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University of Twente NOC Fire Arson

Hemos posted more than 11 years ago | from the bad-bad-leroy-brown dept.

News 343

Lars writes "A 26-year old man from Hengelo has admitted to deliberately setting fire to the Network Operations Centre of University of Twente, last Wednesday. The fire gutted two wings of the building and devastated one of the fastest networks in Europe. The arsonist is an employee of the University, which must come as quite a shock to those involved. The University released a short statement to the press. It mentions that the total damage caused is roughly 40-50 million euros (about the same in dollars) and that the guy was caught last Friday, when he tried to set fire to one of the faculty buildings."

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Umm... (4, Interesting)

GeckoFood (585211) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751406)

Wouldn't going on strike have been a little more effective than burning down the office?

Re:Umm... (2, Funny)

zmooc (33175) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751527)

Here in the Netherlands today all gay people are supposed to strike because some Iman said that homosexuality was a contagious disease so now they're all calling in ill to keep their coworkers from getting ill:P So he's probably a homofobe and didn't want to be on strike these days:P...can't find an decent link to the story..

Quite frankly, NO (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751536)

Would you hear about his one man strike? Did you hear about is one man fire? Guess how many people would have the same set of answers as you. What he did (IMO) is wrong, but you can't really argue that he won't (eventually) be heard and by a large audience. It's very rare that people this wrong in their actions turn out to be right about anything, but if you think his objective was to be heard (and it's clear you do) then his risk/reward balance may be off, but you hear him (or will when slashdot posts the 19th update to this story).

Is a happy employee ... (5, Funny)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751552)

gruntled?

Re:Is a happy employee ... (1)

eam (192101) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751620)

Yes, according to Merriam-Webster Online [m-w.com]:

One entry found for gruntle.
Main Entry: gruntle
Pronunciation: 'gr&n-t&l
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): gruntled; gruntling /'gr&nt-li[ng], 'gr&n-t&l-i[ng]/
Etymology: back-formation from disgruntle
Date: 1926
: to put in a good humor <were gruntled with a good meal and good conversation -- W. P. Webb>

Don't forget, you first heard it ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751565)

... here! [slashdot.org] on Slashdot.

Punishment (4, Funny)

Mr Guy (547690) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751410)

The Stake, obviously.

I guess those Euro's don't go for that sort of thing though, do they?

Re:Punishment (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751476)

No, because capital punishment is barbaric.

<irony>Now excuse me while I go and watch my American Football game.</irony>

Re:Punishment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751668)

sissy

Why? (2)

program21 (469995) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751415)

Any idea why he did it? The article is slashdotted already.

A patsy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751548)

He's a patsy.

BSA (and I'm not talking about the boy scouts, you smart alecs out there) hired a professional arsonist and paid/coerced this poor guy to confess.

After all, those servers held the largest warez collection in Europe all connected to the fattest pipes you can find.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751628)

Confession concerning fire UT

The 26-year-old man from Hengelo detained on Friday afternoon has confessed that he also started a fire on the grounds of the University of Twente on Wednesday morning 20 November 2002. In this fire two wings of one of the buildings on the grounds were completely destroyed and damages caused of between 40 and 50 million euro.

The 26-year old was detained Friday afternoon after witnesses had observed the start of a small fire in another building. On the directions of these witnesses the 26-year old could then be detained.

On the how and why of the arson on the 20th no further announcements can be made at this moment. The suspect will be undergo further questioning on this.

We can announce that the 26-year old is an employee of the University of Twente. The University staff has been informed of his confession by now.

He will be brought before the magistrate in Almelo today.

What a crock (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751418)

Too bad no Jews died in the fire.

In English (5, Informative)

sql*kitten (1359) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751427)

The arsonist is an employee of the University, which must come as quite a shock to those involved. The University released a short statement to the press

English text here [utwente.nl].

I guess.... (3, Funny)

Fapestniegd (34586) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751428)

They should have let him keep his red Swingline Stapler...

Re:I guess.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751479)

The NOC was in the basement perhaps?
One way to kill the roaches I suppose.

But em, I em but I yes I em suppose I could
burn down the building.

milton rocks.

--------------
pixelbeat.

Re:I guess.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751599)

This is a reference to the movie "Office Space" for the for of you out there who didn't see it. Great Movie.

