People everywhere freak out as Amazon Web Services S3 goes out; what does the Internet do when it doesn't work?
Amazon's web hosting service, AWS, is experiencing technical difficulties, and people are freaking out.
Have you had difficulties with your website today? Popdust, like many other sites, is hosted on Amazon Web Services, a cloud-computing-hosting-service (I write for a pop culture site, not a tech site, what do you want from me?).
S3, a server on AWS, started experiencing outages around 1pm, while (coincidentally) someone at Amazon was giving a live presentation about the functionalities of AWS. Here's a look at his presentation:
The moment the presenter realizes S3 is down. #AWS #S3 #Amazon https://t.co/S8gY1J9lrH— Ian Sherwood (@Ian Sherwood)1488306922.0
While we've been getting updates on the situation, sites like "Is It Down Right Now?" (which monitor whether or not sites are running) are crashing all over the US. The errors are caused by "high error rates in US-EAST-1" according to Amazon, but nobody is really sure what that means.
We continue to experience high error rates with S3 in US-East-1, which is impacting some other AWS services.— Amazon Web Services (@Amazon Web Services)1488311811.0
Will Amazon Web Services be working again by the time I finish this post? Will I even be able to post this, with AWS out? By the time I post it, will it even be relevant?
For S3, we believe we understand root cause and are working hard at repairing. Future updates across all services will be on dashboard.— Amazon Web Services (@Amazon Web Services)1488311824.0
What does the tech world do when the Internet breaks?
I'm not talking Kim K "break the Internet" booty pics. I'm talking, the Internet is actually broken. Here at Popdust, we've all broken out our Yellow Legal Pads for some diligent brainstorming. Did you know the bottom of a pencil cup is a perfect circle?
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In the opening pages of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Earth is destroyed. Now if that doesn't scream 2020 so far, what does?
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Enter The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: a novel that starts with the global annihilation that we might be heading for and then follows the characters as they cope with new realities, with isolation and loss, an endless information source that brings with it endless anxiety, and an egomaniacal, arrogant, selfish, attention-craving president of the galaxy.
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It's time to study.
Now that you've flooded Instagram with photos of black squares, it's time to hunker down for some real activism.
If you're a white person, you're sitting on top of about four centuries of institutionalized racism. In the wake of George Floyd's murder by police and countless Black Lives Matter protests across the nation, it's time to show up—with your body, with your voice, and with your brain.