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(Some Webcam)   Not news: Employee works from home for a day. News: Puts himself on webcam to show he is working. Fark: Gets accused of DoS'ing the network with "Live Streaming Video"   (thedailywtf.com) divider line 84
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2008-05-06 03:51:33 PM
Colour me stupid, but "DoS'ing"? What is that, exactly?
 
2008-05-06 04:19:36 PM
denial of servicing?
 
2008-05-06 04:29:06 PM
Denial of Service. Basically you flood a connection with so much data/crap (or you request so much data) that you make it impossible for legit users to use the site.

So when Fark takes out/overloads a site... well.. that's technically a DoS.. ;-)
 
2008-05-06 05:31:26 PM
I hate when people talk in all caps over the phone.
 
Ral
2008-05-06 05:31:58 PM
That's farking BS. I would have refused to sign it and gotten fired before I would let some idiot higher up in a company accuse me of something like that.
 
2008-05-06 05:32:23 PM
DoS'ing = Drooling on Scrotum'ing
 
2008-05-06 05:33:17 PM
xtex: So when Fark takes out/overloads a site... well.. that's technically a DoS.. ;-)

A DDOS, more specifically, because the effort is distributed over thousands of users.

Anyway, this story is apocryphal at best, and more than likely something completely made up, so I haven't the slightest idea why it's on the main page.
 
2008-05-06 05:33:41 PM
Shenanigans
 
2008-05-06 05:34:43 PM
Thought that said 'Live Steaming Video'. I was thinking... 'Oh, it's THAT kind of webcam'.
 
2008-05-06 05:36:19 PM
The company's IT department must be morans to be taken by such a weak DOS attack as a single user's webcam stream. I wonder what would happen if they were the victim of a distributed bot net assault?
 
2008-05-06 05:36:33 PM
Ral: That's farking BS. I would have refused to sign it and gotten fired before I would let some idiot higher up in a company accuse me of something like that.

Thats when, before you sign, you write down the real explanation , that a lot of office workers have nothing better to do than watch you on your webcam at home, instead of doing their own Farking jobs..
 
2008-05-06 05:37:06 PM
That was so stupid.
 
2008-05-06 05:38:18 PM
Get Lost: ... a lot of office workers have nothing better to do than watch you on your webcam at home ...

Like Fark.
 
2008-05-06 05:39:22 PM
xtex: Denial of Service. Basically you flood a connection with so much data/crap (or you request so much data) that you make it impossible for legit users to use the site.

So when Fark takes out/overloads a site... well.. that's technically a DoS.. ;-)


a.k.a. Farking??
 
2008-05-06 05:41:26 PM
ExRedStater: xtex: Denial of Service. Basically you flood a connection with so much data/crap (or you request so much data) that you make it impossible for legit users to use the site.

So when Fark takes out/overloads a site... well.. that's technically a DoS.. ;-)

a.k.a. Farking??


Yes. DoSing is Farking a site on purpose.
 
2008-05-06 05:41:37 PM
Get Lost: Thats when, before you sign, you write down the real explanation , that a lot of office workers have nothing better to do than watch you on your webcam at home, instead of doing their own Farking jobs..

I think two of your sentences crashed into each other here and got their peanut butter in my chocolate. And commas.
 
2008-05-06 05:42:44 PM
I'll take a chocolate comma. Thank you.
 
2008-05-06 05:43:10 PM
DoS hotlinking mein Fuehrer

/kant haz it
 
2008-05-06 05:44:34 PM
Should i not have sent uncompressed 1080p with Dolby 6.1 streaming to our Road Runner Business account? Should i not have done that?
 
2008-05-06 05:45:41 PM
Why couldn't he use his own internets for this? Hrmmm... it's been a long time since I did VPN tech support - but you can't tell me he only had one computer to run the webcam from... really? Who has only ONE computer in their house? Besides - if he's working from home, doesn't that mean he installed/PnP'ed non-office equipment (webcam) on office property (laptop/desktop)? That's a sanctionable offense right there. If he really wanted insurance that he was working, he could have simply talked to the guys that monitor his web traffic, or talk to his boss to see if it was even an ISSUE, OR use his own DAMNED computer.

