• Herman (unregistered)

    Rampant?

  • Taco (unregistered)

    Very nice story. True or not

  • Crispy (unregistered)

    'First' in a forum is equivalent of spam in email. Block all comments containing 'first' and 'frist'.

  • Taco (unregistered)

    What is it with all this 'first' BS? Is it compensation for never being first in real life?

  • anonymous (unregistered) in reply to Crispy
    Crispy:
    'First' in a forum is equivalent of spam in email. Block all comments containing 'first' and 'frist'.
    +1
  • DQ (unregistered) in reply to anonymous
    anonymous:
    Crispy:
    'First' in a forum is equivalent of spam in email. Block all comments containing 'first' and 'frist'.
    +1

    Your comment has been blocked.

  • Irony Detection Squad (unregistered)
    ... rampart stupidity ... ... rampart stupidity ... ... rampart stupidity ...

    We're reading a 9.4 on our meters.

  • PhilT (unregistered)

    bing!

  • Steve The Cynic (cs) in reply to Herman
    Herman:
    Rampant?
    I'm tempted to suggest that this is just normal internet-speak, mis-remembering a common set phrase and hanging it on some other combination of words that sound sort of like the intended words.

    But it is more interesting to speculate on possible alternatives.

    Like the fact that the writer really meant "stupidity on the ramparts", in which case he is accusing the few remaining defenders (Juan and his crew) of stupidity, because C-level execs aren't up on the ramparts, you could get hurt up there.

    Of course, not running away with all your former colleagues might count as stupidity, so maybe the writer is on to something...

  • Paulie (unregistered) in reply to Irony Detection Squad

    Presumably he's bad at designing castles. But then the whole tedious story was full of typos and sentences that made no sense.

  • Jo (unregistered)
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  • Shoreline (cs) in reply to Irony Detection Squad
    ... rampart stupidity ...

    Rampart Stupidity in IT is a slang term for not understanding how basic security works.

    For example, in the crazy world of internets, phishing that gets through the filters needs to be identified by the user and pointedly ignored or forwarded for blacklisting. Not doing so may demonstrate Rampart Stupidity.

    Steve shows himself to have Rampart Stupidity.

  • moz (unregistered)

    While this may have been a silly request, at least they're not overworked.

  • Shoreline (cs) in reply to PhilT
    PhilT:
    bing!

    You mean Microsoft Google.

  • Drawbridge Doltishness (unregistered) in reply to Irony Detection Squad
    Irony Detection Squad:
    ... rampart stupidity ... ... rampart stupidity ... ... rampart stupidity ...

    We're reading a 9.4 on our meters.

    I just assumed this was about the IT department in a medieval castle, right? Next week we'll have a story about battlement bafflement, followed up with one on parapet poppycock.

  • Jim the Tool (unregistered)
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  • Oslo (unregistered) in reply to Taco
    Taco:
    What is it with all this 'first' BS? Is it compensation for never being first in real life?

    I'm always first. Ask my imaginary GF.

  • Oslo (unregistered) in reply to Jim the Tool
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  • Roby McAndrew (cs)

    This is ***ing brilliant. It would also block all the ****ing ***s who try to dodge the ****ing profanity filter by ***ing out the ***ing swear words.

  • Oslo (unregistered) in reply to Roby McAndrew
    Roby McAndrew:
    This is ***ing brilliant. It would also block all the ****ing ***s who try to dodge the ****ing profanity filter by ***ing out the ***ing swear words.

    I'll fuck*** beat that system easily.

  • John (unregistered)

    Clearly "rampart stupidity" is stupidity on the ramparts - i.e. amongst the front-line troops.

  • Luctus of Ingeborg (unregistered) in reply to Jo
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  • faoileag (unregistered) in reply to Taco
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  • Paula (unregistered) in reply to Crispy
    Crispy:
    'First' in a forum is equivalent of spam in email. Block all comments containing 'first' and 'frist'.

    Brillant!

  • Jim the Tool (unregistered) in reply to Oslo

    Well, for example some idiots use mailing list software that actually changes all the links to a redirect so that the number of people who click on the links can be counted...

    It's just a flag for potentiality, not for actuality.

  • faoileag (unregistered) in reply to Crispy
    Crispy:
    'First' in a forum is equivalent of spam in email. Block all comments containing 'first' and 'frist'.
    [+1] This is the first suggestion that really tries to tackle that huge problem of a few irrelevant comments.