Re:I guess.... (5, Funny)

McFly69 (603543) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751640)

Here is a link to the movie [imdb.com] you are refering to.

Somethign tells me this guy who burnt the place down, will not go to the tropics to meet woman. Instead he is going to prison and meet Bubba; the A$$ Plow.

Security.debian.org / Disaster recovery (5, Interesting)

ccoder (468480) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751431)

A few non - european services were affected as well - namely ALL security updates for Debain (the primary mirror anyhow) were offline for a while.

Brings up a good point in disaster recovery: How many organizations have machines at various places that they can't recover from a total loss?

This clearly demonstrates (0, Funny)

RGRistroph (86936) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751433)

the need for strict tracking of stapler ownership in the modern office environment.

Three stories on this and still, WE DON'T CARE (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751438)

Its a frigging room filled with computers. It lit up. We get it. WE DON'T GIVE A SHIT.

Re:Three stories on this and still, WE DON'T CARE (1, Interesting)

shibbie (619359) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751485)

I back this. Why the hell do we have 3 stories on some server room going up in smoke when more interesting stores like Nanotech Self Healing Cameleon Colour Changing US Tanks [bbc.co.uk] never gets to see the light of day? Hello?

Re:Three stories on this and still, WE DON'T CARE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751535)

This [slashdot.org] wouldn't be the same information you are referring to, is it?

Re:Three stories on this and still, WE DON'T CARE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751541)

Probably because it's allready been done.

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/10/28/1513 20 3&mode=thread&tid=126

Re:Three stories on this and still, WE DON'T CARE (1)

arcadum (528303) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751555)

Nanotech paint was up a week or two ago... But, the link was to a darpa page rather than a BBC.

Re:Three stories on this and still, WE DON'T CARE (2)

adb (31105) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751583)

A random Debian server is more important than your petty concerns. Get over it.

Re:Three stories on this and still, WE DON'T CARE (1)

shibbie (619359) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751594)

Heh heh thanks guys for pointing this out. =) Drat.

Re:Three stories on this and still, WE DON'T CARE (1)

sirius_bbr (562544) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751623)

I guess there are more people at the UT reading slashdot, than there are in the US military :))

For those none too fluent in dutch: (5, Informative)

Mac Degger (576336) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751439)

The article basically says: he dun-it and he's an employee. What it doesn't say is why he dun-it, though.

Project Faustus at work (-1)

BankofAmerica_ATM (537813) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751441)

I regret traversing the University's network system en route to a direct attack on Project Faustus. It may be very likely that the suspect is in league with Faustus....

What matters more? (0, Offtopic)

ekrout (139379) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751442)

We've now seen nearly a dozen articles on this fire that destroyed several computers at the University of Twente.

It's very upsetting to me, especially considering that the fire was set deliberately.

However, far worse tragedies occur every day around the world. But in these instances, people die. Yes, people. Drive-by shootings, car accidents, birthing troubles, drug overdoses, and many other unfortunate circumstances happen hundreds of times all around the world every day.

I realize this is a tech site, but I'm sure that 1 in 5 disasters involves computers being burnt up or crushed. Why not just post these then?

Re:What matters more? (3, Informative)

BusterB (10791) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751465)

I believe that a lot of imporant free software sites were hosted by this university. Hence, its relevance here.

Re:What matters more? (1)

rash (83406) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751468)

Simply becouse people dont care about those events. And dont want to read about them on slashdot.

And there happens more opf those every day then can fit on slashdot in a day.

So if you want to read those. Start your own fire news site.

Re:What matters more? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751481)

drug overdoses

Killing yourself by being a stupid, ignorant muppet doesn't earn any sympathy from me. Hard? Yes, possibly. Cruel? No, just realistic. Ah well, I'll just blame the far left wing enviromentalist hippies again...

Re:What matters more? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751531)

who cares about those people, i dont

and you dont either, in your actions atleast.

you say you care, but you are the same asshole that drives 50 over the speed limit in the morning swirving in and out of cars. fuck off

How's he gonna repay it? (4, Insightful)

Joshuah (82679) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751443)

I mean, he's 26. He now owes the university and several companies 40-50 Million Euros (dollars). Its just arson so thats what 3-5 years. To me, thats way to easy to get off. Even if he makes $50k after taxes, it will take him 800 years to pay off 40million. Thats just messed up.

