Friday, August 26, 2005
ROGER SNODGRASS, email@example.com, Monitor Assistant Editor
An Albuquerque television station reported last night that a used computer purchased at auction was said to contain classified information.
A LANL spokesman said this morning the lab was investigating, but that it was highly unlikely the computer had classified information.
A 10 p.m. news segment, reported by Mindy Mizelle on KOB-TV said a news photographer from the station purchased the machine and was surprised to find that it contained a hard drive. He was further surprised to find that it contained data.
This "trivial" screw up is costing LANL/UC even more bad press and is costing the taxpayers at least thousands of dollars. I suggest taking this out of the pay of the LANL person responsible. This practice, over time would provide a real incentive to stop such screw ups.
Also troubling is the entry on another thread on this issue, on this blog, to the effect that at least one Division apparently has a policy on hard drives removal that is at odds with the Director's stated policy. Sounds like classic LANL; ~150 Groups connected by a common janatorial service.
The original event is trivial, and the media seems irresponsible. But, looking deeper, it raises many troubling questions about LANL culture. These need to be addressed.
Since when does an e-mail from IM Division count as lab policy...
I do know that I am no longer going to watch KOB or believe any of their "news" from now on.
Clearly there is a problem in communications here.
insides of their computers unless they have been specifically trained in
safety issues to do that work (ie, electrical, etc). That new policy is
very clear in my group. I use to install disk drives, hardware tweaks, etc.
on my own office computer, and love to tinker with hardware, but it will
now get you FIRED. If IM has a memo saying it is the user's responsibility
to pull a hard drives, that is total BS. It is cross-currents of confusing
"policy" like this that are driving the staff into a joint, wide-spread
nervous breakdown. Please, LM, come take over this mad-house!
But, policies that constrain employees from Holian-type behavior and blogging are the norm!
wrath. Sounds like you got screwed on your last job, and now can't wait
to see the same thing happen to others. Am I right? And your employer,
who you obviously hate, must be a real loser. Kinda like you.