There are few things more terrifying than being forced to sit for hours in front of computers and stare at plot after plot after plot. I’m pretty sure that there is a circle of hell dedicated to those people who fabricate data or tweak their datasets to try to get a controversial result. Those people are condemned to spend eternity at a desk monitoring histograms as they fly by. And their on-call experts never answer the phone. And yet the ATLAS management hail this kind of behavior as laudable and give it the grandiose title of a “shift”. They even go as far as to set quotas on how many “shifts” a person should take. Some of us are even stupid enough to sign up to them.
[Blog post] Trapped on shift!24 10 2011