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The Dirtiest Jobs in IT

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the but-someone-has-to-do-it dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 116

snydeq writes "Carcasses, garter belts, anthrax — there is no end to nasty when it comes to working in IT, as the fourth installment of InfoWorld's Dirty IT Jobs series proves. From the systems sanitation engineer, to the human server rack, surviving in today's IT job market often means thriving in difficult conditions, including standing in two feet of water holding a plugged-in server or finding yourself in a sniper's crosshairs while attempting to install a communications link." In case you missed them, here are the first three parts.

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Porn industry (3, Interesting)

x*yy*x (2058140) | more than 3 years ago | (#36072938)

A few years ago I was really actively working on porn industry, but against common believe it's not really that dirty. Well, for the women maybe. But otherwise it's really professional and actually a fun industry to work on.

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36072980)

why would you quit? sounds much better than working in my cubical farm.

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36073020)

Maybe it WAS a cube farm and it made porno boring and repetitive...

Re:Porn industry (3, Funny)

pixline (2028580) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073088)

Maybe it WAS a cube farm and it made porno boring and repetitive...

dunno if it was boring, quite sure it was repetitive :)

Re:Porn industry (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36073008)

Without porn there would be no internet. Porn companies did a lot for www in the beginning. They pioneered videos and HD and a lot more stuff.

Re:Porn industry (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 3 years ago | (#36074410)

I hate to break it to you, but the internet existed long before any porn dollars started rolling in. The internet may not exist as it does today without porn, but it would certainly exist.

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36076628)

I hate to break it to you, but the internet existed long before any porn dollars started rolling in. The internet may not exist as it does today without porn, but it would certainly exist.

First, he specified the Web and not the entire Internet. Also, regarding the Web, he didn't claim they invented HTTP. Relax.

Now for what he actually did claim: what part of his specific mention of things like HD videos was difficult to understand? If you want to argue against him then make your claim that the porn industry did not pioneer HD video and streaming video in general. Responding to claims that were never made just makes you look foolish.

I sure wish you guys would work on your reading comprehension issues prior to posting. It would dramatically improve the signal-to-noise ratio.

Re:Porn industry (2)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 3 years ago | (#36076826)

He said:

Without porn there would be no internet.

I said:

the internet existed long before any porn dollars started rolling in

You said:

First, he specified the Web and not the entire Internet

Also note I did not refute or contradict his claim entirely, I only modified it to make it more accurate. I have no doubt porn has shaped the way the internet is today, yet still stand by my original statements

I sure wish you anonymous cowards would work on your reading comprehension issues prior to posting. It would dramatically improve the signal-to-noise ratio.

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36076296)

Oh God, is that myth STILL going around? Next you will tell us (wrongly) that they are the reason that VHS beat Beta.

Re:Porn industry (1)

Richard Dick Head (803293) | more than 3 years ago | (#36077140)

Remember, the road of high technology is paved mainly by young single people with tons of disposable income. (Do a mental inventory of all the 'cool electronics' your parents own. Yep, it all dates before you, except maybe for the TV.)

Remember that magical point in time somewhere around the Geforce 2 era when it was more important to upgrade the video card, and the processor didn't really matter? Gee, I wonder why today's video cards are far more advanced than today's processors?

Re:Porn industry (1)

WorBlux (1751716) | more than 3 years ago | (#36079596)

Remember that magical point in time somewhere around the Geforce 2 era when it was more important to upgrade the video card, and the processor didn't really matter? Gee, I wonder why today's video cards are far more advanced than today's processors?

They aren't, they just do the same things over an over again and really easy to design the hardware in parallel. You still need a CPU to setup and throw data and instructions at it at it because comparatively speaking the GPU is inflexible and dumb.

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36077266)

Al Gore invented the Internet to relieve his Chakra.

Re:Porn industry (1)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | more than 3 years ago | (#36078864)

Gore worked on the bills that allowed the commercialization of the internet. So he was partially responsible for the 'net as we know it now. He never said he invented the internet. When will that myth end?

Re:Porn industry (1)

ppanon (16583) | more than 3 years ago | (#36079986)

Never. Republicans need something to make themselves feel good and feel that Democrats are dumber.

Re:Porn industry (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#36078236)

They didnt made the internet. Just the part that went from www to xxx.