Whatever

/DNRTFA
/ex Cap1 techie
 
2008-05-06 05:46:07 PM
degreeless: The company's IT department must be morans to be taken by such a weak DOS attack as a single user's webcam stream. I wonder what would happen if they were the victim of a distributed bot net assault?

The whole point of the story is that the IT department was either wrong in assuming the guy was orchestrating a DoS attack, or they deliberately scapegoated him to cover up something else.

There never was any kind of DoS attack.
 
2008-05-06 05:47:55 PM
I.T. support is now accusing me of being a hacker. They're accusing me of spamming or smurfing. They asked me if I was running a Trojan horse. I said no, I...I was simply informing the others that the calorie count in the raisin muffin was wrong. And it is, Toby. You don't believe me...You should take one of those muffins and you know, take it down to the lab.

/loved that show
 
2008-05-06 05:48:49 PM
Just read the article.

Wow. What bullshiat. meh.

/Who wants Coldstone?
 
2008-05-06 05:49:24 PM
Hi, I'm subby and also the guy in TFA.

As I explained in the WTF comments, I didn't walk out because I liked that job. I finally left years later looking for something new.

I learned a little bit about corporate politics that day. And after that, I always spoke my mind or did what I thought was right, because, after all, what were they going to do? Write me up again? Oh, noes!

What, you say they could have fired me? Nah. If they were going to fire me, they would have done it the time the lady in the next cubicle spouted off at me to "grow up," to which I replied, "blow it out your ass, biatch!"

HR was not amused.
 
2008-05-06 05:49:59 PM
In case you didn't RTFA:

He didn't get fired or do the DoS.

An asshat co-worker unfairly pinned it on him.
 
2008-05-06 05:50:32 PM
captivity: /DNRTFA

Obviously. Moran.
 
2008-05-06 05:51:12 PM
captivity: Why couldn't he use his own internets for this? Hrmmm... it's been a long time since I did VPN tech support - but you can't tell me he only had one computer to run the webcam from... really? Who has only ONE computer in their house? Besides - if he's working from home, doesn't that mean he installed/PnP'ed non-office equipment (webcam) on office property (laptop/desktop)? That's a sanctionable offense right there. If he really wanted insurance that he was working, he could have simply talked to the guys that monitor his web traffic, or talk to his boss to see if it was even an ISSUE, OR use his own DAMNED computer.

Whatever

/DNRTFA
/ex Cap1 techie


They were reading the web site over the public internet, not the VPN. I wasn't VPN'd in on company equipment, I was Terminal Serviced in on my personal PC.
 
2008-05-06 05:51:49 PM
I would have signed it as ...


Bill Gates
 
2008-05-06 05:53:45 PM
Bloody Templar: captivity: Why couldn't he use his own internets for this? Hrmmm... it's been a long time since I did VPN tech support - but you can't tell me he only had one computer to run the webcam from... really? Who has only ONE computer in their house? Besides - if he's working from home, doesn't that mean he installed/PnP'ed non-office equipment (webcam) on office property (laptop/desktop)? That's a sanctionable offense right there. If he really wanted insurance that he was working, he could have simply talked to the guys that monitor his web traffic, or talk to his boss to see if it was even an ISSUE, OR use his own DAMNED computer.

Whatever

/DNRTFA
/ex Cap1 techie

They were reading the web site over the public internet, not the VPN. I wasn't VPN'd in on company equipment, I was Terminal Serviced in on my personal PC.


wat

/Glad you came out okay
 
2008-05-06 05:54:06 PM
I was given disciplinary action at work (last level before firing (serious), I was not written up previously) for having a diabetic low on shift. They flatly refused to allow anyone from Health Services in the meeting for the write up because health issues were, "None of their business," and they also forbid anything to be said during the write up with HR about diabetes.

