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Chthonic asks: What's the naughtiest thing a boss has ever asked you to do? And did you do it? Or perhaps you are the boss and would like to confess.

(, Thu 7 Jul 2011, 13:36)
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I used to work for a defence contractor named after the father of radio. It wasn't uncommon for the MOD to come and inspect a project to issue a stage payment, checking the equipment was working as planned.

Automated target tracking systems would be demonstrated, working better than expected. Little did they know a chap hidden 20' away would be sitting behind a monitor, effectively playing an expensive game of Tail Gunner and tracking the object manually.

However, even worse was one place I worked at that made safety shutdown systems. A rack with twin processors and control gear would be shown working as normal, and when you pulled out the main processor, the secondary one would take over, without a hitch.

Little did the Chinese clients know, that at the demonstration (by the damm it was controlling) there was only one processor. The backup one. The main one was just an empty case with a light that pretended it was working. We had to write software for the proper backup processor to pretend it was asleep until the dummy was pulled out.

I'm sure it's been fixed by now. I've not heard anything about it on the news...
(, Thu 14 Jul 2011, 7:36, 4 replies)
You worked for a company called Dave Lee Travis?

(, Thu 14 Jul 2011, 8:54, closed)
i think he's talking about WoganAerospace

(, Thu 14 Jul 2011, 9:38, closed)
It changed it's name about 6 times while I was there.
Elliott Brothers
Marconi Avionics
GEC Marconi Avionics
GEC Avionics
GEC Sensors

And it's changed 4 or 5 times since then...
(, Thu 14 Jul 2011, 15:32, closed)
thanks for killing the joke

(, Thu 14 Jul 2011, 15:47, closed)

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