Feeds

Wibbly Wobbly Web casts shadow over eclipse

BBC servers max-out –- would have done better with a stone circle...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Seven Steps to Software Security

The anticlimax of today's once-in-a-lifetime solar event was eclipsed only by the difficulty experienced by people trying to watch it on the Web. Thousands of moon watchers flocked to BBC Online to watch the corporation's coverage of the eclipse. How many were disappointed when they couldn't get on is another matter. Simon Rahamin, a spokesman for BBC Online, admitted that some people would have not been able to see their blinding coverage but said that this was simply due to the sheer number of people logging on to the site. With six Webcams in the path of the moon's shadow it's estimated that one million people accessed the site during the eclipse. "I don't know the exact figures yet but early indications are that we almost reached our maximum bandwidth just before the total eclipse," he said. Eclipse99.co.uk appeared to have fallen out of the sky completely, while visitors to excite.co.uk or total-eclipse.co.uk needed a plug-in to see their coverage. In truth, there can only have been two places worth witnessing this astronomical event. Either on TV -- the coverage was stunning I'm told -- or in a dark little pub in the centre of Winchester appropriately named The Eclipse. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330
If the person in front reclines their seat, this could get interesting
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.