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We have to deal with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance here because we are a publically traded company. If you have never heard of SOX, be thankful. Anyway, out of SOX, one of the things that was discovered was that we had some sensative applications that did not timeout after certain periods of inactivity. Obviously, to put that in would require some code changes, and a resolution was needed quickly so ...

The decision was made to enforce a screen saver on machines through Active Directory Group Policy. This mandates what screen saver is used, that it is password protected, and enables after 15 minutes of inactivity. Since we were particularly snarky, we also hid the screen saver tab from those clients who were identified to be covered by this policy. We've had a few grumbles, but as soon as it's explained why this was done, the clients are generally agreeable to this.

Except, aparently, one.

One client has raised such a ruckus about the choice of screen saver that we picked that we are now forced to go through an engineering effort to use a non-Microsoft screen saver file. Why? We chose the login screen saver, which bounces the OS information around in a box against a black background. This client thought we were advertising Microsoft and wanted this stopped.


Excuse me as I pout a big ol' cup of WTF?. This client was serious, and actually got their manager and their director to AGREE with them. I think part of that is the client is a union employee, and the management didn't want any hassles in that department, if you know what I mean. But still... this is asinine!


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Dec. 16th, 2003 08:58 pm (UTC)
Sarbanes-Oxley is the biggest pile of legislative shit I've ever seen.

If you think it's bad for you, just think how much of a hassle it is to public accounting firms. No wonder why accountants are all alcoholics.
Dec. 16th, 2003 09:05 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I, thankfully, am only on the fringe of most of that crud. There are IT components like the lockouts, as well as process for security patches and virus updates. Thankfully, my management dealt mostly with this, and only asked me a few questions.

*hic* I'll have another martini...
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