• dohpaz42 (cs)

    FRIST!

    Now back to the article.

  • apaq11 (cs)

    You know I think I could handle a little rain in the office as long as it came with a lot of beer in me.

  • WC (unregistered)

    Robert would drive me nuts... Right up until he told me that he's already estimated WAY more time than I needed to do everything. And then he'd be my best friend, and welcome to continue his beer and porn addictions. I'd probably ask him to tape up the windows, though.

    Nah, I'd tape them myself.

  • Coyne (cs)

    So Robert's company is on contract to the UK government?

  • Nagesh (unregistered)
    The Artical:
    The walls were up, if unpainted, and the roof was finished on the northern side of the building. Maybe there wasn't any carpet, and maybe the water wasn't hooked up, and maybe the windows weren't installed yet, but it was a building, with four walls and most of a roof, and it had spare phone lines and electricity...they improvised chairs and desks out of cinderblocks and spare plywood.
    Acomodations is much nicer than 80% of ofice in Hyderabad!
  • dohpaz42 (cs) in reply to WC
    WC:
    Robert would drive me nuts... Right up until he told me that he's already estimated WAY more time than I needed to do everything. And then he'd be my best friend, and welcome to continue his beer and porn addictions. I'd probably ask him to tape up the windows, though.

    Nah, I'd tape them myself.

    I agree, in all respects. At my current job, I sit directly under the air conditioner - where I'm at we've had 100+ F days and the A/C is blowing 68F air all over me. I've been told that the maintenance guy (a friend of the owner or some such) would fix this, but it's been three months with no fix. So one day I decide to place a large sheet of paper over the vent (tucked away in the drop ceiling) to redirect the air away from me. Sometimes you just gotta fix sh*t yourself.

  • Nagesh (unregistered) in reply to Nagesh
    Nagesh:
    The Artical:
    The walls were up, if unpainted, and the roof was finished on the northern side of the building. Maybe there wasn't any carpet, and maybe the water wasn't hooked up, and maybe the windows weren't installed yet, but it was a building, with four walls and most of a roof, and it had spare phone lines and electricity...they improvised chairs and desks out of cinderblocks and spare plywood.
    Acomodations is much nicer than 80% of ofice in Hyderabad!
    The Artical:
    Robert vanishes into the restroom.

    95%!!!

  • hoodaticus (cs) in reply to Nagesh
    Nagesh:
    The Artical:
    The walls were up, if unpainted, and the roof was finished on the northern side of the building. Maybe there wasn't any carpet, and maybe the water wasn't hooked up, and maybe the windows weren't installed yet, but it was a building, with four walls and most of a roof, and it had spare phone lines and electricity...they improvised chairs and desks out of cinderblocks and spare plywood.
    Acomodations is much nicer than 80% of ofice in Hyderabad!
    You're not the real Nagesh. Every self-respecting Hindu knows that Hyderabad is Hindi for "London".

    Epic fail.

  • Afforess (unregistered)

    I don't get it. This is TDWTF. Where is the WTF?

  • hoodaticus (cs) in reply to Afforess
    Afforess:
    I don't get it. This is TDWTF. Where is the WTF?
    I believe the subtitle is "Curious Perversions in Information Technology". Having your PM watch porn and jack off is pretty sick, I don't care if it's a mandatory part of Six Sigma.
  • Henry Wilson (unregistered)

    So.. If the water is not on yet. What happens in the bathroom after Robert is.. ehh.. finished?

  • Coyne (cs) in reply to Henry Wilson
    Henry Wilson:
    So.. If the water is not on yet. What happens in the bathroom after Robert is.. ehh.. finished?

    I see no bathroom here...

    At least nothing in the story implies there is one. I suspect it was a matter of visiting a bush out back.

    Or maybe that was why they had to make repeat visits to the Pub so often?

  • Those who live in glass houses... (unregistered)
    They improvised chairs and desks out of cinderblocks and spare plywood.

