FCC's website crashes, John Oliver's army of Cable Company Fuckery trolls blamed

The FCC's website has fallen over, and many blame John Oliver's incandescent exhortation to Internet trolls to flood the Commission with comments about its assault on Net Neutrality (or support of "Cable Company Fuckery"). The comedy potential is rich ("Hey, FCC, you shoulda paid Comcast for the fast lane, huh?") but to be fair, I think it's equally possible that the site's been brought to its knees by a denial-of-service attack.

FCC Website Hobbled By Comment Trolls Incited By Comedian John Oliver

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  1. It's pretty much been working fine since I tried this morning at 9 AM. You might want to use past tense for that last sentence. And the first one.

  2. The comedy potential is rich ("Hey, FCC, you shoulda paid Comcast for the fast lane, huh?") but to be fair, I think it's equally possible that the site's been brought to its knees by a denial-of-service attack.

    It's also equally possible that the FCC's computer network spontaneously combusted en masse, or that their server room was hit by a meteor, or that they just decided to shut it all down and reroute the electricity to power a giant laser-shooting Michael Jackson robot.

    Possibility is all well and good, but it helps to have evidence before conjecturing as to the causes of things, especially when there are much more likely answers such as sheer volume of traffic.

  3. The site is back up when I checked just now (5:30 pm) though earlier in the day it was down. And surprisingly, the comments I read were actually excellent sand quite cogent. Today there were 4.4K of comments, yesterday 1.5K, as the day before. On the Friday prior to John Oliver's PSA, there were 0.7K. Go John Oliver!

  4. Slightly off topic, but really, f*ck Caillou.

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