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News Sites Slammed By Michael Jackson Traffic

kdawson posted about 5 years ago | from the off-to-neverland dept.

The Internet 387

miller60 writes "Major news sites struggled to remain online yesterday evening as news of Michael Jackson's death triggered huge waves of Internet traffic. broke the news and was quickly overwhelmed, while Twitter turned off features to handle its load. They weren't alone. Keynote Systems reports that ABC, AOL, CBS, CNN Money, MSNBC, NBC, and Yahoo! News all experienced performance problems between 6:15 and 9 pm Eastern time, when the average availability of news sites tracked by Keynote dropped from almost 100% to 86%. The cloud computing crowd immediately jumped on the traffic jams to argue their case. 'Not have a cloud bursting strategy in the age of cloud computing isn't just wrong — it's idiotic,' wrote one cloud blogger."

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Michael who? (-1, Troll)

JamesTRexx (675890) | about 5 years ago | (#28480673)


Re:Michael who? (4, Funny)

GGardner (97375) | about 5 years ago | (#28480711)

Michael Jackson, great guy, wrote books about beer, died a couple of years ago: []

Re:Michael who? (0, Redundant)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 5 years ago | (#28480931)

THE authority on beer.

Re:Michael who? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28481099)

Pretty good on single malt Scotch too.

Re:Michael who? (1)

ginbot462 (626023) | about 5 years ago | (#28481233)

Goes to show what's really important, doesn't get reported. His beer books are the best.

Re:Michael who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28481305)

Oh crap,

that Michaels dead? I remember a talk show on belgian TV where he was invited. That certainly was a person whos a lot more fun to talk to then that singer guy. Had some great tips too deal with a hangover too.

sweet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28480689)


Re:sweet (0)

SharpFang (651121) | about 5 years ago | (#28480727)

No! Not "Sweet Gangsta".
"Smooth Criminal".

Not only news (1, Informative)

Froggie (1154) | about 5 years ago | (#28480701)'s [] been out all day too...

Re:Not only news (1)

brad3378 (155304) | about 5 years ago | (#28480777)

It's a shame that they were not ready for the extra traffic because they could have cashed in by selling a lot of advertising.
All the major TV networks are cashing in later tonight with their own special presentations.

Now if only they had the ability to make this much money off of living people....

Re:Not only news (1)

Froggie (1154) | about 5 years ago | (#28480833)

I have a sudden image of QVC flogging off a bloke's organs. Clearly I don't need Sickipedia.

Re:Not only news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28480945)

Apparently you you're forgetting about a doped up Britney Spears shaving her own head...

Re:Not only news (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28481309)

Or when she showed off her shaved pussy. Girls: you shave your armpits, you shave your legs, you should shave your beaver too. Unless you're some kind of smelly crunchy type.

Re:Not only news (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28481347)

Showing off her pussy is much more interesting, but that's just me...

"cloud blogger"? (4, Funny)

siddesu (698447) | about 5 years ago | (#28480703)

shouldn't that mighty concept get its own word, like "clogger" or something?

"cloud blogger"? no, jizbuket (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28480757)


The proper term for a "Cloud Blogger" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28480845) "Cunt."

Re:"cloud blogger"? (1)

Sebilrazen (870600) | about 5 years ago | (#28480909)

shouldn't that mighty concept get its own word, like "clogger" or something?

I believe "cloggers" [] are tap dancers and the name is derived from the wooden shoes from Netherlands.

(Sadly, I didn't need to google it, that's the kruft I can't rid myself of.)

Re:"cloud blogger"? (3, Funny)

Dunbal (464142) | about 5 years ago | (#28481159)

I believe "cloggers" are tap dancers and the name is derived from the wooden shoes from Netherlands.

      You obviously never had a job cleaning toilets in a public place when you were a teenager.

