Reply to post: It's easy to take the piss...

Oh, sugar! Sysadmin accidently deletes production database while fixing a fault

cd / && rm -rf *
Alert

It's easy to take the piss...

... but having come very close to doing the same thing* one day, I can only say "but for the grace of $DEITY there go I".

* on a filesystem containing ten year's worth of scientific data. Yes, there were (proven) backups, but it would still have been highly embarrassing. Many a slip 'twixt brain and finger hovering over the Enter key**.

** ohnosecond, n: the shortest interval of time distinguishable by the human brain. It is thus named because it's exactly the length of time that elapses between hitting the Enter key and saying "Oh no!" (Thanks to Henry Law)

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