Brief Facebook outage prompts complaints on Twitter


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WASHINGTON: A brief Facebook outage on Friday prompted a flurry of complaints and comments on Twitter less than two months after a similar incident affected users worldwide.


According to the website, the disruption began around 1600 GMT and appeared to last less than an hour.


“Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time,” the California-based Internet titan said in reply to an AFP inquiry.


“We quickly investigated and are currently restoring service for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.”


Facebook has yet to pinpoint a cause, but the trouble appeared to be a technical issue.


During the outage, thousands of users complained they could not access the world’s biggest social network.


Similar to the brief June service interruption, Facebook users took to Twitter to vent or post comments, many using the hashtag #facebookdown.


“Facebook is Down?! Oh God! Now How the Hell Am I Going to Find Out How My Friends Feel About Facebook Being Down?!” one user tweeted.


Another wrote: “Facebook going down for 15 minutes is proof that today’s generation would’ve survived approximately 8 seconds in the 80s.“


A Twitter user with the handle @TheTweetofGod wrote, “#facebookdown. Please remain calm and do not attempt to interact with human beings“.


Some panicked users even called police for help, according to Twitter posts by a sergeant from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.


Calls to the sheriff’s office came in on both the emergency and non-emergency numbers, the sergeant said.


“#Facebook is not a Law Enforcement issue, please don’t call us about it being down,” he urged in a post fired off from the @LASDBrink account.



Winners in main categories of 56th Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES: Here are the winners in the main categories at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which were handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday

Record of the Year (for performers): – “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Album of the Year: – “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk

Song of the Year (for songwriters): – “Royals” by Lorde and Joel Little

Best New Artist: – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Pop Solo Performance: – “Royals” by Lorde

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: – “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Best Pop Vocal Album: – “Unorthodox Jukebox” by Bruno Mars

Best Dance/Electronica Album: – “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk

Best Rock Album: – “Celebration Day” by Led Zeppelin

Best Rap Album: – “The Heist” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Country Album – “Same Trailer Different Park” by Kacey Musgraves

Really? Bad Grandpa’ movie

 Genre: Comedy  Directed by:  Jeff TremaineStarring: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Greg HarrisWritten by: Fax Bahr (story), Spike Jonze (story)

Synopsis: 86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his 8 year-old grandson, Billy.

This is about the pace of the film

Bad Grandpa is essentially a spin-off of one of Johnny Knoxville’s characters from the Jackassfilms. While the Jackass franchise was not everyone’s cup of tea, I enjoyed the mindless humor, antics, and social interaction that was present in all of the films. What made the franchise so easily adaptable in the “mindless humor” realm was that it was a compilation of stunts and sketches that carried no weight individually but drew strength from the compilation as a whole. This method gave audience members anticipatory pleasure by wondering what would come next and also gave them hope that the next segment would be better if they did not enjoy the current or previous segment/s.

Bad Grandpa makes the assumption that Knoxville’s Grandpa character has the strength to carry a film on its own…their assumption was dead wrong. The plot of this film is entirely unnecessary essentially due to how the film progresses. Scene by scene the film moves like a Jackass film except with the focus on one sketch that is repeated in different ways over and over. I wasn’t necessarily expecting a great plot from a film presented by Jackass, but my point is that I would rather have had no plot than their attempt to string together sketches with a story that is nothing more than added run-time. The point of this film is the public reaction to the skits and while there may have been a way to create a viable plot, their attempt failed.

The funniest moments were in the trailer

With the focus being on the skits, I admit I did laugh, but the laughs were few and far between. Most of the skits were repetitive and long-winded which added to a stagnant plot. A rule of thumb of mine is that the funniest moments of a comedy are typically found in the trailers that precede the film. If a majority of the trailer’s moments are engagingly funny then I can expect a few laughs and if the film has more laughable moments than what’s in the trailer then it’s an added bonus and usually a comedy I thoroughly enjoy. Bad Grandpa exploits all of its best comedy in the trailer leaving the film with no surprises. There were a few crude moments that obviously couldn’t be shown in the trailer but they were weak attempts at humor that relied more on a crowd’s reaction than the crude nature. On a positive note, I will reiterate that the moments shown in the trailer are quite funny, but not funny enough to carry the film.

Overall I think that this film failed. This Jackass character did not have the strength expected to carry a film alone and belongs in a short confined sketch rather than a full length film. The film needed more originality and variation but consistently dragged on with a stagnant plot and repetitive public reaction bits. I’m surprised that the creators thought a spawn of the Jackass franchise could survive its own feature film when Jackass’s strength was that it presented their characters in small acceptable doses. With such a miniscule amount of entertainment, I have to say this is the worst film that I’ve seen this year, don’t waste your money.