I went into a low towards the end of my shift and was totally out of it, apparently I was smacking my keyboard around and muttering to myself. Coworkers became fearful for their saftey, so they wrote me up.

/corporate america = not always right
 
2008-05-06 05:54:48 PM
degreeless: The company's IT department must be morans to be taken by such a weak DOS attack as a single user's webcam stream. I wonder what would happen if they were the victim of a distributed bot net assault?

Indeed. If only someone knew what company it was we could all visit its website.
 
2008-05-06 05:55:22 PM
Well, he's a smarter man than me, because i would have been too stubborn to admit fault when it was obviously false.
 
2008-05-06 05:59:57 PM
The articles on TheDailyWTF aren't exactly true. They are sort of like the fishing stories your uncle tells you, only with more embellishment.
 
Ral
2008-05-06 05:59:59 PM
Ender's: I was given disciplinary action at work (last level before firing (serious), I was not written up previously) for having a diabetic low on shift. They flatly refused to allow anyone from Health Services in the meeting for the write up because health issues were, "None of their business," and they also forbid anything to be said during the write up with HR about diabetes.

I went into a low towards the end of my shift and was totally out of it, apparently I was smacking my keyboard around and muttering to myself. Coworkers became fearful for their saftey, so they wrote me up.

/corporate america = not always right


OSHA and the ADA would love to hear from you about that.
 
2008-05-06 06:01:13 PM
Russ1642: The articles on TheDailyWTF aren't exactly true. They are sort of like the fishing stories your uncle tells you, only with more embellishment.

Yep. Although pretty much the only thing the editors changed from what I submitted was dialog.
 
2008-05-06 06:02:05 PM
DailyWTF on fark? really?

/head asplodes
//yay DWTF sticker
 
2008-05-06 06:02:17 PM
electronym: I.T. support is now accusing me of being a hacker. They're accusing me of spamming or smurfing. They asked me if I was running a Trojan horse. I said no, I...I was simply informing the others that the calorie count in the raisin muffin was wrong. And it is, Toby. You don't believe me...You should take one of those muffins and you know, take it down to the lab.

/loved that show


Make sure you use gloves when you handle the muffin so you don't contaminate the sample.
 
2008-05-06 06:04:51 PM
FuIru: DailyWTF on fark? really?

/head asplodes
//yay DWTF sticker


That's because I'm attention whoring. This is my 15 minutes of Internet pseudo-fame, and I'm milking it for all it's worth. :)
 
2008-05-06 06:05:38 PM
Love it. Webcam updates causing a T3 to buckle. If I had a nickel for every time that happened, I'd owe someone a frak ton of money.

The network admins must have trained at St. Mary's Academy of the Penultimately Deficient to pin that on you.
 
2008-05-06 06:05:54 PM
Ral: That's farking BS. I would have refused to sign it and gotten fired before I would let some idiot higher up in a company accuse me of something like that.

nah, I would have refused to sign it and said "I'll see you in court" I'm sure that would shut them up, especially if his boss knew he was right
 
2008-05-06 06:08:43 PM
Watching someone work via webcam is about as exciting as watching grass grow (live webcam)
 
2008-05-06 06:13:36 PM
This shiat happened to me once.

I rebooted a server. Somehow, that caused the server itself to fail physically. It was already not responsive. But nope.
Drunk network guy had to blame someone.

Time is wasting. There is no time to wait for drunk network guy to wake up sober up and catch a bus.
 
2008-05-06 06:18:21 PM
Get Lost: Ral: That's farking BS. I would have refused to sign it and gotten fired before I would let some idiot higher up in a company accuse me of something like that.

Thats when, before you sign


Don't sign it at all, you mean.
 
2008-05-06 06:24:18 PM
hulkster
Watching someone work via webcam is about as exciting as watching grass grow (live webcam)



LOL, very funny!

U Need more lawn events...
 
