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    Re: Sys Admins are kind of like gods, aren't they?

    I've not encountered any installation where one person did not have supreme authority, regardless of compartmentalisation. I imagine they do exist, I've just never seen one.

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    Re: Sys Admins are kind of like gods, aren't they?

    George Orwell said it best in Animal Farm:

    ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
    BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.



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    Re: Sys Admins are kind of like gods, aren't they?

    Sysadmins can't do quite anything, they can't read other people's passwords for example. Though the sheer fact that sysadmins exist makes them more powerful than gods if you ask me .

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    Re: Sys Admins are kind of like gods, aren't they?

    Gods seldom find themselves out of work if stuff hits the fan. Priests tell the supplicants that such things happen because they, themselves, brought down wrath with their own evil doing.

    I've never seen a god in the unemployment office.

    Oh. I take that back. I did put q buck in Wotan's hat once.
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    Re: Sys Admins are kind of like gods, aren't they?

    No, they're not. They're the people who do the boring work that no one else wants to do, so we give them the impression that they have some kind of power to make them feel better.
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    Re: Sys Admins are kind of like gods, aren't they?

    Nope. I've met admins before. They do tend to be conceited, though...

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    Re: Sys Admins are kind of like gods, aren't they?

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    Nope. I've met admins before. They do tend to be conceited, though...
    Not all of them...

    Ours understands that he has a job to do and that is in support of the company.
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    Re: Sys Admins are kind of like gods, aren't they?

    The majority of Sys admins I have come across are nowhere near omnipotent or omniscient.

    They are arrogant, ill informed and lack perspective and really just glorified tech support (but who refuse to help anyone because they think they are god).

    As for having access to all data and being all powerful, it should not be that way, a root or admin user may have th ability to change a users password but not necessarily know it and not have ultimate read access to data either, especially in Govt sectors such as the NSA, where least privilege and various SC levels are required throughout.

    There are users who have the skill to be a good sys admin and there are Sys admins who should go back to being users.

    A sweeping statement with a few exceptions

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    Smile Re: Sys Admins are kind of like gods, aren't they?

    Actually, I am both a sysadmin and IT director for my own company and a field engineer who gets to deal with a lot of other sysadmins in the course of my work.
    Sysadmins vary from superbly competent and efficient to direly incompetent and struggling.
    The majority are somewhere in-between.
    By and large, the really incompetent tend to weed themselves out fairly quickly, either through burnout, severe errors, or just moving on before anybody susses out that they don't know what they're doing.
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    Re: Sys Admins are kind of like gods, aren't they?

    Although sysdamins might sometimes be perceived as god-like (note the lower-case "g"), they're people just like the rest of us.
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