    I wish all you ivory tower wannabes would get off your high horses. Cinder blocks and plywood ARE chairs and desks! Do you even know what a chair is? It is something you sit on. Cinderblocks and plywood are something you sit on. Now STFU.

  • Henry Wilson (unregistered) in reply to Coyne
    Coyne:
    Henry Wilson:
    So.. If the water is not on yet. What happens in the bathroom after Robert is.. ehh.. finished?

    I see no bathroom here...

    At least nothing in the story implies there is one. I suspect it was a matter of visiting a bush out back.

    Or maybe that was why they had to make repeat visits to the Pub so often?

    Robert vanishes into the restroom. He returns 15 minutes later, his mood much improved.

    I was referring to this...

  • Nagesh (unregistered) in reply to hoodaticus
    hoodaticus:
    Afforess:
    I don't get it. This is TDWTF. Where is the WTF?
    I believe the subtitle is "Curious Perversions in Information Technology". Having your PM watch porn and jack off is pretty sick, I don't care if it's a mandatory part of Six Sigma.
    This sound like tipical day in the lifetime of carear in Hyderabad.
  • hoodaticus (cs) in reply to Henry Wilson
    Henry Wilson:
    Coyne:
    Henry Wilson:
    So.. If the water is not on yet. What happens in the bathroom after Robert is.. ehh.. finished?

    I see no bathroom here...

    At least nothing in the story implies there is one. I suspect it was a matter of visiting a bush out back.

    Or maybe that was why they had to make repeat visits to the Pub so often?

    Robert vanishes into the restroom. He returns 15 minutes later, his mood much improved.

    I was referring to this...

    So the restroom was a hole in the floor. I thought Londoners switched to squat toilets anyway to accommodate the large Asian population, so no surprises there.

  • an old friend (unregistered) in reply to hoodaticus
    hoodaticus:
    Having your PM watch porn and jack off is pretty sick, I don't care if it's a mandatory part of Six Sigma.
    It only fulfills the Sex Sigma requirement if they do it together. Learning to cum at the same time is a team-building exercise where the more experienced partner helps the less experienced partner to expand his skill set. Swallowing isn't necessary for this segment, it's a part of the team building module...

    ...some participants may be nervous about the likely anal bleeding that might occur. It is perfectly normal to be nervous...

    ...some participants of class F will likely not possess their own penis. A prosthetic can be borrowed from your PM's supply cabinet. Please wash before AND after use...

  • Coyne (cs) in reply to Henry Wilson
    Henry Wilson:
    Coyne:
    Henry Wilson:
    So.. If the water is not on yet. What happens in the bathroom after Robert is.. ehh.. finished?

    I see no bathroom here...

    At least nothing in the story implies there is one. I suspect it was a matter of visiting a bush out back.

    Or maybe that was why they had to make repeat visits to the Pub so often?

    Robert vanishes into the restroom. He returns 15 minutes later, his mood much improved.

    I was referring to this...

    Oh. Forgot about that.

    Well, it's not like he has to flush or anything. I suppose a sheet or two of paper towel would clean up fine.

    (It's a thinker...)

  • Admirer from afar (unregistered) in reply to Those who live in glass houses...

    You code monkeys are so wacky. This just never gets old.

  • boog (cs) in reply to Afforess
    Afforess:
    I don't get it. This is TDWTF. Where is the WTF?
    If not one bit of this story made you think "WTF?" then maybe you're Robert.
  • Ed (unregistered)

    Can we have less of the England bashing please? This is the second time in a couple of weeks. (A return to taking the mick out of Indian outsourcing is fine by me, but feel free to go back to omitting the country when setting up the scene).

    Seriously.

    Yeah, it rains sometimes here. Yeah, we like to go to the pub. But how can that possibly be relevant to an IT WTF?

    N.B. For the record, that job sounds awesome. How many free trips to the pub per day? !!!! :D

  • Geoff (unregistered) in reply to Henry Wilson

    <quote>his mood much improved. </quote> umm LSD?

