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Syria Reportedly Back On the Internet 47

Posted by timothy
from the back-to-your-scheduled-programming dept.
angry tapir writes "The Internet in Syria was back on Saturday, a day after it was reported that two-thirds of Syrian networks had been cut off from the rest of the world in the wake of civil unrest in the country."
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Syria Reportedly Back On the Internet

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  • by thomasdz (178114) on Sunday June 05, 2011 @07:30PM (#36345830)

    That explains all the:

    Error 503 Service Unavailable
    Service Unavailable
    Guru Meditation:
    XID: 258631157
    Varnish cache server
    over the past couple of days.

    This explains everything!

    • OT, I know. But because we haven't heard an official statement from Slashdot on this matter, can someone please tell me why we're having so many of these Varnish cache server errors? What is it, some problem with the cluster environment? Regardless, this all seems to have started with the new format roll-out.

      • OT, I know. But because we haven't heard an official statement from Slashdot on this matter, can someone please tell me why we're having so many of these Varnish cache server errors? What is it, some problem with the cluster environment? Regardless, this all seems to have started with the new format roll-out.

        I'm surprised by all this Varnish stuff. That's old technology. I'd think that Slashdot could at least spring for some cheap polyurethane coatings.

        • by mangu (126918)

          I'm surprised by all this Varnish stuff. That's old technology. I'd think that Slashdot could at least spring for some cheap polyurethane coatings.

          The code in Slashdot is so primitive it's still in the linseed oil [wikipedia.org] stage.

        • by Sulphur (1548251)

          OT, I know. But because we haven't heard an official statement from Slashdot on this matter, can someone please tell me why we're having so many of these Varnish cache server errors? What is it, some problem with the cluster environment? Regardless, this all seems to have started with the new format roll-out.

          I'm surprised by all this Varnish stuff. That's old technology. I'd think that Slashdot could at least spring for some cheap polyurethane coatings.

          Maybe its unvarnished. Then again, maybe it needs a second coat.

    • by wulfmans (794904)
      Yesterday I posted a story about the 503 error to slashdot. I knew they would not post it. censorship is alive here.
    • With so many meditating gurus, I thought it was outsourced to India.

  • C'mon, we all know that the true interesting story is how they explain the outage. Since it cannot be censorship, what was wrong with the internet in Syria?

    Betting pool anyone? I call "atlantic cable".

    • by grantek (979387)

      Betting pool anyone? I call "atlantic cable".

      I'll bet "there was no outage"

    • I'm in Syria, and they said 'security reasons', actually, they were quite forthcoming with this. People know what's happening and they're not dumb, the government knows this too and it doesn't try to fool them on these issues. Instead, they're betting on people being too scared of the crackdown and/or being too scared of the country turning into Iraq or Egypt so they'll not ask for change.

      So far, this approach is working in Aleppo(which is where I am) which is mainly why this city has remained calm. Aleppo'

  • by SomePgmr (2021234) on Sunday June 05, 2011 @08:18PM (#36346096) Homepage
    ...and the videos coming out are pretty awful.
    http://mashable.com/2011/06/04/syrian-internet-restored/ [mashable.com]
    You've been warned.
  • better info (Score:2, Informative)

    by Gravis Zero (934156)

    renesys: info about network [renesys.com]
    saturday's news: Syrian forces kill 6: protesters - Government eases internet stranglehold [www.cbc.ca]
    current news: Syrian forces kill 35 in fresh crackdown: report [www.cbc.ca]

    'Be patient Syria, the victory is written by the blood,'

  • Syria was off the Net for 28 hours. Did they disconnect because of world wide revulsion at the YouTube video showing the tortured and mutilated body of 13-year old Hamza Ali al-Khateeb? Did they reconnect because they realized that it was a futile effort? Was it the cost to the economy, the "dictator's dilemma?" See http://cis471.blogspot.com/2011/06/net-is-back-up-in-syria-why-did-they.html [blogspot.com] for discussion.

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