Amazon details cause of AWS outage that hobbled thousands of online sites and services

A past AWS re:Invent conference. (GeekWire Photo)

A “relatively small addition of capacity” to the Amazon Kinesis real-time data processing service triggered a widespread Amazon Web Services outage last week, the company said in a detailed technical analysis over the weekend.

The addition of the new capacity “caused all of the servers in the fleet to exceed the maximum number of threads allowed by an operating system configuration,”  describing a cascade of resulting problems that took down thousands of sites and services.

The outage impacted online services from big tech companies such as AdobeRokuTwilioFlickrAutodesk, and others, including New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, was also impacted by the outage.

It was an especially ill-timed incident for Amazon, coming just days before its annual AWS re:Invent cloud conference. Reliability has

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Fort Bragg’s horny tweets are earning this sex worker thousands of dollars a month

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.

“Holy s—, this is the largest U.S. military installation,” an OnlyFans adult-content creator said to herself on October 22, moments after one of her Twitter posts went viral.

The sex worker, who asked that we referred to her by her stage name, “Quinn Finite,” was in the car with her boyfriend when she started receiving hundreds of alerts after the official Twitter account for Fort Bragg, the home of the U.S. Army’s Airborne and Special Operations Command, had replied to her tweets with sexually-charged messages in public view.

The Army base’s Twitter account commented on her pubic hair and reacted to one of her nude images by suggesting that Finite and the Twitter account should engage in sexual acts.

As the minutes passed by, hundreds of Twitter users began noticing the sexually-charged tweets and replying back with jokes. The installation responded

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This UV-C Light Smartphone Sanitizer Has Thousands of Five-Star Reviews on Amazon

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, our home arrival routine since March has looked something like this: Wash our hands while we sing happy birthday, remove our face mask, drink the most refreshing glass of water ever. Then, we reach for our cell phone and say a little prayer it’s not covered in germs.

a person sitting at a table: PhoneSoap

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No more! Meet the PhoneSoap 3 available in black and white for $79.95 on Amazon Prime. Using UV-C light, the PhoneSoap kills 99.99% of germs (per laboratory tests) and each machine includes one USB port and one USB-C port so you can charge your device while it’s getting sanitized. In addition to your phone or iPod, you can also place your keys, wireless headphones, credit cards, jewelry, and anything else that fits inside the machine’s bay to be sanitized. To use, you simply plug the device into an outlet (or keep it

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Thousands of Facebook Groups buzzed with calls for violence ahead of U.S. election

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Before Facebook Inc shut down a rapidly growing “Stop the Steal” Facebook Group on Thursday, the forum featured calls for members to ready their weapons should President Donald Trump lose his bid to remain in the White House.

FILE PHOTO: 3D printed ballot boxes are seen in front of a displayed Facebook logo in this illustration taken November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

In disabling the group after coverage by Reuters and other news organizations, Facebook cited the forum’s efforts to delegitimize the election process and “worrying calls for violence from some members.”

Such rhetoric was not uncommon in the run-up to the election in Facebook Groups, a key booster of engagement for the world’s biggest social network, but it did not always get the same treatment.

A survey of U.S.-based Facebook Groups between September and October conducted by digital intelligence firm CounterAction at the request

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Dust travelled thousands of miles to enrich Hawaiian soils

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With its warm weather and sandy beaches, Hawaii is a magnet for tourists every year. This unique ecosystem also attracts soil scientists interested in what surprises may lie beneath their feet.

In a recent paper published in Geoderma, European researchers outline how they used the rich soils of Hawaii to study the critical movement of phosphorous through the environment. By better understanding the amount and type of phosphorus in the soil, they can help crops become more successful and maintain the health of our ecosystems for years to come.

The project was led by Agroscope scientist Dr. Julian Helfenstein, Prof. Emmanuel Frossard with the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zurich; and Dr. Christian Vogel, a researcher at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin.

The team used the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan to help analyze the different types

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YouTube Accounts Livestream Fake Election Results to Thousands

(Bloomberg) — Several YouTube accounts livestreamed fake U.S. election results to tens of thousands of viewers hours before any of the polls closed — and before YouTube took the clips down as spam.

a close up of a computer: The logo for YouTube Inc. is displayed on a laptop computer in an arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Sunday, May 10, 2020. The video arm of Alphabet Inc.'s Google is offering new tools and audience statistics specifically for advertising on TV - screen space where YouTube has trailed cable channel.

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The logo for YouTube Inc. is displayed on a laptop computer in an arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Sunday, May 10, 2020. The video arm of Alphabet Inc.’s Google is offering new tools and audience statistics specifically for advertising on TV – screen space where YouTube has trailed cable channel.

Starting Tuesday morning, multiple channels posted similar, lengthy live videos on the Google-owned site. Each showed a mock presidential election map filled in with theoretical results. These broadcasts appeared at the top of the YouTube page for the search term “election results” and were watched by thousands of online viewers. Some of the clips ran advertisements.


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Thousands Of Steam Games Discounted In Huge PC Sale

November has arrived, which means plenty of holiday sales are kicking off. Numerous retailers, including Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, have launched early Black Friday sales. We haven’t seen too many deals on console games just yet, but PC gamers can shop a huge sale at Fanatical right now. Fanatical’s 25th Anniversary Sale features thousands of game deals as well as chances to win free games and gear. The majority of game deals on Fanatical can be redeemed on Steam, with the exception of games published by studios with dedicated launchers such as Ubisoft.

Fanatical’s 25th Anniversary Sale includes steep discounts across all genres. While Halloween has passed, it’s never a bad time to play a Resident Evil game. The Resident Evil 3 remake is discounted to $27, while last year’s Resident Evil 2 remake is down to $18.79. Action game fans can grab Devil May Cry 5 for $18

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Thousands More To Be Revealed Soon

For countless millennia, planets beyond our Solar System were mere speculation.

Only since the 1990s has science revealed their existence.

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In two political battlegrounds, thousands of mail-in ballots are on the verge of being rejected

<span class="caption">Boxes of illegal and legal vote-by-mail ballots at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department ahead of Florida's Aug. 18 primary election.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:AP Photo/Lynne Sladky">AP Photo/Lynne Sladky</a></span>
Boxes of illegal and legal vote-by-mail ballots at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department ahead of Florida’s Aug. 18 primary election. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Tens of millions of Americans have already cast their ballots for the 2020 election by mail, building on a historic shift in voting methods that started with primary elections held during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mail-in ballots, however, aren’t automatically accepted as in-person ballots are. Rather, they can be rejected if they have signature defects on their return envelopes. Unless cured by voters – which means that voters fix the signature errors on them – these submitted ballots will be rejected.

Thanks to ongoing reporting of voter turnout in two battleground states, Florida and North Carolina, we can identify the number of mail-in ballots at risk of being rejected. So far, we can tell that there are thousands of ballots flagged for rejection in these two states. In

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