Well, stretching it wouldn't have worked either

Pilot fish is called to troubleshoot a slow, intermittent network connection at a user's PC.

"I had another senior tech with me that day as well," says fish. "We looked around and everything seemed fine, but pinging the server produced rather erratic results.

"We decided to replace the network cable, so as to give the appearance that we were diligently working. As we pulled out the old cable, which ran about 20 feet behind some furniture, we found that it had been spliced with scotch tape.

"When I asked the user, she told me she had to extend the cable when she rearranged her office a few days ago.

"Yes, it was the cable..."

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