on Aug 7, 2009
Twitter has never been the most stable service. You’d think a service dedicated to serving up 140 bytes of text data at a time would be more resilient than (say) your average video streaming YouTube wannabe. The average 14 megabyte video will require one hundred thousand times the bandwidth as a tweet. Add to this the fact that video share sites allow you to search, rate, and comment on videos, and it’s clear that you’re dealing with a lot more than five orders of magnitude in difference. Yet the Twitter service winks out so much that it borders on narcoleptic. It’s just never made sense to me how Twitter has continued to be so shamefully wobbly over the past six months or so.
But now I see this story: Twitter knocked offline by DDoS attack. Amazing. A hacker has control of a botnet and the most daring thing he can come up with is to sucker-punch the hilariously feeble micro-blogging service? The world’s least ambitious hacker versus the world’s least stable website. Oh, which group of epic losers will prevail, and how will they make anyone care afterward?
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Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.