  • Hortical (unregistered) in reply to Ed
    Ed:
    Can we have less of the England bashing please? This is the second time in a couple of weeks. (A return to taking the mick out of Indian outsourcing is fine by me, but feel free to go back to omitting the country when setting up the scene).

    Seriously.

    Yeah, it rains sometimes here. Yeah, we like to go to the pub. But how can that possibly be relevant to an IT WTF?

    N.B. For the record, that job sounds awesome. How many free trips to the pub per day? !!!! :D

    Didn't the other stories originate in the U.S.? Was that U.S.-bashing?

  • C-Octothorpe (cs) in reply to Ed
    Robert:
    Can we have less of the England bashing please? This is the second time in a couple of weeks. (A return to taking the mick out of Indian outsourcing is fine by me, but feel free to go back to omitting the country when setting up the scene).

    Seriously.

    Yeah, it rains sometimes here. Yeah, we like to go to the pub. But how can that possibly be relevant to an IT WTF?

    N.B. For the record, that job sounds awesome. How many free trips to the pub per day? !!!! :D

    I don't think masturbating at work is acceptable, even in the UK...

  • operagost (cs) in reply to Ed
    Ed:
    Can we have less of the England bashing please? This is the second time in a couple of weeks. (A return to taking the mick out of Indian outsourcing is fine by me, but feel free to go back to omitting the country when setting up the scene).

    Seriously.

    Yeah, it rains sometimes here. Yeah, we like to go to the pub. But how can that possibly be relevant to an IT WTF?

    N.B. For the record, that job sounds awesome. How many free trips to the pub per day? !!!! :D

    Shaddup, UKian. Everyone knows you're all gangly with bad teeth and boil potatoes for every meal. And your politics are too complex for me to understand them from random articles I found on MSNBC.com; therefore, your government must be stupid. No wonder Obama hates you!

  • UK Ian (unregistered)

    This article is soooo false - Pubs don't open at 10am.

  • C-Octothorpe (cs) in reply to UK Ian
    UK Ian:
    This article is soooo false - Pubs don't open at 10am.
    Are you *seriously* suggesting that any pubs EVER close in the UK?
  • millimeep (cs)

    TRWTF is that Remy thinks Colin Baker played Dr. Who

    Addendum (2011-08-02 16:17): TRWTF is Colin Baker playing Dr Who... the only true Baker is Tom

  • frink (cs)

    TRWTF is american working conditions

  • trtrwtf (unregistered)

    "They also had a check with a large number of zeros in it."

    Were there any digits to the left of the zeros? How about a decimal point?

  • hoodaticus (cs) in reply to frink
    frink:
    TRWTF is american working conditions
    I know right! I get to come and go as I please, I keep my desk stocked with tequila, I send the smoking-hot receptionist (who doesn't even work for me) out to get me limes in the afternoon, and by the time the day ends, I'm starting to get seriously faded.

    I don't know how much more I can take.

  • Melnorme (cs)

    Reminds me of this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5yQNwu0kTc

  • dutchistan (unregistered) in reply to Hortical

    Seriously, it doesn't matter, if I am working for yankees or tommies, I allways think wtf and want to go to a pub. If I was in that office, I would go to a restroom (different one) too, but only to throw up every time I realize my situation

  • Matt Westwood (cs) in reply to frink
    frink:
    TRWTF is american working conditions

    Yep. In the US, in general, you're not allowed to drink alcohol at lunchtime. Neither are you (apparently) allowed to masturbate during the day. Neither are you allowed to view adult literature, in whatever medium.

    And from my experience, bizarrely, it appears that a lot less useful work actually gets done in the US than in the UK. And, for the record, it seemed to rain a lot more in Florida than it does in Britain - not only more frequently, but also considerably more heavily. (Except for Manchester, of course, where it's famous for raining almost continually.)

    So TRWTF here is the fact that the American took a long time (well over a day) getting over the culture shock?

  • Matt Westwood (cs)

    Actually, no - TRWTF is going for ice creams on a rainy day. It's not the done thing. In fact it's completely crass.