Re:Porn industry (5, Funny)

robthebloke (1308483) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073052)

I once arrived at work super early, and caught a cleaner whacking off to a porn site in my office. I don't think it's possible to feel as dirty as staring down at your keyboard/mouse realising that you've been using that for weeks. Ugh. Obviously they went straight in the bin.... (and the cleaner was sacked on the spot)

Re:Porn industry (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36073102)

Depending on the industry where this happened (such as healthcare) leaving a terminal available for a cleaner to access would also be a sackable offense.

Re:Porn industry (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36073768)

Who said that the cleaner was logged in as GP? Any of my coworkers can log into my PC, and I can log into any of theirs. Since so many things are tied into having a user ID and password (payroll for one), I wouldn't be surprised if the cleaning crew have logins as well.

Re:Porn industry (1)

N0Man74 (1620447) | more than 3 years ago | (#36074708)

I don't know why you got modded down... this is entirely valid.

I used to work for an extremely large organization that authenticated on Active Directory, and did not place any permission restrictions on what workstations were used. Anyone with a valid AD account could log into any workstations, and able to access whatever resources that their particular profile had access too, regardless of workstation. Many used roaming profiles and some worked on multiple sites, so it was even more insignificant which workstation they actually used.

Re:Porn industry (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36074380)

No it would not unless he was in charge of security. All the pc's would lock on inactivity and require credentials to get back in. It is possible that the cleaner had credentials since for instance at my hospital every employee has an id and password that can be used to log in from any computer attached to our network. They are not even supposed to be shut down at night because they need to receive updates.

I notice on slashdot that a lot of people have misconceptions about how hospital networks actually function and also how HIPPA/HITECH is actually satisfied. Let me put it this way. If you are not in the healthcare industry and you are about to make a post that some lapse in security is a sackable offence in a hospital environment 99% of the time you are outright dead wrong and look like a moron for saying so.

Re:Porn industry (1)

causality (777677) | more than 3 years ago | (#36076660)

Let me put it this way. If you are not in the healthcare industry and you are about to make a post that some lapse in security is a sackable offence in a hospital environment 99% of the time you are outright dead wrong and look like a moron for saying so.

Well yeah, that's what usually happens when you know nothing about a subject and for some reason still insist on forming strong opinions about it.

That doesn't seem to stop anyone, though. I guess they think if they just have enough passion it will make up for being factually wrong, somehow.

Re:Porn industry (1)

Richard Dick Head (803293) | more than 3 years ago | (#36078230)

Sir, I've been waiting patiently for 3 weeks to get an IP address for my equipment. Could you please get off your worry-free, lapse-proof ass and actually do something?

Signed, The Rest Of Us At The Hospital

Re:Porn industry (1)

scottv67 (731709) | more than 3 years ago | (#36078962)

>I notice on slashdot that a lot of people have misconceptions about how hospital networks actually function and also how HIPPA

Before you start waving your dick around and criticizing the average Slashdotter's knowledge of healthcare IT, please learn how many P's are in the acronym for "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996"

Re:Porn industry (1)

cyberfin (1454265) | more than 3 years ago | (#36075894)

OMG someone please mod this up bigtime!

Re:Porn industry (3, Funny)

royallthefourth (1564389) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073124)

Actually, it sounds like your keyboard was what received the sacking

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36078332)

Ok, I admit it.. I loll'ed.

Re:Porn industry (1, Insightful)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073354)

Your leave everything accessible to the cleaners? No passwords on the computers?

Do you also leave the bank account information and online banking passwords written on a whiteboard for them to view?

Re:Porn industry (1)

Reapman (740286) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073630)

Ya, um, maybe you've watched a bit too much TV, but in order to get access to someones personal data you need MORE then a keyboard. Who's to say the cleaning staff wasn't logged on as a guest account on the machine?

It's quite common in some industry's, FYI, to have the cleaning staff required to pass a certain level of security clearance.

But hey, one guy's funny anecdote is enough information for you to blindly ramble on like you know everything, so feel free to continue.

Re:Porn industry (1)

guruevi (827432) | more than 3 years ago | (#36074966)

It is common in a lot of smaller to midsize companies that a dedicated cleaning guy/group or janitors (not a rent-a-cleaner) have their own e-mail address and can subsequently logon to the computers at work even if it's just to see special tasks (clean up the break room before a meeting) or log their time.

