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Company to Send DBA into Space

samzenpus posted about 3 years ago | from the where-no-admin-has-gone-before dept.

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cramco writes "Moments ago, a U.K. software company announced at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference in Seattle that it would send a lucky contestant to space. The sponsors, Red Gate, is holding a five-week DBA contest with the winner getting a trip to space. Why? And why put them through five weeks of quizzes and technical challenges presented within B-movie-looking videos involving rubber Martians, small dogs, alien body parts and one of their own acting very strangely? Well, as any developer knows, DBA stands for Don't Bother Asking."

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First Post (0)

mrchapp (823433) | about 3 years ago | (#37694360)

At least I get to meet you, First Post! Also, lucky bastard that space turist.

Re:First Post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37694468)

Hmmmm

Select DBA from COMPETITION_WINNERS where DBA_WEIGHT is less than 65 and DBA_FITNESS is greater than "Shockingly Bad"

No results returned

Re:First Post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37695034)

Most DBA's I know are in space anyway....

A developer. :)

First Database Administrator into space (1)

mikael (484) | about 3 years ago | (#37697250)

I thought this was an article about sending the first Database administrator into space...

ya right (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37694396)

yes but their vision of space is a sandbox in a office where you walk their dogs (watch the trailer).

Haters gonna hate... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37694398)

Wouldn't be surprised if a secret group of developers is paying for this. Getting rid of referential integrity one DBA at a time.

Re:Haters gonna hate... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37694536)

I -really- like the part about the rubber doll. Like Old Spice Man: Now I'm up in space. Now I'm riding a rubber doll.

Re:Haters gonna hate... (1)

mjwx (966435) | about 3 years ago | (#37698170)

Wouldn't be surprised if a secret group of developers is paying for this. Getting rid of referential integrity one DBA at a time.

As a network engineer, I wouldn't mind getting rid of a few snowflake developers this way. Capsules will be cheap as surviving re-entry is not a requirement.

Snowflake Developer: This laptop you gave me 3 months ago is crap.
Network Engineer: That's because I gave you admin privs 3 months ago and you stuffed it up.
Snowflake Developer: I demand a new laptop.
Network Engineer: I'll re-image the old one. I took an image of it before I gave it to you, should take about an hour.
Snowflake Developer: I WANT A NEW LAPTOP NOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWW. /stamping of feet.
Network Engineer: OK, come with me to the Aperture Science Emergency Hardware Generation Capsule. /laughs maniacally.

However being truly old school, I demand a big screen in the launch centre and a giant red launch button with a plastic cover that flips open at T minus 10.

Re:Haters gonna hate... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37701896)

What the hell is a "Network Engineer" doing rebuilding laptops? Aren't you tech support/helpdesk?

Re:Haters gonna hate... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37703738)

More like:

Snowflake Developer: This laptop you gave me 3 months ago is crap.

Network Engineer: That's because 3 months ago I stuffed loads of badly written perl scripts on there along with a virus checker which interupts every disk operation looking for malware that does actually run on this OS and a Retrospec client that demands 100% cpu and backs up from 10-14 every day...

Snowflake Developer: Can I please be put in one of your suici^h^h^h^h^h space capsules?

Don't Bother Asking? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37694402)

I always thought DBA stood for Database Asshole

Re:Don't Bother Asking? (1)

Moheeheeko (1682914) | about 3 years ago | (#37694466)

Where im from its Double Barrel Ale, damn now im thirsty.

I thought Doctor of Business Administration (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37694406)

The truth was less interesting.

Fun (1)

yekim (182367) | about 3 years ago | (#37694420)

Sounds like fun. I'm guessing that's why. Despite popular opinion, even DBA's like fun stuff.

Re:Fun (2)

geekoid (135745) | about 3 years ago | (#37695336)

No, I'm sure they will grumble how it would be better if they listened to him, as well as bitch about the pilots the whole time. .. and of course never offer a reasonable solution to any of these 'problems' .

