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    By the book!

    It's the early 1970s, and in this mainframe data center, the operations supervisor is a by-the-book kind of guy.
    "He created a 'halt book' for the corporate programmers to document halts and actions to be taken," says a pilot fish who remembers.

    In other words, whenever a job stops unexpectedly, the operator can look up the error number in the book and follow the prescribed procedure to fix it.

    "The corporate programmers implemented a weekly report, and assured the operations supervisor that all expected halts were documented in the halt book before flying back to the corporate office," fish says.

    "The next week, it came time to run the application, and the comptroller was waiting patiently by the printer in the fourth-floor computer room when the operator said there was a halt on the console.

    "The operations supervisor insisted that the operator go ahead and follow the halt book, and explained how well corporate had documented all halts."

    The operator checks the halt book -- and refuses to follow the directions.

    So the operations supervisor and comptroller check the book themselves:

    Reason for halt: You should never get this halt.

    Action to be taken: Go jump out the nearest window.

    "Needless to say," fish reports, "the programmer responsible for it flew back and was correcting the problem by 6 a.m. the next day."
    \"The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards - and even then I have my doubts\".....Spaf
    Everytime I learn a new thing, I discover how ignorant I am.- ... Black Cluster

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    This explains SOOOOO much!

    For years, pilot fish and his co-workers have wondered why important issues get passed up the ladder to management, but nothing ever seems to come back down. "No decisions, no feedback, no acknowledgement of them at all," says fish.
    "This morning, we finally got our answer.

    "Our new hired-from-outside, expert manager issued an e-mail to our department today, talking about a new initiative where we would begin tracking what he's calling 'demand management.'

    "Basically, the idea is to figure out what users are asking us to do, and make sure management is both aware of, and approves of, what is being done. Seems pretty basic, right?"

    Attached to the e-mail are details of the new demand-management initiative, along with instructions for using the associated software. There's even a flowchart to show the decision process.

    That's what catches fish's attention.

    "In the diagram, there is only one path to get to the oval labeled 'Perform Work,' " fish says. "You get there by not telling management about the request in the first place.

    "As soon as a request is brought to management's attention, the request can either go through an infinite loop, be rejected outright, or simply be added to a list.

    "There is no path that leads back to 'Perform Work.' "
    \"The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards - and even then I have my doubts\".....Spaf
    Everytime I learn a new thing, I discover how ignorant I am.- ... Black Cluster

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