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Twitter down "again"?

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HTTP Server Error 503

No available server to handle this request

Yes it's gone down again. No access on a Saturday night to all the people you normal chat with.

How can this of happened again?

Check back here later & I'll have the answer.

Update from twitter..

Working on unexpected downtime 41 minutes ago

We’re actively working to bring the site back online following an downtime that started a couple minutes ago.

Update (10:15a): We’re recovering from the downtime and looking into the external causes.

What is a denial-of-service (DoS) attack?

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What is a denial-of-service (DoS) attack?

In a denial-of-service (DoS) attack, an attacker attempts to prevent legitimate users from accessing information or services. By targeting your computer and its network connection, or the computers and network of the sites you are trying to use, an attacker may be able to prevent you from accessing email, web sites, online accounts (banking, etc.), or other services that rely on the affected computer.

The most common and obvious type of DoS attack occurs when an attacker "floods" a network with information. When you type a URL for a particular web site into your browser, you are sending a request to that site's computer server to view the page. The server can only process a certain number of requests at once, so if an attacker overloads the server with requests, it can't process your request. This is a "denial of service" because you can't access that site.

An attacker can use spam email messages to launch a similar attack on your email account. Whether you have an email account supplied by your employer or one available through a free service such as Yahoo or Hotmail, you are assigned a specific quota, which limits the amount of data you can have in your account at any given time. By sending many, or large, email messages to the account, an attacker can consume your quota, preventing you from receiving legitimate messages.

Twitter down due to Denial Of Service

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A denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) or distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is an attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users. Although the means to carry out, motives for, and targets of a DoS attack may vary, it generally consists of the concerted efforts of a person or persons to prevent an Internet site or service from functioning efficiently or at all, temporarily or indefinitely. Perpetrators of DoS attacks typically target sites or services hosted on high-profile web servers such as banks, credit card payment gateways, and even root nameservers.

One common method of attack involves saturating the target (victim) machine with external communications requests, such that it cannot respond to legitimate traffic, or responds so slowly as to be rendered effectively unavailable. In general terms, DoS attacks are implemented by either forcing the targeted computer(s) to reset, or consuming its resources so that it can no longer provide its intended service or obstructing the communication media between the intended users and the victim so that they can no longer communicate adequately.

Denial-of-service attacks are considered violations of the IAB's Internet Proper Use Policy, and also violate the Acceptable Use Policies of virtually all Internet Service Providers. They also commonly constitute violations of the laws of individual nations.[1]


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Swine fever and you.

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Swine Fever, Swine Fever, Swine Fever, yes the kids know what pigs are but when they were told that a pig can be called a swine they started to ask the normal question which is "why is it called swine"

Which in the evening after a hard day at work usually gets the respone "I don't know, look it up in the dictionary". I should have said Wikipedia, but after a few checks I've made on Wikipedia, I have come to the conclusion that alot of the information is wrong. They would have probably come back downstairs & said that "swine means a pig that makes you i'll because you've drunk to much wine".
Anyway back to the original theme of this post "swine fever".
Are you worried?, do you think that in a week all the papers will have found something else to write about?, or do you think that this could be the one that finishes a large amount of humans beings & changes the world?
Today a man was quarentined in his house. Maybe tomorrow he'll have a big cross painted on his front door, plague within.
But in the end it will be "no he just had a cold".

Crazy paving can drive you crazy

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5 tons of sand, 20 sacks of cement & 55 square meters of crazy paving.

But it was worth it.

Changing the clocks

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Should we change the clocks each year.

First we put them forward then we put them back.
Every year we all have to be reminded & many of us forget.
So let me know with the poll on the left of the home page or leave a comment.

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