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Acronyms. That�s what this business is all about. I thought the government had too many acronyms. Acronyms within acronyms within acronyms. You think I�m kidding? Am I exaggerating? Boy do I wish I were. But now I�m writing this security manual and I�m learning that there�s an acronym for everything under the sun. I�m inundated with them. PKI, IDS, SSL, SSSP, PPP, PGP, RA, SG, RSA, SHA-1, WAN, LAN, WLAN, IPSEC, DES, DSL, GHz, FTP, VPN, NAT, PROM, CISSP, CCNP, COTS, TEMPEST, PCI, SSID, WEP, IETF, MOU/A, MAC, DAC, ISA�the list is endless. Sure I know what these are, but how many of them could there possibly be? There�s MORE. They keep coming. People get paid to sit and think up catchy acronyms. And some of them aren�t catchy, but still I�m supposed to be able to decipher it�somehow. It�s like a secret language, a secret society. When is someone going to teach me the secret handshake????

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cellio From: cellio Date: January 17th, 2002 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Reminds me of the first government contract I ever worked on. I was completely unprepared for the size of the glossary that got dumped onto my desk. It did make a satisfying "whump!", at least.

We also got told somewhere along the line that our project name had to be an acronym, in order to fit in and all that. We came up with one that didn't completely suck, though I can no longer remember what TEMPLAR actually stood for. (It was military and I believe the T was "tactical".)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 21st, 2002 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
The worst thing is that those aren't even the government acronyms. I have 90 systems acronyms that I theoretically know (hah), and then all the agency and subagency acronyms. And all the acronyms that relate to documents and official orders and all that. It's never-ending. I don't know how people keep these things straight. I didn't even touch half the industry acronyms, just a few of the security related ones.

Never heard of TEMPLAR though... good one.

I want to be the guy that gets paid to think these things up. Actually, I'm really bad at that. I'd be fired in a few days. And then I'd be jobless, and that would suck. So basically, I should just be happy right where I am.
yermie From: yermie Date: January 17th, 2002 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Acroneems? We don't need no steenkin acroneems...

and of course, there are all the wonderful online acronyms.... WTF? AOL, ROFL (or RotFL, ROFLMAO, ROFLSHMCOYN...)

And the networking acronyms....

So, it could always be worse... I could get started on acronyms that have nothing to do with computers....

(for the great unwashed masses.... ROFLSHMCOYN = roll on the floor laughing so hard milk comes out your nose... STNGAFBPMOUA - stuff there's no good acronym for but people make one up anyway... and TACO - beef and cheese wrapped in baked flour...)
yermie From: yermie Date: June 18th, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Acroneems? We don't need no steenkin acroneems...

mmmm... taco's...
yermie From: yermie Date: June 23rd, 2004 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Dont' forget the fun ones like HAARP, ZPE, and TANSTAAFL...

Besides, if you DL the SW before it goes GA, the RIAA and MPAA will charge you with B&E, CCP, and GM... So talk to the NOC, and make sure your TCPIP is WIPEd via some proxies, lest TPTB come and make you have a bad time....
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