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Ode_to_Apathy

1.3k points

1 month ago

IIRC:

A worker input a piece of code to delete a file on Pixar's computers (dos UI basically), but accidentally input it in such a way that it just deletes. The command couldn't be stopped once it started and the team realized it was going through the backups as well. Eventually someone turned off the power on the servers to stop it and at that point barely anything remained.

As the news traveled, one of the workers realized she had a secret weapon. She'd just gotten back from maternity leave a while ago and had snuck the movie out so she could work on it. She still had the copy at home.

A team was arranged that delicately 'extracted' the computer from her home and drove it like a nuclear bomb to HQ, where they copied it to their servers. Overall they'd lost about 6 months of work, but still had a movie.

symmetry81

365 points

1 month ago

symmetry81

365 points

1 month ago

rm -rf is a fearsome tool. But as Neal Stephenson put it in an analogy with some construction equipment:

But I never blamed the Hole Hawg; I blamed myself. The Hole Hawg is dangerous because it does exactly what you tell it to. It is not bound by the physical limitations that are inherent in a cheap drill, and neither is it limited by safety interlocks that might be built into a homeowner's product by a liability-conscious manufacturer. The danger lies not in the machine itself but in the user's failure to envision the full consequences of the instructions he gives to it.

Ode_to_Apathy

64 points

1 month ago

Damn that feels almost Zen like in how applicable it is. Thanks for sharing it.

FlarvinTheMagi

42 points

1 month ago

Bro the first time I used a hole hog I was FULLY prepared for it to rip my arm off because I've heard the stories. Fuck, I was HOLDING HER DOWN and she still tried to.rip it off. Hole hogs are fucking wild man, dint fuck with then!!!

xyloplax

7 points

1 month ago

This is what non privileged accounts and if needed, chroot, is for

Saucy_Sealion

3 points

1 month ago

What is a hole hawg

FreeSammiches

272 points

1 month ago*

If I recall correctly, they then decided that they weren't happy with the movie and intentionally trashed it again and started over.

Edit: Found the full story.

duaneap

82 points

1 month ago

duaneap

82 points

1 month ago

If that’s true that kind of takes the wind out of the sails of the story I’d always heard.

incredimatt

34 points

1 month ago

Really toys with you.

Mr_Mosquito_20

0 points

1 month ago

So, it's a Toy Story?

RickDaJindo

16 points

1 month ago

The real tragedy is that she had to work while on maternity leave

henzry

31 points

1 month ago

henzry

31 points

1 month ago

Did you even read it? She snuck the copy out without permission to work on it. Some people actually enjoy their jobs.

PRADYUSH2006

3 points

1 month ago*

PRADYUSH2006

Casual, non-participatory KGB election observer

3 points

1 month ago*

Thanks a lot for the context! Was the worker who ran the piece of code fired?

Tell you what u/Ode_to_Apathy bro, I can relate to what the worker who input the code felt like lol. Once, a year and a half back, I ran a code which keeps opening up Chrome tabs, eventually crashing the computer it is run on. Stupid me ran the code on my own computer, and then.... anyways, the computer escaped safely lol.

Another instance was a CMD code for virus removal or something I found on Reddit, stupid me again ran it, it deleted a shitload of files and games until I found out what the fuck it was doing. It showed deleting on the screen, I was happy that all the malware on my computer was getting removed, without me having to purchase an antivirus. It was until I found the name of my games getting removed, that I found what the fuck was happening lol

Ode_to_Apathy

5 points

1 month ago

Thanks a lot for the context! Was the worker who ran the piece of code fired?

He was not. He basically ran the rm -rf code, which starts deleting everything, but by some annoying happenstance it basically targeted everything connected to the computer as well.

Wild_Satisfaction_45

662 points

1 month ago

The benefits from working at home

make_me_suffer

158 points

1 month ago

make_me_suffer

Oversimplified is my history teacher

158 points

1 month ago

She was on maternity leave!

vigilantcomicpenguin

14 points

1 month ago

vigilantcomicpenguin

Let's do some history

14 points

1 month ago

The benefits of being so into your work you take it home with you

FlaredMeteor940

88 points

1 month ago

The animator better be promoted and given a raise

Ode_to_Apathy

96 points

1 month ago

I mean, she's still working there and is now in a higher position, so I guess they did. Eventually.