Re:Porn industry (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 3 years ago | (#36075704)

Who's to say the cleaning staff wasn't logged on as a guest account on the machine?

Leaving guest accounts enabled should be a sacking offense for whoever is responsible for that piece of configuration.

Re:Porn industry (1)

Reapman (740286) | more than 3 years ago | (#36076284)

why? for your industry sure, for my industry absolutely, but for some it might make sense to have a generic, limited access account setup on some systems - it depends on many factors that neither you nor I could even guess at.

I notice you said "leaving guest accounts enabled" I assume you were assuming I was talking about the ones in Windows? I hope not...

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36075696)

Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorence on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon... you know, cause I've worked in a lot of offices, and I tell you, people do that all the time.

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36078252)

I bet the cleaner was embarrassed to be caught out too. How long had she been working there?

Re:Porn industry (1)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | more than 3 years ago | (#36078880)

Sounds like he already 'sacked' himself. Repeatedly.

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36079650)

Dude, he was just cleaning himself out!

Re:Porn industry (2)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 3 years ago | (#36079944)

Obviously they went straight in the bin.... (and the cleaner was sacked on the spot)

I don't understand this need to be super-serious about trivial matters. No need to give the guy a pink slip. Have a laugh, then forget about it.

My dad once owned a company. When working late, he caught one department head fucking the cleaning lady. Did you think he sacked the guy? Hell, no. Just laughed and asked him to turn off the lights when they'd leave the office.

Re:Porn industry (2)

SilentStaid (1474575) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073466)

You wouldn't believe the carpal tunnel claims...

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36073474)

I can see you have a mastery of the English language. No doubt a requirement to work in such a "professional" industry.

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36074000)

Not everyone's first language is English.

Re:Porn industry (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#36074094)

Sure it is, you just have to speak slower and louder to jog their memory. ;)

On a related note.... (0)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073872)

On a related note, FriendFinder Networks is filing for an IPO.

Dealt with a couple of interview candidates who had worked there (they apparently use Perl). I don't think any of them really appreciated the time they spent there, though.

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36075738)

I once interviewed for a job at a sex toy making place. They needed an IT guy for backups, as well as making sure the systems that popped out the dildos were going, and to call service if one of the plastic mold machines had issues that were of more than dropping pellets in the feed bin and such.

The funny thing is that the place had actual R&D. They wanted to make USB rechargeable vibrators, but were concerned about safety, so they were sticking with the tried and true "D" cells, until they could find a decent way of having a decent battery pack that was up to their safety standards (which obviously included complete immersion in liquids.) I think they were last experimenting with induction charging, like how older electric toothbrushes were charged.

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36075808)

I work in the same industry. I love it.

Now, I don't actually see much of the content. What I like is the equipment we get, the vendors we deal with.
We commonly test top-tier equipment for companies like Cisco and Foundry.
We have multiple GB fiber lines going across the Pacific and Atlantic.

We have people trying to blackmail and extort money out of us all the time, threating DDoS attacks and trying to hack the systems.
We get all manner of attacks 24/7. Keeps us on our toes and it never gets boring.

The fun is that we are also not as structured as larger companies.
So when it comes to things like creating new storage solutions, servers, databases, we still have the fun of being able to try new things.

Oh, and then there is producing your own content, getting the equipment to edit and encode the content for various systems.
Doing things like InfiniBand and CUDA for faster transcoding.

For some of the geeks here, our hardware and technology is better then the content.

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36079476)

gawd.
you gave me a boner just talking about this stuff.

Re:Porn industry (1)

Nethead (1563) | more than 3 years ago | (#36078138)

Is that a bunch of flying croc?

Re:Porn industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36079622)

I wish I was actively working IN the porn industry too. I will get paid, get to work as a professional, and it will really be for fun for my di.. , i mean me.

Yeah... (2)

pyrr (1170465) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073238)

This story just goes to illustrate that even "dirty" incidents (not so much jobs, InfoWorld is reaching a bit for sensationalism, imagine that) in IT are really not all that dirty in the same way the rest of the workforce understands "dirty".

Re:Yeah... (2)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073758)

Exactly. The guy who does stateside reachback support for IT people in Iraq who are in the "rear" compared to infantry and other warfighters on the frontlines doesn't exactly get a lot of sympathy from me. Oh, you had to answer the phone late at night? Cry me a river.

Re:Yeah... (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 3 years ago | (#36074178)

I don't think that one was about him, so much as about the poor guys who have to do IT work in a literal war zone. He just got in the story because he dealt with them, and is probably more accessible to whoever was writing the story.

Re:Yeah... (2)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36074286)

It's still not frontline work. For being in Iraq, it's one of the easiest jobs you can find. At a time when troops were out in the field with little to no shelter, these guys were living in palaces, literally. I've been to a few of them. They're nice. Solid walls, electricity, (and eventually, not sure when) plenty of AC. Considering what kind of real work was being at the same time not too far away, anyone doing IT support in a palace shouldn't be complaining about work conditions. I was in the Perfume Palace in Baghdad in 2005 one time when a .50 cal round came in through the window and smacked into a map board. I've told people the story as a humorous anecdote while making pains not to sound like I was complaining, usually in the same breath while mockingly complaining the chowhall didn't have any rainbow sprinkles for the ice cream. As pyrr said, these stories just show how easy IT people have it compared to people who do real work.

Re:Yeah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36076282)

AC??? I still remember working out of GP tents. You wanted AC, you rolled up the sides. The tents usually smelled like CS anyway. These were some of the pilot units that were deployable before Desert Storm. Kids and their new fangled toys....

Now get off my lawn.

Re:Yeah... (1)

TheCourier (2133190) | more than 3 years ago | (#36077792)

Wow, had to make an account to point out how wrong this is. Leave it to the "I was in Iraq, so I'm an expert on the whole contracting/war situation" fellows to make such a sweeping statement. I too was in Iraq, in a camp in the south about the size of a football field in 05-06 and being my unit's S6 (that's the internet/computer/radio department of a unit for non-military folks) I was pretty good friends with the civilian and military "IT" guys. It is not your job title that matters, it's what type of unit and area you get placed in. I never saw anybody complain and being mortared on a regular basis is not being "in the rear" from my point of view. Rockets, IED's, and mortars don't pick out who to kill based on your military speciality or GS pay scale. I'm glad you got to enjoy your time in an area that was relatively safe, but don't assume everybody else got that priveledge.

Re:Yeah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36078278)

This is oodaloop, posting on my phone. I served 7 years active duty Marine Corps, so get off your high horse about being in danger. It doesn't begin to compare with going on patrol, wearing full body armor, helmet, weapon, etc in 140deg heat. The grunts out there in the shit call people like you fobbits. So as hard as you had it, everyone else had it harder. That was my only point.

Re:Yeah... (2)

vldragon (981127) | more than 3 years ago | (#36078506)

And there aire IT people in combat comms that are the first one's in the field, that have to wear full body armor, helmet, & a weapon while setting up comms in the heat of battle. Don't assume to know every asset of every field. We all have a job to do in war, some have it easy, some have it tough but we're all on the same side and we all make sacrifices. There is no need to downplay one persons sarcrifice, no matter how small, because you or those you now had it rougher. It deminished all of our sacrifices when we fight amonst ourselves. Semper Fi.

Re:Yeah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36077864)

Translation: I was too stupid to pick a marketable MOS with a comfy work environment.

Yes, that's a big 'fuck you' from a 35T.

Re:Yeah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36079584)

"Considering what kind of real work was being at the same time not too far away"

Real work? Without IT support, the army would be useless, you condescending piece of shit.

Re:Yeah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36079848)

So, the dozens of weekly rockets and mortars raining from the sky doesn't qualify? Most folks in IT don't worry about their luck running out when taking a stroll. I do understand what you are saying, though. You might be interested to hear the PP is empty now.

Format (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36073292)

I hate articles formatted like that, why do I need to click 7 or 8 times to read one article? Put it all on one page super jags.

Re:Format (1)

berashith (222128) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073400)

yup, the splash ad to start, then the giant scroll down ad... both of which I clicked close before I saw who was being advertised. Then , select the print link to place all the content in one place. Done. You dont need to click through 7 or 8 times, but 3 if you know what to expect is still a bit much.

Re:Format (2)

Whalou (721698) | more than 3 years ago | (#36074146)

Dirtiest IT Job: Working for Infoworld coding scripts to split articles into several pages.

Re:Format (1)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 3 years ago | (#36075568)

Zing!

