Re: people in service of the machine
- From: Kenneth Brody <kenbrody@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:36:16 -0400
On 3/17/2011 3:46 PM, Seth wrote:
On Sun, 13 Mar 2011 08:34:19 +0800, SteveD wrote:On Sat, 12 Mar 2011 21:11:33 +0000 (UTC), Joe Thompson[...]I have had many fine and cathartic discussions with folk using the
inability of the computer as an excuse for not doing something they are
required (sometimes by law) to do. -- Joe
Or, indeed, the assumed inability of any administrative or
policy-related aspect of any organisation.
"Computer says 'no'."
"My computer says 'yes'. It can't generate a check to pay your bill
until it has an itemized statement."
It's amazing how "you can't get paid" is a motivator.
Many years ago, we had someone call us up for an emergency computer repair. They had an ancient (even for back then) MS-DOS computer which had been acting flaky for quite some time, but they never did anything about it. Until, that is, it was unable to run Payroll. They were willing to pay the extra-urgent "pick it up after 5PM on Thursday, and give us back something working before 9AM Friday" rate.
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