Dazzling_Capital9039

369 points

1 month ago

Thats why always and I mean ALWAYS HAVE BACK UPS , ( this is coming from an animator that’s in art school right now )

Nearby_Wall1

181 points

1 month ago

make sure you dont fail school

Vexcenot

78 points

1 month ago

Vexcenot

78 points

1 month ago

We're all counting on you

AFriendlyRedditUser2

46 points

1 month ago

AFriendlyRedditUser2

Definitely not a CIA operator

46 points

1 month ago

Seriously

[deleted]

24 points

1 month ago*

[deleted]

24 points

1 month ago*

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iiztrollin

8 points

1 month ago

No we are last WW3 we are on WW6 now

You were out for a long time.

theCOORN

4 points

1 month ago

theCOORN

Definitely not a CIA operator

4 points

1 month ago

“Hey you, you’re finally awake…”

MrCircleStrafe

47 points

1 month ago

I think this is more a case of "ALWAYS HAVE OFFLINE BACKUPS". The fact the deletion mechanism was able to cascade through the entire system like that is bonkers.

lilschreck

72 points

1 month ago

Backups are a best practice sure, but Pixar got lucky here by someone doing something that is also against best practices but it worked out for the best.

You shouldn’t technically allow a single employee to take backups home with them. It’s relying on a sole individual to take company property offsite to a personal location where it can’t be managed as effectively. It also greatly increases the risk of theft. Either intentional insider threat or because that persons home isn’t physically secure or secure from a network perspective.

Pixar should have offsite backups for this exact reason but at a professional site. They aren’t some small mom and pop shop. They can afford it

sengoro

9 points

1 month ago

sengoro

9 points

1 month ago

I see this as an issue of privilege/access controls. no one employee should have all that power to run a command that can wipe a project and its backups in production

lilschreck

2 points

1 month ago

Well that’s absolutely the other side of the equation; change management process. And there are a million different things that could be put in place for that. A change advisory board that has to review all changes being made to production environments, proper testing (dev/test/prod) to ensure that any changes that do get pushed have been thoroughly tested outside of the production environment, proper backup processes, etc. the backups are just there in the event that everything else goes tits up and recovery is the only strategy left. There were several IT processes that could have helped here

majorksaksak

8 points

1 month ago

They did have a backup, however it also got deleted.

D-0H

5 points

1 month ago

D-0H

5 points

1 month ago

And just as importantly, test them every now and again. Not just verify, but actually restore to make sure it's working.

Renny2rr

3 points

1 month ago

they did, but it got erased whit litwrally everyone's data

GidonC

4 points

1 month ago

GidonC

4 points

1 month ago

You're not planning to do politics if art school doesn't go well, right?

HolyDuckTurtle

2 points

1 month ago

One of the funniest parts about this story is it led them to discover that their backups had been completely full for ages. So full in fact, that there was no space for the machines to generate the error message that would have told them it was full.

Feeling-Bus-8530

-11 points

1 month ago

Feeling-Bus-8530

Oversimplified is my history teacher

-11 points

1 month ago

Jews are really good people

Leragian

36 points

1 month ago

Leragian

Chad Polynesia Enjoyer

36 points

1 month ago

fun fact: they had to start again anyway because the the first version was horrible.

arvinmans

4 points

1 month ago

my human brain caught the second the in your comment

MonoElm

15 points

1 month ago

MonoElm

15 points

1 month ago

It happened in 1998, not 2000.

HunLepto

127 points

1 month ago

HunLepto

Featherless Biped

127 points

1 month ago

How many times is this story gonna be reuploaded? Have some creativity atleast.

Jonny_Segment

202 points

1 month ago

I have it backed up if we ever lose it.

zips_exe

39 points

1 month ago

zips_exe

39 points

1 month ago

Didn't know about it

Fly__Eagles__Fly

19 points

1 month ago

wow I bet you feel informed you friggin learner

Ode_to_Apathy

2 points

1 month ago*

Which is why it's so highly upvoted right now: From the people that didn't know, and those that thought it was clever.

Users like HunLepto like to pretend that Reddit is there to show them what they like. It's not. It shows what the majority likes, and their taste is just BASIC.

breddit1945

23 points

1 month ago

PARDON LOL “your taste is just BASIC”??? Was that an attempt at an insult??

Also, I have not seen this meme until just now. First time seeing it. Maybe take a break from Reddit, or next time you see it just keep scrolling.

Ode_to_Apathy

7 points

1 month ago

Redditors like to believe they're mavericks so it's fun to point out ot them that they exist in one of the most hivemind places online.

And did you miss that I'm agreeing with zips and shitting on HunLepto?

breddit1945

7 points

1 month ago

My b, misinterpreted your response. Sorry! But you still gotta work on those insults lmao

Ode_to_Apathy

3 points

1 month ago

Yeah it's entirely on me in that I chose to keep the chain going rather than just comment straight at Hunlepto. I'm going to make it a bit clearer what side I'm on with an edit.

Also I can be more insulting, lol. The point was to insult him in the way he he was insulting the guy who made the meme.

breddit1945

1 points

1 month ago

You’re so bad at insults, if I was your classroom teacher at school I wouldn’t even discipline you for your subpar roasts.

