One faulty NIC to blame for nightmare at LAX

Remember that giant clusterfuck at LAX that stranded about 117000 people? It turns out the whole damn thing was caused by one faulty NIC on one desktop computer.

The card, which allows computers to connect to a local area network, experienced a partial failure that started about 12:50 p.m. Saturday, slowing down the system, said Jennifer Connors, a chief in the office of field operations for the Customs and Border Protection agency.

As data overloaded the system, a domino effect occurred with other computer network cards, eventually causing a total system failure a little after 2 p.m.

Connors added that there was no evidence that this was linked to terrorism, which I suppose is informative, but annoys the hell out of me; from now on, whenever I stub my toe or show up late for a meeting, I’ll be sure to point out that it wasn’t terrorist-related, because we apparently have to do that for everything in the world now.

(via boingboing)

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3 Replies to “One faulty NIC to blame for nightmare at LAX”

  1. Also, be sure never to brush your teeth anymore with a tube of toothpaste that is larger than your thumb or, you know, we could all assume it’s really a bomb and, you know, label you a terrorist.

  2. You kind of wonder why they don’t have redundant NIC cards attached to a redundant network. That’s a pretyy common practice to ensure system uptime.

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