Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Shock Spike Strikes again...

Shock news (no pun intended) of the tragic death of much-loved croc-hunter Steve Irwin caused overload on Aussie webnews sites that sent many, er down-under.

Computer World reports that the problem was caused too many internet users logging on at the same time to check whether the sad news on Australian TV might be a hoax.

The story that he'd been pierced through the heart by a stingray was so unlikely - described by experts as a million to one shot (ed: stop it) - that millions turned to webnews for confirmation.

As a result, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and other sites quickly reached overload and were reduced to low broadband width (whatever that means).

Predictably perhaps, Computer World says it was a spike...

Er, didn't we know that already?

Hat-tip, appropriately to Wongablog

2 comments:

Brynley said...

Tony Blair has a timetable for departure.

The Aussie have a vacancy for a consummate showman with a devil-may-care approach to ethical matters.

Go on Tony, you know you want to.

fairdealphil said...

brynley: that really would be a stab through the heart.