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    tb mare

    called me into a conference room and I met these "guys" - their names didn't matter I was told - sorta "Men In Black".

    They knew that a certain individual they were interested in had ordered several computers from said company. I was the reliability manager at the time and I was asked to rig the systems to have the Hard Disks fail in 6 months. The plan being that they would be sent in for service and the HD would be sent to these "guys".

    A little experimentation and the right abrasive in the bearings and I could practically guarantee a MTBF that would be around the time frame they wanted. Today it could probably be done in softwear ... just throw up an error message at a certain date / time. But things were much cruder back then.

    So we applied the gunk to the bearings and, sure enough, roughly 6 - 9 months later the HD failed, sent to the repair center, replaced with new ones, and the old ones sent off to the "guys".

    I was sworn to secrecy for 3 years -- way beyond that now. To this day I have no idea who or what happened.

    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. Frank Zappa

    by Da Rock on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 03:30:41 PM PDT

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