Years ago I had a job in the nuclear power industry. Those ohshit reports had very precise timestamps. I remember the one on the 2003 northeast blackout being a favorite. The flow of power was switching between east and west so fast as portions of the grid went offline.
I have had a bad environment $PATH and a decade old program cause a runaway fork because if it could not find or execute the program in the $PATH when it tried to fork. It did not come down. It forked to infinity in a split second.
And promptly locked up the server cause infinite anything is everything
Try being on the steel mill floor’s observation platform when an idiot on the ladle pours a bottlecap too hard and slightly off position, and it splashes everywhere. My oldest brother had that one as a war story.
@blaineg@unksol Eons ago in a former life, I worked in a secure area at the Pentagon. The shortest route in was via a back stair past a desk with a phone and a very bored Marine guard, to a cypher-locked security door. There was also a button on the wall that, pre-Marine guard, went to a buzzer. Someone without the security code could use the buzzer to ask to be let in. By the time I was there, it had been disconnected.
I was amused when I came to work one day to find that someone (probably a bored Marine) had painted the button bright red and had placed a very official-looking sign next to it that said: “Do NOT Press This Button!” It became a habit to ask the guard for the “button count” so far. By the time I left, it was over two dozen.