More on Terry Childs’s Haxxoring of San Francisco’s Gibson


Angry Zen Minion Max Kelley sent along some follow up on Terry Childs, the San Francisco network administrator who went to jail for refusing to hand over the passwords to the city’s FiberWAN network. We’ve heard what he’s accused of doing, now we get his side of the story. The defense claims that Childs was a hard working code monkey who was the only person qualified to build and maintain the FiberWAN and did so quite well despite being ignored and isolated by his bosses and coworkers. He never posed a threat or threatened the network. Also, were he willing to hand over control, there was no one for him to give the passwords to. There was no established procedure for inheriting the FiberWAN because it was taken for granted that Childs was the guy.

Being taken for granted is probably not the best excuse in the world for holding a city’s network hostage. But at least we have some inkling as to why he felt justified in doing what he did. He created the network. No one else was qualified to run it. Why can’t they just leave him well enough alone.

If anything, this whole drama that continues to unfold illustrates the divide between tech monkeys and their bosses. Seems like the bosses were perfectly willing to let Childs play, so to speak, and run the network his way until he became too much of a pain in the ass to deal with.

Personally, I think it’s still a dick move to hold the network hostage like that. Sure, your bosses are dicks. They also don’t know the first thing about what it is you do. But unless you’re making your own damn money and working for yourself, let it the fuck go. Your bosses don’t care about how hard you work for them. They don’t see the brilliance in your work. They don’t understand the hours it takes to create something that responds to all their needs. And you’ll never be properly rewarded for the amount of hard work you put into a job because your bosses don’t understand and usually don’t care. Wash your hands, walk away, and make a fucking mint consulting.

[Via Ars Technica]