So, this guy gets out when he is 30yrs old, can find a job and move on with his life looking for more buildings to burn down. isnt there something wrong with that?

Re:How's he gonna repay it? (5, Funny)

krray (605395) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751470)

I wonder if we could get him a job over at that place in Redmond?

Re:How's he gonna repay it? (2, Funny)

Joshuah (82679) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751498)

maybe he was listening to the "roof the roof, the roof is on fire!"

then he could blame the RIAA and make them pay for it :P

Re:How's he gonna repay it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751522)

Yes, he should be branded "ARSONIST" on his forehead, and kept in jail at least until 60 years old. Perhaps a tattoo would be better, brands fade too quickly. There is NO WAY that he is mentally ill - they're always just pretending to avoid responsibility for their actions. And there can't be any mitigating circumstances, the Slashdot story is clear, concise and complete.

Re:How's he gonna repay it? (5, Insightful)

Zathrus (232140) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751538)

So, this guy gets out when he is 30yrs old, can find a job and move on with his life looking for more buildings to burn down. isnt there something wrong with that?

Well, presumably he'd be required to disclose his conviction to potential employers. I sure wouldn't hire him at that point - if he's a disgruntled employee then I don't want to hire him and possibly piss him off. If he's a fire bug then I just don't want him around, period. He could not report that he was convicted, but unless he gets an entirely new identity a routine background check will show the conviction. This is why more and more companies are doing background checks now.

As far as paying back the damages, it's the insurance company that's going to have to suck up the cost of replacement. Yeah, I know - it means everyone who uses that insurerer will have to pay higher premiums for some time. But they're the ones that would have to sue for damages. And they very well may. But getting repaid is obviously not going to happen.

The idea of debtor's prison is long gone, and for a good reason. The idea was that if you caused material harm then you could be thrown in jail until you repaid the harm. But it's rather difficult to earn money when imprisoned, which leads to a rather vicious circle. Debtors prison was often used to perpetually incarcerate political or business opponents. Let's not even think about bringing it back.

Re:How's he gonna repay it? (1)

Joshuah (82679) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751584)

i can bet he will not tell anyone at an interview that he has been convicted of a felony (which i think this is). i mean, ive worked for several companies and non have done a drug test or criminal check. i was just recently working at usenetserver and they didnt even make me sign a NDA or noncompete agreement.

Re:How's he gonna repay it? (5, Insightful)

SealBeater (143912) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751656)

I sure wouldn't hire him at that point

Whatever happened to having "paid one's debt to society"? Assuming that he
does in fact, go to jail and serves time, when does the deeds of one's past no
longer impact who you may be in the future?

SealBeater

Re:How's he gonna repay it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751572)

Send him over here to Texas. Jaywalking is punishable by the death penalty. With arson we douse you in kerosene and set you over a spit to cook like the pig you are. Then we let the dogs eat you.

Re:How's he gonna repay it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751580)

In Europe you can't go personally bankcrupt.

Yeah, you do the time and pay some of the debt but it shouldn't really affect your living standards.

IMHO this is a good thing.

Re:How's he gonna repay it? (2)

cybercuzco (100904) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751589)

He now owes the university and several companies 40-50 Million Euros (dollars).


Actually he already owed that much in student loans from going to school in the United States.

Re:How's he gonna repay it? (3, Troll)

pubjames (468013) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751664)

So, this guy gets out when he is 30yrs old, can find a job and move on with his life looking for more buildings to burn down. isnt there something wrong with that?

You're right! 40 million Euros is too much for him to ever pay back! Let's kill him! Yeah! I'll start the chant! Kill him! Kill him! Kill him! Come on everyone, join in! Kill him! Kill him! Kill him! Those Euro weenies will probably just say he's mentally unstable or something, and give him a few years in jail and a nice psychologist to talk to. Losers! Kill him! Kill him!...

Obligatory Simpsons Quote (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751444)

Ralph: "That's where I saw the Leprechaun. He tells me to burn things!"

Leprachaun: "You've done grand, laddie! Now ya know what ya have ta do! Burn the house down! Burn 'em all!"

