Cloudfare outage caused internet traffic to drop by 82% – All the details

For about 30 minutes yesterday, visitors to Cloudflare sites received 502 errors caused by a massive spike in CPU utilisation on their network. This CPU spike was caused by a bad software deploy that had to be rolled back. A large number of websites use Cloudfare.

Cloudfare went on record to state that this was not an attack and that they and were incredibly sorry that this incident occurred.

CLoudfare stated on their blog –

“Update at 2009 UTC:

Starting at 1342 UTC today we experienced a global outage across our network that resulted in visitors to Cloudflare-proxied domains being shown 502 errors (“Bad Gateway”). The cause of this outage was deployment of a single misconfigured rule within the Cloudflare Web Application Firewall (WAF) during a routine deployment of new Cloudflare WAF Managed rules.

The intent of these new rules was to improve the blocking of inline JavaScript that is used in attacks. These rules were being deployed in a simulated mode where issues are identified and logged by the new rule but no customer traffic is actually blocked so that we can measure false positive rates and ensure that the new rules do not cause problems when they are deployed into full production.

Unfortunately, one of these rules contained a regular expression that caused CPU to spike to 100% on our machines worldwide. This 100% CPU spike caused the 502 errors that our customers saw. At its worst traffic dropped by 82%.”

Just shows how fragile the internet can be!


More than 30,000 followers on social media – Advertising Watchdog rules you are a celebrity & subject to the following – Full Details

Anyone with more than 30,000 social media followers is now considered a celebrity and subject to advertising rules, a watchdog has ruled in the first case of its kind.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found mummy blogger, Sarah Willox Knott, breached its rules when she promoted an over-the-counter sleeping sedative, as the size of her Instagram following classified her as a “celebrity”.

The ruling is the first of its kind where a social media ‘influencer’ has fallen foul of regulations banning celebrities or health professionals from endorsing medical products.

According to the Telegraph, that despite the new precedent, the watchdog will still judge whether posts from smaller social media accounts breech its endorsement rules on a case-by-case basis.

So a simple bit of advice. If you promote anything, its an ad and should clearly be shown in every social media post regardless of the number of followers!.

It’s official – Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch date

Its official. Samsung has announced its unpacked event for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

We can expect the Galaxy Note 10 to include a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB-12GB of RAM, triple or quadruple rear cameras (depending on model), the S-Pen which will no doubt be upgraded in some way over the Galaxy Note 9’s S-Pen. Storage options up to 1 TB will cost in the region of $1,700.

What will be interesting will be if the headphone jack is finally removed.

So whose excited for the Note 10.

Close up Photography – shot on the Samsung Galaxy S10

The other day I shared some close up photos from the Huawei P30 Pro and today it’s the turn of the Samsung Galaxy S10.

As you can see the S10 is very capable at snapping close up / macro images.

In fact I would say it’s one of the phones strengths.

The level of detail is impressive. For moving creatures you might need to use Pro mode in the camera and manually adjust the focus range and shutter speed. ISO should be as low as possible. 50 or 100.

Judging the results from the S10 vs the P30 Pro, I would say that the S10 achieved a better result plus the shots were easier to pull off.

Even flowers came out well with the S10.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a competent camera that since launch has had several updates that have improved the camera software, and it shows.

So what so you think? Have a look at my previous post on the Huawei P30 Pro close up photography, and let me know your winner.

Close up photography – shot on the Huawei P30 Pro

Earlier today I took my Huawei P30 Pro and went out to snap a range of subjects, from macro, flowers and landscapes.

There were no extra lenses used, just my phone, the Huawei P30 Pro, which has many camera modes, including super macro mode.

Here the bees were captured as they were coming in to land, to feed on the pollen. The Pro mode is really handy for this type of shot.

Sometimes, insects make great photos when shooting in macro mode.

Of course, not everyone likes insects, so here are some flowers. These were shot in the auto mode.

Having such a versatile phone with all its rear lenses helps nail whatever type of shot you require.

Above, 5 x optical zoom is a blessing sometimes. Get closer to the animals without disturbing them!

China and Trump at the G20 Summit – can a deal be struck? Editorial

China and Trump are to meet tomorrow at the G20 Summit. This meeting is really important that a trade deal is struck, otherwise, import tariffs will be enforced by both countries. So what will this mean.

Well if your thought the cost of your new iPhone was expensive, just wait until China add their tariffs. Apple has indicated that they might be prepared to absorb some of this extra cost, but ultimately it will have a detrimental effect.

Then of course the brands like Huawei will suffer and not continue to innovate for a while. Let’s face it, is it a coincidence that Huawei are making some of the best phones in the world, pressurising Apple and Samsung, and suddenly Huawei is on the US Entity list. And Huawei is leading the world on 5G infrastructure which is worth billions of pounds. Sounds like the modern fight for securing all the worlds oil!

Ultimately though, it is the average person like you and me that will suffer. Increased prices, stagnation of innovation, Android will end up being split, with Chinese companies using something different to Google, and likely everything costing more.

So, if this trade war is to be resolved, it needs to happen tomorrow, otherwise, it will be a long time before it does get sorted.

Jony Ive to leave Apple – full details

Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients. While he pursues personal projects, Ive in his new company will continue to work closely and on a range of projects with Apple.

“Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built.

After so many years working closely together, I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future.”

Design team leaders Evans Hankey, vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, vice president of Human Interface Design, will report to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. Both Dye and Hankey have played key leadership roles on Apple’s design team for many years. Williams has led the development of Apple Watch since its inception and will spend more of his time working with the design team in their studio.
“After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer. Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple’s history,” said Ive. “The team will certainly thrive under the excellent leadership of Evans, Alan and Jeff, who have been among my closest collaborators.

I have the utmost confidence in my designer colleagues at Apple, who remain my closest friends, and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Apple’s design team, recognized with countless design awards, brings together creatives from around the world representing multiple disciplines, including user interface, industrial design, graphic and font design, haptics and sound design.



FedEx has had enough- starts legal action against the Department of Commerce after Huawei package misrouting- full details

FedEx is suing the United States Department of Commerce, claiming that it has been essentially deputised to enforce its trade blacklist.
In a statement today about the lawsuit, FedEx said that the current export ban places an unreasonable burden on FedEx to police the millions of shipments that transit our network every day. Filed on Monday, the lawsuit asks the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia to stop the Department of Commerce from enforcing prohibitions in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) against FedEx.

The whole saga needs to end as soon as possible.


FedEX refused to deliver a Huawei Phone in the US – My Unabridged Opinion!

What is Fedex smoking?

Journalists from PC Magazine tweeted that they tried to ship a Huawei P30 from their UK office to their US office. A few days later it got returned after having previously actually arrived in the USA ready for delivery.

PCMag clearly labelled the package as to the contents. It was shipped all the way from London to Indianapolis. First using Parcelforce in the UK, and then transferred to its partner FedEx. Then a legal issue emerged and the shipment was returned to the UK with the attached notice, “US government issue with Huawei and China government.”

This is utter nonsense, and guess what UPS tweeted PC Mag and offered to deliver the package for them. Nobody should use FedEx after this saga. Stupidity at the highest level.