I swear it works on my machine!



  • My company is adrift in a sea of :wtf:'ery. Here are just a couple of examples:

    • IT has split the company network into 2 sub-networks, because reasons. Machines on one network can't talk to machines on the other network. Except when they can.
    • The source control for each project is determined by a random number generator. Some projects are in CVS, some in Hg, and some in ZFSC.

    I was working on a project with an engineer who is on a different sub-network from me. Since he was using ZFSC, the only way I could get the source from him was for him to copy the files to a USB thumb drive.

    Things were working (for some definition of "working") for days. Until one day when he delivers files to me, everything builds ok but tests start failing. "Dude, did you run the tests before you walked over here?" I say, guessing that he was lazy and has just wasted my time. "Yeah, I swear it works on my machine!"

    Not convinced, I walk over to his desk, and he was telling the truth. All tests pass on his machine but fail on mine.

    Almost an hour of debugging later, I compared the files on the thumb drive with the files on his machine. One file, a file that hadn't been modified in months, had one character different: a digit in a constant in a header file changed from a 7 to a 5. So I ask the dude, "Dude, what did you do to this file?", but he swears up and down that he hadn't touched it in months (and the date stamp on the file backed him up).

    "Fine, just gimme the files again." He goes to re-copy the files to the thumb drive, but is presented with a "Error copying file or folder" dialog. Before I can even finish reading the dialog, he'd already closed it and restarted the copy. "Dude, what was that?"

    "Oh, this thumb drive has been acting up all week. I just keep re-trying until it works."


  • sockdevs

    I do hope the next line was the suggestion to chuck the drive and get a new one. Bonus points if said advice was accompanied by a cluebat.



  • @NedFodder said:

    "Oh, this thumb drive has been acting up all week. I just keep re-trying until it works."

    Must have been a Linux thumb drive.



  • @RaceProUK said:

    I do hope the next line was the suggestion to chuck the drive and get a new one. Bonus points if said advice was accompanied by a cluebat.

    I would have applied a hammer (preferably sledge) to it and returned it. Then ask for the files again.


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    @NedFodder said:

    IT has split the company network into 2 sub-networks, because reasons

    Great way to require sneaker-net. :+1:

    @NedFodder said:

    The source control for each project is determined by a random number generator. Some projects are in CVS, some in Hg, and some in ZFSC.

    :headdesk:

    @NedFodder said:

    "Oh, this thumb drive has been acting up all week. I just keep re-trying until it works."

    :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk:

    Ow.


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    @abarker said:

    Great way to require sneaker-net.

    They should have gone to the cloud! :cloud:


  • sockdevs

    @aliceif said:

    They should have gone to the cloud! :cloud:

    It was; it was a hand-cloud :smile:



  • Ah! I have to fight this daily. Some TV sets like some USB drives and others don't, so we basically end up assigning a single drive we know works pointing to a server to redirect all the requests from all the TVs to the developer machines. The most icky ones are Bravias, they seem to only work with gold plated thumb-drives on Thursdays.



  • I hereby declare this joke officially overused.



  • Yes, we should get more creative in mocking blakey. Still, I wanted my easy mediocre poster badger.



  • No way, I like it!

    #POLL!



  • @NedFodder said:

    "Oh, this thumb drive has been acting up all week. I just keep re-trying until it works."

    That thumb drive needs fixing. With a hammer.



  • @NedFodder said:

    My company is adrift in a sea of :wtf:'ery.

    Ok, not much to differentiate it from most companies so far...

    @NedFodder said:

    IT has split the company network into 2 sub-networks, because reasons.

    Do those reasons include torturing the developers? That's a great setup for this:

    -SNIP-

    @NedFodder said:

    "Oh, this thumb drive has been acting up all week. I just keep re-trying until it works."

    @abarker said:

    :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk:
    Ow.

    +1 @abarker

    @aliceif said:

    They should have gone to the cloud!

    Paging @Groaner...



  • @abarker said:

    :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk:

    Ow.



  • @RaceProUK said:

    hand-cloud

    :giggity:


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    @NedFodder said:

    "Oh, this thumb drive has been acting up all week. I just keep re-trying until it works."

    When a thumb drive is starting to play up, it's time to get rid of it; it's about to fail completely. The S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics ought to be really moaning about it by now. (But it sounds like you've got D.U.M.B. processes to make up for all that…)


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