Good for him (4, Funny)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751450)

Information wants to be set on fire.

Re:Good for him (2)

evilpenguin (18720) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751665)

Y'know, even though PhysicsGenius is a famous troll, I have to admit that I think "Information wants to be set on fire" is actually pretty funny.

I saw the /. story a couple of days ago that said they had "things back up and running." Does anyone know if this is at full capacity? I've been holding back from updating my Debian distros because I don't know.

In English (5, Informative)

octover (22078) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751455)

the press release in English [utwente.nl]


Press release Twente Police 25 November 2002


Confession concerning fire UT


The 26-year-old man from Hengelo detained on Friday afternoon has confessed that he also started a fire on the grounds of the University of Twente on Wednesday morning 20 November 2002. In this fire two wings of one of the buildings on the grounds were completely destroyed and damages caused of between 40 and 50 million euro.
The 26-year old was detained Friday afternoon after witnesses had observed the start of a small fire in another building. On the directions of these witnesses the 26-year old could then be detained.


On the how and why of the arson on the 20th no further announcements can be made at this moment. The suspect will be undergo further questioning on this.
We can announce that the 26-year old is an employee of the University of Twente. The University staff has been informed of his confession by now.
He will be brought before the magistrate in Almelo today.

Cap me will you..... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751457)

yet another angry, capped consumer...

Press Release in English (-1, Redundant)

kvn299 (472563) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751462)

Confession concerning fire UT

The 26-year-old man from Hengelo detained on Friday afternoon has confessed that he also started a fire on the grounds of the University of Twente on Wednesday morning 20 November 2002. In this fire two wings of one of the buildings on the grounds were completely destroyed and damages caused of between 40 and 50 million euro.

The 26-year old was detained Friday afternoon after witnesses had observed the start of a small fire in another building. On the directions of these witnesses the 26-year old could then be detained.
On the how and why of the arson on the 20th no further announcements can be made at this moment. The suspect will be undergo further questioning on this.

We can announce that the 26-year old is an employee of the University of Twente. The University staff has been informed of his confession by now.
He will be brought before the magistrate in Almelo today.

DOS attack (5, Informative)

borft (526119) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751467)

Stupid idiots.... the whole infrastructure was burnt down, and we're trying to rebuild it as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, www.utwente.nl is used as a central point of information towards students and employees. Which n00b put the link on slashdot, _AGAIN_? Thanks for ruining our just revived webserver, thanks for nothing!

Re:DOS attack (1)

RavynWork (562805) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751601)

I'm sorry that it has come to this, and it's exactly what I was thinking. Not only do they have to put up with rebuilding after a fire, but they must also put up with being /.ed. Best of luck to you through all of this.

Re:DOS attack (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751614)

just shutup and stop whining about a couple more thousand hits than usual or just restrict web access to your subnet or something.

Re:DOS attack (-1, Flamebait)

Bastian (66383) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751672)

Methinks the only way to get Slashdot's editors to stop pulling this shit is to get a class action lawsuit into action so OSDN gets on /.'s butt over the issue.

We're still working on teaching Taco to communicate in human language. Getting him to understand more difficult concepts like ethics and not being a jerkbutt is going to take longer. Convincing the Slashdot team to figure out something on their own is a pipe dream.

gotta love online translators (4, Funny)

greechneb (574646) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751471)

(25-11 1345) Plead guilty within prickly UT Politiepersbericht Plead guilty within prickly UT ( university Twente ) Enschede: The vrijdagmiddag jl. aangehouden jr. spouse out of Fishing rod , has zondagavond well-known who he too the prickly has institution in the field of the University Twente worn woensdagmorgen 20 November jl. Towards this prickly went two wings with one with the buildings worn the shunting yard wholly ruin and went one pity raise with between the 40 and 50 million European currency. The jr. wax vrijdagmiddag aangehouden after through give evidence wax seen who towards one other edifice worn the Universiteitsterrein one young prickly wax sping up. Worn pointer with this give evidence might the jr. subsequently turn aangehouden. Via the the and why with the incendiarism worn the 20e November jl , may worn this one moment not one draw near information turn given. The suspect will about this yet nearer turn hearing. Well-being pitcher turn medegedeeld who the jr. one cooperator is with the University Twente. The personnel worn the University Twente is yet worn the altitude brought with one's plead guilty. Today is being he pre-gummed towards the master - superintendant within Almelo.

