From time to time there are stories passed around how a single tech employee is holding a company or agency hostage over a personal dispute or after being fired. This time its a story about an senior admin from San Francisco.
As the SF Chronicle reported yesterday he was arrested by Police this weekend and is being hold in jail on a USD 5 Million bail. He’s accused of having tampered with San Francisco’s new fiber network that provides access for officials to government documents, their emails and the administrative systems.
From the SF Chronicle article:
“…Childs created a password that granted him exclusive access to the system, authorities said. He initially gave pass codes to police, but they didn’t work. When pressed, Childs refused to divulge the real code even when threatened with arrest, they said…”
Officials claim there had been some disciplinary actions against him recently and that they “tried to fire” him. It is also reported that he has created some kind of monitoring system to check what other admins were saying and doing regarding his case. And there is of course the story of fearing that documents etc might be destroyed.
The SF Chronicle reports at length how much the city has paid the guy most likely to create the impression that he was treated fairly. It also seems from other details mentioned that the dispute must have been going on for a while. One commentator suggested they should have done the checking before they handed over the pink slip to him – well seemingly that’s what they tried and how they got into this situation.
While CEOs and other top managers have their golden parachutes of hundred of millions USD, tech people sometimes do have their own “insurance policies”.
- China: Censors open some access to Wikipedia (Access chart)
- Odd News: Have You Heard About B Flat?
- Melodyne – Direct Note Access
- Best News Picture Galleries on the Web
After having blocked access to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia for almost a year completely, China has now started to open up some parts of it. With the help of bloggers and Wikipedians across China Andrew Lih has created a chart of Wikipedia reachability from within China. The English language version (en.wp) is now widely accessible [...]
There are a few odd things about the note B Flat as reported from various sources…
The German company “Celemony” has announced that the new version of their popular audio editing software Melodyne will allow access to individual notes and chords within audio files. This is almost incredible – but if it works as shown in their video they really have made the impossible possible.
We are talking polyphonic audio (wave) recording here and not MIDI input. The abilities of the technology called…
You can read your daily news online or via RSS but there is another way to get informed (and get your daily dose of news pictures). Major media agencies and news papers also provide daily or weekly updated news in pictures. Quite a few of them have even added spoken comments to the pictures so you get some background information together with the images. And often you get multiple images for a news story where otherwise only one of these pictures is included with a longer text. The services we included in the list below are the largest providers and often the source for other news and media sites. They cover news on a global level but some have also regional information. We have broken the list down into the following four sections (Daily picture sources, Weekly picture sources, Yearly picture awards and reviews, Historic and all time famous pictures)…