Re:"cloud blogger"? (4, Interesting)

CXI (46706) | about 5 years ago | (#28481365)

"Four-hundred years ago, on the planet Earth, workers who felt their livelihood threatened by automation, flung their wooden shoes, called sabo, into the machines to stop them . . . hence the word: sabotage."

Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

Last.FM was hit hard (4, Interesting)

Renderer of Evil (604742) | about 5 years ago | (#28480707)

According to this graph [] .

Re:Last.FM was hit hard (1)

v1 (525388) | about 5 years ago | (#28480797)

love that graph. incredible spike last night, tapering off (some) into 4am, and then right back up and over yesterday's high, and still climbing.

Wonder when it will return to normal? I bet we see this for a week.

Re:Last.FM was hit hard (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28481319)

Just goes to show how unpopular he was _before_ he died.
First Steve Irwin, now Wacko Jacko? I'm sure there's others.

Wikipedia article (3, Informative)

Tragedy4u (690579) | about 5 years ago | (#28480709)

The Michael Jackson Wikipedia article was inaccessible for several hours yesterday too.

Poll results (5, Insightful)

suso (153703) | about 5 years ago | (#28480713)

Right now the results of the /. poll are showing the majority of votes as him being forgettable. Obviously the current young generation has no idea the impact MJ had on the world. Perhaps in time they will learn.

Re:Poll results (1, Flamebait)

tomhudson (43916) | about 5 years ago | (#28480809)

"Right now the results of the /. poll are showing the majority of votes as him being forgettable. Obviously the current young generation has no idea the impact MJ had on the world. Perhaps in time they will learn."

Riiight - Michael Jackson - the same guy who added a whole new meaning to "Think of the children!" Next up: a new Fox DocuDrama/Horror Flick: "Michael Jackson Unmasked!"

Re:Poll results (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28480967)

Well, it doesn't necessarily mean that they actually do find him "forgettable", it's just that that adjective happened to be coupled with the only option for "Michael Jackson's death did not affect me".

He may have changed the world, but that was a long time ago, so his death means nothing now. I personally find it impossible to care, on an emotional level, about people I have never met. In fact, I don't really care about my friends or family, either.

I am a sociopath.

Re:Poll results (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28480875)

Your wrong! The newer generations are the ones where he had more impact gigigigi awwwwwright

Re:Poll results (1, Troll)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | about 5 years ago | (#28480891)

Obviously the current young generation has no idea the impact MJ had on the world.

Like what? The Moonwalk? Popularizing the wearing of a single white sequined glove and red multi-zippered leather jackets? A resurgence in the popularity of Vincent Price? Making Quincy Jones even more richer and more obnoxious than he already was? Giving Eddie Van Halen bragging rights for the one of the longest running #1 songs ever?

Re:Poll results (5, Insightful)

Rockoon (1252108) | about 5 years ago | (#28481057)

How about having the biggest selling album ever? Its been several decades now and nobody else has come close. Thats how big of an impact MJ had.

It was only later that the pedophilia stuff cropped up.. but by then he was already a legend ranking right up there will Elvis, and if it werent for the pedophelia stuff his funeral would be as big as JFK's or John Lennon's (thats assuming it wont be, but it may very well actualy be)

A freakish monster obsessed with surgical modifcations? Yep. Caught in several pedophelia scandals? Yep. One of the biggest musicians ever? Also true.

Re:Poll results (5, Funny)

itsthebin (725864) | about 5 years ago | (#28481255)

yeah - "he touched a lot of people"

Re:Poll results (1, Insightful)

AlecC (512609) | about 5 years ago | (#28481301)

And to those of us not interested in the music industry, the biggest selling album ever is also supremely uninteresting. He may have had a huge effect on the music industry, but he didn't have much effect on the rest of the world - which amounts to quite a lot.

Re:Poll results (0, Troll)

vertinox (846076) | about 5 years ago | (#28481427)

How about having the biggest selling album ever?

And this improves our lives how?

