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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14700 on: August 22, 2016, 08:17:42 AM »
Came to work over the weekend for a while. Rarely do that but I wanted to double check some work to make sure it was done right before Monday since it's on my back.

Coworker sold his red car and bought the very same car again, one year newer, but grey this time... What's the point of that?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14701 on: August 22, 2016, 08:54:56 AM »
Came to work over the weekend for a while. Rarely do that but I wanted to double check some work to make sure it was done right before Monday since it's on my back.

Coworker sold his red car and bought the very same car again, one year newer, but grey this time... What's the point of that?

They just HAD to update their maps. Oh, and the radio has an extra button on it now. How can you live without that!?!?!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14702 on: August 22, 2016, 10:00:21 AM »
Pffft you plebians using Word. LaTeX is so much better! (but terrible for collaboration unless everyone else understands LaTeX) (but then again when that's true it makes it so much easier to communicate equations over email)

NOW you're talking. LaTex on Mint Linux please!!!

I prefer Arch Linux myself. I did use to use the Cinnamon desktop environment for a while, but XFCE was the only desktop environment that I tried that seemed to properly handle non uniform multiple displays (1920x1080 + 1080x1920 (that's rotated to portrait) + 1920x1200 + 1680x1050). I feel like this behavior really should be controlled by the Nvidia driver, not the desktop environment.  Maybe someone more knowledgeable than I can chime in, but I was not willing to put in the time to figure out why this was the case and just went with XFCE instead.
I only typically use the first two displays at any given time, but occasionally I do use the third display. The fourth display is rarely used. When it is used it's only really for peripheral stuff like spotify and chat windows, as it's generally too far to really put anything important on.

What I don't like about LaTeX is it's hard to write efficiently without ample screen real estate. At a bare minimum you need two windows displayed side by side - PDF and source code. It gets even worse when I try to make slide decks in beamer and I'm simultaneously looking at the article, presentation, and handout versions of my slide deck, along with my LaTeX code, web browser, MATLAB, and another PDF viewer for a paper I'm referencing. This is one of those instances that I use four monitors.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14703 on: August 22, 2016, 11:46:23 AM »
Pffft you plebians using Word. LaTeX is so much better! (but terrible for collaboration unless everyone else understands LaTeX) (but then again when that's true it makes it so much easier to communicate equations over email)

NOW you're talking. LaTex on Mint Linux please!!!

I prefer Arch Linux myself. I did use to use the Cinnamon desktop environment for a while, but XFCE was the only desktop environment that I tried that seemed to properly handle non uniform multiple displays (1920x1080 + 1080x1920 (that's rotated to portrait) + 1920x1200 + 1680x1050). I feel like this behavior really should be controlled by the Nvidia driver, not the desktop environment.  Maybe someone more knowledgeable than I can chime in, but I was not willing to put in the time to figure out why this was the case and just went with XFCE instead.
I only typically use the first two displays at any given time, but occasionally I do use the third display. The fourth display is rarely used. When it is used it's only really for peripheral stuff like spotify and chat windows, as it's generally too far to really put anything important on.

What I don't like about LaTeX is it's hard to write efficiently without ample screen real estate. At a bare minimum you need two windows displayed side by side - PDF and source code. It gets even worse when I try to make slide decks in beamer and I'm simultaneously looking at the article, presentation, and handout versions of my slide deck, along with my LaTeX code, web browser, MATLAB, and another PDF viewer for a paper I'm referencing. This is one of those instances that I use four monitors.

WTF?  I just code it up directly in vi as a PDF binary.  Render it in your brain and you can use the whole screen for typing!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14704 on: August 22, 2016, 11:49:02 AM »
Pffft you plebians using Word. LaTeX is so much better! (but terrible for collaboration unless everyone else understands LaTeX) (but then again when that's true it makes it so much easier to communicate equations over email)

NOW you're talking. LaTex on Mint Linux please!!!

I prefer Arch Linux myself. I did use to use the Cinnamon desktop environment for a while, but XFCE was the only desktop environment that I tried that seemed to properly handle non uniform multiple displays (1920x1080 + 1080x1920 (that's rotated to portrait) + 1920x1200 + 1680x1050). I feel like this behavior really should be controlled by the Nvidia driver, not the desktop environment.  Maybe someone more knowledgeable than I can chime in, but I was not willing to put in the time to figure out why this was the case and just went with XFCE instead.
I only typically use the first two displays at any given time, but occasionally I do use the third display. The fourth display is rarely used. When it is used it's only really for peripheral stuff like spotify and chat windows, as it's generally too far to really put anything important on.

What I don't like about LaTeX is it's hard to write efficiently without ample screen real estate. At a bare minimum you need two windows displayed side by side - PDF and source code. It gets even worse when I try to make slide decks in beamer and I'm simultaneously looking at the article, presentation, and handout versions of my slide deck, along with my LaTeX code, web browser, MATLAB, and another PDF viewer for a paper I'm referencing. This is one of those instances that I use four monitors.

WTF?  I just code it up directly in vim/xxd as a PDF binary.  Render it in your brain and you can use the whole screen for typing!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14705 on: August 22, 2016, 11:52:04 AM »
Pffft you plebians using Word. LaTeX is so much better! (but terrible for collaboration unless everyone else understands LaTeX) (but then again when that's true it makes it so much easier to communicate equations over email)

NOW you're talking. LaTex on Mint Linux please!!!

I prefer Arch Linux myself. I did use to use the Cinnamon desktop environment for a while, but XFCE was the only desktop environment that I tried that seemed to properly handle non uniform multiple displays (1920x1080 + 1080x1920 (that's rotated to portrait) + 1920x1200 + 1680x1050). I feel like this behavior really should be controlled by the Nvidia driver, not the desktop environment.  Maybe someone more knowledgeable than I can chime in, but I was not willing to put in the time to figure out why this was the case and just went with XFCE instead.
I only typically use the first two displays at any given time, but occasionally I do use the third display. The fourth display is rarely used. When it is used it's only really for peripheral stuff like spotify and chat windows, as it's generally too far to really put anything important on.

What I don't like about LaTeX is it's hard to write efficiently without ample screen real estate. At a bare minimum you need two windows displayed side by side - PDF and source code. It gets even worse when I try to make slide decks in beamer and I'm simultaneously looking at the article, presentation, and handout versions of my slide deck, along with my LaTeX code, web browser, MATLAB, and another PDF viewer for a paper I'm referencing. This is one of those instances that I use four monitors.

WTF?  I just code it up directly in vim/xxd as a PDF binary.  Render it in your brain and you can use the whole screen for typing!

Lol I'm good, but not that good!

I have tried taking notes in class in LaTeX before. Was decently successful, but class notes are far less complex than slide decks.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14706 on: August 22, 2016, 11:56:47 AM »
I was recently promoted in the military and my coworker comes up to me and says "Now you have to spend all the extra money you make this month on a gift for yourself." Not a TERRIBLE idea, but not something I was interested in. Shortly after he follows up with "You know you should just go out and buy a brand new car, it'll basically be free because you weren't making the extra money anyway!" This same person also paid off an $8000 loan on a car they had so that they could get approved for a loan on a brand new $45,000 Mustang....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14707 on: August 22, 2016, 12:39:12 PM »
Pffft you plebians using Word. LaTeX is so much better! (but terrible for collaboration unless everyone else understands LaTeX) (but then again when that's true it makes it so much easier to communicate equations over email)

NOW you're talking. LaTex on Mint Linux please!!!

I prefer Arch Linux myself. I did use to use the Cinnamon desktop environment for a while, but XFCE was the only desktop environment that I tried that seemed to properly handle non uniform multiple displays (1920x1080 + 1080x1920 (that's rotated to portrait) + 1920x1200 + 1680x1050). ...snip...

I have fond (?) memories of Word Star on monochrome displays at 720x350.  If you insisted on color you had to use a 320x200. But who really needs color for word processing anyway?  All formatting was control code driven because it was a text only interface.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14708 on: August 22, 2016, 12:46:22 PM »
I was recently promoted in the military and my coworker comes up to me and says "Now you have to spend all the extra money you make this month on a gift for yourself." Not a TERRIBLE idea, but not something I was interested in. Shortly after he follows up with "You know you should just go out and buy a brand new car, it'll basically be free because you weren't making the extra money anyway!" This same person also paid off an $8000 loan on a car they had so that they could get approved for a loan on a brand new $45,000 Mustang....
Wow. In other words, "you earned a promotion!  Yay!  Now spend that raise in a way that won't actually improve your life!"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14709 on: August 22, 2016, 12:48:49 PM »
I was recently promoted in the military and my coworker comes up to me and says "Now you have to spend all the extra money you make this month on a gift for yourself." Not a TERRIBLE idea, but not something I was interested in. Shortly after he follows up with "You know you should just go out and buy a brand new car, it'll basically be free because you weren't making the extra money anyway!" This same person also paid off an $8000 loan on a car they had so that they could get approved for a loan on a brand new $45,000 Mustang....
Wow. In other words, "you earned a promotion!  Yay!  Now spend that raise in a way that won't actually improve your life!"

Reminds me of this quote

“We humans are unhappy in large part because we are insatiable; after working hard to get what we want, we routinely lose interest in the object of our desire. Rather than feeling satisfied, we feel a bit bored, and in response to this boredom, we go on to form new, even grander desires.”
― William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14710 on: August 22, 2016, 12:56:07 PM »
I was recently promoted in the military and my coworker comes up to me and says "Now you have to spend all the extra money you make this month on a gift for yourself." Not a TERRIBLE idea, but not something I was interested in. Shortly after he follows up with "You know you should just go out and buy a brand new car, it'll basically be free because you weren't making the extra money anyway!" This same person also paid off an $8000 loan on a car they had so that they could get approved for a loan on a brand new $45,000 Mustang....
Wow. In other words, "you earned a promotion!  Yay!  Now spend that raise in a way that won't actually improve your life!"

Reminds me of this quote

“We humans are unhappy in large part because we are insatiable; after working hard to get what we want, we routinely lose interest in the object of our desire. Rather than feeling satisfied, we feel a bit bored, and in response to this boredom, we go on to form new, even grander desires.”
― William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

"This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." - Douglas Adams

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14711 on: August 22, 2016, 01:00:03 PM »
I was recently promoted in the military and my coworker comes up to me and says "Now you have to spend all the extra money you make this month on a gift for yourself." Not a TERRIBLE idea, but not something I was interested in. Shortly after he follows up with "You know you should just go out and buy a brand new car, it'll basically be free because you weren't making the extra money anyway!" This same person also paid off an $8000 loan on a car they had so that they could get approved for a loan on a brand new $45,000 Mustang....
Wow. In other words, "you earned a promotion!  Yay!  Now spend that raise in a way that won't actually improve your life!"

Reminds me of this quote

“We humans are unhappy in large part because we are insatiable; after working hard to get what we want, we routinely lose interest in the object of our desire. Rather than feeling satisfied, we feel a bit bored, and in response to this boredom, we go on to form new, even grander desires.”
― William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

"This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." - Douglas Adams

I read "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and for whatever reason, did not enjoy it. It's wittiness makes it something that I normally would appreciate, but I guess I'll need to go back and re-read it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14712 on: August 22, 2016, 01:40:43 PM »
I was recently promoted in the military and my coworker comes up to me and says "Now you have to spend all the extra money you make this month on a gift for yourself." Not a TERRIBLE idea, but not something I was interested in. Shortly after he follows up with "You know you should just go out and buy a brand new car, it'll basically be free because you weren't making the extra money anyway!" This same person also paid off an $8000 loan on a car they had so that they could get approved for a loan on a brand new $45,000 Mustang....
Wow. In other words, "you earned a promotion!  Yay!  Now spend that raise in a way that won't actually improve your life!"

Reminds me of this quote

“We humans are unhappy in large part because we are insatiable; after working hard to get what we want, we routinely lose interest in the object of our desire. Rather than feeling satisfied, we feel a bit bored, and in response to this boredom, we go on to form new, even grander desires.”
― William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

"This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." - Douglas Adams

I read "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and for whatever reason, did not enjoy it. It's wittiness makes it something that I normally would appreciate, but I guess I'll need to go back and re-read it.

I loved it when I first read it at 13 or 14, but went back recently, and did not enjoy it at all.  It came off as pretentious rather than witty.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14713 on: August 22, 2016, 01:43:20 PM »
I was recently promoted in the military and my coworker comes up to me and says "Now you have to spend all the extra money you make this month on a gift for yourself." Not a TERRIBLE idea, but not something I was interested in. Shortly after he follows up with "You know you should just go out and buy a brand new car, it'll basically be free because you weren't making the extra money anyway!" This same person also paid off an $8000 loan on a car they had so that they could get approved for a loan on a brand new $45,000 Mustang....
Wow. In other words, "you earned a promotion!  Yay!  Now spend that raise in a way that won't actually improve your life!"

Reminds me of this quote

“We humans are unhappy in large part because we are insatiable; after working hard to get what we want, we routinely lose interest in the object of our desire. Rather than feeling satisfied, we feel a bit bored, and in response to this boredom, we go on to form new, even grander desires.”
― William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

"This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." - Douglas Adams

I read "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and for whatever reason, did not enjoy it. It's wittiness makes it something that I normally would appreciate, but I guess I'll need to go back and re-read it.

I loved it when I first read it at 13 or 14, but went back recently, and did not enjoy it at all.  It came off as pretentious rather than witty.

That's exactly how it came across to me! I did "read" it as an audiobook, so perhaps a paper (or Kindle) copy will be better.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14714 on: August 22, 2016, 02:13:01 PM »
OK I looked up the actual code.  If you turn on "wildcards" you can use the X{Y,Z} expression to find anwhere between Y-Z of X.  So you if you:

find: <space character>{2,1000}
replace <space character>

then click replace all, you will immediately replace all multiples of 2-1000 spaces with a single space if that's your goal

Neat! Thanks for looking that up and sharing.  :)

Luckily it'll be easy to look up next time I want to use it.  Just check the "Overheard at Work" thread.
Good luck finding it.  Just remember it's on page 299.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14715 on: August 22, 2016, 02:14:07 PM »
The original BBC radio series play is better than the novelisation - and a lot better than the later TV version

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14716 on: August 22, 2016, 02:33:10 PM »
I was recently promoted in the military and my coworker comes up to me and says "Now you have to spend all the extra money you make this month on a gift for yourself." Not a TERRIBLE idea, but not something I was interested in. Shortly after he follows up with "You know you should just go out and buy a brand new car, it'll basically be free because you weren't making the extra money anyway!" This same person also paid off an $8000 loan on a car they had so that they could get approved for a loan on a brand new $45,000 Mustang....
Wow. In other words, "you earned a promotion!  Yay!  Now spend that raise in a way that won't actually improve your life!"

Reminds me of this quote

“We humans are unhappy in large part because we are insatiable; after working hard to get what we want, we routinely lose interest in the object of our desire. Rather than feeling satisfied, we feel a bit bored, and in response to this boredom, we go on to form new, even grander desires.”
― William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

"This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." - Douglas Adams

I read "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and for whatever reason, did not enjoy it. It's wittiness makes it something that I normally would appreciate, but I guess I'll need to go back and re-read it.

I loved it when I first read it at 13 or 14, but went back recently, and did not enjoy it at all.  It came off as pretentious rather than witty.

That's exactly how it came across to me! I did "read" it as an audiobook, so perhaps a paper (or Kindle) copy will be better.

Try getting the audiobook of Douglas Adams reading it. It really cuts down on the pretension and ups the wittiness factor. When he reads it, you really get a sense of the comedic timing.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14717 on: August 22, 2016, 02:37:16 PM »
I was recently promoted in the military and my coworker comes up to me and says "Now you have to spend all the extra money you make this month on a gift for yourself." Not a TERRIBLE idea, but not something I was interested in. Shortly after he follows up with "You know you should just go out and buy a brand new car, it'll basically be free because you weren't making the extra money anyway!" This same person also paid off an $8000 loan on a car they had so that they could get approved for a loan on a brand new $45,000 Mustang....
Wow. In other words, "you earned a promotion!  Yay!  Now spend that raise in a way that won't actually improve your life!"

Reminds me of this quote

“We humans are unhappy in large part because we are insatiable; after working hard to get what we want, we routinely lose interest in the object of our desire. Rather than feeling satisfied, we feel a bit bored, and in response to this boredom, we go on to form new, even grander desires.”
― William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

"This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." - Douglas Adams

I read "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and for whatever reason, did not enjoy it. It's wittiness makes it something that I normally would appreciate, but I guess I'll need to go back and re-read it.

I loved it when I first read it at 13 or 14, but went back recently, and did not enjoy it at all.  It came off as pretentious rather than witty.

That's exactly how it came across to me! I did "read" it as an audiobook, so perhaps a paper (or Kindle) copy will be better.

Try getting the audiobook of Douglas Adams reading it. It really cuts down on the pretension and ups the wittiness factor. When he reads it, you really get a sense of the comedic timing.

Yeah, that's how it was introduced to me . . . on long childhood car trips.  I still hear his voice in my head when I read the book.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14718 on: August 22, 2016, 05:10:58 PM »
The original BBC radio series play is better than the novelisation - and a lot better than the later TV version

Yep, I was quite young when I heard it on BBC shortwave.   Somewhere I have a tape of me giggling during the broadcast (mobile tape recorder microphone sitting right near the speaker).

I have a copy of the BBC radio play on CD (I don't think it is quite the original, but close).

My (future) wife was worried when I was able to quote nearly the entire first page of the book from memory.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14719 on: August 22, 2016, 08:10:51 PM »
The original BBC radio series play is better than the novelisation - and a lot better than the later TV version

Yep, I was quite young when I heard it on BBC shortwave.   Somewhere I have a tape of me giggling during the broadcast (mobile tape recorder microphone sitting right near the speaker).

I have a copy of the BBC radio play on CD (I don't think it is quite the original, but close).

My (future) wife was worried when I was able to quote nearly the entire first page of the book from memory.
My first intro to HHG was a VHS tape of the BBC series all episodes back to back. Remains my favorite. The movie was a dud IMHO.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14720 on: August 23, 2016, 05:18:26 AM »
On a similar note, for those who listen to radio p,aye: check out Dylan Thomas's Under Milkwood.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14721 on: August 23, 2016, 07:37:36 AM »

Do you have any experience with Knowledge Repository and its associated issues? My team is having a hell of time with that thing.

Sadly, no. And now, all I can think of is you, on your quitting day, making this into a suppository joke...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14722 on: August 23, 2016, 11:48:23 AM »
A new training opportunity at work:

Do you feel as though you are living
payday to payday?  This seminar will discuss the different types of debt and
how we can work toward a "debt free" lifestyle.  Topics include the
difference between good debt and bad debt, the impact of interest charges,
managing your spending habits and creating good saving habits. 


"Debt free" is in quotations, because it's just a phrase and not actually possible? Good debt?

At least they're trying...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14723 on: August 23, 2016, 12:07:49 PM »
A new training opportunity at work:

Do you feel as though you are living
payday to payday?  This seminar will discuss the different types of debt and
how we can work toward a "debt free" lifestyle.  Topics include the
difference between good debt and bad debt, the impact of interest charges,
managing your spending habits and creating good saving habits. 


"Debt free" is in quotations, because it's just a phrase and not actually possible? Good debt?

At least they're trying...

mortgage is a debt.  pretty difficult even for most mustachians to be completely debt free while owning a house, at least during the accumulation phase.  I would describe myself as "debt free" meaning no cc debt or other bullshit debt (ie bad debt), but i still carry a mortgage.  Maybe that's what they mean, no bad debt and just good debt?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14724 on: August 23, 2016, 12:14:23 PM »
A new training opportunity at work:

Do you feel as though you are living
payday to payday?  This seminar will discuss the different types of debt and
how we can work toward a "debt free" lifestyle.  Topics include the
difference between good debt and bad debt, the impact of interest charges,
managing your spending habits and creating good saving habits. 


"Debt free" is in quotations, because it's just a phrase and not actually possible? Good debt?

At least they're trying...

mortgage is a debt.  pretty difficult even for most mustachians to be completely debt free while owning a house, at least during the accumulation phase.  I would describe myself as "debt free" meaning no cc debt or other bullshit debt (ie bad debt), but i still carry a mortgage.  Maybe that's what they mean, no bad debt and just good debt?

Naw, people just abuse quotation marks

http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14725 on: August 23, 2016, 12:21:58 PM »
A new training opportunity at work:

Do you feel as though you are living
payday to payday?  This seminar will discuss the different types of debt and
how we can work toward a "debt free" lifestyle.  Topics include the
difference between good debt and bad debt, the impact of interest charges,
managing your spending habits and creating good saving habits. 


"Debt free" is in quotations, because it's just a phrase and not actually possible? Good debt?

At least they're trying...

<sarcasm> "Debt free" because obviously your mortgage and student loan don't count. </sarcasm>
Is this training opportunity perhaps hosted by a bank or similar organization?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14726 on: August 23, 2016, 12:25:04 PM »
a "training opportunity"?

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« Reply #14727 on: August 23, 2016, 12:31:07 PM »
http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com

That's a neat find! One I missed from the late-2000s era of If You Had An Even Slightly Popular Blog, You Probably Made It Into A Book. (As soon as I saw the type of blog it was, I was all, surely the author made a totally niche printed book of this - aaaahhhhh and there it is!)

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« Reply #14728 on: August 23, 2016, 01:52:07 PM »
A new training opportunity at work:

Do you feel as though you are living
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how we can work toward a "debt free" lifestyle.  Topics include the
difference between good debt and bad debt, the impact of interest charges,
managing your spending habits and creating good saving habits. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14729 on: August 23, 2016, 02:00:47 PM »
We're working on putting together some type of seminar on structuring philanthropy into sales of businesses. My coworker comes in with the slides from a presentation  she said at a conference. She is shocked by what they are espousing.

CW: This is crazy. Look here, this graph is based on someone saving $10,000 a year starting at age 30.
Me: (Thinking she might be thinking it's too low) Well...yeah, I mean the target audience here has...
CW: No one can save that much! I mean geez!
Me: Oh! um...

I didn't know how to mention that even though I make 25K less than her, I've been saving at least that much since I was 26.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14730 on: August 23, 2016, 02:49:28 PM »
We're working on putting together some type of seminar on structuring philanthropy into sales of businesses. My coworker comes in with the slides from a presentation  she said at a conference. She is shocked by what they are espousing.

CW: This is crazy. Look here, this graph is based on someone saving $10,000 a year starting at age 30.
Me: (Thinking she might be thinking it's too low) Well...yeah, I mean the target audience here has...
CW: No one can save that much! I mean geez!
Me: Oh! um...

I didn't know how to mention that even though I make 25K less than her, I've been saving at least that much since I was 26.

Wow. This made me look it up, since I've never quite been exactly sure of the numbers. So I did: When I was 23 in 2013, making $35,000, I saved $10,000 to my 401k, The next year (2014), making maybe $37k, I saved almost $14,000 and early in 2015 fully funded my 2014 IRA. In fact, that first year was the least that I have ever saved out of college on a full  year (although last year was a close second, between getting married and buying a "new" car).

This year I'm already at $11k, and that is after greatly reducing my contributions over the past few months since we're trying to buy a house.

Who can't save even $10k a year? Wow. Even my wife is doing that, and she's aggresively paying off student loans.

 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14731 on: August 23, 2016, 03:00:10 PM »
We're working on putting together some type of seminar on structuring philanthropy into sales of businesses. My coworker comes in with the slides from a presentation  she said at a conference. She is shocked by what they are espousing.

CW: This is crazy. Look here, this graph is based on someone saving $10,000 a year starting at age 30.
Me: (Thinking she might be thinking it's too low) Well...yeah, I mean the target audience here has...
CW: No one can save that much! I mean geez!
Me: Oh! um...

I didn't know how to mention that even though I make 25K less than her, I've been saving at least that much since I was 26.

Wow. This made me look it up, since I've never quite been exactly sure of the numbers. So I did: When I was 23 in 2013, making $35,000, I saved $10,000 to my 401k, The next year (2014), making maybe $37k, I saved almost $14,000 and early in 2015 fully funded my 2014 IRA. In fact, that first year was the least that I have ever saved out of college on a full  year (although last year was a close second, between getting married and buying a "new" car).

This year I'm already at $11k, and that is after greatly reducing my contributions over the past few months since we're trying to buy a house.

Who can't save even $10k a year? Wow. Even my wife is doing that, and she's aggresively paying off student loans.

It's even worse considering we're talking here about an audience made up of professionals with $87k median pay. 
I ran my numbers and I'm already at 18k for the year. I make 55k and am 28.

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« Reply #14732 on: August 23, 2016, 07:00:08 PM »
http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com

That's a neat find! One I missed from the late-2000s era of If You Had An Even Slightly Popular Blog, You Probably Made It Into A Book. (As soon as I saw the type of blog it was, I was all, surely the author made a totally niche printed book of this - aaaahhhhh and there it is!)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14733 on: August 23, 2016, 09:28:07 PM »
Well, I have two for today:

1.  Co-worker is getting the payout from VW for her beetle, and trying to decide what to buy.  She wants to retire in three years, and will get net ~$11K after VW retires her outstanding loan on the beetle.  This afternoon she was looking at some $52K BMW diesel SUV thing "because it gets good gas mileage."  I tried to at least steer her down to a Mazda CX-5 that would get equal mileage, and cost over $20K less.

2.  Received an email about a TSP workshop.  One of the bullets is "Why you should never save more than 5% in your TSP!!"  Bio on the instructor said he started a federal career in 1973, and here he is, 43 years later and still working.  I think I'll skip that workshop.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14734 on: August 24, 2016, 05:21:47 AM »
a phone conversation I've had *countless* times:
 *phone rings*
 Me: ZEPHYR SPEAKING
 Overpaid Co-Worker On Phone: HELLO?
 Me: This is Zephyr, how can I help you?
 OCWOP: OMG I CAN'T FIND [old file] IN YOUR SHAREPOINT LIBRARY, WHY DID YOU DELETE IT?
 Me: Are you on the page now?
 OCWOP: YES THERE IS ONLY THIS WEEK'S FILE I NEED THE ONE FROM [date]
 Me: Do you see about ten pixels above that, where it says "Click Here to View Archives"?
 OCWOP: YES
 Me: Have you tried clicking to view the archives?
 OCWOP: ...
 Me: ...
 *click*
 Me: *checks investment accounts*

Oh god. We just got Sharepoint. I expect this will start becoming way too common ...

I'm getting decent at adding JQuery to SharePoint webpart pages to make them more useful - fancy buttons and filters and stuff. Next week I have to go to a large bureaucratic client's location to look at their SharePoint site because they have "big problems". I am so very afraid.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14735 on: August 24, 2016, 06:17:53 AM »

Do you have any experience with Knowledge Repository and its associated issues? My team is having a hell of time with that thing.

Sadly, no. And now, all I can think of is you, on your quitting day, making this into a suppository joke...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14736 on: August 24, 2016, 07:01:28 AM »
had a convo with my coworker who constantly complains that her husband needs a better job ALSO orders breakfast AND lunch at work EVERYDAY

Me: i just increased my 401K above the company match (from 5% to 8%) hope i made the right decision instead of putting more towards other savings
her: i've been meaning to look into that
Me: look into which part, above the match? other savings? 8%?
Her: No, the 401K. I would like to but i just don't make enough
Me: you could bag your lunch or eat breakfast before you get here OR EAT THE FREE FOOD WE HAVE IN THE KITCHEN (english muffins, coffee, tea, soda, snacks, granola, etc.)
Her: I'm not going to struggle just to save a few dollars
Me: -___-

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14737 on: August 24, 2016, 07:45:56 AM »
had a convo with my coworker who constantly complains that her husband needs a better job ALSO orders breakfast AND lunch at work EVERYDAY

Me: i just increased my 401K above the company match (from 5% to 8%) hope i made the right decision instead of putting more towards other savings
her: i've been meaning to look into that
Me: look into which part, above the match? other savings? 8%?
Her: No, the 401K. I would like to but i just don't make enough
Me: you could bag your lunch or eat breakfast before you get here OR EAT THE FREE FOOD WE HAVE IN THE KITCHEN (english muffins, coffee, tea, soda, snacks, granola, etc.)
Her: I'm not going to struggle just to save a few dollars
Me: -___-

Don't let me be seen eating English muffins. The struggle is real.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14738 on: August 24, 2016, 08:06:02 AM »
had a convo with my coworker who constantly complains that her husband needs a better job ALSO orders breakfast AND lunch at work EVERYDAY

Me: i just increased my 401K above the company match (from 5% to 8%) hope i made the right decision instead of putting more towards other savings
her: i've been meaning to look into that
Me: look into which part, above the match? other savings? 8%?
Her: No, the 401K. I would like to but i just don't make enough
Me: you could bag your lunch or eat breakfast before you get here OR EAT THE FREE FOOD WE HAVE IN THE KITCHEN (english muffins, coffee, tea, soda, snacks, granola, etc.)
Her: I'm not going to struggle just to save a few dollars
Me: -___-

... Struggle?

We must have different interpretations of the word. Having tea and English muffins provided is lovely.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14739 on: August 24, 2016, 08:11:25 AM »
How about what I SAW while at work?

Was coming back from looking at a CNC machine yesterday that I hope to buy for my workplace.

Cop from another county (no jurisdiction outside of his county in this state) slides past me in the left lane (4-lane rural highway).

I catch up with him at a crossroads/red light in a small town. Pickup next to him (my lane) rolls his window down and says something to him.

Light turns green, and we all set off at a reasonable pace. A mile down the road (beyond the small town city limits) the pickup truck floors it. Over 100 mph easily as I lose sight of him. 

Around the bend going the other direction comes a state trooper who quickly swings through the grassy median and gives chase. Truck gets off at the next exit and tries to hide but the cop catches him.

Karma is served.

All I could think of was the cost of this bit of showboating. Ticket, possibly bail, truck being towed, higher insurance premiums, etc. And if he's done something stupid before then multiply all that by some factor...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14740 on: August 24, 2016, 08:14:22 AM »
Oh no; the struggle is REAL - she would have to choose between Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe, and herbal tea. EVERY DAMNED DAY!!! How can you condemn someone to living like that!

(I just learned that I am not sure if the tea is an 'ey' grey, or an 'ay' gray. Also, what the heck is a Pekoe, and did I spell it right? Tea is confusing.)

The color is "grEy" in England (and the rest of the Commonwealth) and "grAy" in America. It's always Earl Grey, though, because that's the peerage title.

Pekoe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_leaf_grading

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14741 on: August 24, 2016, 08:19:28 AM »
had a convo with my coworker who constantly complains that her husband needs a better job ALSO orders breakfast AND lunch at work EVERYDAY

Me: i just increased my 401K above the company match (from 5% to 8%) hope i made the right decision instead of putting more towards other savings
her: i've been meaning to look into that
Me: look into which part, above the match? other savings? 8%?
Her: No, the 401K. I would like to but i just don't make enough
Me: you could bag your lunch or eat breakfast before you get here OR EAT THE FREE FOOD WE HAVE IN THE KITCHEN (english muffins, coffee, tea, soda, snacks, granola, etc.)
Her: I'm not going to struggle just to save a few dollars
Me: -___-

... Struggle?

We must have different interpretations of the word. Having tea and English muffins provided is lovely.

Oh no; the struggle is REAL - she would have to choose between Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe, and herbal tea. EVERY DAMNED DAY!!! How can you condemn someone to living like that!

(I just learned that I am not sure if the tea is an 'ey' grey, or an 'ay' gray. Also, what the heck is a Pekoe, and did I spell it right? Tea is confusing.)

It's grey.

Also, I'm English but don't know what you mean by English muffin...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14742 on: August 24, 2016, 08:33:50 AM »
Also, I'm English but don't know what you mean by English muffin...
It's just a muffin. Usually found by the crumpets.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14743 on: August 24, 2016, 08:36:36 AM »
had a convo with my coworker who constantly complains that her husband needs a better job ALSO orders breakfast AND lunch at work EVERYDAY

Me: i just increased my 401K above the company match (from 5% to 8%) hope i made the right decision instead of putting more towards other savings
her: i've been meaning to look into that
Me: look into which part, above the match? other savings? 8%?
Her: No, the 401K. I would like to but i just don't make enough
Me: you could bag your lunch or eat breakfast before you get here OR EAT THE FREE FOOD WE HAVE IN THE KITCHEN (english muffins, coffee, tea, soda, snacks, granola, etc.)
Her: I'm not going to struggle just to save a few dollars
Me: -___-

... Struggle?

We must have different interpretations of the word. Having tea and English muffins provided is lovely.

Oh no; the struggle is REAL - she would have to choose between Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe, and herbal tea. EVERY DAMNED DAY!!! How can you condemn someone to living like that!

(I just learned that I am not sure if the tea is an 'ey' grey, or an 'ay' gray. Also, what the heck is a Pekoe, and did I spell it right? Tea is confusing.)

It's grey.

Also, I'm English but don't know what you mean by English muffin...

Small flat round bread that usually gets spread open, toasted, and served with butter and jam. Kinda like a double-layered and softer crumpet. Seriously yummy. (I believe what McDonald's uses on those breakfast sandwiches, based on ad pictures, but I've never had one).

Orange pekoe is a black tea. For good-quality tea, it usually indicates leaf grade; in North America, it's kind of the standard term for generic black tea. (No oranges in it; I think it was originally named after the house of Orange. Yay history of food classes.)

I like my tea and my food. Toasted buttered english muffins and black tea count as an excellent morning.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14744 on: August 24, 2016, 08:51:10 AM »
Quote
The color is "grEy" in England (and the rest of the Commonwealth) and "grAy" in America. It's always Earl Grey, though, because that's the peerage title.

Even as an American, I typically write it as "grey" (consciously). The Hobbit had a profound effect on me. Plus, the word is just more aesthetically pleasing when written with that spelling.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14745 on: August 24, 2016, 09:16:53 AM »
Our condo building manager sends me Word doc reports where at the end of each line, she presses enter and then tabs in for the next line, so if you need to make any edits, then you have to re-do the f-ed up formatting.  She also has no idea how to use Excel, despite having had to use it for 5 years, so she prints out the spreadsheets and then complains that the typing is too small to read on paper.  I blew her mind the other day when I pointed out that the spreadsheet had two tabs of information, not just one.

Update:  Since I posted that, she sent me back a revised version of her report, as I had sent her my changes in "tracked changes."  She did not know you could "accept" the changes, so she printed out my version and spent an hour trying to type all my changes into her document, which obviously was less than accurate, not to mention inefficient.
I once asked a boss to use track changes. He didn't actually use Track Changes in the doc he sent me; he'd manually colored and underlined his additions and manually colored and struck through his deletions.

Ok, that is really funny!
Learn something new every day. I've never heard of track changes. 

I'm not even sure we do much of that at all...our schedules change almost daily.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14746 on: August 24, 2016, 09:22:29 AM »
Our condo building manager sends me Word doc reports where at the end of each line, she presses enter and then tabs in for the next line, so if you need to make any edits, then you have to re-do the f-ed up formatting.  She also has no idea how to use Excel, despite having had to use it for 5 years, so she prints out the spreadsheets and then complains that the typing is too small to read on paper.  I blew her mind the other day when I pointed out that the spreadsheet had two tabs of information, not just one.

Update:  Since I posted that, she sent me back a revised version of her report, as I had sent her my changes in "tracked changes."  She did not know you could "accept" the changes, so she printed out my version and spent an hour trying to type all my changes into her document, which obviously was less than accurate, not to mention inefficient.
I once asked a boss to use track changes. He didn't actually use Track Changes in the doc he sent me; he'd manually colored and underlined his additions and manually colored and struck through his deletions.

In my job I often dealt with the converse of this - someone wants a report or spreadsheet that summarizes a lot of information from various sources, and they want it on short notice. "Oh, by the way, I am giving a presentation to Group X, could you pull together an overview summary of Y?" 

I was so sick of this at the end, I actually said "do you know how long that will take?"
Them: "Oh, can't you just run a report?"
Me: "No, information a is in database a, information b us in database b which is not connected to a, etc. and I have to redact irrelevant records and reformat the output and add information that is not in any of the databases"
Them: "Oh" <blank stare>

These are all databases the fuckers were supposed to be using themselves, and information they were supposed to know, and they all had administrative assistants to run auto reports from the software they were supposed to know how to use anyway.

If it was 'just running a report' they should have known how to do it themselves, and even if they didn't, their admins knew how to run it. Glad I am out of there!
I just want to say PREACH IT.  When I need to review problems at work, I literally have to pull info from 3 separate and unlinked databases.  Reviewing the history on a bad device can take several hours.

The big boss "doesn't think we have a problem with our databases" (which were all home-built by two people we hired to work part time, each, one of whom who has a FT job elsewhere).  Why doesn't he think we have a problem?  Because, whenever he needs info, Jim or Bob (*not their real names) can give him a summary the next day!  Not realizing that they spent a couple of hours at night doing it.

Ugh.  We youngsters are trying to fix that.  I'm sort of joking.  The guy we put in charge of the databases to merge them is 28.  I'm 46, and I just want to be able to get my data faster.  The unfortunate thing is that I've had *some* success building queries in either sql or jmp scripts to search and merge data.  But I'm not very good at it.  I  simply have too much else to do to get better at it.  If I pull in data on one bad part, it's 4-5 hours.  Building and testing the scripts would take me longer.  And then other stuff would not get done.

Oh well we are getting there.

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« Reply #14747 on: August 24, 2016, 10:19:30 AM »
Oh, and the various errors or missing records in various databases makes life fun! There were times I had to search 3 databases just to get a complete set of relevant records. I could do this because I bothered to learn where the information was, and where the gaps in information were, and of course learned wgphat other databases had information, and how to use them. Because I cared about learning to do my job well.
Of course, the higher ups never thought this was a problem because no consequences to them, and "well, money and resources are tight". They consistently thought it was better to let all of us have to work inefficiently than to just try to fix these problems. And - the middle and higher ups wouldn't know if the report was incomplete or just wrong, because they never looked at or understood the underlying work or records, just the little summaries they wanted, no matter how inaccurate they may be.
God save the person who provided an accurate report with a trend line pointing in the opposite direction from what they wanted. The person had to have done it all wrong.
We've had tons of data quality issues we're working through and making progress on. But what bothers me is:

"Why is this status red?"
"Because it exceeds its high-risk threshold."
"But why hasn't it been fixed?"
"Because we don't have the tools to fix the problem."
"Then increase the threshold so it turns green!"

Because the risk just disappears because its line turns green on a chart.
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« Reply #14748 on: August 24, 2016, 10:29:07 AM »
Oh, and the various errors or missing records in various databases makes life fun! There were times I had to search 3 databases just to get a complete set of relevant records. I could do this because I bothered to learn where the information was, and where the gaps in information were, and of course learned wgphat other databases had information, and how to use them. Because I cared about learning to do my job well.
Of course, the higher ups never thought this was a problem because no consequences to them, and "well, money and resources are tight". They consistently thought it was better to let all of us have to work inefficiently than to just try to fix these problems. And - the middle and higher ups wouldn't know if the report was incomplete or just wrong, because they never looked at or understood the underlying work or records, just the little summaries they wanted, no matter how inaccurate they may be.
God save the person who provided an accurate report with a trend line pointing in the opposite direction from what they wanted. The person had to have done it all wrong.
We've had tons of data quality issues we're working through and making progress on. But what bothers me is:

"Why is this status red?"
"Because it exceeds its high-risk threshold."
"But why hasn't it been fixed?"
"Because we don't have the tools to fix the problem."
"Then increase the threshold so it turns green!"

Because the risk just disappears because its line turns green on a chart.

Reminds me of an "argument" I had with my boss. He was arguing that exposure!=risk, though they are closely corrolated. We have a process for a small percentage of our customers that is very manual and pretty risky. He is saying that since the number isn't growing, but our overall number of customers is, the risk is going down. I told him, the exposure stays the same, the chances of something happening stay the same, the risk stays the same. Sure, our risk tolerance goes up, but that risk doesn't change and we need to reflect that correctly.

He won the argument, because he is the boss--but I still disagree with it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14749 on: August 24, 2016, 11:17:43 AM »
Oh, and the various errors or missing records in various databases makes life fun! There were times I had to search 3 databases just to get a complete set of relevant records. I could do this because I bothered to learn where the information was, and where the gaps in information were, and of course learned wgphat other databases had information, and how to use them. Because I cared about learning to do my job well.
Of course, the higher ups never thought this was a problem because no consequences to them, and "well, money and resources are tight". They consistently thought it was better to let all of us have to work inefficiently than to just try to fix these problems. And - the middle and higher ups wouldn't know if the report was incomplete or just wrong, because they never looked at or understood the underlying work or records, just the little summaries they wanted, no matter how inaccurate they may be.
God save the person who provided an accurate report with a trend line pointing in the opposite direction from what they wanted. The person had to have done it all wrong.
We've had tons of data quality issues we're working through and making progress on. But what bothers me is:

"Why is this status red?"
"Because it exceeds its high-risk threshold."
"But why hasn't it been fixed?"
"Because we don't have the tools to fix the problem."
"Then increase the threshold so it turns green!"

Because the risk just disappears because its line turns green on a chart.

Reminds me of an "argument" I had with my boss. He was arguing that exposure!=risk, though they are closely corrolated. We have a process for a small percentage of our customers that is very manual and pretty risky. He is saying that since the number isn't growing, but our overall number of customers is, the risk is going down. I told him, the exposure stays the same, the chances of something happening stay the same, the risk stays the same. Sure, our risk tolerance goes up, but that risk doesn't change and we need to reflect that correctly.

He won the argument, because he is the boss--but I still disagree with it.

So, that works until something actually goes wrong and someone who can pound you catches it. I work somewhere that had that happen, a long time ago. It still (15+ years later) influences things, for the better.