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Facebook's servers fell over today – with users on the US east coast, and in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, complaining of outages. Facebook outage map Oh noes! Circles mark areas of connectivity problems ... Click for bigger map. Source: IsItDownRightNow.com According to IsItDownRightNow.com, the downtime appears to …

Anonymous Coward

Wait... what?

People call the cops because a site is down? Is it April 1st?

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Just like people call because McDonald's gets their order wrong or they are out of a particular food item.

This is the unfortunate world we now live in...

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Some people call emergency numbers for the daftest things, maybe they think Google runs the numbers now:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-28589972 (Where's the late night chemist at?)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-28408175 (There's a fly in my ear!) - this one has a fair list

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-25560444 (I'm in the supermarket!)

Also see the related stories off those links for more...

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I don't know even know...I mean...WOT??

I feel stupider now just knowing there are people sharing this planet with me that reason that the police can/should do something about *Facebook* downtime...wtf???

AARRFGGHHG!!!

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Anonymous Coward

So that's why I saw a large group of tweenage girls crying hysterically, prodding and shaking their mobile phones, screaming that their lives were at an end, accosting passerby demanding they check to see if they had a mobile signal.....

If only Facebook were online, I would have posted the video.....

Damn Facebook!

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Wait... what?

Apr 1, Aug 1, that's a pretty easy mistake to make, right?

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FACEBOOK DOWN?

Hanging is too good for them! Call the gas trucksFEMA trailers.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Wait... what?

Facebork spin-doctors rang it in themselves, hoping for yet more free media publicity.

How silly of them, for surely no decent media outlet would take up this 'story'...

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Paris Hilton

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No, its 2014, the age of idiocracy and soshul meejah

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"No, its 2014, the age of idiocracy and soshul meejah"

x a billion

Upvoted.

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Re: Wait... what?

So who do you ring?

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Re: Wait... what?

I don't think you appreciate just how many truly stupid people there are out there. The advancement of mankind is generally down to a single digit percentage of the population with the grunting masses dragged along for the ride.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Wait... what?

My wife, a psychiatric nurse, calls my cutomers 'patients'.

(AC for obvious reasons)

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"So who do you ring?"

Ghostbusters!.

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The kind of people who don't know what to do when McDonalds or their favourite fast food restaurant is closed. Saw a video where some fried chicken place had run out of chicken and people were up in arms complaining that their kids were going to starve, that they didnt know what to do and how would they eat?!

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Trollface

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"People call the cops because a site is down? Is it April 1st?"

This is the inevitable end-game of health and safety law.

We need to return to a system of allowing the stupid to die off before breeding, rather than coddle them throughout an artificially extended existence, in which they achieve nothing other than slowing the herd.

Joke icon over there --> only I'm not wholly sure I'm joking....

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No just the US of A

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By their knuckles

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Humanity

catering to the lowest common denominator for far too long...

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No.. its L.A.

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the police can/should do something about *Facebook*

Oh, I wish they could....

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GADSLBI

Go And Do Something Less Boring Instead

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Re: GADSLBI

for those of you not old enough to understand the reference

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRUhjFF5a6Y

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Re: GADSLBI

"for those of you not old enough to understand the reference

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRUhjFF5a6Y"

Before I paste that link into an address bar, I'm going to warn you that if it isn't a link to something relating to Why Don't You, I'm going to hunt you down and feed you to a very hungry gerbil. (I don't actually have a gerbil,hungry or otherwise, but I'll find one when I need to).

[Nine minutes later...]

Legend!

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Re: GADSLBI

Cheers

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Happy

Re: GADSLBI

And none of the kids spoke in 'Gangsta Stylee'.

Ahhh bliss.

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Re: GADSLBI

Ah the good old days, making a cheese and ham sandwich with out the fear of being accused of insulting some desert spawned religion and a kid with enough common sense to use a knife with out H&SE or police intervention. Smells like freedom as I used to know it.