Some people have the record for growing the world's biggest pumpkin, but I'm more concerned with people working on solutions to stop world hunger and cure cancer.

Re:Poll results (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | about 5 years ago | (#28481463)

One of the biggest musicians ever? Also true.

Perhaps that's more of a commentary on just how terrible the music industry has gotten since the Beatles released the White Album (the previous biggest selling album ever) than any actual impact Michael Jackson had on the world. Then again, I guess you or the previous poster ever actually he had a positive impact, did you? ;)

Re:Poll results (5, Informative)

Xest (935314) | about 5 years ago | (#28481247)

Er, I'm of the "Michael Jackson" generation, except to me he's still forgettable when he's not in the media because of a child molestation case or for dangling a baby over a balcony or for managing to blow hundreds of millions of dollars mostly on tat.

Age has nothing to do with it, it's just whilst all the pop fans were listening to Jacko the rest of us were listening to things like Guns and Roses.

To many of us, the only reason Jacko wasn't forgettable was the fact he was always getting himself in the media by doing something pretty stupid.

I think you'll find it's your assumption that just because you seem to like Michael Jackson that he must universally be liked that's wrong. Not everyone has the same tastes.

If I had to pick some favourite tracks from the 80s then stuff by U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi would come well ahead of anything by Michael Jackson. They're slightly different genres, but frankly if I had to pick something cheesy which is the category I'd personally put Jacko's songs into I'd probably even choose something more catchy and recognisable such as A-ha's "Take on me".

You're welcome to like Jacko, but don't assume everyone else does and assume that if they don't they're from the wrong generation. I distinctly remember even at the time friends were pretty split about him - sure some loved him, but there were still plenty that hated him even when he was in his prime.

Re:Poll results (0, Flamebait)

rubycodez (864176) | about 5 years ago | (#28481285)

good grief, by any serious consideration of musical talent he was nothing special, made no new contribution to the arts. Hype and marketing success story, sure. But being almost the same age as MJ I can tell you neither I nor any of my friends growing up cared for his music, especially as he spent half his life being a weirdo.

Incorrect (2, Insightful)

mdwh2 (535323) | about 5 years ago | (#28481421)

Since when was 44% a majority? (Unless the vote has changed significantly since you posted...)

And they didn't anyway - rather, 44% say they were unaffected by his death. The "forgettable" was just biased blurb added by the poll author, and can't be assumed to be representative of people's views.

I'd say that if 50% of the entire population are affected by your death, that's pretty damn good going.

in other news??? (2, Insightful)

IlluminatedOne (621945) | about 5 years ago | (#28480717)

I wonder what important developments were kept out of the spotlight yesterday during all the death hoopla. It seems to me that all kinds of tomfoolery goes on when things like this happen and we find out after the fact.

In regards to the traffic issues, MSNBC had an 'auto-start' slideshow going on the homepage in primetime last evening, so it would seem they brought a lot if not all of this on themselves...

Re:in other news??? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28480789)

Farrah Fawcet died from anal cancer!

Poor woman. That must have been a real pain in the ... neck!

Re:in other news??? (3, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | about 5 years ago | (#28480803)

All I can say is Mark Sanford had better send flowers.

Ok, So How Would It Help? (1)

CWRUisTakingMyMoney (939585) | about 5 years ago | (#28480721)

Aside from being annoyed at the "cloud" buzzword I keep seeing, how (honestly, not rhetorical) would cloud computing help here? Wouldn't the often-updated news content (especially audio and video) still have to come, at its source, from CNN or whoever, since they're the ones writing/saying/videoing the news content? I must be missing something fundamental to cloud computing, so what is it, please?

Re:Ok, So How Would It Help? (1)

KingOfGod (884633) | about 5 years ago | (#28480791)

Dunno. Perhaps we should read the fine article, maybe it explains a little more than the summary did.

Re:Ok, So How Would It Help? (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | about 5 years ago | (#28480883)

Well, the idea is that when your website gets hit hard you can just use some extra, idle capacity "in the cloud." Works great. Unless of course everyone else is doing the same thing....

