Today I learned about the Mirai botnet, a network of malware-infected devices that was used to shut down the internet for most of the US East Coast in 2016 and sparked fears of an attack from a hostile state. The botnet's creator? A group of college students trying to get more players on their Minecraft server. csoonline.com/article/325…
Today I learned of Castle Infinity, a video game that was shut down in 2000 but was brought back when the servers were recovered from a dumpster by a former player and programmer, who established a new development team and relaunched the game online. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Linus Torvald originally wanted to name his OS Freax but it was an administrator from one of FTP server from which the OS was hosted who put the files under under a folder named "Linux". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In 2012 a technician made Knight Capital Group, a financial services firm, lose over $400 million in about 45 minutes. He did it by forgetting to copy the Retail Liquidity Program code to one of the company servers, which led to the server generating unwanted stock trades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kni…
In 1987, an engineer used a new computer program β€œrwall” to send a message to his university server. Instead, the program broadcasted the message to every user on the internetβ€”including the Pentagon. catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/4…
In 2004 the computer worm "Slammer" almost took down the entire internet in 15 minutes. The malware was very small (404 bytes) and once it infected a server it would send millions of copies to random IP addresses. It caused over $1 billion in damages and the creator has never been identified. virus.wikidot.com/slammer
It took Pixar about 29 hours to render a single frame of Monsters University using a server farm of 2000 computers with more than 24,000 cores combined. venturebeat.com/2013/04/2…
Steam was originally created so Valve didn't have to keep shutting off Counter-Strike servers to fix issues with the game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Email tracking is achieved by employing a tiny pixel image attached to your email that is invisible to you, but once you open the email, the image is loaded from a server and the server records that data for the tracking service. huffpost.com/entry/email-…
While rendering Toy Story, Pixar named each and every rendering server after an animal. When a server completed rendering a frame, it would play the sound of the animal, so their server farm will sound like an actual farm. theverge.com/2015/3/17/82…
During the filming of Avatar, the lead visual effects company, Weta Digital, hired 900 people to work on the movie at one time. To render Avatar, Weta made use of 4,000 Hewlett-Packard servers with 35,000 processor cores with 104 terabytes of RAM and three petabytes of network area storage! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ava…
Avatar (2009 Film) required 4,000 servers, 35,000 CPU Cores, 104 TB of RAM, and 3 PB of Network Area Storage in a 10,000 sq ft farm to render the movies effects en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ava…
The FBI seized a server that was being used to host child pornography and ran it for two more weeks. Defendants caught in the sting argued the FBI did a better job hosting a child porn site than whoever originally ran it: The site’s average weekly visitors jumped from 11,000 to 50,000 startribune.com/minnesota…
Taiwanese engineers put "obedient" named snacks next to machines and server rooms. They believe the bag color(flavor) must be green(coconut) and it must not be expired, otherwise server failure will happen. This is even put in as a contract requirement in their German oversea contract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
It's illegal in the state of Utah for anyone to carry an alcoholic drink between tables in a restaurant. The drink must either be left at the table or carried behind the patron by one of the servers. le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/s…
Linus Torvalds, first named his invention Freax, a portmanteau of "free", "freak", and "x" (allusion to Unix). He considered the name "Linux", but initially dismissed it as too egotistical. Volunteer server admin Ari Lemmke renamed the project "Linux" on the server without consulting Torvalds. webdevelopersnotes.com/li…
Marketing firm Exactis leaked over 340 million records of personal information on public unprotected servers (data including but not limited to age and gender of children, addresses, pets, smoking habits, etc) and this breach affects nearly every single American. securingtomorrow.mcafee.c…
During production of Toy Story 2, Pixar accidentally deleted the entire movie from its servers. The movie was saved by an employee, a new mother, who worked from home and had the data saved on her personal computer. spinoff.comicbookresource…
Today I learned of tree pod dining. In Thailand, there exists a unique resort restaurant where diners dine on top of a wooden pod structure 36 feet on top of trees while their meals are delivered by servers using zip lines. The meals are locally sourced and the pods offer extraordinary views of the forests. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Today I learned about randomart in ssh. It generates ASCII art from ssh keys. SSH keys are long strings of characters, and they are easy to verify with a computer, but difficult for humans to verify visually. If you regularly ssh to a server, it's anticipated that you'd notice any changes to the picture. superuser.com/questions/2…
Despite having 70+ million viewers, Reddit is actually not profitable and in the RED. Massive server costs and lack of advertising are the main issues. businessinsider.com/reddi…
There was a research paper published which looked into cases of religious violence on the Minecraft anarchy server 2b2t academia.edu/34446985/Ana…
