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.
How poor work practices turn us all into remote workers.
- Technology's supposed interconnectivity doesn't breed human interaction, and has instead made many workers feel less happy and less productive.
- Using email rather than walking over to someone's desk and having face-to-face time is a major culprit. Inter-office messaging apps can also make employees feel more distant from their co-workers.
- Can the tech companies who created this issue turn workplace isolation around, or is this the new normal?
They're at a higher risk for depression, weekend binge drinking, and unnecessary dieting.
- Body dysmorphia is not limited to women, a new study from Norway and Cambridge shows.
- Young men that focus on building muscle are at risk for a host of mental and physical health problems.
- Selfie culture is not helping the growing number of teens that are anxious and depressed.
Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.
- Scientists say coordinating movements leads to increased intimacy and sexual desire in a couple.
- The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
- Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
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