Re:Ok, So How Would It Help? (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 5 years ago | (#28480983)

A real load balancer and extra server capacity works better.

Re:Ok, So How Would It Help? (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about 5 years ago | (#28481121)

Well, the idea is that when your website gets hit hard you can just use some extra, idle capacity "in the cloud." Works great. Unless of course everyone else is doing the same thing....

      You know, I'm trying very hard to try not to draw a parallel between your statement and the recent 'sub-prime' crisis.

Re:Ok, So How Would It Help? (3, Informative)

3.5 stripes (578410) | about 5 years ago | (#28480921)

Supposedly cloud computing is "on demand" so, having more resources available when you need them (though who knows if it'll help in cases where bandwidth is a limitation) should resolve a lot of these problems. It'd probably also be a sort of intermediary, a cloud of caching servers, leaving the main servers to update the cloud..

Take that with as much salt as you feel it needs.

Re:Ok, So How Would It Help? (1)

bytesex (112972) | about 5 years ago | (#28481005)

If the elements of the 'cloud' were distributed all over the world, then: yes. However, we already have a name for that: it's called 'distributed computing'. But that's what people wearing purple pants do to your exact computing terms. Let's hope that this one doesn't go the way of the 'intranet' - which for some reason now seems to mean 'a web application dealing with internal data that can also be accessed from the outside', and not 'network of computers with internal addresses'.

Re:Ok, So How Would It Help? (1)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | about 5 years ago | (#28481081)

At it's heart, the idea is wide scale load balancing, so the bandwidth to any one site would be very hard to saturate, because that site could be served from multiple disparate locations at the same time. Likewise the processing power would be commodity driven, so no single node would be overwhelmed.

The problem occurs with widespread events. Load balancing works well when some systems have more load than others, but it's just crappy overhead when every system is getting hit.

I'm not sure in cases like this, that the "cloud" as it stands has the capacity to handle spikes like this.

Re:Ok, So How Would It Help? (1)

lorenzo.boccaccia (1263310) | about 5 years ago | (#28481183)

their point is that you could just buy temporary capacity to handle the load of traffic and then drop it afterward, permitting horizontal scalability. what they fail to see is that probably doesn't even exists the computing power to provide a tangible increase of capacity on that kind of sites, which are already quite huge<br/><br/>even with proprietary implementations as big tables and google filesystem replication may not happen in time to provide tangible results; scaling is not a matter of adding cpu, but also trasmitting data, so "cloud" scaling speed is inversely proportional of the existing infrastructure size.

Puns (1)

briggsl (1475399) | about 5 years ago | (#28480735)

I predict a flood of MJ puns in /.'s near future.

Re:Puns (1, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 5 years ago | (#28480779)

I predict a flood of MJ puns in /.'s near future.

Please tag this article "justtellthemtobeatit"


*now* you pull the trigger on the story.. (2, Insightful)

Duositex (620105) | about 5 years ago | (#28480739)

Isn't it funny how Slashdot seemed to be waiting for an excuse to put this story on the front page? Now that it's *mildly* I.T. related it's ok though right?

Re:*now* you pull the trigger on the story.. (3, Insightful)

v1 (525388) | about 5 years ago | (#28480813)

Someone that popular is "news for anybody", regardless of who you are. Maybe to a lesser degree for some, but still.

Re:*now* you pull the trigger on the story.. (1)

koh (124962) | about 5 years ago | (#28480861)

They did not want to add the Slashdot effect to the Jackson effect...

Re:*now* you pull the trigger on the story.. (1)

MiniMike (234881) | about 5 years ago | (#28481229)

There was no need to worry, the sites were pre-Slashdotted. Which, ironically, is what the actual story is about.

