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[#] Thu Jul 05 2012 11:28:18 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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When Engineers Become Political...

Hey, it's better than politicians pretending to be people with engineering knowledge.

[#] Thu Jul 05 2012 14:04:30 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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It'll get better.

One way or another.

As for being political, I prefer to be completely forthright, but whent he shit gets weird...

[#] Thu Jul 05 2012 14:36:33 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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....the Weird get Shitting?

[#] Thu Jul 05 2012 16:57:18 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Hm... actually, there's some truth to that, I think.

[#] Fri Jul 06 2012 05:30:52 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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fixed a memleak in some code which also was already in a production release.

now I said that we needed to patch that in the production code also.

-nooooooo we can't do that, and its not an issue since that functionality isn't used in production anyways.

now, two years later, this code is in fact in production, and the memory leak is threattening the production system.

so, we spent next to a month worktime distributed over the last 3 months searching that issue again, since its not as occurant in the live system, and the usecase isn't triggered very often...

meanwhile the whole part of the code was replaced with a more elegant way of doing things; that was backported, but they didn't deploy it for over a month now.

[#] Fri Jul 06 2012 11:17:36 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Heh.  Typical.

[#] Fri Jul 20 2012 04:28:22 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

Subject: uses the hashtag #rant...

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In germany, lots of companies use this internal book keeping/accounting software provided by a big southern german company with a three letter acronym. They are also on the international market, so you might know what company I mean. If you dont, you are amongst the blessed people. This software is mostly used by the secretaries of our departments in order for them to see the departments finances. Most of them have read only access. In order to make things secure, you need a chipcard and cardreader, provided by an external company which starts with the same letter as the acronym of aforementioned company. Quite like with your bank account card you also need a pin to login to the interface when you want to use it.

Now we all know that secretaries have to attend special security and data safety seminars and would never ever even think about leaving the chipcard in an unlocked desktop drawer in about 1 meter distance from the card reader.... Their passwords/pins are also assembled of various words in at least three different dead and foreign languages, non-words, assorted random chars and at least a 7 digit long prime number. They are also able to memorize them easily and wouldnt need to write them down or reuse another password. So this is all pretty secure and a good working system.

Well, now that three letter acronym company bought the company providing the chipcard stuff and you'd think "fine, now they just issue an online update to streamline the corporate design and replace the former software's name with the hip and amazingly buzzword laden new name they came up with." Oh how you failed... The sysadmins now need to manually download a new install package in order to replace the existing one, quoting from the email I received that informed me about this: "this procedure will take about an hour per PC. Oh, and your users will have to change their PIN/PUKs, because now you are only able to use numbers, no letters or any other chars." Isn't that an improvement?! Not only do we get to waste at least two persons time, we also increase security by increasing the possible combinations of PINs while at the same time skyrocketing the usability and making it far easier to remember this sequence of numbers! I can already see the secretaries searching for the most unique 20+ digit primes to secure their accounts....

What blows my head is why this company buying a security company does not have enough money to pay at least one security consultant telling them "Err, uhm, you know that most of this chipcards are stored as secure as if they were left directly in the reader, so we could make the reader optional and only reserve it for some special facilities... and, err, uhm, if you force them to only use numbers, why don't we provide a multiple choice aproach like: Use the following as my pin: a) 0000 b) 1234 or c) my birthdate?" 

[#] Fri Aug 10 2012 21:21:55 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Seriously?  You're paying umpteen dollars for the expertise of my consultants, but you trust them so little that they have to notify you before and after going to lunch and about every meeting?  What's next - permission slips to use the restroom??

[#] Mon Aug 13 2012 14:38:50 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Permission slips are not necessary, but it is vitally important that they provide a receipt.

Sounds like you've got a paranoid kindergarten teacher on your hands :)

[#] Mon Aug 13 2012 21:04:52 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Kindergarden teachers are nicer and less crazy.  At least they allow recess and snacks!


[#] Thu Sep 06 2012 20:05:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Lots of changes at $IG_WORKPLACE.  Among other things I'm being moved to a new office in a nice sunny location.  For a seasonal depressive like me, this is good news indeed.

[#] Thu Sep 06 2012 20:51:34 EDT from Ahff Rowe @ Uncensored

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I had the opposite problem a few jobs ago. I had a big office in this "creative office loft" converted warehouse space in downtown Minneapolis, which had a ginormous ~15'x10' window which would bring lots of sun every morning.
It sucked. I asked to be moved to actual warehouse space in the interior of the building where I could work by just the glow of my monitor.

Now I'm in a cube that's smaller than the size of that very big window, but at least have interesting office mates. :)

[#] Fri Sep 07 2012 04:02:16 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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a room with a view is a good thing to have.

as long as the sun doesn't glare your monitor, and you're not sitting in a loneley space... ;-)

I like fresh air and a sight into the green to do good work. I guess I would get suicidal in a qubicle somewhere inside an office tower. The week in beijing with that meeting room without windows was the pure horror to me.

I started singing elvis-gospels: "I'm a working in a coal mine..."


[#] Fri Sep 07 2012 13:50:46 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Congrats, IG! I've been in a window-side cube for a few years now and it's definitely nice. I do get the sun in my face if I'm here late enough in the day, though, but the simple solution to that is to make sure I finish my work before then. :P

[#] Sun Sep 23 2012 12:05:14 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'd prefer a cubicle with a window view instead of a big office with no windows.  I need my sunlight.

There is a bit of glare on the screen but I can close one or two of the blinds during that part of the day and still have the others open to light the room.

[#] Sun Sep 23 2012 23:55:05 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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heh, our office overlooks hte parking lot, beyond that is the backyard
of the houses in the neighborhood to the north.
One of those houses used to be owned by a couple of people who i'm
pretty sure were shooting porn videos in there. They moved out and a
bunch of pot smokers moved in.

Hard to concentrate on test requirements for prototype hardware when
there's dudes toking up right out the window.

[#] Tue Sep 25 2012 13:19:16 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Heh, the account I just finished stuck 6-8 of us in a room that had one long table (that only fit 5!), windows and blinds - neither of which actually opened, and no air conditioning.

It was too hard to breath in there to sing much of anything, most days.

[#] Wed Sep 26 2012 08:28:25 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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animal, if you buy a citroen next time, it will just lift the broken wheel and continue its way on 3 wheels.

[#] Mon Oct 01 2012 13:30:35 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Wed Sep 26 2012 08:28:25 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

animal, if you buy a citroen next time, it will just lift the broken wheel and continue its way on 3 wheels.

Gotta love the Citroen... :) In Hebrew it's called the rising French(woman)... which is kinda dirty...

[#] Tue Oct 09 2012 20:32:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Is that some sort of car made out of oranges, lemons, and limes?

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