It's a Good Start (2)

DocDyson (2429538) | about 3 years ago | (#37694436)

Maybe if took up a collection we could send all of them? Can we get a half-price deal if we don't want them returned?

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 3 years ago | (#37694486)

Within 5 hours nothing would work. I had a an idiot, I mean developer, come to me today because he decided to view a table with a couple million rows in phppgadmin. Take a guess how that worked out for him.

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

fotoflojoe (982885) | about 3 years ago | (#37694682)

Why did he have direct access to the table in the first place? That's what views are for.

Re:It's a Good Start (0)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 3 years ago | (#37694716)

Because it was a dev db.
Which means the devs demanded to be allowed to hang themselves. So we let them. Not like we don't have one than one of dev db,

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 3 years ago | (#37695352)

So a developer made a mistake, in his OWN table and needed help? and you call them an idiot, and then bitch.

Typical.

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 3 years ago | (#37695610)

Not his own table. Just a copy of the prod db, used for dev work. He did not do this once, he did it 4 or 5 times, today. He also can't bother to remember how to deal with it. SQL is too hard for them I suppose.

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | about 3 years ago | (#37695906)

Ordinarily I would be hesitant to come to the support of a DBA but in this case I think it's appropriate. This is a PHP developer being talked about which is almost exclusively synonymous with dumba**, sweatshop code monkey. A breed too incompetent and uncomprehending for anything but script kiddie copy/paste hackery.

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 3 years ago | (#37696138)

To be fair, I am not the DBA. I am just a sysadmin acting as DBA when the need arises and the issues are simple enough.

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | about 3 years ago | (#37696182)

I feel a bit better for supporting you then... ;)

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 3 years ago | (#37694784)

That's funny, I had *two* idiots, I mean a developer and DBA, come into my office today wondering why our application even needed a GUI, much less one that was appealing or user friendly.

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 3 years ago | (#37694880)

Our application does have a nice friendly and appealing interface. The DB is a big boys toy. Not something for the users to play with. If you don't want to learn how to use it, you get what you deserve.

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

aix tom (902140) | about 3 years ago | (#37695768)

That's what I love about working for a small outfit.

I'm the DBA *and* developer *and* do the GUI.

All the fun and none of the political bickering. ;-P

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about 3 years ago | (#37696384)

Only works when the people you work with are cool or smart or attractive. Otherwise massive fail.

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

aiht (1017790) | about 3 years ago | (#37698580)

That's what I love about working for a small outfit.

I'm the DBA *and* developer *and* do the GUI.

All the fun and none of the political bickering. ;-P

Me too! I have never understood this apparent developer / DBA war, because I'm both.
Although I do still manage some of the political bickering.

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

spiffmastercow (1001386) | about 3 years ago | (#37694860)

So yeah, I once had this idiot, I mean DBA, insist on using an external, non-unique identifier as a primary key because it only gets recycled every few years, and he would have all the records archived off by then. Guess how that went a couple years later?

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | about 3 years ago | (#37695004)

The problem with this contest is that there will only be One "winner". Maybe they could "Crowd Source" it?

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 3 years ago | (#37715328)

That guy should not have been a DBA.

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

spiffmastercow (1001386) | about 3 years ago | (#37724612)

That guy should not have been a DBA.

No argument here.. My point is mainly that there are incompetent people in both camps. DBAs have a low opinion of devs because they've seen a few do stupid things.. Developers have low opinions of DBAs because they've seen a few do stupid things.. It's easy to only notice the failures of the other camp. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to writing a bunch of code generation templates because the DBA told us that all our CRUD has to be done in stored procedures, and NHibernate doesn't really support that out of the box.

Re:It's a Good Start (1)

alexborges (313924) | about 3 years ago | (#37697058)

My first reaction was the same as you: get em all to the moon with no suits, we later send in the lawyers.... BUT, on second thought, somebody has to do the excruciatingly fuucking boring job they do. And I dont want to be that guy, even if they make more money than me.

No DBA will trust an application with her life (2)

ElmoGonzo (627753) | about 3 years ago | (#37694440)

And a spacecraft is nothing but a mess of software applications held together with wire and tinfoil.

