The second that almost brought down the Internet The weekend was pretty disastrous for websites around the Internet First storms in United States knocked out power in Amazon s data centres and with it around 1 of American websites This included popular websites like Foursquare Instagram Pinterest and Netflix See Instagram Pinterest suffer extended outages after US storms Then just as websites were hobbling back to life the leap second bug struck Timekeepers had announced plans to add an extra second to June 30 to compensate for Earth s movement around the Sun This leap second is added to the International Atomic Time TAI to ensure that Earth s clocks stay in sync with solar time Many computers use Network Time Protocol NTP to keep their clocks synchronised with the International Atomic Time When the atomic time keepers added a second at 23 59 59 on Saturday just like they said they would all hell broke lose Servers especially those running on some versions of Java and Linux choked on the leap second bringing down with them some of the most popular websites in the world

:: The second that almost brought down the Internet ::

The weekend was pretty disastrous for websites around the Internet. First, storms in United States knocked out power in Amazon's data centres, and with it, around 1% of American websites. This included popular websites like Foursquare, Instagram, Pinterest and Netflix. (See: Instagram, Pinterest suffer extended outages after US storms) Then, just as websites were hobbling back to life, the

:: The second that almost brought down the Internet ::

The weekend was pretty disastrous for websites around the Internet. First, storms in United States knocked out power in Amazon's data centres, and with it, around 1% of American websites. This included popular websites like Foursquare, Instagram, Pinterest and Netflix. (See: Instagram, Pinterest suffer extended outages after US storms) Then, just as websites were hobbling back to life, the "leap second" bug struck.

Timekeepers had announced plans to add an extra second to June 30, to compensate for Earth's movement around the Sun. This "leap second" is added to the International Atomic Time (TAI) to ensure that Earth's clocks stay in-sync with "solar-time".


Many computers use Network Time Protocol (NTP) to keep their clocks synchronised with the International Atomic Time. When the atomic time keepers added a second at 23:59:59 on Saturday, just like they said they would, all hell broke lose. Servers, especially those running on some versions of Java and Linux, choked on the "leap second", bringing down with them some of the most popular websites in the world.

:: The second that almost brought down the Internet :: The weekend was pretty disastrous for websites around the Internet. First, storms in United States knocked out power in Amazon's data centres, and with it, around 1% of American websites. This included popular websites like Foursquare, Instagram, Pinterest and Netflix. (See: Instagram, Pinterest suffer extended outages after US storms) Then, just as websites were hobbling back to life, the "leap second" bug struck. Timekeepers had announced plans to add an extra second to June 30, to compensate for Earth's movement around the Sun. This "leap second" is added to the International Atomic Time (TAI) to ensure that Earth's clocks stay in-sync with "solar-time". Many computers use Network Time Protocol (NTP) to keep their clocks synchronised with the International Atomic Time. When the atomic time keepers added a second at 23:59:59 on Saturday, just like they said they would, all hell broke lose. Servers, especially those running on some versions of Java and Linux, choked on the "leap second", bringing down with them some of the most popular websites in the world.

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