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Re: GADSLBI

Never heard of that show. Thanks for the link.

Priceless.

Cheers.

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Re: GADSLBI

Why don't you nostalgia alert for the truly old like me who watched the first episode. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OcGCGS2Ow30

watch and learn eighties kids

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Hmm. I used to be a little put out by the implied irony:

"Why Don't You Turn Off The Television And Go And Do Something Less Boring Instead .....

.... After You Have Watched This Television Programme Telling You What That Should Be"

(but, yes, it was still good)

Was that the one with Doctor What - a fairly transparent but more educational rip off of Doctor Who?

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Headmaster

Re: GADSLBI

It was the one where you had to wear stripy socks 'because there was a doris', but they never said what a doris was or ever saw one (maybe because of the socks!).

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Mushroom

What can I say?

Further proof (if any was needed), that the majority of Facebook users are fucking idiots.

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f'ing idiots ? Is that what they are doing instead of FaceBook ? Is there a queue ?

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Devil

Re: What can I say?

Hey Idiot get in line!

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Alas, as a huge statistical sample, they probably represent the general populous fairly closely. We're doomed.

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Ok, this is the same as saying people in general are idiots because they ring emergency when their cheeseburger has no cheese. Idiots pervade all areas of life, not just fb.

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Re: What can I say?

Correlation does not imply causation but their are one of two possibilities... a) FB is an idiot magnet or b) FB turns its users into idiots.

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> f'ing idiots ? Is that what they are doing instead of FaceBook ? Is there a queue ?

No need to queue there are more than enough idiots to go around.

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Devil

Re: What can I say?

Nothing to do with FB - it's just that moronic 'murrican entitlement. Something bad happened to me? There MUST be someone responsible! Sue someone! Something public stopped being available? Call the cops and complain - the very fabric of society is clearly unravelling!

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"Further proof (if any was needed), that the majority of Facebook users are fucking idiots."

You are too kind.

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DropBear scribbled for posterity:

" Nothing to do with FB - it's just that moronic 'murrican entitlement. "

And no other country has morons who feel entitled, eh?

Sigh...

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Paris Hilton

Re: What can I say?

Current Status: Fucking an idiot.

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"Correlation does not imply causation but their are one of two possibilities... a) FB is an idiot magnet or b) FB turns its users into idiots."

Ah, good use of sarcasm their.

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Anonymous Coward

Fines

I hope that they all got fined for misuse of emergency services.

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Unhappy

Re: Fines

" I hope that they all got fined for misuse of emergency services."

I always thought they were, in the UK, but seeing those numerous examples in the press, and on YouTube etc. it doesn't seem that they are.

Remember some of the UK cases (I''m sure you can find them by Googling) :

- Woman complains someone has stolen her snowman.

- Woman complains she's run out of fags

- Man reports strange object in the sky - turns out it was the moon...

- Woman complains that her husband is hogging the TV remote ...

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While some people clearly have a too low threshold for calling emergency numbers*, that is not something that holds for everybody. The last thing they want is for people to contemplate over if their issue is serious enough to call for help. Instead they inform the public on occasion or with repeat offenders they have a talk. I think they will go to pretty long lengths to avoid the headline "Called the police for help, got fined".

*We got separate numbers for police, fire and medical.

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Re: Man reports strange object in the sky - turns out it was the moon

A well-known astronomer instructed his teenage daughter to answer the phone at full moon to ask whether callers who had spotted a UFO had also seen the Moon.

This usually settled the argument.

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I guess their Tweet is better...

then telling the caller that they're sending a squad car and a SWAT team to the FB local office.

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Re: I guess their Tweet is better...

NO WAY is it better

What I expect is this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOvm_RMlkok

also with "Use of unnecessary violence in the apprehension of the^W Blues^W Brothers^W Mark Zuckerberg HAS been approved."

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I dont believe anything facebook says

The message they out up for me excused this odd time for an outage"Scheduled Maintenance" lol

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