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comtec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:43 AM
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Gavin Newsom Gets back keys to city network
Source: PC World

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom met with jailed IT administrator Terry Childs Monday, convincing him to hand over the administrative passwords to the city's multimillion dollar wide area network.
On Monday afternoon, he handed the passwords over to Mayor Newsom, who was "the only person he felt he could trust," according to a declaration filed in court by his attorney, Erin Crane. Newsom is ultimately responsible for the Department of Telecommunications and Information Services (DTIS) where Childs worked for the past five years
In interviews, current and former DTIS staffers describe Childs as a well respected co-worker who may have gone too far under the pressure of working in a department that had been demoralized and drastically cut as the city moved forward with plans to decentralize IT operations.

About 200 of the department's 350 IT positions had been cut since 2000, mostly to be relocated to other divisions within city government, said Richard Isen, IT chapter president with Childs' union, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21.

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Here is basically a man who took his charge of protecting the integrity of the network seriously.
He did not feel those in charge competent enough to handle this information,which, kind of makes sense.
He is going to be demonized for this which is sad, because IMHO his message is a very good one.

Management is clueless, and irresponsible... and they sure as fuck don't PAY their IT workers anything NEAR what they are worth considering the valuable information that passes over the network.
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high density Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:00 AM
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1. Few are paid what they're worth and most have idiot bosses
That doesn't mean we all go out and sabotage our employer. If he wanted to expose mismanagement and negligence then he went about doing it in the wrong way.
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comtec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:37 AM
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3. Oh I agree completely
but it's still a pity overall.
I'm sure there are plenty of other (personal?) reasons he did this.
Falling Down anyone?
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:17 AM
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2. They split up the IT positions throughout the city depts?
Which is better? Centralizing the work or each their own?

If there is a problem who do they call?

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