Score one for the little guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thantos View Post
    Seriously, what is the likelyhood of that being the case?

    Look at this way: What does the company gain from this? IMO they lose a lot. Not only does it show that an admin with sub-par performance had access to change the password but it shows the company doesn't have the means to quickily and easily recover from the situation. And they gain...

    Now the guy doesn't seem to gain anything except for revenage which is a powerful motivator in of itself.
    Its a government agency, not a company. What the admin gains is deflection of responsibility for the problem and a continued career in governement. If they had to accept responsibility it might terminate their career, so they chose to terminate his instead, i.e. scapegoating. This probably isnt the first instance, its just the first one that came back and bit them in the arse.

    I would be interested in actually reading the performance review though, it might give some insight into the problem, as well as the performance reviews of the admins involved and the guys predecessors. Im betting there is a paper trail showing a pattern of scapegoating or at the least poor hiring and management practices.

    When things go wrong, blame the people making the decisions, not the guys following orders.
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    I think I agree here.

    However, I suspect there's a little more involved in here. If you look at it carefully, there's a tight relation between this and aliens. I don't know, but it's either aliens that drove him mad into doing this to experiment on the human race capability to get out of a tough spot, or it's all a cover up to hide the fact the government is responsible for the earthquake in Turkey some years ago.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario F. View Post
    I think I agree here.

    However, I suspect there's a little more involved in here. If you look at it carefully, there's a tight relation between this and aliens. I don't know, but it's either aliens that drove him mad into doing this to experiment on the human race capability to get out of a tough spot, or it's all a cover up to hide the fact the government is responsible for the earthquake in Turkey some years ago.
    Lay of the crack dude..
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    Maybe it's because I'm Marathonning X-files, but Mario's argument makes sense.

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    Of course it does!

    My cousin-in-law on my mother's side told me that a friend of a friend overhead someone saying that that person's 3rd degree uncle was abducted by aliens once. When inside their ship, before being subject to experiments, he saw the aliens where monitoring a governmental secret earthquake making facility built under the Langley Porter's in San Francisco.

    Crack indeed! I know these things. What does abachler know? I keep my eyes open.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Or he is just a scapegoat and quit over a bad review, did nothing to the system, but they screwed somethign up, cant run it and now they are trying to cover their asses by claiming it was sabotage by him.
    If you really believe that, you scare me. In most cases the obvious answer is the right one. Obvious answer here based on what the guy did after his review was that his performance before the review was less than exemplary. There are certainly better ways to fight bad reviews than mucking up a million dollar system. To me that shows a character flaw which means he probably did other things to warrant the bad review.

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    You are probably right, but without all the facts noone can make that determination. We shouldnt assume, based on primae facie evidence, that the most likely answer is the only answer, or that those few cases where it is not the correct answer do not warrant proceeding with caution in every case and not making off the cuff determinations of innocence or guilt just because a man has been accused.

    Means Motive and Opportunity are requisite in commiting a crime, but they do not prove guilt in and of themselves.
    Until you can build a working general purpose reprogrammable computer out of basic components from radio shack, you are not fit to call yourself a programmer in my presence. This is cwhizard, signing off.

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