Re: Hall of Fame

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A finger wag directed at somebody responding affirmatively to "Who wants to sex Mutombo?" would be kind of cruel.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 2:25 PM
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It would be really funny, though.


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 2:46 PM
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Cruel is nearly always funny.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 2:47 PM
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Until you get to torture or something.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 2:47 PM
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Or the target is too sympathetic.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 2:49 PM
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Hall of Fame earlier era oil company ad.

"This giant glacier has remained unmelted for centuries."
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Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 7:49 PM
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That's something else.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 7:56 PM
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Water is more or less the same as ice.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 8:02 PM
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It would be interesting to see what that glacier looks like now.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 8:08 PM
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8 to 9.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 8:13 PM
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Huh, it seems it's actually advancing.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 8:16 PM
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Pretty sure that's the right glacier, based on the blurry caption in the photo.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 8:20 PM
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12: Seems so to me. It's coming after us; it's like the bird in the cage in The Birds organizing the other glaciers to crush... the other glaciers haven;t yet gotten the message since it's doing so at a glacial pace.

We'll have to serpentine.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 8:25 PM
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to crush us


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09-14-15 8:25 PM
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This marks a new high in ridiculously false excuses:"I want to announce that I'm stepping down in order to spend more time with my workouts."

If you go to the (magnificent) comment thread it's clear that this man may have been one of the worst IT managers ever. As in, seems to have built a career on universities wanting to get rid of him so badly that they told other universities about how he totally wasn't that bad.
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Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 6:41 AM
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One comment:

Studham claims to have a strong background in research computing. While at The University of Tennessee, he proposed replacing Linux on our supercomputer with Windows. He said he had done that at ORNL and that it had made supercomputing easy to use. We called ORNL and could find no such system. In fact, their IT people found the idea quite amusing. He also tried to replace SAS and MATLAB with Excel. He claimed to be customer driven so when we asked what customer had asked for these changes, he said that he was a customer too.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 6:42 AM
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Fuck that. Even a simple regression in Excel is a huge fucking pain plus you can't even begin to manage the data.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 6:47 AM
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Seriously, that would just destroy a university as a research institution, at least in anything biomedical.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 6:53 AM
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16: ...buh


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 7:05 AM
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Do you have to be a subscriber to see the comment thread? I'm completely missing it.


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 7:06 AM
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You just have to click the "Who wants to see Mutombo's comments" button.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 7:07 AM
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He also tried to replace SAS and MATLAB with Excel.
If it's good enough for Harvard economists...


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 7:12 AM
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It would destroy it in almost every quantitative field. There's only one supercomputer in the top 500 that runs Windows. Nobody uses Excel for anything serious. (Maybe the accounting department.)


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 7:12 AM
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Apparently, the kids in some fields use nothing but R.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 7:14 AM
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Apparently, by the way, this had very little to do with his being "resigned". There were also totally misunderstood rumors about how he might have been misusing funds.

The audit examined Studham's hiring of personal friends as university contractors outside the normal competitive bid process and his own use of university equipment, recording of vacation time and use of school funds.

The report describes the purchase of 21 devices -- Google Glass, an aerial drone, a high-end gaming headset and multiple laptop computers among them -- which auditors sought more information on. In the audit, Studham said none were for personal use and some were bought because "people would expect me to know something about it" as a technological evaluator.

Given that this showed up at around the time the "so you hired someone who had been fired for sexual harassment as your sports director and then when some people complained of sexual harassment you laughed it off and now it turns out that he was sexually harassing loads of people" scandal is wearing off (which turned up right around the time the "so your psychiatric researchers were taking bribes from pharmaceutical companies, basically killing people, and terrorizing everyone around them into keeping quiet about it" scandal was leaving the news), the University isn't having the greatest year. There are bound to be some pretty serious no consequences whatsoever for the higher administrators.


Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 7:15 AM
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Those kinds of things can happen in lots of places. Trying to replace SAS with Excel is sort of unique evil.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 7:19 AM
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Which I guess actually was at Tennessee.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 7:25 AM
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I worked in OIT for a year (before he got there), and let's just say that I am no longer surprised so many of my senior former colleagues have left in the past couple of years.


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 7:30 AM
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25: That's some amateur-level CIO fraud. My former firm's former CIO took several million in vendor kickbacks. If you're going to abuse a position that gives you access to a shit-ton of money, you could at least have the self-respect to do better than a "high-end gaming headset".


Posted by: potchkeh | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 7:48 AM
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25: There are bound to be some pretty serious no consequences whatsoever for the higher administrators. I'm sure after they lose two senior lines, the sociology department will apologize and never do this again.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 9:37 AM
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Innovations in community college executive benefits: no-documentation expense accounts.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 09-15-15 3:32 PM
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