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April 30, 2013

Here’s a guy who managed to spend his entire life savings—$2,600—on a failed attempt to win a $300 Xbox Kinect during a carnival game. ”For once in my life, I happened to become that sucker,” said the man, in the understatement of the year. At least he won a banana with dreadlocks. (ht Gawker)

10:22 // 1 year ago
October 30, 2012
19:50 // 1 year ago
October 29, 2012

Major Media ISP Goes Down

buzzfeed:

Datagram, the ISP whose Manhattan servers host BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Gawker, and other sites, has lost power, an official there told us via text this evening.

“Basement flooded, fuel pump off line - we got people working on it now. 5 feet of water now,” the official wrote.

BuzzFeed’s site and story page are back online, thanks to a Content Delivery Network, Akamai, which hosts the content at servers distributed around the world.

FIVE FEET OF WATER took down three of the biggest new-media sites on the internet. At the same time. Think about how crazy that is.

21:12 // 1 year ago
October 13, 2012

On not naming names

lead-andjelly says: Is there a reason you don’t actually, y’know, use his name?

» SFB says: Because we want people to actually click the links and read the full story. The link was a “teaser.” — Ernie @ SFB

9:56 // 1 year ago
9:09 // 1 year ago
October 10, 2012
Bain Capital was interested in working with Gawker financially, but the guy who reached out wasn’t aware of their previous reporting on the firm. ”I’ve been working here for like a week now,” he said. “I just thought it was a unique idea. We work with a lot of similar companies. I had no idea about the [Bain stories]. I’m not sure it would work out. This is awkward.” Yeah, it sure is, because Gawker posted the e-mail.

Bain Capital was interested in working with Gawker financially, but the guy who reached out wasn’t aware of their previous reporting on the firm. ”I’ve been working here for like a week now,” he said. “I just thought it was a unique idea. We work with a lot of similar companies. I had no idea about the [Bain stories]. I’m not sure it would work out. This is awkward.” Yeah, it sure is, because Gawker posted the e-mail.

18:46 // 1 year ago
July 2, 2012

There-and-gone “leap second” causes major issues for numerous sites

  • cause On Saturday night, a single second was added to the atomic clocks of the world in a somewhat rare event called a leap second, which ensures that atomic time remains aligned with solar time. Most people didn’t even notice.
  • reaction However, with the rise of cloud computing, every second counts, and the leap second actually caused huge problems for Reddit, Gawker, Mozilla, LinkedIn and numerous other sites. Who knew a second was so essential? source
10:35 // 2 years ago