding ridiculous?
  • Jim 2012-12-12 15:52
    Gotta stop lying on these things guys!!!

    Come on, who here would believe that Government Auditors could ever find anything more than a big pile of money? It simply doesn't happen (Incidentally, we lent the US some of our government auditors when they were out looking for WMD in the Middle East).
  • Micky 2012-12-12 16:01
    spamcourt:
    He was reprimanded for running an unauthorised server to chat with his workmates. Nowadays they would have reprimanded him for not having Facebook and Twitter accounts (linked to their internal social network), then hired another community manager to, huh, manage more communities. He costs twice as much as a programer, but it's worth it, he's an expert on people after all.
    We got a new (well, I guess he's been there 12 months now) IT Security guy (Director) in our department - comes with a pretty impressive history through various semi-secret government and Defence departments. And he's as paranoid as they come (although to his credit not randomly paranoid like much of his staff). Anywho, in his first week, one of the senior BigWigs (DCEO or something) wanted access to some social networking interface (actually might have been access to the network from iPad, I forget) and he basically said "Fuck off, that's a major security risk and there is absolutely no way you could come up with a business case for needing it". Of course, the DCEO wasn't used to this sort answer (we'd spent a fairly significant amount of money providing BlackBerry access for the execs - because one of them had bought one and was upset that they couldn't use it {I know little of BlackBerry, but apparently an equivalent solution could have been made in Microsoft Mobile [or something] for considerably less}). Anywho, queue DCEO to complain to CIO, and CIO to have a word with IT Sec who essentially responded with "If you want me to keep your shit secure you have to let me tell anyone they can't fucking have shit"....

    He's still there, and as far as I know constantly telling execs to fuck off too.....

    How's that for a story that went nowhere?
  • Jim 2012-12-12 16:02
    Warren:
    This middle-manager did what middle-managers did when they wanted access to an IT resource: she called the helpdesk and asked for access.

    I call shenanigans. My manager asks me to sort everything out and is most upset if I say, "Call the helpdesk." Given the competence of the helpdesk, I'm not surprised.
    Yeah, I thought this was unlikely too. I've never known a middle manager to call help desk - delegation, tears and a LOT of complaining are all I've ever seen from them.....
  • Dogs 2012-12-12 16:06
    mabinogi:
    Matt Westwood:

    Can't be Australia because the west coast of Australasia is in fact New Zealand.


    New Zealand is _east_ of Australia, and it's actually on its own (mostly submerged) continent, Zealandia. Australiasia isn't a continent, just a colloquial term for Australia and New Zealand.
    But we all know that the the New Zealanders are just lower-class Aussies anyway....
  • Cheong 2012-12-13 00:23
    Cbuttius:
    And they gave Daniel a knighthood?

    And it all happened in black and white.

    No luck. Checkerboard is in black and red.
  • Bruno 2012-12-13 12:26
    It really sounds like a Brazil thing to me.
  • JJ 2012-12-17 18:26
    erat:
    Knight jumps queen! Bishop jumps queen! Pawns jump queen!

    GANG BANG!!!