* Posts by Billy Twillig

8 publicly visible posts • joined 30 Mar 2023

University of Washington's Workday woes leave research grants in limbo

Billy Twillig

We started calling it "ItDoesn'tWork-Day"...

A few years back, I was involved in a Workday migration that was exactly this. The Workday business model is such that "ThirdPartyManagementCo" (in this case a French-sounding D-word) comes in to "guide" the client through the "migration," freeing the Workday team to work their magic. In other words, the client does ALL of the implementation. The Workday people were useless. At one point they had SEVEN live, world-facing copies of the full HR and payroll DBs. This we were told, was because moving to an updated database required a completely new copy of the existing one. And even the new "version" took weeks to implement. They allowed no visibility into their codebase, so QA is a matter of reviewing the running (sometimes) application.

In a meeting, I asked a Workday dev/rep/shill if they would please make the headers in their tables align centered vertically, 'cause they looked like ass. They told me no, it was too difficult. They were unimpressed when I told them I could do it in DevTools (although, not in seconds, as the CSS was utterly effed) and they told me to be quiet, the important people were talking.

I attempted to tell management that this simply "isn't how it's done," and that they were wasting time and money, and was rather impolitely told to STFU, this is the future. Their payroll system had to be reverted to the old, supposedly broken one monthly, but I got paid on time as I was a contractor. As far as I know that company is still working on it. *smiles*

Former US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin thinking about buying TikTok

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From one foreign government to another


I wonder how the Saudis will react to all of the women and girls on TikTok being women and girls.

NASA missions are being delayed by oversubscribed, overburdened, and out-of-date supercomputers

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Re: Eye opening report

“ Sorting out security is another item on the tiger team's to-do list..”

They are likely already in the gates.

Lawyer guilty of arrogance after ignoring tech support

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Re: Are you sure, this isn't the plot of an IT Crowd epsiode?

From what I heard, Indy did it...

Antiperspirant of Destiny or something?

Google 'wiretapped' tax websites with visitor traffic trackers, lawsuit claims

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Re: The Register uses Google Analytics among other tools to keep track of readership size

“Hypocracy”…I think that is rule by addicts.

Scientists speak their brains: Please don’t call us boffins

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Re: Hmmm

Ummm, so “werewolf” is gendered.

Time to fix it before full moon next week?

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Re: Hmmm

From the Cambridge English Dictionary:

“a scientist who is considered to know a lot about science and not to be interested in other things:

a technical/computer boffin“

If a person wishes to study the sciences, I bet they know how to look up a word. Just not in OED Online. It costs £100.

Errors logged as 'nut loose on the keyboard' were – ahem – not a hardware problem

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Re: I see this a lot

This is the Microsoft version of documentation going all the way back to Windows 1.0. Wait, sorry, Windows 1.0 was a PowerPoint, wasn’t it?

“Goin’ back to Kali…”