Re:*now* you pull the trigger on the story.. (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | about 5 years ago | (#28480867)

At least they waited until it was mildly IT related. I kept waiting for the story about the death of a washed up has been with an unhealthy appetite for children to hit the front page with no justification at all.

Re:*now* you pull the trigger on the story.. (1) (1195047) | about 5 years ago | (#28481077)

It wasn't News for Nerds until stuff started breaking.

A sad and happy day (1, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | about 5 years ago | (#28480767)

Sad for the fans, happy for the millions of kids who can now safely venture outside

Re:A sad and happy day (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28480879)

He died from an allergic reaction to some 12 year old nuts he had eaten.

Early reports say that Michael Jackson hasn't been this stiff since young Macauley Culkin stayed over.

Jackson's ghost has been sighted in a children's hospital. It seems he's still putting the willies up small children.

Re:A sad and happy day (5, Funny)

ripnet (541583) | about 5 years ago | (#28480949)

Michael Jackson wants to be buried at sea, preferably attached to two buoys

What's the difference between Michael Jackson and Alex Ferguson?  Ferguson will be playing Giggs in August

His family have decided to have his body melted and turned into toys. It will give kids the chance to play with him for a change.

He did manage to whisper one thing to the paramedics on the way to the hospital "get me into a children's ward"

Monkey for sale, house trained, can dance a bit, contact never never land USA

Reports of his death are incorrect. He's been found in a children's ward having a stroke.

Apparently it wasn't a stroke, but skin cancer...Don't blame it on the sunshine..

I thought they were melting him down in to cups so that kids could still get their lips around his rim?

Michael Jackson didn't actually die of a heart attack................It was food poisoning from eating 15 year old nuts.

Out of respect, McDonalds have released the Mc Jackson burger, 50 year old meat between 10 year old buns...

It was touch and go in the Hospital, and that was just on the Children's ward....

MJ's ghost has been seen walking the wards of a Children's hospital. Looks like he will continue to try and put the willies up small children.

They released candle in the wind for Princess Diana. Apparently they are releasing Rolf Harris' 2 little boys for Jackson.

Jackson has cancelled his upcoming dates. They were James aged 9 and Tom 11.

On his death bed Michael Jackson requested that his ashes be packaged into a box of Rice Krispies, It is believed that this is so that he can have the feeling of going through a ten year old's @rse one last time

In a tribute to the late Michael Jackson, his close friend Rolf Harris will be doing two little boys at his funeral

Elton John will be playing at his funeral - "Don't Let Your Son Go Down on Me"...

His body was found slumped over a pram he had apparently tripped over.  A police spokesman said it was too early to determine whether they should blame it on the buggy.

Los Angeles police have now been round to Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch following his death. It is being reported that they found Class A drugs in his kitchen, Class B drugs in his bathroom and Class 4C in his bedroom.

MJ passed away at 3:15am. Which is ironically when the big hand touches the little hand.

Jockeys this weekend will wear black armbands in remembrance of MJ, who has successfully ridden more 3 year olds than anyone else.

Re:A sad and happy day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28481137)

What? Do you happen to know any case of a parent not letting their kids play outside because of Michael Jackson?

This obsession with paedophilia is getting out of hand. Sure, it's despicable and it's a crime for a good reason. Yet, people like you face paedophiles as if they were far worse than convicted killers. Where is the rationale behind that? There is none. To make matters worse, your attitude towards alleged paedophiles, even if the allegations are void of any merit, are still far worse than those regarding violent criminals.

So get your head out of your ass and at least try to jump-start your brain. Your righteous indignation is starting to screw up your views on society.

*sigh* (4, Insightful)

vertinox (846076) | about 5 years ago | (#28480793)

I hate to say this, but things like this (and Anna Nichole Smith) make me weep for humanity.

We put too much interest in people whose saving grace is that they can put a song together when there are so many other problems in the world that need resolving.

Do you think world would have paid as much attention to Stephen Hawking if he died?

I'd doubt it but he's probably made a greater contribution to mankind over the long term compared to MJ.

