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Oh, boy did you nail this one.

Lol, LOVED the post, it totally made me laugh! I have never heard of Shoe Bomber Theory before, but I have now and I love it. Next time I get into a similar situation, I will use it! I've always worked in small businesses, and they have the same simple-approval scheme. Urgh, I'd hate to work in a giant business with all sorts of procedures and stuff, and I totally feel your pain. Sometimes isn't it worth a bit of extra money so you can get your stuff done on time? Seriously, I bet you'd give them the 20 bucks they're gonna save so you can get your software sometime this decade!

Due to Enron type fiascos, I think this type of scenario is now way too comoon. If I accidently type enter a customer's address incorrectly, I am not allowed to fix it...because I could possibly divert materials/products to a location for my own benefit. Even though I am the one who originally entered the shipping information (wouldn't I just subvert it in the first place?). Really, all I want to do is get the customer the product they ordered and save the company money by not shipping it to the wrong location. I admit that I do have typing mistakes every once in a great while, but why do I need to get two people's approval to change "Apt 12" into "Apt 2" when I screw it up? I take responsibilty for the mistake, just let me fix it in a timely manner.

"Likewise, somewhere out there, some jackass probably used his government p-card to buy a hooker, forty-eight pounds of veal, a case of absinthe, and a weed whacker for a groovy night of debauchery at a conference in Madrid."


Here, that is referred to as the "Cups & Ice Scandal." It involves illegal alcohol purchases with state money, which were routinely listed as cups & ice. *snerk*

Indeed. I'm at a Big Prestigious University, and since someone in neuroscience wrote himself a check for $100,000 last year, all purchases have to go through at least one of the five departments of baby-eating dragon at the School. That's this School, those dragons are of course answerable to Overlords of Making Up New Rules, who are somewhere in the dungeons of main campus. It took me six weeks to get a dozen three ring binders. And all travel is by reimbursement only. On the other hand, they did send me an erroneous check for ten grand last week.

Oh dear.... I worked at JPL as a contractor type a bit over 20 years ago, when IBM AT's were new and exotic hardware, and one of my least happy memories (well, many of my LHMs) involved watching people working on a new project with brand new EMPTY computers on every desk going hog-wild filling up their giant 40 Megabyte hard disks with basically whatever software appealed to them, instantly available at some JPL distribution site, with all of this being paid for project overhead. This was ... not efficient, let's say.

Well, we were all very young then. It sounds like things tightened up, then over-tightened.

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