Sigh. 7 minutes ago... browsers not working, multiple devices. Check "both" google.ca & google.com... fail, so from there I naturally assume the Internet is down or else it's a router problem. Reboot router. Then read this. Sigh.
How is it even possible for this (global blackout) to happen when the entire operation is highly distributed, both geographically and techically? I mean, even implementing a "red button to shut everything off intentionally" would be hard.
You are right but that explains why part. I'm not sure how I would do this even if I wanted to.
Config update error sounds like a good explanation but everything (mail, news etc) went down simulatenously and globally. Might be a global load balancer / routing configuration error though.
I'm also curious about the people involved. I mean, when I break something when say a couple hundred of people are online on our website, I panic a little. If I break Google, that'd cause a heart attack.
Really curious to see the impact of this on alternative search engines (Bing, Duck Duck Go). If it would last a bit longer, they might go down because of the sudden huge load. Cascading failures across companies!
Is the changing 'I'm feeling lucky' button new or has that been there previously? Mouse over and it changes. Clicking 'I'm feeling stellar' takes me to a page about the Hubble telescope, 'I'm feeling puzzled' to a Google games page.