Secondly, MJ kind of screwed the pooch when it came to financial responsibility. The guy was known to publicly throw tantrums at his personal assistants when they told him to stop buying everything in the store and spent millions on stuff like paintings, statues, and luxuries that none of us could ever afford.

Hell... For all the grief we give about Bill Gates, at least he is doing something for humanity that is good other than spend money on luxuries. The guy is not a hero and we should not look to him for inspiration. Plenty of other people in streets of Iran to look for that.

No comparison. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28480887)

How dare you compare that man to him! All MJ did was allegedly molest little boys and ruined their lives - big deal.

Gates on the other hand, has a monopoly! He single handedly is keeping Linux down! He's the one the ruined the IT industry and prevented innovation!

Of course, St. Jobs will absolve both of them for their sins.

Re:*sigh* (1, Insightful)

Dunbal (464142) | about 5 years ago | (#28481041)

I hate to say this, but things like this (and Anna Nichole Smith) make me weep for humanity.

We put too much interest in people whose saving grace is that they can put a song together

As far as I know the only thing Anna Nicole Smith ever put together were two oversized sillicone filled breasts. Having them exist simultaneously in the same universe, much less on the same torso, was itself a feat I admit.

Re:*sigh* (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28481329)

and spent millions on stuff like paintings, statues, and luxuries that none of us could ever afford.

Apparently, neither could he. It's being reported that his debt is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Re:*sigh* (2, Interesting)

basementman (1475159) | about 5 years ago | (#28481333)

Society rewards greatness in competitive, valuable fields. Writing music may not be as valuable as curing cancer, but no one in this comment thread could write/sing a song as well as he. So that's why we reward him, despite his personal shortcomings.

Re:*sigh* (1)

maxume (22995) | about 5 years ago | (#28481423)

You think Bill Gates doesn't buy whatever the hell he wants?

There is a big difference between a pop star who maybe made $1 billion (Google results suggest closer to $500 million) and a CEO who is worth $40 billion. I mean Gates could still buy 10 times the crap Jackson did after donating half his worth to charity, and then buy it all again.

I'm not trying to criticize Gates, I think his choices about what to do with his wealth are pretty reasonable, I'm just pointing out the absurdity of the comparison.

Cloud (5, Insightful)

Martz (861209) | about 5 years ago | (#28480795)

What if everyone uses Cloud hosting?

The Cloud works for some customers because they are depending on under-utilization of the available resources. If all the news agenices, Twitter and Facebook all used Amazon then perhaps it would create the same melt down.

Re:Cloud (5, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | about 5 years ago | (#28480951)

That's exactly what I was thinking. Right now these sites have to spend a certain amount of cash to prepare for these types of events. If they were all "in the cloud" then they wouldn't bother with that extra capacity...The cloud can cover it, right?

As soon as some generalized event comes along that saturates a number of big "cloud" subscribers, then the whole system is going to be heavily taxed, not just a few individual sites, and by the very nature of the "cloud" thing, that will affect a wide number of sites outside the sites that would otherwise be affected.

You're going to have to sell me on redundancy before you can get me to buy into magical cloud land.

Re:Cloud (1)

mjmartin_uk (776702) | about 5 years ago | (#28480999)

Mod parent up. Absolutely.

Of course the big sites don't have redundancy for a big unfortunate event like this and I question the commercial viability of even adapting their achitecture to suit rare events. Is it really worth scaling like that for a rare event? Is it really worth re-addressing their systems architecture for events that rarely happen?

How much resource would that reorganising take? How much would it cost? We're in an economic down turn, do they have the money in the bank to address this when the money may be better spent elsewhere in their respective businesses rather than auto-scaling on big events?

What's the online ad revenue like at the time of a big event? How is that revenue impacted at the time the service experiences difficulties? Is it worth swallowing the cost of downtime?

I'm sure all of these questions may be going through the CTOs' minds at their respective channels/agencies right now. They should be.

