Archive for the ‘youtube’ tag
As reported in Slate (that I somehow originally missed), when Google X (their secret research team) passed 10 million video stills into an algorithm, the “silicon cortex” formed the image of a cat, pictured above.
Via: Slate (and Wired, at some point)
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority gives out the prefixes, but anyone can put up a sign pointing the way. And sometimes that does go horribly wrong. In one well-known incident in February 2008, the Pakistani government instructed all Pakistani Internet providers to block YouTube, because of a video it deemed offensive. But an engineer at Pakistan Telecom, receiving the memo at his desk, misconfigured his router, and rather than removing the announced path to YouTube, he announced it himself – in effect declaring he was YouTube. Within two and a half minutes, the ‘hijacked’ route was passed to routers across the Internet, leading anyone looking for YouTube to knock on Pakistan Telecom’s door. Needless to say, YouTube wasn’t there. For most of the world, YouTube wasn’t available at all for nearly two hours, at which point the mess was sorted out.”
Another example, discussing “peering”, where one network physically connects to another and what can happen when the process breaks down (from page 123):
In one famous peering de-peering [disconnecting] episode in 2008, Sprint stopped peering with Cogent for three days. As a result, 3.3 percent of global Internet addresses ‘partitioned’, meaning they were cut off from the rest of the Internet, according to an analysis by Renesys, a company that tracks Internet traffic flows and the politics and economics of connection. Any network that was ‘single-homed’ behind Sprint or Cogent – meaning they relied on the network exclusively to get to the rest of the Internet – was unable to reach any network that was ‘single-homed’ behind the other. Among the better-known ‘captives’ behind Sprint were the US Department of Justice, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Northrup Grumman; behind Cogent were NASA, ING Canada, and the New York court system.
Also mentioned in Blum’s book is the brief mention of the URL for Facebook’s peering policy, which is not hidden or behind a password. The screenshot at the top is from that page, including the information needed to connect to its network.
Videos of people opening boxes.
According to Wikipedia: “The oldest video on YouTube using the name “unboxing” is the opening of a boxed Nokia E61 smartphone, uploaded on June 12, 2006… According to Google Trends, searches for the term “unboxing” began to surface in the final quarter of 2006.”
While it appears this may be about a year late to have caught, below is a selection of very long, very repetitive videos found on YouTube (all 10 hours long – the new maximum for YouTube). A few thoughts and extras:
- I’m trying to think this through: it seems like these videos are a combination of meme and “fuck you” masquerading as extreme minimalism
- The Huffington Post has their own favorites list
- Slacktory had a challenge that anyone documenting themselves watching an entire 10-hour video would receive $100 – two people did; their video evidence is the ultimate meta-level bore
- If you’re craving more, try TehN1ppe’s huge selection of 10-hour videos
Brutal minimalism/wasting Google’s servers: 10 hours of black screen on YouTube but user smokechock, who also has 10 hours of red screen…
Wow. This video from YouTube user USDA33 (who is apparently named Don Jr.) illustrates exactly what we hear him say using stock photos pulled from the internet. This might just be brilliant. Highly recommend “Donkey in Da Back” as well, which uses lots of the same photos mixed with images of big butts.