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Them: Here are about 350 PDFs from the customer that we want linked into one big PDF and change the version info.
(5 minutes later)
Me: There's a slight problem... These all have a security signature on them.
Them: (blank look)... So what's the problem?
Me: Well, it means I can open them and print them but I can't link them or edit them. Can we get the files without the "security" on them or at least get the password to unlock them?
Them: This is proprietary information and they are very concerned about security over there, plus we don't want to bother them too much.
Me: Well, what do you want me to with them then?
Them: Print them all out, resize them all to the same dimensions, scan them in, edit them, turn them back into PDFs and then link them. Oh yeah, we don't have very much time in the quote for the actual production, so you'd better get cracking.
Me: So in the name of security you want me to take this "proprietary and very important info" make paper copies (which we don't shred), scans, and more digital versions, none of which they now have any control of and then make the big PDF?
Them: Yeah... what's the problem?
Me: You're kidding right?
Them: (Another blank stare)