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The university burns

  1. May 13, 2008 #1
    That's in Delft.

    I'm witnessing it from my appartment in Holland:

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    No casualities but it's a very sad day for science.
     
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  3. May 13, 2008 #2

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  4. May 13, 2008 #3

    vanesch

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    I read in a newspaper that it is the civil engineering department that's on fire... :bugeye:
    Terrible !
     
  5. May 13, 2008 #4

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    http://home.tudelft.nl/en/
    says
    "No injuries reported in fire at Faculty of Architecture"

    http://www.tudelft.nl/live/pagina.jsp?id=fe4e29d1-c634-46ba-a042-9825b799e1e4&lang=en
    says
     
  6. May 13, 2008 #5

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    :frown: that's awful!
     
  7. May 13, 2008 #6
    Once a very old library was on fire in Paris. Some books, several hundreds years old, disappeared into smoke and ahses. I must admit, that day I was more affected by this than by other news involving human deaths. It was strange to me at this time to realize that I did not feel ashamed for those feelings.
     
  8. May 13, 2008 #7

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    Those works that were destroyed were someone's life, in a way.
     
  9. May 13, 2008 #8

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    Good that everyone was ok.
     
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  11. May 13, 2008 #10
    Oh my goodness! This makes me want to back up my data.

    A friend of mine at another Dutch university was just complaining to me that the fire officials are insisting that they remove their coffee machine because it is a fire hazard.
     
  12. May 13, 2008 #11

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    Indeed, people often don't take data backup seriously enough. Two copies in your office is not a backup.

    Nonetheless, even with backup, with a fire like that, you lose equipment and ongoing work that could take years to set up again. Very unfortunate. Glad all the people got out safely though; that's the most important thing.
     
  13. May 13, 2008 #12

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    People have no clue. When I was the network administrator for a large ophthalmic medical practice, I insisted on off-site backups for all the financials, at the minimum. They had a bit of a clue before I got there, but the business office manager thought that an adequate backup was driving around with a weekly summary of the receivables in print-out form in her trunk. Duh!
     
  14. May 13, 2008 #13
    That sucks. There were some very old books in that building. :frown:
     
  15. May 14, 2008 #14

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    I once worked with a Dutch postdoc, who worked at night, and needed a lot of strong coffee. Dangerous guy !
     
  16. May 14, 2008 #15
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    The building is pretty much completely destroyed.
     
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