Now I'm not disagreeing with Reuven Cohen's comments per say, I'm just pointing out that there's got to be a good business case for scaling to this level and that business case is going to vary from news channel to news channel.

Re:Cloud (5, Insightful)

ezzzD55J (697465) | about 5 years ago | (#28481187)

from the blogpost:

why elasticity is so important when architecting your web application stack

while probably technically with merit, sentences, verbiage like this make me want to be sick. exorcist sick.

They said he died of some sort of heart problem? (-1, Flamebait)

SlideRuleGuy (987445) | about 5 years ago | (#28480821)

What happened??? Did he accidentally wander into a room full of children?

1you fail it (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28480893)

tteth 1nto when []

My Pet Project Will Save Everything (5, Insightful)

hardburn (141468) | about 5 years ago | (#28480907)

This wouldn't have happened if they had my poorly-defined buzzword idea!

Cloud in Neverland Fantasy (4, Insightful)

syousef (465911) | about 5 years ago | (#28480911)

Cloud computing pundits seem to ramble about instant on access and scalability. Nice fantasy. What they actually want to do is make you buy into a single vendor system that's tightly controlled, which may or may not scale as expected when the time comes and that is plagued by the same outages we see from any service vendor.

What is this now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28480917)

What's the deal with everybody using 'slammed' this week? It's Ahmadinejad slams this, Obama slams that, imbecile facebook VP SLAMS intel and AMD...Anonymous Coward SLAMS slamming

Pog revival anyone? I'll go get my slammer!

Personal View (4, Funny)

BigBlueOx (1201587) | about 5 years ago | (#28480939)

Oh man. Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett dead on the same day. What a sad day for humanity. How will we cope? I keep checking the news outlets to see what Angelina Jolie has to say about all this.

Hey! What ever happened to that Ir-whatever thing? You know. Irast or Irag or something. You know. People marching about something somewhere. Whatever happened to that? Did Angelina Jolie ever comment?

Re:Personal View (5, Funny)

rezac (733345) | about 5 years ago | (#28481139)

When Farrah Fawcett arrived at heaven, God granted her one wish. She wished for all the children in the world to be safe. So God killed Michael Jackson

You sir, are a sick individual (1)

wowbagger (69688) | about 5 years ago | (#28481407)

You sir, are a sick and twisted individual, and I salute you!

If only you could have worked Ed in there somewhere....

Re:Personal View (0, Flamebait)

iamhigh (1252742) | about 5 years ago | (#28481269)

Your personal view is representative of a young, ignorant kid. Farrah was the greatest sex symbol in the US for over a decade. Jackson has the best selling album of all time. They were important figures in American culture and it is natural, and if I may, prudent, to recognize, celebrate and honor their contribution to our history. Even with all of Jackson's crazyness and trouble, he's still far more important, and likable, than your /. post. BTW, would you be so coy when a story breaks about the geek god Steve Jobs?

Re:Personal View (1)

ginbot462 (626023) | about 5 years ago | (#28481341)

I can't believe the interest .. WTF has he done in years, scratch that, ever of importance that deserves this? Celebs on pedestals --- but Neda Agha-Soltan who?

Its Princess Diana all over again (5, Interesting)

mseeger (40923) | about 5 years ago | (#28480953)


when Princess Diana died in 1997, we were supplying support services for one of the biggest news sites here in germany. It hit the site like a Tsunami. Unluckily someone reported in an IRC channel, that the news site would display pictures of the dying princess. So there was a real frenzy. It started early in the morning and we were called to fix a server malfunction. Unluckily the server malfunction turned out to be 99+% TCP SYN packets on the incoming side of the internet connect. That was at a time, when major news sites were connected by 2mbps lines :-). We were so fixed on locating a technical problem, it took us some minutes to connect the symptons to an event in the real world. Luckily the cab driver who picked me up had his radio on.