I interviewed with Red Gate... (1)

Xugumad (39311) | about 3 years ago | (#37694450)

I interviewed with Red Gate earlier this year (made a complete wreck of the interview, turns out travelling down on the day was a horrific idea).

I'm fairly certain I got to interview because I mentioned in my covering letter that I liked talking to the coffee machine.

They're just that sort of company.

Re:I interviewed with Red Gate... (1)

madprof (4723) | about 3 years ago | (#37694510)

Someone from my company went for an interview with Red Gate to get a free iPad. He got it, and felt very happy. He still works with us.

Re:I interviewed with Red Gate... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37699126)

I work at Red Gate and can confirm it's a *ridiculously* fun place to work. The iPad thing netted us a few peeps and was cheaper overall than an recruitment agency.

Re:I interviewed with Red Gate... (1)

madprof (4723) | about 3 years ago | (#37705688)

No one disputes it is a good place to work! Some of us would love to work in a place like that!

Re:I interviewed with Red Gate... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37694570)

I'm fairly certain I got to interview because I mentioned in my covering letter that I liked talking to the coffee machine.

Dude I've been applying for jobs all year with not much success, do you have any other tips for getting interviews? I've never seen such capers mentioned as a good idea..

Re:I interviewed with Red Gate... (1)

Xugumad (39311) | about 3 years ago | (#37694672)

As much as I'd like to suggest it's a generally applicable idea, it's actually very specific to the company. Grab the recruitment guide:

http://www.red-gate.com/our-company/careers/book-of-red-gate [red-gate.com]

Jump to page 34 (as numbered). Then 64, then 95. Note it's actually a running theme. So, essentially, it's a kinda quirky way of showing I've spent a lot of time looking at the company. Even then, it was a VERY high risk gamble, and one I was only willing to take because I had a job I was trying to move up from, rather than just frantically searching for a job.

Still, doing a lot of background research on a company and trying to reflect that in your covering letter and resume (CV if you're in the UK) is good advice.

Re:I interviewed with Red Gate... (1)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | about 3 years ago | (#37697142)

I think Internet meaning-fuzzing is occurring. Are you suggesting that Red Gate are completely insane and no-one sane would want to work with them, or that they are endearingly quirky and it's probably a fun place to work? (Or something else entirely?)

Re:I interviewed with Red Gate... (1)

Xugumad (39311) | about 3 years ago | (#37699402)

That they're endearingly quirky was the idea I was trying to give :)

Re:I interviewed with Red Gate... (1)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | about 3 years ago | (#37699934)

In that case, if the ones I know are anything to go by, I agree entirely. :-)

Are they also going to bring him back? (1)

QuietLagoon (813062) | about 3 years ago | (#37694464)

If not, I guess that is one thing you can do with an ornery DBA.

mmmm...floating bacon (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37694482)

mmmm...floating bacon

Expensive way (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37694496)

to dispose off one bad DBA but great way!

CAPTCHA: expunge

Re:Expensive way (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37694562)

CAPTCHA: expunge

This isn't /b/.

I think there are fitness, health and other tests (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 3 years ago | (#37694586)

you must pass to get to space any ways.

Winner have to pay a LOT of Taxes on this (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 3 years ago | (#37694606)

so for some it may be a very high cost free trip.

Re:Winner have to pay a LOT of Taxes on this (1)

Christian Smith (3497) | about 3 years ago | (#37699244)

Unless it's a work trip.

Send them all, and lawyers too (2)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 3 years ago | (#37694610)

Send all the DBAs into space, so the rest of us can get work done.

In Soviet Russia (1)

Roachie (2180772) | about 3 years ago | (#37694618)

Send DBA to wide-open space.

Who will get in space? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37694630)

For some reason I first thought they will shoot a server out to space.

So long and thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37694644)

Along with all the telephone sanitizers and hairdressers, I hope.

Re:So long and thanks (1)

SlashV (1069110) | about 3 years ago | (#37695134)

You DO realize that when you shoot the telephone sanitizers out to space, you will be wiped out by a particularly virulent disease contracted from an unexpectedly dirty telephone?

