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"We're having a problem sending email out of the department."

"What's the problem?" I asked.

"We can't send mail more than 500 miles," the chairman explained.

I choked on my latte. "Come again?"

"We can't send mail farther than 500 miles from here," he repeated. "A little bit more, actually. Call it 520 miles. But no farther."

The Case of the 500-Mile Email:

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claaaaaaassic troubleshooting side effect hyperweirdness

the aptness to play dwarf fortress upgrade thingumabob is arguably an equal to it in some aspects

the plausible explanation is so simple it's painfully obvious, yet precisely why complexity is going to bring unanticipatible issues:

@noelle I work at a sister institution in the same state and I hadnt heard of this amazing story!

@noelle hahaha i read this a while back, it's amazing

@noelle was totally waiting for a Proclaimers gag, not gonna lie

@noelle god i love that one.

up there with the "rebuilding a unix system from a running emacs process after an accidental rm -rf /" one.

@brennen you can't just tease that and *not* leave a link!

@noelle Holy crap. That's... kind of wonderful.

I love when there are ridiculous errors that don't seem to make sense like that.

Reminds me of the "MAGIC/MORE MAGIC" switch.