• ParkinT (cs)

    "...Team Player" Oh, I get it!!!

  • Cbuttius (cs)

    Ok, "November Spawned A Monster"...

    but really this article is one day late.

  • Unicorn #8157 (unregistered)

    Best. Job. Ever.

  • Kooblie (unregistered)
    NOC... server farm... data center... Rack N... row 1... the main doors to the server room... cooling system
    Wait a second! An outfit this size has to beg for one extra IP address "for testing"?

    And if everybody up to "the executive director" is in on the secret, who are they hiding it from?

  • Sarten X (unregistered)

    TRWTF is the server's management. The server should have been clearly labeled "special project hosting", and had proper documentation saying that is was used for "low-priority management-approved personal projects across various departments", with a note that the hardware budget for such low-priority projects is always $0, so all upgrades must be from old parts.

  • A Luser (unregistered)

    I have a running gag with our IT department concerning a non-existent (to my knowledge anyway) "IT gaming server". This imaginary server is (of course) the most powerful one in the building. Every time any large boxes show up for IT, it's the "new processor blades for the IT Gaming Server", and every time large new wall mount displays show up, they're for the "IT Gaming Room" (also non-existent).

    Now, I have proof.

    Seriously, though, our IT guys are the best, most helpful folks I've ever worked with, and I'd totally support a gaming server for them...if I got to use it :-)

  • Abico (unregistered)

    After yesterday's debacle, I don't think I'm going to read an article here anymore unless it's nothing but code.

  • the beholder (unregistered) in reply to Unicorn #8157
    Unicorn #8157:
    Best. Job. Ever.
    I agree. The real WTF in this story is that this isn't more common throughout the industry.

    Although I can think of dozens better games to outfit a game server with than Counter Strike. Maybe this story was from when it was comparatively a far better choice than it is today.

  • Jack (unregistered)

    For quite a while at work, we had a Universal Tester server.

    .. until it's PSU blew up :(

  • Abico (unregistered) in reply to the beholder
    the beholder:
    Unicorn #8157:
    Best. Job. Ever.
    I agree. The real WTF in this story is that this isn't more common throughout the industry.
    Yeahhhh, that's it. Uncommon. That's what it is......
  • the beholder (unregistered) in reply to Abico
    Abico:
    the beholder:
    Unicorn #8157:
    Best. Job. Ever.
    I agree. The real WTF in this story is that this isn't more common throughout the industry.
    Yeahhhh, that's it. Uncommon. That's what it is......
    I never said it is uncommon, just not as common as it could be
  • Mcoder (cs) in reply to Kooblie
    Kooblie:
    And if everybody up to "the executive director" is in on the secret, who are they hiding it from?

    Underlings.

    Somebody has to work, otherwise the company'll fail.

  • ObiWayneKenobi (cs)

    Sounds awesome. I agree it's a shame too many places are so stuck up as to not understand that your IT staff usually has some period of downtime, and they need something to do during that downtime that isn't "more work".

    I've even heard legends of development teams that played MMORPGs when they had finished projects and had nothing major going on.

  • Freddy Bob (unregistered)

    "Simulations and Training"

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

    Whew. For a while there, I was afraid they were using it for email or something!

  • Kidd (unregistered)

    You are not really a NOC until you have a game server.

  • Mike (unregistered)

    TRWTF is CounterStrike

    Captcha suggests populus!

  • Wyte (unregistered)

    Makes me feel good about our company's testing rack that has a server clearly labeled "Minecraft" on the front.

  • Cbuttius (cs)

    I have noticed something else about this site that has changed - for the better in my opinion.

    Although we are now in November I can still see the last few October articles on the main page.

    I think it was a WTF to cut off like that before. It's ok in the archives, but the main page should always display a few articles.

  • Abico (unregistered) in reply to the beholder
    the beholder:
    Abico:
    the beholder:
    Unicorn #8157:
    Best. Job. Ever.
    I agree. The real WTF in this story is that this isn't more common throughout the industry.
    Yeahhhh, that's it. Uncommon. That's what it is......
    I never said it is uncommon, just not as common as it could be
    And I'm saying, just because you don't see it doesn't mean it's not more common than you think.
  • Gary (unregistered)

    Reminds me of two stories from my old job:

    (1) "Kumar's cube" which had a network connection outside of the firewall. An old box was plugged into it. That box ran the company's (marketing) website. And this was a $600 million company with 4,000+ employees. One of its major lines of business was in application hosting!

