A Frightening Glimpse Into a World Without Gmail
Gmail's hiccup this morning that wiped out the world's most popular email program for millions of users across the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe for four long hours highlights the havoc that can be wreaked when the internet is having a bad day.
With companies increasingly relying on web-based applications as the mainstay of their internal and external communications, a relatively small snafu like today's outage can have a much larger effect on business.
Today some gmail users turned to Twitter to carry on correspondence in the interim. One tweet even did some quick math about gmail's decamping: "Let's count the cost: 25m users, 33% affected; average of $50 per hour lost productivity = $415m per hour economic cost..."
But today was nothing compared to what a full-fledged botnet attack could do to the world's computers. Envision malicious software hijacking your computer as your MacAfee remains wholly oblivious, then spreading to computer after computer like fleas on a cur. Want to learn more about a botnet's anatomy? Consult Wired's guide to open-source botnet construction.
The surprising results come from a new GLAAD survey.
- The survey found that 18- to 34-year-old non-LGBTQ Americans reported feeling less comfortable around LGBTQ people in a variety of hypothetical situations.
- The attitudes of older non-LGBTQ Americans have remained basically constant over the past few years.
- Overall, about 80 percent of Americans support equal rights for LGBTQ people.
Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
- Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
- This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
- The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start.
The more we learn about the microbiome, the more the pieces are fitting together.
- A new study from the University of Central Florida makes the case for the emerging connection of autism and the human microbiome.
- High levels of Propionic Acid (PPA), used in processed foods to extend shelf life, reduces neuronal development in fetal brains.
- While more research is needed, this is another step in fully understanding the consequences of poor nutrition.
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