Can anybody make more sense of this more than the original?

No love for the NOC this month (5, Funny)

mcneight (61095) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751473)

First a massive fire, now a thorough slashdotting. What's next, Mecha-Striesand?

Others were affected too (4, Interesting)

Klerck (213193) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751474)

According to the mIRC home page [mirc.com], their message boards and mailing lists were destroyed in the fire as well. It appears to have affected a large number of people.

Slashdot == CNN ? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751480)

wtf?

do we care about a fire somewhere? Fuck, that's the third article about this fscking burned NOC.
If we want to know about it, we'll go on CNN.com or I'll open my TV.
I work in a NOC with 76 customers, but I won't send you a story if our NOC burn, c'mon this must be a joke.

Re:Slashdot == CNN ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751504)

oops this was another NOC.. =)
but will you really post any story about problems in NOC? 3 posts a week about burned NOC, that could be great! hell yeah!

Re:Slashdot == CNN ? (1)

borft (526119) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751524)

76 eeh? that is not a very impressive number! try 8000? But I still agree, 1 article would have sufficed. Thanks to the mentioning of the webserver, it crashed after many slashdotters had a look :(

Re:Slashdot == CNN ? (1)

jrmann1999 (217632) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751566)

I fail to see how opening your TV can help, but just be sure to discharge the caps...or perhaps we'll see another story about a NOC in flames :)

Here's the Statement (2)

curtisk (191737) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751484)

Politiepersbericht Bekentenis in brand UT (Universiteit Twente) Enschede: De vrijdagmiddag jl. aangehouden 26 jr. man uit Hengelo, heeft zondagavond bekend dat hij ook de brand heeft gesticht op het terrein van de Universiteit Twente op woensdagmorgen 20 november jl. Bij deze brand werden twee vleugels van een van de gebouwen op het terrein geheel verwoest en werd een schade veroorzaakt van tussen de 40 en 50 miljoen euro. De 26 jr. was vrijdagmiddag aangehouden nadat door getuigen was gezien dat bij een ander gebouw op het Universiteitsterrein een beginnend brandje was ontstaan. Op aanwijzingen van deze getuigen kon de 26 jr. daarna worden aangehouden. Over het hoe en waarom van de brandstichting op de 20e november jl., kunnen op dit moment geen nadere mededelingen worden gedaan. De verdachte zal hierover nog nader worden gehoord. Wel kan worden medegedeeld dat de 26 jr. een medewerker is van de Universiteit Twente. Het personeel op de Universiteit Twente is ondertussen op de hoogte gebracht van zijn bekentenis. Vandaag wordt hij voorgeleid bij de rechter-commissaris in Almelo. I ran this thru googles translator as French, German and Italian, and they all stayed the same! Is this the new Universal Language© that I've been hearing about?! :)

Re:Here's the Statement (2)

Pedrito (94783) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751517)

Try Dutch. I haven't seen any Dutch translators out there, though.

Re:Here's the Statement (2)

Mac Degger (576336) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751554)

Well, I can do it...but I've already posted my summary above :)
You haven't missed anything.

Re:Here's the Statement (2, Insightful)

masonbrown (208074) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751526)

I ran this thru googles translator as French, German and Italian, and they all stayed the same! Is this the new Universal Language© that I've been hearing about?! :)

Have you tried Dutch?

I (almost) hate to say it... (4, Funny)

TheConfusedOne (442158) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751486)

It turns out it wasn't arson, but merely a misunderstanding.

They asked him to install the new "firewall"...

Translation of the Statement (4, Informative)

StefMeister (219044) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751493)

Here's a summary of the statement in English (from Dutch):
--
A 26-year old man from Hengelo admitted sunday evening that he started a fire on wednesday 20th of November that incinerated 2 wings of the University of Twente building.

He was arrested after witnesses saw him at another small fire on campus.

Police can make no statements about why and how he did it. However the police confirms that he works at the University.
--

Take the admission with a grain of salt. (2)

duffbeer703 (177751) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751513)

Arsonists are usually psychotic and often admit to anything. I know of one guy who confessed to setting fires that were set when he was 3 years old!

