And Another Thing About AWS …

… and their outage. In case you haven’t noticed already, this is what the internet looked like for a while this past week.

Well, there wasn’t really much to say at the time, so the chaps shut up even though Amazon has cropped up a couple of times recently here and here where we are beginning the dialogue on the ‘humanity of AI’.

And then we read that the outage was actually caused by a human error. Have to say, this chaps ears pricked up a tad because he is old enough to remember that one of the original ‘sales bennies’ of the ‘interwebs’ was that there was no single point of failure. Seemingly, that is no longer the case. Who knew that in 2017 some nameless wonk in Amazon could wrongly type a single character and bring down the internet? This chap didn’t. Apparently neither did Amazon – which is why they are now saying they are going to fix that little wrinkle. Continue reading “And Another Thing About AWS …”

Santa And The Dying Child – A Study In The Making Of Fake News

Graham found this …

… heart-warming story that went viral …. a hospital Santa holds a dying boy in his arms. Except for one small problem …. no-one ever checked to see if it was true. And now major media outlets that sucked it up are trying to walk it back. It just exemplifies how little actual journalism is practised these days. Continue reading “Santa And The Dying Child – A Study In The Making Of Fake News”