Re:So long and thanks (1)

deckitbruiseit (1369769) | about 3 years ago | (#37695980)

EPIC WIN. that is all.

Who can afford to win? (0)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 3 years ago | (#37694668)

It wasn't that long ago that I read a /. article about someone who won a prize of a trip to the space station, but had to turn it down because of the phenomenal tax liability he would face if he accepted such a "prize". I don't see this as any different, the average guy just can't afford to win such a prize without facing ruin from the taxes. Why does /. even continue to hype such prizes, or don't the editors eat their own dog food?

Re:Who can afford to win? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37695260)

I think they said that they're paying the taxes...

Re:Who can afford to win? (1)

ottothecow (600101) | about 3 years ago | (#37695652)

a company who has thought this through could always included a cash prize equal to approximately [value of prize]*[tax rate]*[1+tax rate]...

This would solve any tax burden problems (which occur not even for large prizes...look at all the oprah guests who got nailed with a tax bill after winning cars)

Can I Submit A Candidate? (2)

Bigbutt (65939) | about 3 years ago | (#37694702)

You don't even have to bring him back...

[John]

Re:Can I Submit A Candidate? (1)

Threni (635302) | about 3 years ago | (#37695474)

Yeah, we should be sending clueless non-technical "development managers" into space. There are fucking loads of them, and you'd never miss a thing if they never came back.

Re:Can I Submit A Candidate? (1)

Bigbutt (65939) | about 3 years ago | (#37695550)

Oh well. If we can broaden the selection criteria I have a few more candidates including the development manager who asks if operations hires competent people and the project manager who says engineering is the logical career path of a technical person so the engineers are where the smart people are :rolleyes:

[John]

Re:Can I Submit A Candidate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37695714)

How about the writers of the posts of impossible requirements like "Must have 7 years experience with .Net 4.0 technology"?

Publicity (2)

madprof (4723) | about 3 years ago | (#37694706)

The company is doing this purely for the publicity. Which Slashdot has now kindly provided!

If this story deserves to be here (and you can argue it either way) then it proves that impressive, but expensive, stunts are definitely worth the investment for any company such as Red Gate.

Re:Publicity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37695064)

And you just did it again my mentioning Red Gate's name in your post. I hear Red Gate are masters at viral marketing. Red Gate Red Gate Red Gate.

Re:Publicity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37695334)

Red Gate are a relatively small company though (less than 200 employees I think) so it's cool that they want to do something different to raise awareness. Of course it's to gain publicity but isn't everything. And I sure as hell wouldn't turn down the prize!!

Re:Publicity (1)

madprof (4723) | about 3 years ago | (#37695498)

Those canny fuckers.

Re:Publicity (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 3 years ago | (#37695386)

Yes its a stunt. YOU aren't revealing anything new, again. NO one is surprised or taken in by it. At the end of the day, a DBA is going into space, and that's cool.

Re:Publicity (1)

madprof (4723) | about 3 years ago | (#37695526)

What do you mean "again"? You remember who I am? If so, you must have no life.

I suppose a DBA going into space is cool. The point still stands that it is a very effective tactic. When will we see another company do a similar thing?

Re:Publicity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37697056)

Please, you're only considered to have no life if you memorize all posts from user id's higher than 10^4.

Lawyers next? (1)

rwv (1636355) | about 3 years ago | (#37694886)

After the DBA, is there any chance we can have a contest to send a few lawyers into space?

Re:Lawyers next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37695466)

After the DBA, is there any chance we can have a contest to send a few lawyers into space?

I think we need much better anti-space weapons before we do that; dumping toxic garbage into space might draw negative attention from aliens. ;)

1st question wasn't hard (1)

bryan1945 (301828) | about 3 years ago | (#37694888)

Hosts were annoying, though.

Now that they are charging for Reflector (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37694926)

This is what they can do now that they are charging for .NET Reflector. And hear I thought they started charging for it so they could remain solvent. Nope, it was instead so they could send some ass clown into space.

Re:Now that they are charging for Reflector (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37697214)

WAAAH

Terms and Conditions (1)

mayko (1630637) | about 3 years ago | (#37694990)

The prize awarded to the confirmed Winner (“Prize”) shall be, at the Winner’s option:

(a) a non-transferable ticket for a sub-orbital space flight which is to take off from and land in a spaceport in the USA and will last for approximately 15 minutes during which the space flight will reach a minimum altitude of 100 kilometres above the earth’s surface (“Space Flight”), or

(b) a cash prize equivalent to the price of the Space Flight of US$102,000 (one hundred and two thousand US Dollars) (“Cash Prize”).

So tax on 102k is going to suck unless you just take the payout. Plus directly following those terms... is my favorite one.

"It is hereby acknowledged that it is not possible to guarantee the Space Flight, as described in these Terms and Conditions, will take place in the near future or at all... ...if the date for the Space Flight is not confirmed by 31 December 2016, then the Promoter reserves the right, upon written notice to the Winner, to substitute the Cash Prize for the Space Flight"

Just take the cash upfront.

Re:Terms and Conditions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37696430)

So tax on 102k is going to suck unless you just take the payout. Plus directly following those terms... is my favorite one.

I'd pay $50K out of pocket for one of those flights. Might even pay $100K for one. The reason for the 2016 deadline is because it's a ride on an Armadillo Aerospace bird, and (because the one thing aerospace has in common with software is that everything costs more and takes longer) there's no guarantee that Carmack will be ready by then.

(DBA) Acornyms - enough already (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37695068)

Haven't we littered space with enough acronyms already? ACE, MCO, MER, MPL, PVO, OSIRIS-REx, GRAIL, HST ...

B-Ark? (3, Funny)

Megane (129182) | about 3 years ago | (#37695076)

So is this a chance to get DBAs onto the B-Ark? [wikipedia.org]

Re:B-Ark? (1)

El_Oscuro (1022477) | about 3 years ago | (#37696262)

And the developers led full, rich and happy lives until the world's IT infrastructure was suddenly wiped out by an accidental DDOS started by a runaway query.

"Space"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37695120)

Or sub-orbital hop that barely exceeds what Col Kittinger did in the 1950s with a balloon?

Real life reference today.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37695224)

Just today I was battling it out with a DBA.

Production app runs a DELETE query every once in awhile to clean up it's temporary tables. App decides at will when to run this task. App took down a shared DB server with 30 other apps. We fought at the beginning to have a dedicated database.... Mgmt said Nope, we'll just "Try out" a shared server.

After weeks of chasing problems and paying many six figure incomes to investigate, the damn thing went down again today. Called the DBA, he said "don't run that query right now". I explained that we need a solution, like what a real DBA would do. Again he said "don't run that query". Now I have to spend 8 weeks waiting for a new server all because our management thinks it saves "real dollars" by skimping on a sub $2000 server and wasting millions of dollars to figure out "Why".

Fucking idiots. I want to punch our DBAs in the face the worthless assholes.

Re:Real life reference today.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37695706)

Speaking as a DBA...

If you can't write an app to work in a shared database environment...you shouldn't be writing apps at all. The very nature of databases is to support multiple users and applications. If you think you could get by on a sub $2k database server...your app isn't using enough resources to justify spending money on establishing and maintaining a dedicated machine.

Where I work, we have 100's of applications all leveraging a single database...ranging from small (spit out a PDF of this data) to large (event registration/tracking system) to huge (finance and payroll processing). Never has a single application brought down the database. Maybe it's because we don't use toy databases like MySQL. Maybe it's because we have a strongly enforced development/testing/production release structure.

Bet you a nickel this comes down to the fact that you let the application decide when to run the delete. A better decision would be to have it run at regular intervals, so that you can track its performance over time.

You misread. (1)

pavon (30274) | about 3 years ago | (#37697550)

Yes this is caused by a poorly written misbehaving application, but it's not his application. It is one of the other 30 applications that he has to share the database server with. So all 30 applications get shit for uptime while they dick around trying to figure out what is wrong with the one.