  • Ed (unregistered) in reply to UK Ian
    UK Ian:
    This article is soooo false - Pubs don't open at 10am.

    Erm... Wetherspoons? I think they start serving booze at 9am. Cheap booze. Yay!

    24 licenses are very uncommon and normally even places that have them don't open in a morning unless they simply haven't closed yet.

  • airdrik (unregistered) in reply to operagost
    operagost:
    Ed:
    Can we have less of the England bashing please? This is the second time in a couple of weeks. (A return to taking the mick out of Indian outsourcing is fine by me, but feel free to go back to omitting the country when setting up the scene).

    Seriously.

    Yeah, it rains sometimes here. Yeah, we like to go to the pub. But how can that possibly be relevant to an IT WTF?

    N.B. For the record, that job sounds awesome. How many free trips to the pub per day? !!!! :D

    Shaddup, UKian. Everyone knows you're all gangly with bad teeth and boil potatoes for every meal. ...

    We are not gangly with bad teeth and eat potatoes! We're fat and eat cheeseburgers, and we pay dentists and orthodontists a lot of money to keep our teeth white and straight!

  • Ed (unregistered) in reply to operagost
    operagost:
    Ed:
    Can we have less of the England bashing please? This is the second time in a couple of weeks. (A return to taking the mick out of Indian outsourcing is fine by me, but feel free to go back to omitting the country when setting up the scene).

    Seriously.

    Yeah, it rains sometimes here. Yeah, we like to go to the pub. But how can that possibly be relevant to an IT WTF?

    N.B. For the record, that job sounds awesome. How many free trips to the pub per day? !!!! :D

    Shaddup, UKian. Everyone knows you're all gangly with bad teeth and boil potatoes for every meal. And your politics are too complex for me to understand them from random articles I found on MSNBC.com; therefore, your government must be stupid. No wonder Obama hates you!

    Wow, that was startlingly pointed humour there mate.

    My trim countrymen and I tremble with fear at the thought of your only-two-political-partied-cus-otherwise-our-brains-hurt, buffet-scoffing-cus-we-love-bacon-and-beef, news-channel-acronym-loving, dentally-obsessed self coming to get us and our potatoes for such a cheeky display of level-headedness.

    Actually, scratch that, I like bacon too. Potatoes are for Irish people. (BWAHAHA)

  • frink (cs) in reply to hoodaticus
    hoodaticus:
    frink:
    TRWTF is american working conditions
    I know right! I get to come as much as I please, I keep myself tanked up with tequila, I send the smoking-hot receptionist (who even strips for me) out to get me lines in the afternoon, and by the time the night ends, I'm starting to get seriously wired.

    I don't know how much more I can take.

    FTFY... oh and YHBT HAND

  • hoodaticus (cs) in reply to frink
    frink:
    hoodaticus:
    frink:
    TRWTF is american working conditions
    I know right! I get to come as much as I please, I keep myself tanked up with tequila, I send the smoking-hot receptionist (who even strips for me) out to get me lines in the afternoon, and by the time the night ends, I'm starting to get seriously wired.

    I don't know how much more I can take.

    FTFY... oh and YHBT HAND

    You're a towel!

  • hoodaticus (cs) in reply to Ed
    Ed:
    Actually, scratch that, I like bacon too. Potatoes are for Irish people. (BWAHAHA)
    YES! ROFL!
  • frink (cs) in reply to hoodaticus
    hoodaticus:
    frink:
    hoodaticus:
    frink:
    TRWTF is american working conditions
    I know right! I get to come as much as I please, I keep myself tanked up with tequila, I send the smoking-hot receptionist (who even strips for me) out to get me lines in the afternoon, and by the time the night ends, I'm starting to get seriously wired.

    I don't know how much more I can take.

    FTFY... oh and YHBT HAND

    You're a towel!

    which is pretty useful given the rain we have...

  • badcaseofspace (cs) in reply to Nagesh
    Nagesh:
    Acomodations is much nicer than 80% of ofice in Hyderabad!

    We no bye know.

