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Too Many Acronyms [20080606|14:46]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I said the following sentence to my boss this morning. "Hey, did you see that S46 has been SPLAFed? I'm starting the PDT design now."

Comprehension requires contextual knowledge so specific that even the colleague sitting next to me didn't understand it. Generally, it means I'm running a suite of engineering tools to ensure that when our instrument team has control over the spacecraft propulsion & orientation systems, we don't violate any flight rules. It's also not an unusual thing for me to say, as I perform that particular task about once every three weeks. It takes two to three days of work to finalize the design.

Lots of you have sci/tech/med jobs. What would be a similar common example?
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2008-06-06 14:09 (UTC)
How about "I need the SFM for the MoHLTC VOR RFP for the G1 L2 or we'll have SOX problems."
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-06 14:11 (UTC)
Iz terribul having SOX problems. Specially when they dun match. WOEZ!!11!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-06 15:16 (UTC)
SAN sounds good. I could use +2 of that after today. But I don't think the Elder Gods are that generous...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-06 15:14 (UTC)
I was actually thinking that explicitly stating military would be redundant, since, in the modern day anyway, military jobs seem to me to be tech jobs, requiring at least a vocational level of engineering skill.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2008-06-06 19:48 (UTC)
Actually, I've been having to translate from milspeak to english when I talk about the hydra.

"Because she's a sponsored dependent her dad had to put in an ERD package to get her out of the country before her father PCSs. The ERD package was disapproved but it turns out that he managed to get a TDY for a class specific to his AFSC that she can travel with him for (if we pay for her ticket) to get her out here. TMO won't move her stuff but we'll work that out on our own. So much trouble because AAFES screwed over a kid."

Also, just the process of enlisting, prior to any technical training immersed me in milspeak. I had to take the ASVAB in high school then they sent me to take the DLAB at MEPs after which I processed (again) through MEPs to go to BMT. After BMT, I went to DLI and at the end of my tour there I took the DLPT before PCSing to West Nowhere Texas for crypto school.

My most recent acronym soup was when one of the field operators asked how long I'd been in the industry and which tests I could run in the lab. I gave him not only my current list but my historical list dating back to undergraduate research. His eyes glazed over early but I think he still walked away with a newfound, "Right then. She actually does know what she's doing."
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2008-06-06 15:20 (UTC)
All workplaces gravitate to their own nomenclature. It helps you keep management from knowing what you're doing.

Today I will PDF the XML for the EAP of the LSP. That is if the RPMs for the LSP actually compile into a decent and testable ISO for QA.

I love it when my parents ask me about my day at work...
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2008-06-06 15:22 (UTC)
Seti needs to be reset or the CDR won't be relaying any of the survey data from the ECD, Multishot, gyro or gamma tools. Mars is stuck on the rig and apollo keeps crashing. Fix all that, I am heading to the SPE conference to talk about Internet2.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2008-06-06 18:10 (UTC)
Hmm. Not the same thing, but we've had to start throwing in random diversionary letters when T&I are spelling in front of Pup.

Thought any more about doing the a-b-c-p-a-r-k or is it too close to a-b-c-n-a-p-r-l t-ime for #2?

Family, friends, strangers look at us like we're nuts, but he's spelling far too quickly in his head, now. (kindergarten, what?!)

I know. Really not the same. But...I wanted to play, too.

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[User Picture]From: angelcityblues
2008-06-06 19:15 (UTC)
"Hey, I told Slack that the PBR was in TFS already, but RTX is down so the TPM can't actually do anything with it. Is GOMEZ tracking this? I didn't see any alerts but I'm sure the SPD team is going to start getting crap from VH1 about this pretty soon."

What's that mean?

"Hey, I told the Director of Technology that the Product Business Requirements (also known as a specification) was in Team Foundation Server (A bug and issue tracking system built in Visual Studio), but the Registrant Transactional server is down so the technical project manager's plans to actually work on it have now been hosed. Is Global Online Monitoring sending us nagmails? I didn't get any but I'm sure that Strategic Partnership Development (or: Customer Service) is going to start hearing screaming about why this isn't fixed on the live sites pretty soon."

So yeah.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2008-06-07 03:59 (UTC)
I'm constantly requiring that people send me the TRFs or OMRs for the EoRs I need to process, also, I occasionally need permission to access UCLES. Most of the people in my office know what a TRF is, but the people upstairs, in the broader company, even got the acronym of our organization wrong lately.
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From: tdj
2008-06-08 07:46 (UTC)
Clear it for Bam, Bagel, and Echo sites first. If you see one, we can SOE it.
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