    (2) One employee of said application hosting business used one of the servers for his sideline - as it turns out, a porn site. I wish he had used Kumar's cube...

  • Recursive Reclusive (unregistered) in reply to ObiWayneKenobi
    ObiWayneKenobi:
    Sounds awesome. I agree it's a shame too many places are so stuck up as to not understand that your IT staff usually has some period of downtime, and they need something to do during that downtime that isn't "more work".

    As I read it, the other staff was playing from home.

    Comment deletion is getting a bit out hand here. I made a comment earlier, not offensive, not spam, not "frist", but a (IMHO) humorous jab at a type in the article. Now it has been deleted and the typo corrected.

    From Mark IMHO, I see "typo alert" as being more of an FYI rather than an actual discourse. Not spam, not offensive at all (I admit - I can't grammar at times which is why I ask Alex/Remy to read my stuff, but hey, things get missed in the 900+ word range) and believe me, I appreciate the heads' up...it just, to me, was a quick note unrelated to the main thread, hence moderation.

  • anonymous (unregistered)

    TRWTF is that the submitter's company refers to rack position 1 as "row 1". Don't they have multiple rows of racks?

    TRRWTF is that the submitter's company calls the top position of the rack position 1. Don't they load the rack from the bottom up?

  • phuzz (unregistered)

    I used to work at a company that built PCs (and laptops and servers). In the corner, near the server build team were the guys who created the installs for the machines we built, and for some reason, they had their own ADSL connection for 'testing'. With a bit of sweet talking we got them to drop us an ethernet cable connected to said connection, and finding enough spare parts to create a spare computer is pretty easy when you're just next to a warehouse full of parts, with a slack inventory system.

    That little web connection stopped me from going mad from boredom for many a week.

  • Mark Bowytz (cs) in reply to anonymous
    anonymous:
    TRWTF is that the submitter's company refers to rack position 1 as "row 1". Don't they have multiple rows of racks?

    TRRWTF is that the submitter's company calls the top position of the rack position 1. Don't they load the rack from the bottom up?

    Funny you mention - I thought the same and asked for clarification/confirmation - nope, that's how it was.

  • eVil (unregistered) in reply to Abico
    Abico:
    the beholder:
    Abico:
    the beholder:
    Unicorn #8157:
    Best. Job. Ever.
    I agree. The real WTF in this story is that this isn't more common throughout the industry.
    Yeahhhh, that's it. Uncommon. That's what it is......
    I never said it is uncommon, just not as common as it could be
    And I'm saying, just because you don't see it doesn't mean it's not more common than you think.

    And I keep telling you, you fly boys crack me up!

  • Floozy (unregistered)

    Uhh... either its extremely common to have a jeff and ryan in those exact same positions and have a similar setup... or this was from my company!

    Though its probably coincidence...

  • DJ (unregistered) in reply to Jack

    Ahh Unreal Tournament , those were the days.. Hope they bring out a new one soon.

  • Lafcadio (unregistered)

    We had a public game server at a company I worked for. IT management knew about it and tacitly allowed it.

    Until the day we banned some script kiddie asshole who turned around and DOSed us and took down network connectivity for our entire research park. Bye-bye server.

  • Harrow (unregistered) in reply to ObiWayneKenobi
    ObiWayneKenobi:
    I've even heard legends of development teams that played MMORPGs when they had finished projects and had nothing major going on.
    The pioneer computer games -- Spacewar, Animal, Adventure, Zork, Rogue -- were written by development teams that had finished projects and had nothing major going on.

    -Harrow.

  • Sebastian Buchanan (unregistered)

    Sorry but just because everyone else is in on it doesn't make it right. I would have immediately started looking for another job as well as perhaps making anonymous tip off to the police.

    That aside, how did he know it was Jeff on the other-end of the phone? It could have been a hacker impersonating Jeff and getting him to identify where the servers were so that he could create a backdoor into the building.

    It has all the elements of social engineering: -out of the blue call -someone identifying themselves as an employee who just needs a quick favor -jovial -strange request from wrong person -person doesn't seem to know their way round the server room -strange box hidden away

    Sorry but he should have at the very least demanded the request be sent in email (if he really is the email administrator that shouldn't be a problem), NOT over the phone. Phones are what hackers mainly use. The email woudl need proper authorization through digital signing to make sure it was the actual email administrator. Of course I would have been tempted to demand the admin come round in person (with security pass) for such an odd request.

