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Oct 9 2014   3:17PM GMT

How to cover up a network outage: distract everyone with Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Alex Scroxton Alex Scroxton Profile: Alex Scroxton


With hundreds of visitors to IP Expo crammed into the keynote theatre to watch Sir Tim Berners-Lee speak out on data privacy on Wednesday, you could have been forgiven for thinking that nobody had bothered turning up to see any of the actual exhibitors.

Lucky then, that only a few late-arrivals noticed that on the day that the ExCeL’s management got together with a new Wi-Fi supplier to announce the successful deployment of a new, resilient wireless network, the new resilient wireless network went on strike.

It turned out something had been misconfigured, and it was a quick fix, but what a stroke of luck for the organisers that everyone was distracted at the critical moment.

I wonder if they planned it all along.

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