I have been in a vaguely similar situation with my previous work place, an internet provider.
A co-worker/friend had discovered a modems-on-a-PCI-card piece of hardware, and during a meeting at work it had come up and we were discussing possibilities from it, specifically low-cost dialin RAS boxes.
A number of days later I had decided I wanted to pursue the opportunity, and discussed it with my friend further, and even had gone so far as to have a short discussion with the manufacturer about possible demonstration cards for evaluation.
Later, in another meeting, I mentioned the discussion with the manufacturer with my co-worker/friend, and the boss blinked, sputtered, and said that the PC RAS box was now part of the company business plan and that he intended to begin an investigative project soon and that I most certainly could not entertain such notions.
I was most irritated.
Oddly enough, the "Business Plan" never came to anything, and after I left (although entirely unrelated), the business very nearly went under and any "plans" were scrapped for a simple "Stay Afloat" objective.
-- Alexander Widdlemouse undid his bellybutton and his bum dropped off --
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