    Note that if the request is fairly ordinary and common there is no problem, it's only odd requests like the above.

  • OldCoder (unregistered) in reply to Sebastian Buchanan
    Sebastian Buchanan:
    Sorry but just because everyone else is in on it doesn't make it right. I would have immediately started looking for another job as well as perhaps making anonymous tip off to the police.

    That aside, how did he know it was Jeff on the other-end of the phone? It could have been a hacker impersonating Jeff and getting him to identify where the servers were so that he could create a backdoor into the building.

    It has all the elements of social engineering: -out of the blue call -someone identifying themselves as an employee who just needs a quick favor -jovial -strange request from wrong person -person doesn't seem to know their way round the server room -strange box hidden away

    Sorry but he should have at the very least demanded the request be sent in email (if he really is the email administrator that shouldn't be a problem), NOT over the phone. Phones are what hackers mainly use. The email woudl need proper authorization through digital signing to make sure it was the actual email administrator. Of course I would have been tempted to demand the admin come round in person (with security pass) for such an odd request.

    Note that if the request is fairly ordinary and common there is no problem, it's only odd requests like the above.

    Not at all. The caller knew where the rack was, knew what the server was called, knew how to guide Ryan to the rack. He obviously knew all about the box.

    Now, he might have been a disgruntled former employee, I grant you that...

  • dkallen (unregistered) in reply to anonymous
    anonymous:
    TRWTF is that the submitter's company refers to rack position 1 as "row 1". Don't they have multiple rows of racks?

    TRRWTF is that the submitter's company calls the top position of the rack position 1. Don't they load the rack from the bottom up?

    Don't they start enumerating from 0, like all computer nerds do?

  • Ol' Bob (unregistered)

    Y'know, if companies didn't want this sort of thing going on they'd still pay pensions, etc, so people would have a vested interest in making sure that everything hunky was appropriately dory in Corporate IT Land. Instead we get treated like so many temporarily non-displaced personnel or our jobs get shipped off to Bumsquatistan and our salaries off to the executive bonus pool at the drop of a hat. I 'spect this kind of thing happens more than we know...

  • Ol' Bob (unregistered) in reply to Gary
    Gary:
    Reminds me of two stories from my old job:

    (1) "Kumar's cube" which had a network connection outside of the firewall. An old box was plugged into it. That box ran the company's (marketing) website. And this was a $600 million company with 4,000+ employees. One of its major lines of business was in application hosting!

    The cobbler's children have no shoes.

    (2) One employee of said application hosting business used one of the servers for his sideline - as it turns out, a porn site. I wish he had used Kumar's cube...
    So...I guess Kumar was into that kind of thing..?

    (CAPTCHA: tation - "That babe certainly causes me some 'tation!"

  • Calli Arcale (unregistered) in reply to Sebastian Buchanan
    Sebastian Buchanan:
    Sorry but just because everyone else is in on it doesn't make it right. I would have immediately started looking for another job as well as perhaps making anonymous tip off to the police.

    The police? Employees (including executives) building a game server out of spare parts which never leave the property isn't a crime. It may possibly violate workplace ethics, though it depends on the workplace. Basically, it's ultimately between you and the execs, and if they're okay with it, well, there's nothing else to be done. Except look for a job with a more humorless organization.

  • Mike (unregistered) in reply to anonymous

    So very true. Just like at the gym don't put the weight on the top of the rack until you've loaded the bottom. Otherwise "bad things happen". There has to be a NAS or other type of disk array just looking for a home :)

  • PedanticCurmudgeon (cs) in reply to Sebastian Buchanan
    Sebastian Buchanan:
    pathetic troll attempt
    1/10. Would not flame even with someone else's keyboard.
  • Sebastian Buchanan (unregistered) in reply to PedanticCurmudgeon
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    Sebastian Buchanan:
    pathetic troll attempt
    1/10. Would not flame even with someone else's keyboard.

    Wow why don't you just make up what I said? Oh wait, you did. I never said the words you attribute to me and never would. As a rule I don't insult and name-call. Therefore I would never utter the phrase "pathetic troll attempt" even if it fit. If someone WAS being an abusive troll to me I would just ignore them.

