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My eyes…they burn…
The Register reports that vandals broke into New York congressman Michael Grimm’s campaign office and installed Linux on the server and workstations. When asked for a comment, Grimm stated “This is an attack against a federal campaign office, which is an attack on our democracy as a whole. It’s an attack against what we stand for, for free elections.”
Well, I don’t know so much about that last part, but I digress.
Vandals broke a few windows (which smacks of irony as well), installed Linux on all the campaign office computers but did not steal anything. The damage was discovered Sunday September 23rd, since nothing was stolen, it is considered criminal michief.
No one made mention of what distro was installed, but I gotta say, that was very creative.
via: [The Register]
Republished with permission from TheDailyWTF:
So we’ve just implemented a new change management process. As part of this, any changes to production systems need to be documented in full, and reviewed by a coworker from the same team and a manager before changes are made. All well and good, makes sense, no complaints. Well….maybe one.
I wanted to make a change to one of our mail appliances. My implementation plan was as detailed as it needed to be for any competent engineer – “back up the config. Change x from y to z. Commit the changes. Repeat on all appliances in the pool.”
I submitted it for review. It got rejected – not enough detail. I queried it.
Boss: It fails at the first step. I don’t know how to back up the config. I also don’t know where to find any of these values that you’re changing.
Me: I’m making the change, and I do know how to back up the config.
Boss: But what if you’re not here?
Me: I am here. I want to make the change right now.
Boss: Granted, but it should be step by step – What if someone needs to roll back your change?
Me: Everyone in the team knows how to back up the config, and where to find the values that are being changed.
Boss: But what if it’s not one of your team? You need to document exactly where to click or what to type, step by step, so anyone could do it.
Me: I don’t want anyone to do it. If it’s not one of my team, they’d better stay the f$#k away from my appliances.
- YES x 1000. I understand the need for recovery practices/DR/ISO, etc. but the key is getting someone who is familiar with the equipment/processes to be the one following the instructions and recognizing problems when the arise – i.e. knowing when to back off before totally hosing everything. – Rob
Picture Source: [Jeff Sandquist]
I realize this happens all the time, but I wonder if the advanced microbiology and weapons development fields have this problem? If so, it’s no wonder our world is the way it is.
via: [Yahoo Answers]