That said I think his solution is backwards; rather than giving his application a dedicated server, they should move the misbehaving application to a development server until the team that wrote it can get their shit together.

Re:Real life reference today.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37695950)

Sounds like the app isn't very well designed to me..
A database server is a fernickey little sod at the best of times when it's running hundreds (or thousands) of connections over various applications.. It's very easy to write an app that works just nicely when there's one person in it (or maybe five or six!), scaling it up so that it plays nice with optimisers and locking for hundreds or thousands of connections is another matter.

Do I understand correctly that you spent a lot of time and money calling people who were app side consultants, who couldn't give you an answer to the solution before you talked to the DBA (and you'd already wasted weeks), then expected them to give you an answer then and there? Hmm.. You seriously don't understand the way the big toys work, do you? I "real" DBA would likely tell you "Don't run that query right now" while they examine the behaviour of the system to see what it's up to. Then spend a while working out what the code of the query is supposed to do by analysing the logic behind it. Then examine the anticipated query plans to see how it expects to behave at that moment in time (bear in mind, this plan may well change the next time you analyse it depending on a whole slew of factors).
Then, perhaps when it's understood properly, tests can be run to examine how it all behaves.
Of course you need a solution, but it sounds like you're part of the problem (firing things off wildly, and not allowing time). It may be of interest, but when this new server comes in, it's quite possible (daresay even likely) that you'll get exactly the same problem. Except you're a few u shorter on rack space, with more energy expenditure and a couple of grand worse off.
If it is a case of the app is resource starving the DB, then I hate to say it, but it's bad coding. Tell you what, why don't you let your DBAs go, and see how long you last running the DB servers yourselves? I've seen that in quite a few places. It mostly ends up looking not very pretty at all.

Whales in Space! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37695248)

Who wants to bet that the winner will be the chunky dude who spills out the sides of two chairs in one of those conferences?

All of them (1)

drwho (4190) | about 3 years ago | (#37695502)

Can we send all of the DBAs to space?

Send, Not Retrieve (1)

ardeez (1614603) | about 3 years ago | (#37695504)

I could narrow my eyes evilly and note that the article says they're only sending them into space,
nothing about bringing them back.

'What's that? Want to get back from space you say? Sorry, that's another team.'

There will be forms to fill ...
And a totally opaque process to follow
You might find your request summarily rejected for reasons unknown to you forever
And your oxygen given to someone else for no reason

In dba space, all you can do is scream :'>

Seriously though, dba's can be great once they realise you're not just there to waste their
time and select gigabytes of data with an exclusive lock and then going to lunch.

Typical (1)

Kittenman (971447) | about 3 years ago | (#37695730)

The "unless you're in SQL, you're not a DBA" attitude. I was DBA here for yonks, then got an email from a new starter signed "Senior DBA". Gave me a start. He was the new SQL man, it turned out.

why is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37695808)

Many developers I know would love to send DBAs to space. Of course they would want assurance the DBA would not come back

Karl the DBA :-)

The catch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37696434)

The catch: you gotta pay your share for gas.

Ooh! Can We Experiment On Them? (1)

Greyfox (87712) | about 3 years ago | (#37696534)

See if the DBA can refactor my database before time runs out and we shoot them into space! Muahaha!

Terrifying (1)

Improv (2467) | about 3 years ago | (#37696888)

I wouldn't really want any DBA to have us all in their sights; they might try something crazy like "DELETE FROM earth;"

Don't Bother Asking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37696920)

I never knew DBA stood for that - but I bet some of my developers feel that way about me. That was funny. Also the post about trying to get rid of referential integrity one dba at a time. Ya'll are horrible. Funny - but horrible.

If we can send one DBA into space... (1)

tm2b (42473) | about 3 years ago | (#37698368)

If we can send one DBA into space, why can't we send them all?

Sounds great! (1)

Lisandro (799651) | about 3 years ago | (#37701588)

How long are we leaving them there?

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