Feds Accidentally Turn Off California Gov't Websites

from the sorry-about-that dept

Every once in a while you hear stories of companies having problems with their domain names, often because someone forgot to re-register the domain name or possibly because of a routing problem. However, you don't really expect that to happen to a government website. However, after a California county agency had its gov't website hacked, the feds back in Washington DC accidentally turned off all of the ca.gov domain, causing quite a bit of confusion among California state gov't employees. It gets even better. Apparently, it happened around noon Pacific Time which is 3pm back on the east coast. Yet, as the article notes: "Unfortunately that was about 3 in the afternoon and folks back East were already going home, so it took us some time to get hold of the right people in the General Service Administration to get this address reinstated." Sure, I can understand time zone differences... but 3pm isn't exactly quitting time. Must be great to be a government employee, huh? Shut down an entire state government's email and web domains without realizing it... and head out the door by 3pm.
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  1. identicon
    ChronoFish, 4 Oct 2007 @ 6:07am

    DC Traffic/culture

    I no longer live in the DC area, but one of the things that I found really surprising is just how busy, young, and hard-working it is.

    Think about it this way: There are four types of people in DC: 1. Those in power. 2. Those who want to be in power. 3. Those who have been forgotten by those in power. 4. Everyone else

    Those in #1 are what we see on TV. This is where the "Government workers are lazy" come from. As these people realize that now that they are in power - they are powerless.

    Those who fall in #2 bring a no-holds-bar work ethic that is basically 24-hour "life is work" mentality. It is a young crowd, they tend to get paid a lot of money (The DC area pays quite well), they are transients (they are only in the DC area for 2-8 years of their life) are often lawyers, business analysts, and technology workers, and they are competing to be the next leaders of their (government, business, industry, etc). They also tend to wear a lot ties (even the tech workers). To a certain extent, regardless of political association, the image of "young republicans" fits them well. We're not talking 90's play-money of the dot-com era, we're talking the excess of the 80's "Wallstreet".

    #3 Are the permanent residence of DC. The irony is that the belt-way that all of this country's social leadership uses to get to work by-passes some of the most horrific slums in America. It is not uncommon to see burned-out row houses just block away from the White House. And if you plan your route right - you never have to acknowledge their existence.

    #4 Makes up everyone else. Those that support #1 and #2. Some are a bit of #2 and some are a bit of #3. It is #2 and #4 that clog the beltway.

    Like Las Vegas, DC never sleeps. But unlike Las Vegas it's all about work rather than all about play. Most cities take a breather on the weekends. Even New York City obeys the laws of rush "hour". But on a Saturday afternoon in Washington DC you will encounter bumper-to-bumper, stop and go traffic (though to be honest, the downtown area at 8am on a Saturday morning will be like a ghost town).

    It's a sight to behold. If you lived it, you to would flex your time to get out of Dodge by 4pm.

    -CF

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