Personally my worst job was working on a dairy farm. This is going back oh 10 years or so. So dealing with modern to ancient equipment(including a 8088), a mix of various network protocols, different types of cabling(the mishmash of coax and ethernet was fun along with the super corroded terminators - no touchie they were rotted, and so was the cable), switches which had never been powered off. UPS cabinets on a 480v line, and of course the step-up transformer sitting next to it with bare unshielded connectors(none of which had been tested since their install).

I'm honestly surprised the entire place didn't catch fire, and take the 8000 head of cattle with it. Oh and of course then there was the automatic feed, watering and nutrient injection system which was run off this really old 386sx. I swear it had been hit by lightening. The inside of the case looked like rats, mice, voles, and spiders had been breeding in it. They probably had been. Followed by the open ended 100ft run of cabling between one building and the other. Which rats had gotten into and chewed through both the coax, and ethernet. Man was that ever fun to re-run.

Re:Format (1)

adolf (21054) | more than 3 years ago | (#36080106)

I'm confused: You seem to be thinking as "coax" as being somewhat different from "ethernet," when the former term usually means "10base2," which the latter ("ethernet," or 802.3) encompasses.

[/pedant]

I'll attempt to meet your agricultural horror story with one of my own, though: Radio communications gear on a grain elevator.

Everything is covered in muck, inside and out: It is literally filled with flour (be it from corn, beans, or wheat), which has been degenerated by ambient moisture, insects, and time.

If the gear needs fan cooling to survive, forget it: Filtering the air is a non-starter because it would be a never-ending maintenance disaster, and complex HVAC systems aren't usually allowed by the owner due to the (perfectly rational) fear of explosion from sparks...and systems which would successfully mitigate that fear are both too expensive, and too big.

And, of course, using fan cooling but not filtering the air at all would cause rapid failure, as the gear itself would become the filter.

Simple, enclosed cabinets don't work, because things get hot in the summertime, and the lack of airflow causes failure in a hurry.

The best solution is open, 2-post racks, with passive convection cooling, a lot of muck, and occasional failures (which are tolerable in this application).

I still ponder how it is, exactly, that rodents are able to survive on top of a 200' grain elevator.

But, dude: Coax between buildings? That's just asking for catastrophic failures and/or fire, without rather special grounding considerations (see, for example, Motorola R56 for an idea) to make it safe, and even then it's a bad idea for reliability. Cat5 isn't much better.

Spiders (3, Interesting)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073364)

Worked in a server room in a basement that was on a heavily wooded property, spiders, salamanders and moles weren't uncommon. I got bit in the head by a Hobo Spider, necrotic tissue and nerve damage ensued.

Re:Spiders (3, Interesting)

JonySuede (1908576) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073610)

it was probably a brown recluse spider not the Hobo Spider since the tissue necrosis cannot be reproduced in the lab using that spider venom. For more info read : An approach to spider bites. Erroneous attribution of dermonecrotic lesions to brown recluse or hobo spider bites in Canada. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15455808 [nih.gov]

Re:Spiders (3, Informative)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073742)

Except for taking the spider to the Oregon Poison Center at Oregon Health Sciences University, where it was shipped off to Oregon State and they said "It's a Hobo Spider" and Brown Recluse not being native to the area.

A spider that was identified as a Hobo Spider (Tegenaria agrestis), it bit my head, other Tegenaria agrestis and T.domestica were seen in my building and in my basement, I had tissue necrosis and nerve pain.

I've read the NIH report and all the drama on the Hobo vs Funnel Webs vs Brown Recluse, the scaring is more similar to Tegenaria duellica/T.agrestis/T.domestica but the spider chewing on my head was a T.agrestis.

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00042059.htm [cdc.gov]

Re:Spiders (2)

JonySuede (1908576) | more than 3 years ago | (#36074818)

OK then the ref in my article might be wrong even if they are more recent.... I was feeling safe since I hate dangerous spiders and they don't live in Canada were I live. Since you tell me that T.agrestis is really dangerous and you seems to have good scientific refs combined with anecdotal evidence so I will start to live in fear of the brown spiders again .....

Re:Spiders (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#36074920)

The bite point started out like a pimple with two puncture holes.

I got a fever and just felt like crap, first Doctor didn't believe it was a spider bite dispite my having caught the stupid thing and having it in a plastic container.

