I've said it before, but I love telling this story.
When I was a young lad (back in the late 70's) Dennis Ritchie was scheduled to host a fall seminar at a local community college. Mind you I was 16 - 17 years old and had a Grade Point average of around -1. (IN the U.S. Grade Points are from 0 - 4; I have no idea how that translates to European standards) Anyway, I really didn't have much use for High School as I was smarter than my teachers and classmates. (Guess how well I got along with others in my school)
So I go to the local college and attempt to sign up for the seminar. I'm not sure what the name of the course was but it dealt with this new, upcoming technology called "Object Orientated Computer Design Language" (OOP). To my dismay I was told since I had not yet graduated High School, and had a subterranean GPA - I did not have enough credits to attend the course. I told the admissions folks that it was a two day seminar and not a course. I didn't want credit - only to attend. I was told that I wouldn't understand the subject matter anyway. "Really"?
To no avail, I left without paying my $150 and no admittance badge. Lucky for me I had all summer. Shortly after I returned to the college to sign up for a summer class. Introduction to Computers (CIS 101). Apparently anyone could sign up for that class. So I went to work. Being part of the CIS 101 class and a registered student I had access to the schools computer lab. I figured out how the admissions and scholastic databases worked. A ONE WAY SYNC!
So If I hacked my account on the scholastic side, that would have been caught almost immediately. So I hacked my account on the admissions side. The admissions database updated from the accounting (scholastic) database but there was no referential integrity. AND no reason for admissions to question the information in their database - and no one in accounting ever looked at the admissions database because (I assume) accounting considered the admissions DB as a true Copy of their DB.
Here we are at the end of my trek and thus the results of my college hack.
Not knowing anything about credit hours - once I hacked into the admissions database I was presented with a three character field followed by a single character field on a line titled "Credit Hours" I knew I needed credit hours to attend the seminar but really didn't know how many. My student account had 5 in the last field, which I later learned that was half a credit hour for the CIS class. Not knowing what to do - I did what any n00b would. I entered 999 9, logged out and went home. The following week I went and registered for the seminar.
I spent $150 dollars and spent a weekend listening to Dennis Ritchie talk about compilers, UNIX, C and C++ (I was like a Vampire in a blood bank)
I got an A+ in the CIS 101 Class
I eventually learned that it is impossible to earn 999.9 Credit Hours in a two year community college!
I guess admissions didn't understand the subject matter either.
No lusers were harmed in the creation of this Taz Zone Post.
AND I WANT TO KNOW WHY NOT!09:F9:11:02:9D:74:E3:5B:D8:41:56:C5:63:56:88:C0