    I'm now waiting for sceond and thrid suggestions...

  • ratchet freak (cs) in reply to Jim the Tool
    Jim the Tool:
    Well, for example some idiots use mailing list software that actually changes all the links to a redirect so that the email addresses of people who click on the links can be farmed...

    It's just a flag for potentiality, not for actuality.

    FTFY

  • lol (unregistered)

    I call it dereliction of duty from those slackers.

    If the chief security officer emails you with some explicit instructions to block all emails containing words that have been determined to be bannable, because of security, then it is their responsibility to go ahead and implement that scheme. Chief security officers don't get to where they are by not knowing what they're talking about, and if you think you know better than them, its because they have access to information and decision-making procedures that you don't.

    You should, of course, ensure that the essential security directive from the CSO is recorded and possibly even printed out and hung on the wall to remind anyone who asks just who it is that makes the important decisions around here.

    Then you can sit back and watch the fun :)

  • Anonymous Coward (unregistered)

    For god's sake - a proof reader would not go amiss. My 8-year-old daughter could write more professionally than this. Rampart stupidity? The only [b]RAMPANT[b] stupidity here was from the author for not bothering to check whether what he was writing actually made sense.

    Seriously Alex, come back - we need you to get rid of these monkeys you furnished with word processors and save us all.

  • grammar (unregistered)

    At least the spam-email was relatively free of grammar and spelling errors.

  • Medinoc (cs) in reply to faoileag
    faoileag:
    if using my email address in such forums was not ok, they should have told me earlier so that I could have used my private one.
    I thought that was obvious. Company e-mail addresses aren not to be used on forums.
  • Lorne Kates (cs) in reply to Shoreline
    Shoreline:
    ... rampart stupidity ...

    Rampart Stupidity in IT is a slang term for not understanding how basic security works.

    I was going to fix the typo, but instead: You Wins!

  • Lorne Kates (cs) in reply to Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward:
    Seriously Alex, come back - we need you to get rid of these monkeys you furnished with word processors and save us all.

    Alex is still busy with BuildMaster. Like all startup companies, the first couple years were rocky. They kinda had to take the clients they could get. And one of the early, larger clients managed to finagle the contract so that Inedo gets paid in bananas.

    So if you have a better suggestion on what Alex should do with a monthly shipment of several tons of bananas, I'm sure he'd love to hear it. In the meanwhile, I'm one well fed typewriter monkey, and you're still ugly.

  • Lorne Kates (cs) in reply to Jo
    Jo:
    Ingeborg is a "he"? Something must have gone awfully wrong: https://www.google.com/search?q=ingeborg&tbm=isch

    Huh. The submission just mentioned the name, no pronouns. I don't suppose I can save face by assuming there's some guys named Ingelborg, like Marion, or Evelyn?

  • Paddles (cs) in reply to lol
    lol:
    If the chief security officer emails you with some explicit instructions to block all emails containing words that have been determined to be bannable, because of security, then it is their responsibility to go ahead and implement that scheme. ...

    You should, of course, ensure that the essential security directive from the CSO is recorded and possibly even printed out and hung on the wall to remind anyone who asks just who it is that makes the important decisions around here.

    Then you can sit back and watch the fun :)

    At first, I was going to reply that in that sort of place, it sounds like if they had done so, the Chief Insecurity Officer could demand they be fired for insubordination - successfully.

    But then I thought, no, with such a small number of IT people left, they've got job security because there's no-one else left to keep the blinkenlights on.

    But then I thought, yes, they could probably fire them because some VP would recommend they be replaced by his nephew and the nephew's brilliant friend Paula.

  • add jsjdkxjd (unregistered)

    It went bing and????????

  • Steve The Cynic (cs) in reply to Paddles
    Paddles:
    and the nephew's brillant friend Paula.
    FTFY. Come on, get with the program here, dude.
  • MrBester (unregistered) in reply to add jsjdkxjd
    made up of just Juan ...
    Is his surname Cornetto?
  • Fritz, a.k.a. Fritzo (unregistered)

    'The Barbara'; ah yes, every department has it's Barbara.

  • anon (unregistered) in reply to Fritz, a.k.a. Fritzo
    Fritz:
    'The Barbara'; ah yes, evry department has its Barbara.

    Come on now, this is getting old.

