Since I'm in the middle of a ginormus IT systems project, I pick the one where the dufus that bought the hardware saved 0.35 cents on the memory for the $4M of systems hardware they bought from Dell. The memory was purchased from Morty's Memory Market and had been refurbed from a power plant in Ukraine. So the service that managed power to the transformer crashed.
Either that or used a functional naming convention for their systems and were using DEV for TEST or PROD and a junior level IT droid dropped the new, untested code on the production system, that was actually named TEST but really last week was used for DEV.
Or they were using a single mid '90s era Gateway box that the Program Director's son was using to host WOW games and installed 15 virtual slices.....
But wait I have more! Maybe I should write a book.....
Doesn't all of this have the makings of a great sci-fi story!
You have the reckless scientific organization with a insideous acronym for a name (CERN) trying to do an experiment where no one is sure what will happen. Maybe it will reveal the Higgs-Boson particle, maybe it will create micro black holes, or maybe it will create a means for us to travel across the 8th dimension!
You have the "crazy" Dr. Otto with an (honorary) Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics degree warning the world that CERN spells DOOM and could create black holes that grow into planet-swallowers! He petitions, he pleads, he gets to meet the president of Switzerland - Wow!
- He is ignored, his con-CERN dismissed, he alone can dis-CERN.
The day drawls nigh, the protons accellerate, they're about collide...
Later, they find one of the supermagnets has malfunctioned. Suddenly, Dr. Otto crashes through the wall with four mechanical tenticles attached to his body. He shouts, "I shall show you all!"
Unbeknownst to us all, many years ago he did this very experiment and crossed over to the 8th dimension and was taken-over by a red electroid. Now, the only one who can save us is Buckaroo Banzai!
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I know he is, so is Dr. Otto (different last name). It was meant to be a satire - not an actual story proposal.
On a more serious note, I recently read an article (can't find it now) by Stephen Hawking dismissing Doc Ot's conCERNs. Of course, many of the theories of what will happen are based on the Hawking effect, but the good news is Hawking's one of the smartest people (200+ IQ) on the planet - let's hope he's also one of the most right.
Awesome link Ben. For a moment my brain went, wait, really? No, that has to be a joke. What's the chance that the moment I look... and then I just felt stoopid. Thanks!
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You think you felt stupid? I had the kids in the car, water and cans of food in the trunk, and shot six people who were trying to calm me down and I thought were trying to take my stuff...boy, was my face red when the cops showed up.
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