CU, Martin

What about the lifepods? (1)

happy_place (632005) | about 5 years ago | (#28480959)

I guess those life-preservation pods he was sleeping in were just a scam? I admit I was surprised at news of his death. He had such means, I just figured he'd outlive me... Now I feel like I need a T-Shirt that says, "I outlived Michael Jackson."

You know who else was affected? (1)

Drakin020 (980931) | about 5 years ago | (#28480971)

The guys over in Iran trying to communicate via Twitter. I'm sure those guys really loved it.

Re:You know who else was affected? (-1, Flamebait)

petrus4 (213815) | about 5 years ago | (#28481383)

The guys over in Iran trying to communicate via Twitter. I'm sure those guys really loved it.

Fuck Iran. I care a lot more about Jacko's death than I do about Iran, personally.

One thing Americans don't get, is that the current shit that's going down in Iran, is the sort of thing that happens in the Middle East on a continual basis; it's purely business as usual for them.

Seriously, get used to it, mentally relegate it to background noise where it belongs, and then spend time thinking about things which actually impact your life, on a personal level. I can almost guarantee you that unless you're actually reading this from Iran yourself, then in your case, it doesn't.


tmkn (1520967) | about 5 years ago | (#28480987)

Took you long enough to get news on Slashdot about MJ, now let's hear some justified, only slightly off-topic jokes about it!

It Wasn't A Heart Attack! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28481059)

My sources say that the ambulance was actually called to a nearby children's hospital where Jackson was having a stroke.

"He's Dead Jim" - People Get over it (1)

tg123 (1409503) | about 5 years ago | (#28481087)

Slashdot he is dead the media is flooded with details about his life to the tiniest detail.
Why do you feel the need to add to it ?

Sure I felt sorrow after I heard he "kicked the bucket" but that was 24 hours ago.

Best we can hope for is he went to a better place.
If there is a heaven maybe he went there , if the stories about him and little boys are true maybe he went to the other place.

Re:"He's Dead Jim" - People Get over it (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | about 5 years ago | (#28481313)

It's just like Princess Di. They were slagging her off all the time until she died.

I can't believe people care about this! (5, Insightful)

FatalTourist (633757) | about 5 years ago | (#28481141)

I am going to write a whiny, holier-than-thou post on the Internet to let everyone know that I know there are more important things in the world: starving children, Iran, etc. There you go, my sweet ego...

=TRAGEDY (2, Funny)

Stenchwarrior (1335051) | about 5 years ago | (#28481173)

BUBBLES!!!! Dear GOD did somebody think of POOR BUBBLES!?!?!

slahdot effect (1)

Atreide (16473) | about 5 years ago | (#28481189)

We all knew the /. effect on web sites

Here come (and go) MJ effect.

Sales after death (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | about 5 years ago | (#28481221)

I've never understood why CD and DVD sales leap after the death of a performer. Surely your praise and money are most useful while the performer is still alive?

Obviously with the huge amount of media coverage many people will discover his music and buy it.

It's a tragic loss, but then like many pioneers and super famous artists of the 70s and 80s it becomes hard to produce amazing music. Kraftwerk are a good example of this, massively influential but electronic music is so mainstream they can't do anything that stands out.

Cloud (2, Insightful)

Fuzzums (250400) | about 5 years ago | (#28481289)

So if all those sites were "in the clouds", they would all demand extra (limited) cloud power. So unless default is to have 3 or 4 datacenters on standby...
But that would, in a way, conflict with the goal of efficient resources.

let's call this new type of DoS... (2, Funny)

sxpert (139117) | about 5 years ago | (#28481357)

... the MJDoS ;)
defined as "whenever a well known celebrity dies, it takes the Interwebs with it" ;)

What is a cloud blogger? (1)

mrstrano (1381875) | about 5 years ago | (#28481441)

Is he in the air somewhere [] ?

He's now watching YOUR children (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28481465)

and there's nothing you can do about it!

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