  • PedanticCurmudgeon (cs) in reply to Sebastian Buchanan
    Sebastian Buchanan:
    If someone WAS being an abusive troll to me I would just ignore them.
    I find that highly unlikely. Your not too bright, are you?
  • Sebastian Buchanan (unregistered) in reply to Calli Arcale
    Calli Arcale:
    Sebastian Buchanan:
    Sorry but just because everyone else is in on it doesn't make it right. I would have immediately started looking for another job as well as perhaps making anonymous tip off to the police.

    The police? Employees (including executives) building a game server out of spare parts which never leave the property isn't a crime.

    Well it depends what country you are in surely, local laws etc. Anyway like someone else mentioned I was thinking what if the caller was a disgruntled ex-employee and so perhaps the "strange box" is some sort of incendiary device? (okay a bit over the top but you get the idea). The worst part is that if you just follow instructions over the phone there's no record of it and so you become the perpetrator of the crime. Telling the police that some mystery man called you up and told you to activate the bobm is not going to sound very convincing.

  • Anonymous Bob (unregistered) in reply to Ol' Bob

    You take the pension... I'll take my 401k. I don't want to be locked into a company just so I can keep my retirement. And I don't want to worry about the company imploding like Enron decades down the road.

    Ol' Bob:
    Y'know, if companies didn't want this sort of thing going on they'd still pay pensions, etc, so people would have a vested interest in making sure that everything hunky was appropriately dory in Corporate IT Land. Instead we get treated like so many temporarily non-displaced personnel or our jobs get shipped off to Bumsquatistan and our salaries off to the executive bonus pool at the drop of a hat. I 'spect this kind of thing happens more than we know...
  • Anonymous Bob (unregistered) in reply to PedanticCurmudgeon
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    Your not too bright, are you?

    I love it when someone makes a grammatical mistake when saying someone else isn't too bright. Karma's a bitch.

  • F (unregistered) in reply to Sebastian Buchanan
    Sebastian Buchanan:
    ... Telling the police that some mystery man called you up and told you to activate the bobm is not going to sound very convincing.

    Even if you can pronounce it.

  • PedanticCurmudgeon (cs) in reply to Anonymous Bob
    Anonymous Bob:
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    Your not too bright, are you?

    I love it when someone makes a grammatical mistake when saying someone else isn't too bright. Karma's a bitch.

    You must be new here.
  • F (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous Bob
    Anonymous Bob:
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    Your not too bright, are you?

    I love it when someone makes a grammatical mistake when saying someone else isn't too bright. Karma's a bitch.

    Muphry's Law, it's called.

  • the beholder (unregistered) in reply to PedanticCurmudgeon
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    Sebastian Buchanan:
    If someone WAS being an abusive troll to me I would just ignore them.
    I find that highly unlikely. Your not too bright, are you?
    +1. It's funny watching awful trolls trying to justify crappy attempts at trolling. I found the "bomb" excuse particularly humorous.
    Anonymous Bob:
    I love it when someone makes a grammatical mistake when saying someone else isn't too bright. Karma's a bitch.
    You're new here, aren't you? Maybe you should google for that phrase spelled that way on TDWTF.
  • Nemo (unregistered) in reply to F
    F:
    Anonymous Bob:
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    Your not too bright, are you?

    I love it when someone makes a grammatical mistake when saying someone else isn't too bright. Karma's a bitch.

    Muphry's Law, it's called.

    Actually, it's pronounced "whoosh!"

  • A Luser (unregistered) in reply to Harrow
    Harrow:
    ObiWayneKenobi:
    I've even heard legends of development teams that played MMORPGs when they had finished projects and had nothing major going on.
    The pioneer computer games -- Spacewar, Animal, Adventure, Zork, Rogue -- were written by development teams that had finished projects and had nothing major going on.

    -Harrow.

    When I was at Data General in the early 90s we had xnetrek wars using up most of the bandwidth on the engineering (yellow cable) Ethernet.

  • A Luser (unregistered) in reply to Kooblie
    Kooblie:
    NOC... server farm... data center... Rack N... row 1... the main doors to the server room... cooling system
    Wait a second! An outfit this size has to beg for one extra IP address "for testing"?

    And if everybody up to "the executive director" is in on the secret, who are they hiding it from?

    There's always one guy in any organization, with a stick up his...who wants to ruin it for everyone. Why give him the opportunity?

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