  • foo AKA fooo (unregistered) in reply to faoileag
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  • foo AKA fooo (unregistered) in reply to Lorne Kates
    Lorne Kates:
    Shoreline:
    ... rampart stupidity ...

    Rampart Stupidity in IT is a slang term for not understanding how basic security works.

    I was going to fix the typo, but instead: You Wins!

    Lorne Kates:
    Anonymous Coward:
    Seriously Alex, come back - we need you to get rid of these monkeys you furnished with word processors and save us all.

    Alex is still busy with BuildMaster. Like all startup companies, the first couple years were rocky. They kinda had to take the clients they could get. And one of the early, larger clients managed to finagle the contract so that Inedo gets paid in bananas.

    So if you have a better suggestion on what Alex should do with a monthly shipment of several tons of bananas, I'm sure he'd love to hear it. In the meanwhile, I'm one well fed typewriter monkey, and you're still ugly.

    At least Lorne Kates has got some humour about herself. I'd love to see a comment like this from Erik Gern.

  • Finn (unregistered)

    So, Ingeborg was shaking Juan's head? I don't follow.

  • savar (cs)

    Barbara, you regex ignoramus. How do you continue to pretend to be a skilled IT professional when you're condescending to people who know less than you while simultaneously not knowing as much as you think you do? Barbara, please see Wikipedia:/\bing\b/i.

  • QJo (unregistered) in reply to foo AKA fooo
    foo AKA fooo:
    Lorne Kates:
    Shoreline:
    ... rampart stupidity ...

    Rampart Stupidity in IT is a slang term for not understanding how basic security works.

    I was going to fix the typo, but instead: You Wins!

    Lorne Kates:
    Anonymous Coward:
    Seriously Alex, come back - we need you to get rid of these monkeys you furnished with word processors and save us all.

    Alex is still busy with BuildMaster. Like all startup companies, the first couple years were rocky. They kinda had to take the clients they could get. And one of the early, larger clients managed to finagle the contract so that Inedo gets paid in bananas.

    So if you have a better suggestion on what Alex should do with a monthly shipment of several tons of bananas, I'm sure he'd love to hear it. In the meanwhile, I'm one well fed typewriter monkey, and you're still ugly.

    At least Lorne Kates has got some humour about herself. I'd love to see a comment like this from Erik Gern.
    I recommend Alex chills out and pours herself a nice Babycham every now and then. We girls gotta relax sometimes.

  • Fritz, a.k.a. Fritzo (unregistered) in reply to anon
    anon:
    Fritz:
    'The Barbara'; ah yes, evry department has its Barbara.

    Come on now, this is getting old.

    Shh I'm trying to get a job writing for TDWTF.

    Also, you are mother is fat.

  • anon (unregistered) in reply to Fritz, a.k.a. Fritzo
    Fritz:
    Shh I'm trying to get a job writing for TDWTF.

    Also, you are mother is fat.

    No, your you're mothers' fat.

  • ThingGuyMcGuyThing (unregistered) in reply to Paddles
    Paddles:
    lol:
    If the chief security officer emails you with some explicit instructions to block all emails containing words that have been determined to be bannable, because of security, then it is their responsibility to go ahead and implement that scheme. ...

    You should, of course, ensure that the essential security directive from the CSO is recorded and possibly even printed out and hung on the wall to remind anyone who asks just who it is that makes the important decisions around here.

    Then you can sit back and watch the fun :)

    At first, I was going to reply that in that sort of place, it sounds like if they had done so, the Chief Insecurity Officer could demand they be fired for insubordination - successfully.

    But then I thought, no, with such a small number of IT people left, they've got job security because there's no-one else left to keep the blinkenlights on.

    But then I thought, yes, they could probably fire them because some VP would recommend they be replaced by his nephew and the nephew's brilliant friend Paula.

    Brilliant? What is this brilliant?

  • Qazwsx (unregistered)

    Friday, not an "Error'd" entry, and a good story? This is the kind of stuff this site needs more of. Great job!

  • Lorne Kates (cs) in reply to Qazwsx
    Qazwsx:
    Friday, not an "Error'd" entry, and a good story? This is the kind of stuff this site needs more of. Great job!

    Two theories on how I swung this.

    a) I asked nicely, since I'll be appearing at SFContario this Saturday, and wanted to have an article up at the same time.

    1. I found those pictures of Mark. Y'know, the one with the Thanksgiving turkey and the bulldozer timing belt.

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