At Baseball games in Japan it's only women that server beer, not men. The young women (who are between the ages of 16 to 24) wear special backpacks that contain a miniature keg of beer. japantimes.co.jp/life/201…
In 2001, IT at UNC decided to do a server audit. They realized that they could not find one of their best performing servers. Eventually resorting to following the physical cabling, they hit a wall, literally. The server had been buried behind a wall during remodeling for over 4 years. theregister.co.uk/2001/04…
Back in the year 2000, you could you could send an email impersonating anybody by just putting their address in the "From:" field. Your mail server would then deliver it as if e.g. Bill Gates sent it. twilio.com/blog/your-phon…
In the WoW episode of South Park the Blizzard people made a private server for them to "film" on, and during the shoot a random person came in and started trying to kill people, just like in the plot of the episode southparkstudios-q.mtvi.c…
The U.S. has 115,000 janitors, 83,000 bartenders, 323,000 restaurant servers, and 80,000 heavy-duty truck drivers with bachelor’s degrees bloomberg.com/news/2012-0…
While Apple was buying land for a data server in NC, a couple refused multiple offers from them for their 1 acre plot of land. Apple got frustrated asked them to name their price. This led Apple to pay $1.7m for a 1 acre plot of land. iphone.appleinsider.com/a…
While playing the game Hearthstone, Twitch livestreamer Kripparian once had so many duplicate cards that he could have taken down the game's servers at any moment by using the in-game feature that allows one to instantly turn all of their duplicate cards into in-game currency. pcgamer.com/hearthstone-s…
TGI Fridays stopped requiring their servers to wear flare because of Office Space cinemablend.com/new/TGI-F…
Ren Zhengfei founded Huawei Technologies Co. in 1987 Ltd with 21,000 yuan, around US$5,000 at the time. Initially, Huawei was a contractor for selling, installing and maintaining server switches and equipment for a Hong Kong dealer in China en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
The announcer in the Buzz Lightyear commercial in Toy Story is voiced by Penn Jilette, and that he was apparently the first person cast for the film. Also, the first two servers Pixar installed were called Penn and Teller. slashfilm.com/penn-jillet…
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012 there were 115,000 janitors, 83,000 bartenders, 323,000 restaurant servers, and 80,000 heavy-duty truck drivers with bachelor’s degrees -- a number exceeding that of uniformed personnel in the U.S. Army. bloombergview.com/article…
Those responsible for the hack of Target's customers' credit card data entered through the HVAC system's internet connection which was serviceable via the web and connected to the same server as the credit card data. krebsonsecurity.com/2014/…
The Internet Archive keeps their servers in a former Christian Science church kalw.org/post/old-church-…
There was a dial-up online gaming service for Sega Saturn that you accessed through a 28.8 modem cartridge that plugged into a phone line. There were no servers; to play against someone, your Sega called their Sega. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seg…
In 2001 a Hooter's restaurant held a sales contest for servers offering the prize of a new Toyota. When a server won, she was presented with a new "toy yoda". She sued the restaurant for deception and won enough money to buy a new car. snopes.com/business/deals…
Pixar accidentally deleted Toy Story 2 off their servers. The project was saved by an employee who had the data at her home. spinoff.comicbookresource…
Hosting the servers only costs about 3% of the Wikimedia Foundation budget. foundation.wikimedia.org/…
A computer tech forgot to install some new code in a server. This resulted in a high speed stock trading company that did $21 billion in daily trades to go bankrupt in 45 minutes dougseven.com/2014/04/17/…
The Castle Infinity videogame, after its shutdown in 2005, was brought back from the dead by a fan rescuing its servers from the trash. wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle…
In Japan, tipping a server is considered rude. japantoday.com/smartphone…
The origin of the 'cloud' that we use to symbolize the internet came from the diagrams drawn up to show how different systems would be connected. Instead of writing out sensitive information on the inner workings of the system to identify the main server, they drew a cloud instead. itworld.com/article/27267…
Sportscaster Jim Nantz wants his breakfast toast so burnt, he carries around a picture of burnt toas in his wallet to show servers to save time. ftw.usatoday.com/2016/03/…
Over 90% of the servers and workstations used by visual effects and animation studios run Linux. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Barton Watson defrauded creditors of $114,000,000 in an elaborate Ponzi scheme through his IT company, CyberNet. At Watson's direction, CyberNet installed empty boxes with blinking lights, passing them off as servers; and secured loans with junk equipment and recycled equipment serial numbers. grbj.com/articles/65386
In an experiment, non-dieters ate more snacks when the server was thin, dieters ate more when the server was heavy. Dieters were also more persuaded by a heavy (vs. a thin) server, choosing both a healthy and unhealthy snack more often when she recommended it to them semanticscholar.org/paper…
Cosmic rays from outer space cause glitches in your electronics. In some electronics, cosmic rays are the primary source of soft errors. Cosmic rays are one of the main reasons that servers and high-reliability computers use error-correcting RAM. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sof…
Microsoft is developing underwater data centers to reduce cooling costs and to improve internet service by moving servers closer to large coastal populations techtank.news/microsoft-d…

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