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Thinking Security: Stopping Next Year’s Hackers by Steven M. Bellovin

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Chapter 15. System Administration

“He kept asking me stupid questions, was too dumb to learn from his own mistakes, made work for other people to mop up after him, and held a number of opinions too tiresome to list. He shouldn’t have been in the course and I told him to tell Dr. Vohlman, but he didn’t listen. Fred was a waste of airspace and one of the most powerful bogon emitters in the Laundry.”

“Bogon?”

“Hypothetical particles of cluelessness. Idiots emit bogons, causing machinery to malfunction in their presence. System administrators absorb bogons, letting the machinery work again. Hacker folklore—”

The Atrocity Archives—CHARLES STROSS

15.1 Sysadmins: Your Most Important Security Resource

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A good system administrator’s value, to ...

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