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  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    My recollection is that Helen Clark got rid of the WINZ moniker quite early

    And in good Socialist order employed thousands of people with erasers to correct the letterheads and signage. Oh how I miss Miss Helen. :-(
    I have no such feeling for the commander of the Ministry of Social Dysfunction which is responsible for this Massive Storage Dislication caused by the worship of the Mighty Silver Dollar. I fear that someone May Surely Die while these Muppets Sit and Dither.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    I have no such feeling for the commander of the Ministry of Social Dysfunction which is responsible for this Massive Storage Dislication caused by the worship of the Mighty Silver Dollar. I fear that someone May Surely Die while these Muppets Sit and Dither.

    There’s also Ministry of Social Dislocation, given its ambulance-at-the-bottom-of-the-cliff approach.

    It's all symptomatic of a system that combines the worst of both worlds: bureaucratic unaccountability coupled with nouveau riche greed.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    ...given its ambulance-at-the-bottom-of-the-cliff approach.

    aaah! But the upside of that,
    is that it can't fall any further....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    aaah! But the upside of that,
    is that it can’t fall any further….

    Unless of course, there's quicksand.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Muppets Sit and Dither

    my fave so far

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Ministry of Social Dislocation

    I hear rumour that Ms Benefit refers to her pet Ministry as "My Sweet Dystopia" but don't quote me on that'
    I keep having visions of Keith running from the Dole office (for that is what it should be called) with a Massively Swollen Dongle full of Paula's Manuscripts of Spiteful Disclosures.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Data Ng-ja?

    …visions of Keith running from the Dole office (for that is what it should be called) with a Massively Swollen Dongle

    I see what you did there
    Dole with Ng in = dongle
    nice device…
    ;- )

    this illustrated fable is writing itself in the cloud:
    Dongle Keyhost – tilting at Winzmills…
    The Giant Vulnerability quaked,
    its leopard skin spots changing feebly,
    before the Massively Swollen Dongle,
    are you being servered?
    queried the enabled Filewizard,
    as he began the ancient rites
    alt delete
    alt delete
    backspace
    at issue
    a tissue
    we all crash down….”

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    the Massively Swollen Dongle,are you being servered?

    I read that as…
    “the Massively Swollen Dongle,are you being severed?”
    Shades of Lorena Bobbit glimpsed from the corner of a watering eye.
    My Strength Dissipates


    eta.
    As always Ian, splendid stuff... ;-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    So pretty your plague ditty.

    Ministry of Severe Discontent? Ministry of Suffering Denizens?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Smith,

    Keith, there's been a lot of talk about how the security vulnerability allowed access to all of MSD's files. Could you (or anyone else) have deleted all of MSD's files?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2008 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd, in reply to Matthew Smith,

    Interesting question, Matthew. I wonder how well designed and implemented MSD's backup procedures are...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Matthew Smith,

    They'd have (one hopes) backups to restore from.

    A better way to f..k up an organisation is to install scripts that gradually make subtle changes, like altering decimal values in a database table. By the time they find out, the backups will have rolled over.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Smith,

    Yes, I suppose they would have backups. Most departments backup between weekly and nightly so the possible threat is pretty temporary I guess (assuming the backup wasn't also accessible).

    Wellington • Since Jan 2008 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    You'd be amazed how often people go to restore from backup and discover that the media is unreadable, or the backups have been quietly failing for 6 months, or ...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Attachment

    backup

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    It’s all symptomatic of a system that combines the worst of both worlds: bureaucratic unaccountability coupled with nouveau riche greed.

    Hang on, I'll just add that to my list. Of things to look out for.
    I'd rather we read poems to each other.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    A better way to f..k up an organisation is to...

    I think there could be an instuctable in that.
    Another good way of screwing with a large organisation is to reply to a letter that they never sent, works wonders.
    ;-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

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