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Should I start worrying yet about being able to live to tell the tale?
(and in the unlikely event you're taking me seriously: Never take me seriously.)
Had a girlfriend once who--if I didn't know any better--I could swear was bi-polar. What a roller-coaster ride. The highs were high, but the lows were just too low for me. I'm cautious to a fault these days.
Doesn't sound like you did anything that would cause them to sic lawyers on you, unfortunately these days you never know. The old adage 'no good deed goes unpunished' comes to mind.
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine" - random QA comment
"Facebook is where you tell lies to your friends. Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers." - chriselst
"I don't drink any more... then again, I don't drink any less." - Mike Mullikins uncle
Yea, as others have mentioned, I stopped doing this as well. Pointed out a security flaw during a job interview once as I figured it would reflect well on my ability to do the job I was interviewing for. They did not appreciate it (or fix it last I checked).
To be sure, I went out of my way (I think) to mention I'm some random guy they are sending data to; that's not me poking around and trying to find flaws and making threats.
I didn't mention also that it would be trivial to go very public about it, and that in these days of very public security breaches, it would be easy for me to try to embarrass them. None of that noise. I've kept it very low-key with this one contact. And I'm not going to try to go over her head if nothing's done or she doesn't respond.
I would take a different approach than the others (and you) who have had their hands slapped for this kind of thing. I would go public in as big a way as you possibly can. Advertise it far and wide. Those feeble minded-idiots can't accept these things gracefully so do not give them the option of coming back at you. Publicize it and make sure everyone knows what fools they are and I see no reason what so ever to withhold their names.
Also - word is failure. Fail is not a noun. It is a verb.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"
"Epic fail" is a meme. I wasn't going for correct grammar.
About going public: I had thought about it, make a big splash, get it all over Twitter and Facebook and whatever other social media platforms they might have a presence on (people nowadays seem to do it all the time to "get things done" in a very public fashion)...but then I have no account on any of these platforms and would rather maintain my low internet profile. I wouldn't want Google to start caching this sort of story and have my name associated with it for time eternal.
No. The pay statement emails all originated from the correct domain, every two weeks, there's nothing in it that tries to "trick me" into opening it (as I said the PDF itself is password-protected) and the lady I had managed to contact pretty much confirmed what was going on.
At this point I've just informed them of the original problem (which they've fixed) but this is another matter--but both stem for the same reason...the bottom line is that one of their employees gave them an incorrectly-spelled email address, which happens to be Random Guy's address (me).
This contact has been responsive before, so I don't feel the need to go over her head. If they choose to ignore it this time around, I don't feel particularly compelled to do anything about it.
some people chkdsk, me, I prefer to chuck disks that misbehave.
after many otherwise intelligent sounding suggestions that achieved nothing the nice folks at Technet said the only solution was to low level format my hard disk then reinstall my signature. Sadly, this still didn't fix the issue!
Yeah, well. Better than General Failure, I guess...
Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous - The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they're genuine Winston Churchill, 1944 - Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. Mark Twain