Concall Mischief

Most folks I work with are somewhere else in the world, far away from the ranch. Our meetings can be somewhat interesting, and sometimes can lead to funny interactions. For example...

Developer-1: "We'll now start the code review..."

[followed by a lot of boring stuff, when all of the sudden an argument broke out. It seems that some of the developers had some different ideas on how to squeeze the best performance out of some tiny bit of the application]

Developer-1: "My algorithm is better than yours!"
Developer-2: "No, my algorithm is superior to yours!"
Developer-3: "And my algorithm is the best damn algorithm ever invented!"
... and so on, ad nausem ...

For those who are on the remote end of the conference call, we can get another cup of coffee, read e-mail, or whatever. But sometimes we get an opportunity to break into the melee to inject a little mischief.

Me: "Wait! I see a syntax error!"
Developer-1: "No, this cannot be! Where?"
Me: "Right there! Right after the conditional!"

Of course, I have no idea what they are actually looking at, my computer screen shows a half-finished Sudoku.

Developer-1: "I don't see anything wrong. Do you mean line 821?"
Me: "OK, I know this is difficult to do over a conference call since you can't see what I see. So, what I want you to do is reach down, and grab your right foot, just below the ankle."
Developer-1: "Do I need to take my shoe off?"
Me: "Oh, yes, thanks, I almost forgot that part. Take your shoe off."
Developer-1: "OK, I've got it. Where is the error?"
Me: "Now, PULL!"



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