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(   We laid off 40 percent of our IT staff and refused to upgrade outdated equipment...let's watch what happens   ( divider line
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2012-06-09 11:58:55 PM  
6 votes:
Somewhere, right this moment, Grover Norquist is reading this article and furiously masturbating.
2012-06-09 07:10:46 PM  
6 votes:

Earguy: Keep your ear to the ground for new work.

Everything's about ears with you, isn't it?
2012-06-09 07:17:09 PM  
5 votes:
Just wait for Y2K..shiat will hit the fan
2012-06-09 09:00:35 PM  
4 votes:
Yes, Black Betty, the mainframe. Boy, oh, boy. We thought about replacing her years ago, but then we thought, "Well, why not just cobble our new systems to the old one, with untold miles of spaghetti code and obsolete co-ax cable?" It was an executive decision. We figured it would save money in the short run, and only later plunge the company into darkness, after we executives had all left for other companies.
2012-06-10 12:54:22 AM  
3 votes:
Um, to be blunt, the last time Alabama knew what a server was, it said "massa" and could cook the shiat out of some grits.
2012-06-09 11:29:21 PM  
3 votes:
The Carl's Jr. drive-thru screen had a "found new hardware wizard" dialog on it yesterday.
2012-06-10 02:36:51 PM  
2 votes:

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: just go back to COBOL

We did, it pointed us to where the thirteenth colony was: Earth
2012-06-10 02:12:07 AM  
2 votes:

Huck And Molly Ziegler: GAT_00: Hey, what do you know, Republican government policy is completely idiotic and fails horribly.

Where's the direct profit in it?

That's where free market ideology falls apart.

Agreed. In microcosm, it's what's going to happen to the U.S. if Republicans keep getting handed the keys to the offices.
It's going to take a busload of tea partiers tumbling off of a crumbled bridge into a raging river - several times - before those clowns get the message. (Of course, they'd first blame the union labor that built the bridge 80 years ago ...)
2012-06-10 12:12:52 AM  
2 votes:
Have you tried turning it off and on again?
2012-06-09 11:49:31 PM  
2 votes:
I live in jeff co. Whats funny is the laid off a bunch of support staff and brought in a guy from roads and transportation to work on computers because he had seniority in the counties merit system.
2012-06-09 11:27:54 PM  
2 votes:
It's ok. We don't need government. Big business will take care of us. Oh, and God, God will also take care of us. Just not the government or the school system or foreigners. They suck.

Damn it, where are my god damn fritos? If it's not one thing, it's another.
2012-06-09 11:22:43 PM  
2 votes:
I think this qualifies as irony: you cut your IT staff to save money and that causes your financial software to collapse which causes you to lose money.

But I'm sure the folks in charge of the cost-cutting were probably saying something like "Hold mah bawr and watch this!" when they made the decision.
2012-06-09 08:21:02 PM  
2 votes:
2012-06-10 11:51:50 AM  
1 vote:

cc_rider: BarkingUnicorn: This is the same county that filed bankruptcy because it sold its soul to JPMorgan?



This is like them getting peed on, right after they found out they had cancer. :(

You say "getting peed on" like it's a bad thing.
2012-06-10 11:36:21 AM  
1 vote:
2012-06-10 10:51:03 AM  
1 vote:

CheatCommando: Loki-L: The Idiot IT manager who thinks that Ipads for managers are more important than interruptible power

That was a pretty big oops, dontcha think?

Sometimes, when things seem to be running too smoothly, and management is losing sight of the mission critical nature of IT, or near time for annual reviews, we send a ping to the interruptible power supplies for the servers and bring the whole kit and caboodle down. Some consider it blackmail but we prefer to think of it as a second generation approach to proactive risk management.
2012-06-10 10:08:08 AM  
1 vote:
The amusing thing about this "Race to the Bottom" is that those who are winning it really believe they are WINNING.
2012-06-10 08:49:53 AM  
1 vote:
Ceteris Paribus says [TotalFark] 2012-06-09 06:56:08 PM

That's symptomatic of severe financial distress

More like, that's symptomatic idiot conservative thinking. Actually, you can barely call it thought. It's just plain idiocy and greed.

Cuz they don't need no hippy IT people. They just get paid to sit around and look at a computer screen all day. Hell those computers can watch themselves. They can just call their receptionist an IT person and pay her 15 cents more an hour to press the reset button when things get bogged down.

Good enough.
2012-06-10 08:27:32 AM  
1 vote:
Someone should make a sitcom about an IT department at a big company, that would be a laugh riot. Not too big a department, maybe just two men and a woman in the basement.
2012-06-10 03:50:21 AM  
1 vote:

They don't care if their payments are late and that it effects small businesses. You, however, better not be late with your payments to government.