  • DCRoss (cs)

    I believed it right up until Robert made an accurate estimate for how long the project would take him to complete.

    That's just impossible.

  • Don L (unregistered) in reply to Those who live in glass houses...
    Those who live in glass houses...:
    They improvised chairs and desks out of cinderblocks and spare plywood.

    I wish all you ivory tower wannabes would get off your high horses. Cinder blocks and plywood ARE chairs and desks! Do you even know what a chair is? It is something you sit on. Cinderblocks and plywood are something you sit on. Now STFU.

    Cinderbox and plywood?!?!

    Where I worked, we had to code using typewriters from the 17th century, we had to write 10.000 lines of code and work for 28 hours per day, the building didn't have a roof or walls, we were constantly whipped, and we had to walk 30km to get to the toilet which was occupied except 5 minutes of the day, we didn't have any breaks, and we had to work in complete darkness in the middle of the freeway.

    But we were happy!

  • Bob (unregistered) in reply to Don L
    Don L:
    Cinderbox and plywood?!?!

    Where I worked, we had to code using typewriters from the 17th century, we had to write 10.000 lines of code and work for 28 hours per day, the building didn't have a roof or walls, we were constantly whipped, and we had to walk 30km to get to the toilet which was occupied except 5 minutes of the day, we didn't have any breaks, and we had to work in complete darkness in the middle of the freeway.

    But we were happy!

    So you worked at Electronic Arts?

  • dkf (cs) in reply to DCRoss
    DCRoss:
    I believed it right up until Robert made an accurate estimate for how long the project would take him to complete.

    That's just impossible.

    It matters not how good Robert's powers of estimation were; Scott was enough better that he could hit it with time to spare. Which translated into time spent supporting the local hospitality and catering economy…

  • method1 (cs) in reply to Geoff
    Geoff:
    <quote>his mood much improved. </quote> umm LSD?
    probably "just having a quick pipe" as a crackhead programmer friend used to say - this is a story about London after all. I used to work with a guy who drank at least 5 pints of Stella every lunchtime (I later found out he was on anti-psychotic meds as well - a heavy combo by anyone's standards) He would then sit literally motionless for 3 hours.
  • odio (unregistered) in reply to dohpaz42
    dohpaz42:
    WC:
    Robert would drive me nuts... Right up until he told me that he's already estimated WAY more time than I needed to do everything. And then he'd be my best friend, and welcome to continue his beer and porn addictions. I'd probably ask him to tape up the windows, though.

    Nah, I'd tape them myself.

    I agree, in all respects. At my current job, I sit directly under the air conditioner - where I'm at we've had 100+ F days and the A/C is blowing 68F air all over me. I've been told that the maintenance guy (a friend of the owner or some such) would fix this, but it's been three months with no fix. So one day I decide to place a large sheet of paper over the vent (tucked away in the drop ceiling) to redirect the air away from me. Sometimes you just gotta fix sh*t yourself.

    I used to work in a place where the (wall mounted) A/C in the 'server room' used to go into overdrive in summer. People would turn the temperature down to keep the room cool. Someone turned it down to 20C (I think it started a couple of degrees above that originally) and we all went home. The following day, this room was incredibly hot. Turns out the Air Con was so desperate to cool the room to the 21C we wanted that it had shielded it's vents in a nice chunk of ice that took over a day to thaw.....fun times!

  • Nagesh (unregistered) in reply to hoodaticus
    hoodaticus:
    Nagesh:
    The Artical:
    The walls were up, if unpainted, and the roof was finished on the northern side of the building. Maybe there wasn't any carpet, and maybe the water wasn't hooked up, and maybe the windows weren't installed yet, but it was a building, with four walls and most of a roof, and it had spare phone lines and electricity...they improvised chairs and desks out of cinderblocks and spare plywood.
    Acomodations is much nicer than 80% of ofice in Hyderabad!
    You're not the real Nagesh. Every self-respecting Hindu knows that Hyderabad is Hindi for "London".

    Epic fail.

    You are making a point that is not being very clear...

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