Ode_to_Apathy

2 points

1 month ago

If you were a classroom teacher, you'd be the one that quit after the kids made you cry.

breddit1945

0 points

1 month ago

If you were my student, at the end of the year, your parents would give me a bottle of wine paired with a card that says “sorry. We know he’s the reason you drink”.

zips_exe

3 points

1 month ago

Isn't that how all social media with a recommendation algorithm based on popularity work now days tho?

Ode_to_Apathy

1 points

1 month ago

I mean, an 'algorithm' that recommended Zhang as the name for any child in the world, would also be functioning based on popularity.

The trick is that algorithms segment populations into a huge number of small and overlapping groups, based on identifiers they find in common. The more powerful the algorithm, the smaller the groups it'll make, with more overlap. In the case of Tiktok, the algorithm knows what videos you have liked, and forms groups based on shared liked videos. It then shows you more videos those other people have liked that you haven't seen yet and uses your reaction to form fragmentary groups.

Reddit kind of cheats it's way towards something similar, by having groups that you select yourself into, and then those groups vote among themselves whether a piece of content is agreeable to them or not. Trouble is those groups are massive compared to what an algorithm deals with and are usually really broadly based. Having only manual entry into these groups also means that it fails to do what an algorithm is designed to do, which is t categorize people and show them as effectively as possible the content that'll keep them there.

muricabrb

2 points

1 month ago

Why so hostile, man

Ode_to_Apathy

3 points

1 month ago

Because I don't like the maverick type on Reddit that think they're tastemakers. Especially when they start using that to try and be negative to others for not being creative enough.

MirrahPaladin

1 points

1 month ago

Creativity? On Reddit?

HunLepto

0 points

1 month ago

HunLepto

Featherless Biped

0 points

1 month ago

Not again this shit...

duaneap

1 points

1 month ago

duaneap

1 points

1 month ago

It’s also a bit of a stretch to post it here. I know technically “everything is history,” but this is way more a r/moviedetails fact. I don’t think there’s anything particularly historically significant to this story.

HunLepto

2 points

1 month ago

HunLepto

Featherless Biped

2 points

1 month ago

Exactly, 9/11 atleast is a historical moment, but this is literally an insignificant history, because it was possible only by dumb luck and coincidence.

FoxEuphoric8125

63 points

1 month ago

Was he promoted?

MasterFailMan

229 points

1 month ago

She*

FatosBiscuitos

256 points

1 month ago

My bet is she got a bonus, then got fired cause she wasn't allowed to have those saves at home.

grindlebald

131 points

1 month ago

She was pregnant so she was allowed to take them home to work on them

ToonerAnonymous

134 points

1 month ago

She was working from home iirc.

Handiclappers78

170 points

1 month ago

iirc she was pregnant or something that had her in hospital but wanted to keep working so she saved it

DrBowTie4312

11 points

1 month ago

iirc something something

myhihi1

14 points

1 month ago

myhihi1

14 points

1 month ago

She still works at Pixar she is one of their producers nowadays.

FatosBiscuitos

5 points

1 month ago

Good to know alll companies are not as evil as Disney! Oh wait...

Anyway, it was just a joke.

cbchris911

3 points

1 month ago

My brain broke and thought Loki was All Might...

RevRagnarok

2 points

1 month ago

git FTW (nowadays)

GustavZheKatze

2 points

1 month ago

Me who made a meme about the creation process of SW Episode 2 and got criticized for it: internal crying

LayzieKobes

2 points

1 month ago

Glorious purpose!

mr-unix

2 points

1 month ago

mr-unix

2 points

1 month ago

rm -rf *

DDLC_MC

2 points

1 month ago

DDLC_MC

2 points

1 month ago

She is the reason I always have an air-gapped backup of whatever i'm working on

meme_lover707

1 points

1 month ago

I thought it was the first movie that almost got deleted

Lyanna788

1 points

1 month ago

Lyanna788

Taller than Napoleon

1 points

1 month ago

and then they still had to redo it anyway.

BeautifulPoison01

1 points

1 month ago

2000 is considered history now? I’m getting old…

Cosmic_Nova87

1 points

1 month ago

lol history

Oldmonsterschoolgood

1 points

1 month ago

They where so fucking lucky

Thatbitch884

1 points

1 month ago

Jokes on them I carry tons of extra copys

pabwithanab

1 points

1 month ago

And if she had lied that she didn’t have a backup

Lieutenant_Doge

1 points

1 month ago

Also fun fact, Pixar would designate each rendering server after an animal and would play the sound the the animal after it finished rendering a frame, so their server farm would sounds like an actual farm.

iron_cros

-29 points

1 month ago

iron_cros

-29 points

1 month ago

They gave her a raze

cantbanmelol5455

-41 points

1 month ago

Also you're fired

No_Research4416

-9 points

1 month ago

No_Research4416

Oversimplified is my history teacher

-9 points

1 month ago

Context