Facebook's daylong outage has finally ended. The troubles first hit the social network -- which has more than 2 billion users around the world -- around 9 a.m. PT Wednesday, according to outage tracking site Downdetector. At this point on Thursday, more than 24 hours later, users have by and large regained full access. On Thursday, Facebook blamed the problem on "a server configuration change," saying that it had resolved the issues and that "our systems are recovering."Instagram was also down for many hours, starting at around the same time. However, Instagram's official Twitter account announced the platform was back in action at 9:41 p.m. PT time on Wednesday. Users throughout the day Wednesday posted on Twitter that they were seeing a message saying Facebook was "down for maintenance." Other users trying to post status updates on Facebook, including CNET staff, got error messages saying "something went wrong." The outage mainly affected users in the US and … [Read more...] about Facebook blames server slipup for longest outage in its history
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When you enter a URL into your Web browser, your DNS server uses its resources to resolve the name into the IP address for the appropriate Web server. See more computer networking pictures. ©HowStuffWorks.com If you've ever used the Internet, it's a good bet that you've used the Domain Name System, or DNS, even without realizing it. DNS is a protocol within the set of standards for how computers exchange data on the Internet and on many private networks, known as the TCP/IP protocol suite. Its basic job is to turn a user-friendly domain name like "howstuffworks.com" into an Internet Protocol (IP) address like 126.96.36.199 that computers use to identify each other on the network. It's like your computer's GPS for the Internet. Computers and other network devices on the Internet use an IP address to route your request to the site you're trying to reach. This is similar to dialing a phone number to connect to the person you're trying to call. Thanks to DNS, though, you don't … [Read more...] about How Domain Name Servers Work
On Nov. 6, Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams could turn the nation’s political map inside out and become the first black female governor in U.S. history. The mathematics say its entirely possible. The voter enthusiasm is on her side. There’s only one problem: She’s running against one of the greatest suppressors of the black vote in history. Brian Kemp has served as Georgia’s secretary of state since 2010. As Georgia’s chief election officer, he is essentially in charge of voter registration, maintaining voter rolls and tallying votes. Yet, ever since he took office, he has employed every possible tactic available to keep blacks and minorities from voting. He has faced numerous lawsuits, endured condemnation and ignored public outcry as he stiff-armed every attempt from anyone who questions his methods. Called a “remarkable architect of voter suppression” by Abrams, Kemp is a wizard of targeting black voter registrations and tossing them into … [Read more...] about The Wizard of Voter Suppression: Brian Kemp’s Long History of Making Black Votes Disappear
"Will robots take my job?" Everybody wants to know, and nearly everybody has an opinion. Just Google that phrase to find dozens of tech journalism articles beating this question into the dirt. Will they take our jobs? But seriously, what about my job? Is any business sector safe? In the long view, there's an extremely simple answer to the question: Yes. They absolutely will. With few exceptions, no matter what your job is, very intelligent people are looking for ways to automate it, and if a strong enough economic incentive is present, they will succeed. As we say in the video above, whether your job will eventually be taken over by a machine, mobile robot or piece of computer software is not really the question. The question is, "How soon?" When Is This Happening? Well, a couple of Oxford professors may have an answer for you. In an influential 2013 paper called "The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?", authors Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne … [Read more...] about Predicting Human Obsolescence, One Job at a Time
Unfortunately, bankruptcy can interfere with your job search, so it's best to be honest with potential employers about bankruptcy, especially employers in the private sector. Antonio M. Rosario/Getty Images After you filed for bankruptcy, it felt like a fresh start. You began rebuilding your credit and even started looking for a new job. Still, you're worried: Will a bankruptcy ruling show up on your credit report -- and will it be seen by potential employers? Yes, on both counts. When a potential employer screens your credit, that employer will have access to your Social Security number, previous addresses and debt information. Along with information about student loans and mortgages, there will be information on car payments, credit card debt, debts in collection, tax liens and bankruptcies filed fewer than 10 years ago for a Chapter 7 filing or seven years ago for a Chapter 13 filing. Just about the only thing an employer won't see on your credit report is your credit score … [Read more...] about Will bankruptcy keep me from getting a job?