This is probaly true -- but he may not be the guy without cooroborating evidence.

Silly man - now he'll go from (3, Funny)

SweenyTod (47651) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751518)

an o to a O.

o - arse before jail
O - arse after jail.

:)

Sing along: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751675)

Burn, burn, burn...

the Ring of Fire!

Well... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751540)

They do say that > 70% of malicious attacks on computer networks come from insiders. And that network security starts with physical security.

I guess that this has been a painful learning experience for the SAs.

Press update: (1)

surfacearea (219926) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751550)

This just in. Case of direct arson ruled out; this morning investigators discovered that the suspect merely linked a local site to /. the morning of the 25th.

Stony Brook Hired an Arsonist (2, Interesting)

MyNameIsFred (543994) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751561)

When I was a student at SUNY Stony Brook in the 80's, the University had a rash of unexplained fires. At first, they tried to pin them on a "radical" student group. Eventually, they figured out that the school's fire chief was the culpret.

The worst part was he burnt down the warehouse with toilet paper and lightbulbs. The insurance company refused to pay, because the school didn't perform even a basic background check which would have given away the man's background.

The worst part was taking exams in rooms to dark to power the solar-powered calculators. Some professors resorted to carrying lightbulbs from room to room.

Re:Stony Brook Hired an Arsonist (1)

eam (192101) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751674)

"...he burnt down the warehouse with toilet paper and lightbulbs...professors resorted to carrying lightbulbs..."

I don't even want to think about what you were doing about the other shortages resulting from that fire.

The Real Enemy... (5, Interesting)

airrage (514164) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751563)

In talking with a Disaster Recovery, quote EXPERT unquote, he said a little fact that quite surprised me: 62% of all technology disasters are premeditated by disgruntled employees, honest administrative mistakes, or lack of change control procedures. We build our moats around the castle, but we never think to install smoke alarms in the kitchen!?!?

If I don't post again before Thanksgiving, Happy Turkey day ya'll.

University is also to blame (5, Interesting)

photonic (584757) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751602)

You guy's are really considerate: fire destroys network, they do all their best to get it somewhat back to work and then you slashdot it back into oblivion.

Though the arsonist takes a huge part of the blame, i think the university also made some faults. Why put your servers in a building that burns that well? If you have so much expensive equipment, you should consider everything, including arson! A few days ago they were happy that no asbestos was released because it was removed shortly ago. But isn't asbestos a fire retarder??

Anyhow this fire is a huge problem for the university. When i was studying there 2 years ago, their biggest trouble was the financing of new buildings. They were supposed to build a new combined building for Physics, Electronics and Chemistry. When the drawings were almost finished they had to scap the whole thing. Right now several buildings are way beyond their lifetime and could technically be shut down to regulations any moment. Most buildings are already extended with temporary containers (Portacabins). And now this..... If they were a company this would certainly be their bankruptcy.

That was the final straw... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751619)

They took away my Swingline Stapler and gave me a Boston. Lumberg will pay, all of them shall burn.

Way to go, guys... (2, Funny)

mblase (200735) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751621)

Let's show our sympathies regarding the loss of one of the fastest computer networks in Europe by Slashdotting their web servers!

Won't someone think about the children! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4751629)


Bang goes the kiddies pron collections. So much so that we get this quote form a local minister.

This perceived misuse of Internet resources caused former Dutch education minister Loek Hermans to comment: "It would be nice if the students at Twente University would use their fast connections for information and education purposes, instead of downloading huge amounts of porn."

All the cockmonglers on kazaa must be crying :D

Fire Code (3, Interesting)

Detritus (11846) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751639)

What sort of fire code (regulations on fire safety) do they have in the Netherlands? If a single arsonist could cause that much damage, I suspect something was wrong with the design of the buildings or the way the equipment and cabling were installed.

German anyone? (1)

Tuffnut (618438) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751648)

It'd be nice if I knew how to read german...ah well, I'm sure someone will get pissed and burn down their news office.

Not Surprised (1)

RAMMS+EIN (578166) | more than 11 years ago | (#4751666)

I'm not surprised to hear that this was arsony. A friend of mine, who studies there, told me that there had been two other fires in one of the rooms in the burnt-down building that same week, one of which was in a dust bin. That does sound like arson to me.
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