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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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