They should hire a consultant from Greece, they're the pros.
2012-06-10 01:42:32 AM  
1 vote:

xen0blue: GAT_00: Hey, what do you know, Republican government policy is completely idiotic and fails horribly.

What makes you think it's a republican county....because it's alabama you assume it's republican? Do some research before you make assumptions and make yourself look stupid. Jefferson county, alabama is actually majority democratic. So, way to go democrats overspending their county into oblivion!

Yes, Alabama Democrat...totally liberal.
2012-06-10 01:38:58 AM  
1 vote:

GAT_00: Hey, what do you know, Republican government policy is completely idiotic and fails horribly.

What makes you think it's a republican county....because it's alabama you assume it's republican? Do some research before you make assumptions and make yourself look stupid. Jefferson county, alabama is actually majority democratic. So, way to go democrats overspending their county into oblivion!
2012-06-10 12:49:34 AM  
1 vote:

zzrhardy: Fiction Fan: Just so you know, Jefferson County is in financial trouble because the people and businesses who actually make money are moving out of JC and have been for years because increasing population of African American influence in the county

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"Just so ya know, Jefferson County be in financial trouble cus da people and businesses who actually make money is movin out of JC and gots been fo years cus increasin population of African American influence in da county - aww yea foo"

Not sure if that helps, it was the first eubonics translator page on google.

I prefer this:

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2012-06-10 12:48:28 AM  
1 vote:

Sabyen91: Can't go wrong in healthcare if you can handle it. Nurses rarely get downsized.
2012-06-10 12:43:32 AM  
1 vote:
Taking after fark, are they?
2012-06-10 12:42:03 AM  
1 vote:
Speaking as someone who worked in IT, was laid off for budgetary reasons, and then had their old company's IT infrastructure crash when they weren't there to maintain in it, I just have to say "Hahahahahahahahahahaha."

I worked for a company that ran the recording systems in court rooms around the country. Got laid off because an outside company convinced the senile old guy running the company they would be a cheaper and more reliable IT solution than I was (even though most of my time was spent fixing stuff they screwed up). Apparently a few weeks after I was let go the whole damn network crashed and the outside company wouldn't even answer phone calls for a few days. After they had been fired and my former company had gone through a few other IT people I went to lunch with some of my old friends that worked there in other departments. It seemed my old manager heard they were having lunch with me and told them to try to get me back. Fark you! I'm gone and have since realized what utter and complete shiat working in IT is.

I'm a nursing student now. Even if all I do is change old people diapers all day long, there's still less shiat than working in IT.
2012-06-10 12:06:48 AM  
1 vote:
There are danger in signing maintenance contracts without having IT check it out first.

They you might need... A Contract-Killer
2012-06-10 12:06:29 AM  
1 vote:
"Thank you for calling Jefferson County, my name Peggy."
They just need to outsource more. Yeah, thats the ticket!
2012-06-09 11:50:26 PM  
1 vote:

fragMasterFlash: OMG, this can only end badly! Unless management gets a bonus, that is...

Amen Brother. Move government operations closer and closer to private sector protocols and you get - well, read the article.

There was a time when basic operational skills were taught to every drunken frat-boy in year one on the way to their daddy-paid frat-boy MBA diploma. Crazy stuff like this: "You do away with people and you do away with outside maintenance contracts that take care of that proprietary equipment, and you're left with the inability to operate government," Stephens said.
Derptastic. And simply the state of things awaitin'
2012-06-09 11:30:46 PM  
1 vote:

Cake Hunter: To ears!

'ere, 'ere!
2012-06-09 11:28:39 PM  
1 vote:

My decisions were good, it was the implementation!
2012-06-09 11:27:24 PM  
1 vote:
I guess somebody didn't do the needful
2012-06-09 11:26:18 PM  
1 vote:
Is the power cord plugged in?
2012-06-09 11:18:26 PM  
1 vote:
Yeah. Service Desk ass reaming followed by some Lean Six Sigma project managers with capes.

/Did you reboot?
2012-06-09 08:53:32 PM  
1 vote:
Hey, what do you know, Republican government policy is completely idiotic and fails horribly.
2012-06-09 07:43:51 PM  
1 vote:
Workers were able to restore the server but are looking for a way to load SAP programs and data, Petelos said. "If successful, SAP should be available within 24 hours," he said. "If unsuccessful, a complete rebuild of the system will be required and could take up to five days."

Translation: Our backups are probably crap and we'll have to reinstall and reconfigure everything from scratch (assuming there's anyone left who knows how to do it).
2012-06-09 06:52:21 PM  
1 vote:
You laid off Ford Prefect?
That was a bad idea.
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