2008-05-06 06:36:12 PM
captivity: Why couldn't he use his own internets for this? Hrmmm... it's been a long time since I did VPN tech support - but you can't tell me he only had one computer to run the webcam from... really? Who has only ONE computer in their house? Besides - if he's working from home, doesn't that mean he installed/PnP'ed non-office equipment (webcam) on office property (laptop/desktop)? That's a sanctionable offense right there. If he really wanted insurance that he was working, he could have simply talked to the guys that monitor his web traffic, or talk to his boss to see if it was even an ISSUE, OR use his own DAMNED computer.

Whatever

/DNRTFA
/ex Cap1 techie


Ahh... and THIS right here is why this story could actually be true, because unfortunately there are a lot of people out there who think they are smarter than everyone and who think they know more than everyone and like to be petty and technical for no other reason than to feel like they have some authority or someone. Good job, you just saved the company. Sanctionable offense. Ugh. He was using his own computer and his own internet connection and running a webserver off of a computer out of his basement on his own internet connection, just to make sure you know. The only way he could have dos'd the company is if everyone in the company was making so many requests to his site (they would have to make the requests, he was not "streaming accross the company's network" or anything) that their connection got overwhelmed. And that would be impossible.

So you are one of those stupid idiots that comes to investigate a problem, find something the user is doing that they aren't supposed to do and go "OH, WHAT'S THIS HERE! YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE THIS! IM REPORTING YOU (BECAUSE I AM TOO INCOMPETENT TO FIND OUT WHAT THE REAL PROBLEM IS)
 
2008-05-06 06:40:29 PM
FTFA:

Cam signed the form and spent several more years at the bank, eventually rising to the rank of Lead Developer.

Lead Developer - is that the guy that holds the solder?
 
2008-05-06 06:41:39 PM
phallus: captivity: Why couldn't he use his own internets for this? Hrmmm... it's been a long time since I did VPN tech support - but you can't tell me he only had one computer to run the webcam from... really? Who has only ONE computer in their house? Besides - if he's working from home, doesn't that mean he installed/PnP'ed non-office equipment (webcam) on office property (laptop/desktop)? That's a sanctionable offense right there. If he really wanted insurance that he was working, he could have simply talked to the guys that monitor his web traffic, or talk to his boss to see if it was even an ISSUE, OR use his own DAMNED computer.

Whatever

/DNRTFA
/ex Cap1 techie

Ahh... and THIS right here is why this story could actually be true, because unfortunately there are a lot of people out there who think they are smarter than everyone and who think they know more than everyone and like to be petty and technical for no other reason than to feel like they have some authority or someone. Good job, you just saved the company. Sanctionable offense. Ugh. He was using his own computer and his own internet connection and running a webserver off of a computer out of his basement on his own internet connection, just to make sure you know. The only way he could have dos'd the company is if everyone in the company was making so many requests to his site (they would have to make the requests, he was not "streaming accross the company's network" or anything) that their connection got overwhelmed. And that would be impossible.

So you are one of those stupid idiots that comes to investigate a problem, find something the user is doing that they aren't supposed to do and go "OH, WHAT'S THIS HERE! YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE THIS! IM REPORTING YOU (BECAUSE I AM TOO INCOMPETENT TO FIND OUT WHAT THE REAL PROBLEM IS)


My thoughts exactly.

If there was a DoS type event, its not likely to end after he turned his computer off. I've battled DoS before, and it is not pretty.

I think that subby could set up a script to ping trace requests to said company, and prove that it had nothing to do with him.
 
2008-05-06 06:48:59 PM
Most of you who question this story must have never worked in a large bureaucratic organization. I have no trouble believing some ass-covering IT drone would look for the nearest scapegoat to cover for his own ineptitude.
 
2008-05-06 06:56:46 PM
ChadManMn: I think that subby could set up a script to ping trace requests to said company, and prove that it had nothing to do with him.

Given that whoever was in charge at the company thought someone could pull off a DoS with a web cam, do you think he would have any idea what a script or a ping trace is?
 
2008-05-06 06:59:58 PM
hulkster: Watching someone work via webcam is about as exciting as watching grass grow (live webcam)

I believe I got you beat on that one. (new window)
 
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