It was pretty funny; downdetector.co.uk showed the problem very clearly, affecting large swathes of the country for about 3 hours. And on the same page, there was BT Care suggesting that people reset their routers and reboot their PCs
When it went down, a quick traceroute showed the problem to be at BT@Telehouse. Luckily, we retained connectivity to our hosted server (even though most of the rest of the net was unreachable) so a combination of 'ssh -D 1080' and twiddling proxy settings worked around it (note: must look into 'tsocks').
It was a very big outage (despite all the PR flackery seeking to minimise it). And shame on BT, for having a single point failure like that cause such disruption.
This is a very good point;it's almost less what's there, than what's been left out.
As i understand the story so far, some southerm german paper gets this leak and enlists a *Washington DC* organisation (ICIJ) to ensure the relevant informatiion is appropriately publicised.
I'm old enough to recall the controversy over a creationist writing for Scientific American.
Great example is the sinc function - sin(x)/x is continuous; sin(x)/x is 1 with x zero.
This seems well-timed, just two days after David Anderson QC's report calling the UK surveillance powers "undemocratic", "fragmented" and "obscure". Got to keep the populace onside while working towards the next set of even-more intrusive laws, all in their own interest of course!
Cut a couple of old HDDs in half, glue bits of platter to the head arms, add large-area photodiodes to sense position and a bit of hardware and software to read ILDA files. Works really well considering.
Here's a particularly fine example - a start-up for Death:-
The death you've been waiting for.
Satisfy your niche in the death ecosystem with online branding that’s built by active people for right consumers.
Quote: "Death was prompt, current, and current. Ten out of ten!" - Alexandra Sanders, San Gabriel, California
Sadly, despite being a long-term FF user, it pains me to say it's far easier is to switch to Palemoon; it's a minimal effort and the result is firefox without all the BS (Palemoon being a firefox fork/tracker that values functionality over hipster cool)
Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself.