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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

Ken Hagan Gold badge

"but try explaining the above to a judge who has no idea how to computer"

It really does depend on the judge and I'm sure there's a car analogy you could use in an emergency.

The points you make don't actually depend on understanding how to protect or run a computer system. It should be clear even to the most out of touch judge that if the company depends on "things working" then efforts should be made to ensure that "things work" and "things can be repaired" if they stop working. Then, of course, there's the possiblity of dragging in an expert witness and just letting them laugh their arse off in open court when asked whether the company's setup was either "fit for purpose" or "best practice".

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