Time to don the tinfoil hats
First Google, now Amazon… Coincidence? YOU DECIDE!
Amazon.com has dropped offline*, amid widespread reports of trouble in the underlying Amazon Web Services infrastructure cloud. The problems began at about 11.50am Pacific Time on Monday in California, and Twitter quickly flooded with reports of people having trouble accessing both Amazon.com and the Amazon Web Services cloud …
BBC say Intel's support pages & the NYT also had some downtime...
Personally I think it's just what happens when all the sysadmins go on holiday! Well, either that or NSA's new Skynet program is usurping each site one by one, learning what a waste of time humanity is.
The mighty Register, that David among Goliaths, and its army of fiery commentating avengers, will save us from the destruction wrought upon the Internet by the forces of evil with their Error 503 and Error-what-have-you weapons of mass unavailability!
Rain - n., wet stuff that falls out of the sky. Hence vt. to rain (usu. down) upon something
Reign - vt., to rule over e.g. a kingdom or empire. Hence "a reign of terror", etc.
Rein - n., a piece of horse-harness, attached to the bit. Hence "rein in", i.e. to limit movement or freedom of action.
I've lost count of how many times I have seen these three confused.
I think you've solved the unsolvable issue! The thing that every Internet retailer has attempted to do, but failed: You've envisioned a way to bridge the last mile! Think of the advantages, no shipping fees, no lost packages and the possibility of meeting interesting people!
You could even make such a system profitable for government by having the retailer collect some sort of service fee based on the value of the goods purchased. You're going to be rich!!!
Shoved right into any traffic to those site/services - NSA finally their own co-lo's.
Next secure form of communication? Laser line of sight? Smoke signals? Wait, EPA would be all over you. Mustn't do that.
I'm gonna go have a beer, purchased with quarters... sigh.
It's the Internet man, some people trust their money to a Magic The Gathering forum...
Plus don't forget a bakery in London played a huge role in defining business computing and basic ERP (LEO I) so a bookstore selling tech infrastructure doesn't really sound too strange. Tech history is full of terribly incongruous things.
*I just up voted you and your downvote vote tally changed, guess I inadvertently downvoted you some time earlier. Apologies.
Actually, that's a good way to screw everything up on a large system. If something doesn't support the instantaneous load of EVERYTHING coming up at once, then you'll have a repeated load failover. Imagine 5000 machines coming up at once, and all of them have the same DNS rotation. One DNS is slammed into oblivion, then they all synchronously jump to the next DNS server which is slammed into oblivion, etc. Eventually somebody gets the bright idea of shutting down most of them, and turning them on a few at a time.
I have no idea what's gone on this time around, though. Good to see it didn't last too long.
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