The Vernal Equinox (start of spring) was at 07:02 EDT this morning; it sure didn’t look or feel like spring.
For the love of FSM give me an invite!
My grandfather was an instrumental figure in the redevelopment of Newport after the Navy pulled out and nearly crippled the city. He authored this book (though hasn’t sent it to an actual publisher yet).
Great facts and photographs!
Download a .PDF version here!
Unlike other animals, humans are quite comfortable sleeping on our backs. This simple fact affords us a view of the boundless night sky as we fall asleep, allowing us to dream about our place in the cosmos and to wounder what lies undiscovered in the worlds beyond.
Or perhaps a gene operates within us that demands we learn for ourselves what awaits us on the other side of the valley, over the seas, or across the vacuum of space. Regardless of the cause, the effect is to leave us restless for want of a plan to discover. We know in our minds, but specially in our hearts, the value to our culture of new voyages and the new vistas they provide. Because without them, our culture stalls and out species withers. And we might as well go to sleep facing down.
Space chronicles: facing the ultimate frontier, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chapter 7 “Why Explore”
Yesterday AT&T found it’s DNS infrastructure the victim of a distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) which crippled it’s service.
The multi-hour attack began Wednesday morning West Coast time and at the time of this writing, eight hours later, does not appear to have been mitigated.
“Due to a distributed denial of service attack attempting to flood our Domain Name System servers in two locations, some AT&T business customers are experiencing intermittent disruptions in service,” an AT&T spokesman told IDG News Service by email. “Restoration efforts are underway and we apologize for any inconvenience to our customers.”
DNS is the system that allows users to type in http://google.com and receive the requested page from Google’s webserver, rather than having to remember a litany of meaningless IP addresses. As a result, users of AT&Ts DNS servers were unable to perform their essential business functions.