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Hurricane Sandy has taken out five of New York's biggest blogsites - the Huffington Post and all its global offshoots; Buzzfeed; and the Gawker portfolio - Gizmodo US, Gawker, Jezebel. The downtime was reported from 1900 Eastern Daylight Time (2300 GMT) last night. Visits to the blogs currently call up a host of "connection …

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United Nations website offline too

Down for everyone. Conspiracy theories about the hurricane being a man-made weather weapon, like a bad S(ci|y)-F(i|y) Channel movie?

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"Conspiracy theories about the hurricane being a man-made weather weapon, like a bad S(ci|y)-F(i|y) Channel movie?"

People watch and believe everything they see. They know its a telly program and is fictional but still believe what they see/read/hear.

I believe nothing humans tell me. 99.99999% are thick as pigs shite.

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Bette Midler says it Global Warming

So it must be true.

;)

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"Conspiracy theories about the hurricane being a man-made weather weapon"

Cue the next Bond film?

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Re: United Nations website offline too

"I believe nothing humans tell me. 99.99999% are thick as pigs shite."

Says the man who can't even get basic grammar correct. "are AS thick as pigs shite"

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And the Huffington Post?

Like as if that piece of shit rag is worth being concerned about.

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That is the exact same description as the problem at the Internap LGA11 post. Is Datagram at Internap?

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Well at least something positive has come out out this storm, Huff post is down!

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WTF?

any reason for non financials to use new york (expensive, floodable, high profle) DC's rather than ones in the middle of nowhere?

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reason

obvious reason is convenience. When shit breaks, or when your making changes to hardware (add/remove/upgrade) it's really nice to have it local to your staff.

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"obvious reason is convenience. When shit breaks, or when your making changes to hardware (add/remove/upgrade) it's really nice to have it local to your staff."

You generally hire staff willing to work where your business is. You don't generally move your business to where some staff are prepared to work.

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@Aldous

Who said their DC was expensive?

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Pearson Higher Ed sites are down too

They too are hosted out of NYC... Kids hoping(!) to take Economics tests may be disappointed.

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Absolutely unacceptable

How am I supposed to keep up to the minute with Lindsay Lohan news without Gawker?

Perhaps El Reg can step into the breach in the meantime?

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EXCELLENT NEWS!

I would pay a $5 a month to keep the Gawker cesspool down.

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Yes!

I think you're onto something here. There are definitely a few sites that may be worthwhile to keep off the web and plenty of people will pay. I'd also join you in $5 for Gawker. But we can go further. Daily Mail will warrant 10 quid and HuffPo a whopping $29.99/month. It's quite likely that all these sites will make more money from users who DON'T want their content available.

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'One size fits all' BOFH excuse for the day (or week)

Sandy shorted the power at the datacenter, ripped up the Atlantic cable, has taken down the sat links, destroyed the data repeaters, flooded the internet pipes, is jamming the wifi...

"What's that, your printer isn't working and there's a flashing red light next to a 'drop' symbol? That will be the automatic storm protection kicking in, try and locate a working printer in a more protected part of the building, thank you for bothering IT support, have a nice day"

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Impact?

Is there any?

I mean seriously, has anyone noticed any problems caused by these sites being unavailable? Is there anything even vaguely important they do? If there isn't, you have to suspect the the sum total of their worth is actually, er, sod all.......

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What? Nothing about a hard blow knocking down blowhards?

What? Nothing about a hard blow knocking down blowhards? What is this site coming to?

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NuMedia = Badly Designed Infrastructure

What is it with all these new media companies having single data centres?

If your business model requires you to serve web content to customers, then you should prepare for the the worst you can afford. At a minimum buy rackspace or virtual min in at least two DC's geographically seperated from different providers. It's not massively expensive, it's not massively complicated, so why arn't the VC people funding it?

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Huffington Post's New York location had a backup site.

Way far away in New Jersey.

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So much for the internet routing around problems

Can't even handle a bit of flooding. Still, if you're going to put your important gear in the basement which obviously is going to flood first...

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