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[#] Sun Oct 13 2013 09:08:24 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Looking for a job in general tends to be depressing these days.

[#] Sun Oct 13 2013 23:19:00 EDT from Sig

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On the plus side, I don't desperately NEED a new job; I would just prefer to start a civilian career. I qualify for a fair bit of preference in the federal system if I want to go that route, but I'd
kind of like to have a private sector job again.

[#] Fri Oct 18 2013 22:59:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ok everyone, quick poll:

Does referring to people as "resources" make you sound like an executive or a douchebag?

[#] Sat Oct 19 2013 09:53:33 EDT from zooer

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Depends, are they faceless drones or skilled workers? HA! I knew I had some cruel management potential in me.

[#] Sat Oct 19 2013 18:03:06 EDT from ax25

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Is there a difference.  If you have one title, I think it means you have both (kinda like a bonus prize).

[#] Sat Oct 19 2013 20:06:52 EDT from fleeb

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Faceless drone? They're a resource, and the executive is a douchebag.

Skilled worker? They're a co-worker, and the executive is a leader.

[#] Sun Oct 20 2013 11:13:48 EDT from Sig

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Many of our leaders are executive douchebags.

[#] Mon Oct 21 2013 18:20:07 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Sometimes managing adults is more painful than being a substitute babysitter charged with getting a moody teenager with TTBD to do his/her homework.

[#] Tue Oct 22 2013 11:06:54 EDT from fleeb

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Oct 20 2013 11:13am from Sig @uncnsrd
Many of our leaders are executive douchebags.

The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round.

[#] Tue Oct 29 2013 15:09:34 EDT from fleeb

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A customer told us that they would only ever create these .mxf files the same way, forever, amen.

Which, surprise surprise, was a lie. They created tons of these .mxf files that did not have something that my coded depended upon.

It has taken them two weeks of derping along, not figuring out how they managed to create the kinds of files they used to always send us.

I figure the handwriting is on the wall, I need to figure out how to deal with these files. I shouldn't really need for this particular thing to be in there... I ought to be able to create it myself. But the .mxf file format is very fiddly, and I am not an expert. I need a library to help me with it, and the one I had is too low a level for me to work with effectively.

But I got lucky, and yesterday, I found another library that does precisely what I need, and is easy enough to work with (despite not having any documentation, thanks BBC).

So, today, I modified our software to use this other library. It should be a lot better, capable of converting from an incompatible .mxf type to a compatible one, yadda yadda.

I had asked them not to delete the original files when all of this started.
I gave them specific instructions to provide the files for us in a new folder that I created.

But today, they deleted all the old files. So, I can't test to see if my solution worked.

I hate these people. This kind of not-listening-to-them crap has been going on since the very beginning. They never knew what they wanted, they cost me tremendous amounts of time and effort, and they are quick to throw us under the bus when the opportunity presents itself.

And right now, I'd love to strangle them.

[#] Tue Oct 29 2013 17:32:39 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Yup - sounds like a client, all right!  :-)

[#] Wed Oct 30 2013 05:55:43 EDT from triLcat

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wait - I didn't know you were working again.

[#] Wed Oct 30 2013 10:11:53 EDT from dothebart

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heh, yes fleeb, tell us more.

[#] Wed Oct 30 2013 16:47:06 EDT from fleeb

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I'm getting a little money to keep the company going (customers happy, etc). It is not a salaried position, and there's concern that it could all be gone in December. I'm also subject to the whims of whenever the customers actually decide to pay their fees (which in some cases is not timely).

In the end, this specific customer found another way to resolve their immediate problem and didn't bother to tell me or the company who had done the captions already. They will be billed regardless... the very thing I had sought to avoid happening to them. Oh well... maybe they'll pay closer attention to me next time.

Part of the reason I'm getting some money to help keep the current company going involves a project we think we'll get 'soon'. I'd really like to work on that project, as I'd be working with people I know, working in Linux, and doing stuff that I think will be fun. There's quite a bit of money behind this project, and it's the sort of thing that I think we can sell to a number of people (all of which involves a lot of money, due to economies of scale).

But I can't really talk about that in detail. I think it's a deal that will happen, though, as it solves a problem for which a certain executive is getting hammered right now.

[#] Fri Nov 01 2013 10:02:42 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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And right now, I'd love to strangle them.


[#] Mon Nov 11 2013 17:53:06 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I had to award Pointy Hair today to someone who should have known better.  He actually asked at a meeting if there was a way we could complete fiber optic connections ahead of schedule before the shipment of fiber optic cable arrived.

[#] Mon Nov 11 2013 18:14:40 EST from fleeb

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That's awesome!

[#] Tue Nov 12 2013 13:10:32 EST from Ladyhawke

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I hope you also charged him a user fee for your special time dilation device usage.

[#] Wed Nov 13 2013 17:02:38 EST from fleeb

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"Hey, the caption file didn't play. We said the media started here, but the captioning starts here. What's wrong?"

"Well, you have to provide an offset so the captions will match when the media starts."

"We did that, but it still didn't work."

30 minutes of research, as I try to check on code, dig through log files, pull up the actual caption file, etc...

"You specified an offset in the reverse direction. Your captions would not have run late, but early."


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