Fast forward three days, an area the size of a quarter dollar is purple/red/black, changing colors and oozing puss. The doctors that looked at me that time believed it was a spider bite.

That was December 2001, the nerve pain is mostly gone now, but the scar and muscle there still aren't right.

I got bit in Portland Oregon, sounds like they've made it up to Vancouver/Victoria, over to Boise ID and down to Corvallis and Eugene OR.

It was a one in million/ten million bite, don't worry about 'em.

Re:Spiders (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36075504)

It was a one in million/ten million bite, don't worry about 'em.

Hahahahaha, after describing your agonies in detail, I'm sure he is comforted to no end. Thanks for an enlightening and entertaining thread.

Re:Spiders (1)

JonySuede (1908576) | more than 3 years ago | (#36075936)

It was a one in million/ten million bite, don't worry about 'em.

I will still kill all the brown spiders (not all existing brown spiders just the one I saw) with a metal thingy just to be sure....

Re:Spiders (1)

ediron2 (246908) | more than 3 years ago | (#36076012)

'have made it over to Boise' makes it sound like they're currently slowly marching eastward from PDX. Let me add another data point: I've been stompin' hobos in Pocatello (Eastern Idaho) since the late 80's.

When I bought a house in Idaho Falls (elevation 4600, 3 hrs east of Boise) in 1997, we'd catch 15-18 per NIGHT in glue traps. Stupid prior homeowner had landscaped with literally hundreds of square feet of 3/4"-4" river rock, and the interstitial spaces were the best damn hobo habitat I've ever seen (2-5 per shovelful, or an estimated 10 per square foot).

As for JonySuede: Hobo-bite necrosis and their huge presence in eastern Idaho isn't anecdotal... start with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_Vest [wikipedia.org] , then hit the website his family has maintained since his disappearance.

Re:Spiders (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#36076226)

I moved up to Anchorage just to escape the Hobos ;)

We get some seriously giant furry monsters up here that have ridden the ferries and Alcan though.

Re:Spiders (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36077154)

I can confirm, Hobo's are here in Eugene OR.
A scary spider that will dart for your feet from under a closet door.

Re:Spiders (2)

hobo sapiens (893427) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073830)

try getting bit by a hobo sapiens! rrrrawwr!

Paul Lynde lives (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36073932)

try getting bit by a hobo sapiens! rrrrawwr!

Roger [wikipedia.org] from American Dad, or Paul Lynde [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:Spiders (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 3 years ago | (#36075102)

should have told her, "no teeth".

Re:Spiders (2)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | more than 3 years ago | (#36079008)

My first job as a full time IT person was as a network analyst at a meat plant that killed 3500 head of cattle a day. I took it because I was broke and needed the money right after school. The facility I worked at was their only Canadian operation and given the size, it required a Canadian office of around 200 people (accounting, procurement, sales, shipping, etc.). So they had to have a network admin on site. That would be me for the time I was there.

The "interesting" part of the job was the part when they told me that at other facilities that didn't have offices in them, they were administered remotely, but since I was there, I had to take care of the computers in the plant as well as the office. Nothing says "IT" like walking through blood as you pass the giant skinning machines that tear the whole hide from the cow in one shot. Or watching them trim the hooves off... about a foot (pun intended) up the leg on your way to the terminal in the blood room (it was literally called the blood room... every part is used). The worst part is the smell in the skinning a hide rooms. The sight of the skinned animals is nothing after a while. The smell in those rooms, that's another thing. Took me 20 or 30 minutes to get through the door the first time I had to go. I went for a salami sub right after... get back on the horse an all that or become vegan. I still eat meat. All that, and just make sure you wash your boots off before going back into the office. The "knocking station" where they "knocked" (killed the animals was for me a sad place. It was done quickly and humanely, but it did make me feel sad. You can literally see the 'light' going off in their eyes. Like I said, I still eat meat, and enjoy it. But I think everyone that eats meat should have to go through one of these plants to remind you where your hamburger really comes from. It isn't just a package in the supermarket. But that's just me.

I did that for seven months before getting into a programming shop. Thank God.

FWIW, the company had something like a dozen processing facilities and most of their IT work (new users, backups, etc) was done remotely by network admins in Wichita with help from techs on site who normally worked on industrial automation. They had a surprising number of systems that were required to run the plant, including Oracle databases, mail servers, network servers, VAX, AS/400, satellite uplink and downlink to futures markets, etc. Had to administer many of them, and backup all. Some were administered remotely (e.g. AS/400).

