Texas Dept. Of Public Safety Issues Amber Alert For Victim Of Horror Doll Chucky

from the nightmare-fuel dept

There's a rule in IT: don't test on live systems in production. There's debate over this, of course, but the general idea is that testing on live systems is a great way to screw up something with the live system, rather than some test environment. The more important the system is, the more true that mantra becomes.

Which brings us to the Texas Amber Alert system. See, Texans subscribed to get Amber Alerts via email got one last week that seemed a little... off.

First... terrifying. As someone who absolutely hates horror movies because I'm a big scared wimp, getting this alert is pure nightmare fuel. But it's also sort of funny, except that this kind of testing on the live Amber Alert system is pretty dumb. The whole thing apparently happened due to a test being run on the system and it accidentally got sent out to email subscribers. Give the folks responsible for this high marks for going into detail on the joke, though.

The alert, which was sent by email on Friday, warned of a 16-pound suspect wearing “blue denim overalls” and “wielding a huge kitchen knife.” It included an image of Chucky, the killer doll introduced in the 1988 slasher film “Child’s Play,” the first of a series of Chucky films.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has since apologized, saying in a statement that the alert was sent as a “result of a test malfunction.”

“We apologize for the confusion this may have caused and are diligently working to ensure this does not happen again,” the department said.

Meanwhile, with the media asking the agency for more details on how all this happened and why, they aren't talking. Don Mancini, who created the Chucky character, is however.

Look, mistakes happen. But that's why you don't run these sorts of tests on a live system as important as the Amber Alert system.

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  1. icon
    Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 9 Feb 2021 @ 4:12am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Every system I've ever dealt with."

    Yet, at some point you'll find yourself working in, or interacting with, some ancient dinosaur which hasn't been updated, patched or maintained since the early 2000's. And that'll be the frankenmonster serving data to your company's brand new mint-condition Salesforce CRM. "Testing" either means the superuser or admin of the creaky old database writes the changes in on the fly and tries to monitor the end result real-time or there'll be one whopper of a new budget required to set up the long-since-decommissioned old test environment and populate it. That budget will not be forthcoming.


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