Liz Gannes

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Trained Monkeys Fix YouTube Outage

YouTube had an outage on Monday, and its jokey error message (“A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation”) had some users wondering if it had been hacked. A spokesperson for the video site said, “Some people encountered errors, or a slower than normal experience on YouTube today. We worked quickly to address the issue and fixed the problem. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this caused.”


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik