US Government Apps & Websites Down

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by gkarris, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. gkarris macrumors 604

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    US websites are down and apps no longer function (ie NASA).

    I'm going to an FAA Seminar, so at least FAASafety.gov still functions.

    Terrible, terrible shame...
     

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  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Welcome to the libertarian world.

    Meanwhile:


    I'm sure those children and their families will be celebrating their freedom from slavery.
     
  3. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    Wow...

    You would think that as far as the web content, they would keep it static (like on some sites).

    But for sites like NASA, the stuff is completely gone... :eek:

    What did they do - shut down that Data Center?
     
  4. MacNut macrumors Core

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    I don't understand why the sites have to shut down? Are they paying for these things by the hour? If that is the case there might be more waste than we thought.
     
  5. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    Seems like it. Datacenters consume a lot of electricity, which costs money. Plus, without staff to manage drive failures, tape backups, and other regular maintenance tasks, it's probably better to simply shut things down for the time being rather than risk something that leads to an actual loss of data or a system.
     
  6. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    Or hacking... :eek:
     
  7. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

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    In general, you can't leave any kind of complex website completely unattended even if it hosted by a third party. Certainly no large business would do that. Electricity would be the least of your worries.


     
  8. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    Good point. With nobody monitoring the security events, a hacker would have lots of time to probe for vulnerabilities without having to worry about active countermeasures.
     
  9. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    Dear lord this shutdown is worse than we thought!
     
  10. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    Think of all the Educators, Students, and Learners (people like me who love Space or maybe History), that use these sites on a daily basis for News and Education.

    It's just unfathomable....
     
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    Sweet Baby James! The Panda Cam is down...

    You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!

    [​IMG]
     
  12. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    Says, "Sponsored by The Ford Motor Company Fund" so it supposed to still be running... :eek:

    Ford should complain... :mad:

    So then, where's Ford's money going?
     

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