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.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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