Re:Spiders (1)

luk3Z (1009143) | more than 3 years ago | (#36079892)

This remind me "Fast Food Nation 2006" movie.

They Missed One (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36073472)

Garbage collector.

End user support (3, Insightful)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073548)

Your mind will be turned into mush in just a month. Hunting backups in Fukushima suddently looks like a healthier alternative.

Re:End user support (3, Funny)

d'fim (132296) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073988)

Hunting backups in Fukushima

Be vewy, vewy, qwiet.....

Re:End user support (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36074218)

6 years in and my sanity is long gone.

Time saver (1)

gnick (1211984) | more than 3 years ago | (#36075078)

"IT - Have you tried turning it off and on again?"

Re:Time saver (1)

Quirkz (1206400) | more than 3 years ago | (#36075972)

Also:
1) It is plugged in?
2) Are you sure?
3) Did you check BOTH ends of the cord?

Re:Time saver (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 3 years ago | (#36079340)

Or: No, that particular device is NOT bus powered. Result of a 90 minute support call with a user who was adamant they knew it was plugged in and switched on. I really don't miss the 'Magic' of SCSI.

Re:End user support (1)

Bacon Bits (926911) | more than 3 years ago | (#36075622)

I'm currently working a Help Desk so I'm aoih wari aoweifuo iaueoainfoawirubauwhetuhisg.

Re:End user support (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36078108)

Hunting backups in Fukushima

Hun-ting ba-ckups in Fukushima
Ba-ckups, ba-ckups
In Fukushima. MA! /Bonzo Dog Band

snydeq Has the Worst Job in IT (3, Insightful)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073558)

Could it get any worse than astro-turfing for InfoWorld? Probably not. Maybe if it became common knowledge that InfoWorld actually pays Slashdot for placing his astro-turf slashvertisements...?

They missed one - Porn Finder! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36073690)

Actually, they missed one: Content Examiner - okay, so I don't know the exact title these folks had - but a friend who used to work at PhotoBucket told me about these poor saps - basically their job was to spend all day examining all content uploaded into the network to ensure it wasn't porn, child porn, death porn, porn, Etc.

Apparently the burn rate was 2 months per person, max. No mental health services provided - these were temps they were "using" for this - as for what the long term effects are of this crap, well, start trolling...

Ob Mel Brooks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36076678)

Hey! You said 'porn' twice.

Heh (1)

orsty3001 (1377575) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073734)

This reminds me of the worlds unluckiest computer shop on http://stimie.net/ [stimie.net]

Worst IT job I ever 'ad? (0)

UncHellMatt (790153) | more than 3 years ago | (#36073880)

The worst IT job I ever had was with Jayne Mansfield. You know, she was a fantastic bird, you know ..... big tits, huge bum, and everything like that, but I had the terrible job of retrieving routers from her bum. Bloody hell, that was a task. Well, it was quite a task 'cause she had a big bum ... But I had to, used to go round, you know, of an evening ... when Jayne was sleeping or sort of comatose, like, you know, you know, just lying there, and, er, I had to retrieve these routers from her arsehole.

(and if any of you get that ref, you're a very sick person)

Re:Worst IT job I ever 'ad? (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36074236)

My God! It's full of Arse!

Re:Worst IT job I ever 'ad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36074686)

I connected to this server, and guess what it said - Hello!

Re:Worst IT job I ever 'ad? (1)

alex67500 (1609333) | more than 3 years ago | (#36075794)

Hum... wasn't the original quote with something like crabs? or lobsters maybe?

D&C, yep, quite sick...

Dirtiest job in IT... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36074816)

Garbage collection?

Re:Dirtiest job in IT... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#36075538)

Cleaning filters?

--

To invent you need a good junk and a pile of imagination. T. Ed Sun.

IT workers complaining about dirty jobs? (0)

greghodg (1453715) | more than 3 years ago | (#36075090)

What are you looking at? You're laborers. You should be laboring. That's what you get for not having an education.

ObXKCD (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36075368)

http://xkcd.com/705/

I think I saw this on the Discovery Channel (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#36075748)

gotta be working for Mike Rowe Soft [discovery.com] !
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