See title, but I am asking from a technical perspective, not

Take my 40 year old virgin niece on a date or you're fired.

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    If she's a 40 year old virgin, she's probably also an employee. Wouldn't that be against policy? – Tim Post Sep 9 '10 at 18:23
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    can you return her unopened next morning? – Mawg Sep 10 '10 at 1:49
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    Go read clientsfromhell.net – Pierre-Alain Vigeant Sep 10 '10 at 20:11
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    This whole Q+As is like Dilbert, but in real life. – Agos Sep 10 '10 at 22:40
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    Ah, the mods strike again against clear community interest (70 up-votes!). Sigh. You know, maybe if so many very popular questions are against rules, maybe rules need changing? – James May 13 '11 at 21:48

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To make a user manual for an automated process. The user manual basically say "Double click foo.exe and wait until it's done"

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    Having to deal with the end user of what I write I would say that is almost always necessary unfortunately – Skeith Jul 4 '11 at 9:46
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    Probably you need another document to tel user to how to use that manual. – Chris Jul 28 '11 at 11:41

I had to create and integrate a TCP Server into a Microsoft Access VBA Application.

It works kinda well, but it's probably the most insane piece of software I have ever written.


I was once asked to make a field in a database "semi-compulsory" by a manager.

Just recently I was asked to develop a web application I had no prior knowledge of based on some JPEG mocks of what the website should look like that had been created by a design agency in another country who normally do print designs and have no idea about the web.

  • Please add details about the semi-compulsory field. I must know more! – Kevin Laity Sep 10 '10 at 22:19
  • Development based on JPEG out of a print studio? Pfffft! Regular work. Now, about, the semi-compulsory field... tell us more :) – Agos Sep 10 '10 at 22:58
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    Semi-compulsory isn't as crazy as it sounds; there's lots of cases where it's "required IF condition X is true". With the right DB constraints you can even enforce this... though it'd probably be better at a higher abstraction layer. – Craig Walker Sep 10 '10 at 23:01
  • The semi-compulsory field came about because our database had to confirm to a national schema that defined the field should always have a value. I, naturally, made it non nullable in the DB. However, we also had to import data from various sources, and some of the providers complained that they didn't have any data for the field. Our project manager's solution was ingenious - make it "semi-compulsory". – Dan Diplo Sep 11 '10 at 13:37

We work as a Scrum team and do our estimates for user stories in story points. When I looked at my second half goals for this year is was a requirement the the our story points must be within +/- 10 percent of the actual development hours spent on the story. For those involved in Agile you know story points are unitless and are based on a Fibonacci number sequence. I have yet to figure out how to make estimate match the actual how anyone could put such a requirement on the team.

  • Well, you could always put a higher estimate and then use the extra time browsing Programmers.SE :) – Radu Murzea Apr 14 '13 at 7:44

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