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By ReallyEvilCanine (Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 10:42:29 AM EST) cow-orkers, weapons, codepage, Unicode, ASCII, stupid (all tags)

Please remember that Section 4c of the $MegaCorp employment contract specifically prohibits bringing weapons or objects which could be used as a weapon onto any $MegaCorp premises at any time. For further information on $MegaCorp policies concerning weapons and employee safety please click here.

Technically I'm banned from the office because I'd be happy to beat quite a few of my cow-orkers senseless with my laptop and strangle them with a USB cable.

Poll: Ginger
x-posted to da brog.

Some cow-orker decided to ask a specific question of a general audience rather than contacting the I18N team who actually know their asses from a hole in the ground when it comes to what characters might be included in a Chinese codepage. She's new and can be forgiven for this. The super senior PM guy who doesn't know diddly about things international or language-specific is another matter.

When asked about a Chinese system needing to also display English his response was "This sounds almost impossible! You have to find a codepage that'll have both the English and Chinese character sets in." Which is every single fucking Chinese code page in existence, from MS936 & 950 to 2312 and GB18030. ALL codepages have 7-bit ASCII as the first 128 characters, even all the Unicode translatíons.

Now his ignorance of this isn't the biggest problem (even though he should have passed on the question to the person in his department who actually works with I18N). It's that he then argued when corrected by the guy his own colleague asks such questions of: me.

I might expect this to work in a Unicode deployment, but anything else I'm fairly sure would fail.

Because he's an expert in...<clickety click click click> nothing, actually. He deals mainly with Java and scripting shit and even then, despite being Senior Director, has no actual specialisation other than spreading misinformation and pissing me the fuck off.

Which goes a long way to explaining why $MegaCorp needs to have a written, continuously publicised anti-weaponry policy.


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A Day in the Life -- Wizard needs ninja skillz, badly. | 13 comments (13 topical, 0 hidden)
ObPollMultiSelectIsNeedful by lolwhat (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 10:54:55 AM EST
Ale and HOTTAYS, but no beer. Antibeerist? Anti-anti-beer person? Anyway, WTF.
If cigarette packs are required to have pictures of diseased lungs, college brochures should be required to have photos of grads working at Starbucks.
What gets me by duxup (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 11:15:52 AM EST
Isn't when folks say something they're pretty damn sure they know as a fact and have good reason to believe it is a fact.   They can be forgiven for that. 

What gets me is like that dude above.  It outright sounds like he is speculating out of his ###.  Dude should know ... he doesn't know and should shut up.

My problem is properly correcting someone when I have to.  People hear dude talk out of his ### and then believe him because they think he's authoritative or something and start they start telling me what is what and the only way to get their attention (because folks love to believe the first thing they're told) is point blank say "dude is wrong, it is X, not Y".  If they don't buy it.... I let them go #### up on their own.

The best part by nightflameblue (4.00 / 2) #3 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 11:54:25 AM EST
if you say dude is wrong, and he clearly is wrong, somehow, no matter how you worded it, you're the dick for it. I love those situations.

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Exactly by duxup (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 12:01:38 PM EST
You have to say it flat out or nobody has a chance to get it... but if you do you risk pissing them off.

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I enjoy it by infinitera (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 01:06:02 PM EST
Every time I have to say "No" and "You are wrong".

So far it has not posed any problems, but all the DLs are technical in nature.

[…] a professional layabout. Which I aspire to be, but am not yet. — CheeseburgerBrown

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That helps by duxup (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 01:09:35 PM EST
Folks around me are that way too.  We're all technical and wrong often enough and have to admit it that it isn't some unholy accusation.  Get involved with sales and such... I don't even tell them they're wrong.  I just tag it as political and let someone else do it. 

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Dark 'n Stormys FTW by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 12:56:33 PM EST
Also, does that apply to offensive and defensive weapons?
Does it include the car park too? Just curious.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Remember Armaphine? by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 01:33:02 PM EST
All places of employment should implement his weapons policy.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

yeah by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 06:13:20 PM EST
But we use DotNet here not Basic.

I double dog dare you ... by lm (2.00 / 0) #10 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 06:36:03 PM EST
... to reply to HR that if you put a stapler into a knee high tube sock, you've got a deadly weapon capable of cracking skulls wide open.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
Not a chance by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 11:07:12 AM EST
I already made the mistake of being honest with the FBI when they took me aside for airport interrogation and asked me if I had anything that could be used as a weapon. I was in fucking boot camp. The US taught me all sorts of ways to kill. I can make a fucking deadly weapon out of a few in-flight magazines, the laminated safety card and a few strips of masking tape.

Not the ideal response if you want to make your scheduled flight. Or keep your job.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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Hater by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #12 Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 11:07:56 AM EST
I refuse to read your anti-EBCDIC propaganda!

[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
WHICH one? by ReallyEvilCanine (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 03:55:46 AM EST
EBCDIC has a lot of variants, each one proprietary and language/country-specific. Anyway, pretty much every ASCII character exists in EBCDIC as well, just in a different location.

the internet: amplifier of stupidity -- discordia

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