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Michael Jackson in death, as in life, was larger and more colorful than life. He test the limits of the internet when news of his death broke. Many news sites received record traffic, resulting in problems.  (Source: BongoNews)
News of pop star's demise caused an icky mess on the internet

Some called in the "King of Pop" others called him less favorable titles, but many have followed Michael Jackson's capers over the years.  In death, as in life he proved colorful and larger than life.  When Mr. Jackson passed away at age 50, the news shook the internet world.

Within hours of the story breaking millions had flooded online reading the news.  The LA Times recorded 2.3 million page views in just one hour -- more than many sites have in a month.  The incredible traffic strain acted like a denial of service attack, overloading ABC, AOL, LA Times, CNN Money, and CBS servers and leading to longer load times, or, for some users, timeouts.

AOL spokespeople commented that they had "never seen anything like it in terms of scope or depth. Historically, celebrity news prompts a worldwide outpouring with several key consumer behaviors -- searching, sharing and reacting to the news followed by online tributes has become the modern way to mourn"

AOL's Instant Messenger, scheduled for routine maintenance, struggled under the traffic, causing service outages.  Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service, saw its number of Tweets double almost instantly.  And market tracker service Akamai reports that overall internet news traffic temporarily spiked over 20 percent due to Mr. Jackson's death.

Still other telltale signs greeted users.  On iTunes Michael Jackson's albums accompanied the top four spots on the iTunes 100 top albums sold.  Meanwhile, on internet encyclopedia Wikipedia users engaged in a war of edits that resulted in admins locking up the page until things cooled down.

This kind of an occurence wouldn't seem like tech news; in fact its seems about as far removed from it as possible.  But his death proved to be one of the most impactful internet events of the year and offered a intriguing view of how web 2.0 takes on, processes, and deals with a traffic-driving event of unprecedented scale.

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He is he really dead, no really...?
By TGIM824 on 6/26/2009 1:59:47 PM , Rating: 5
It will be just like Bruce Lee and Elvis.

Wacko Jacko, RIP

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By Bateluer on 6/26/2009 2:02:27 PM , Rating: 5
I wonder how long before he starts turning up in rural America diners?

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By 67STANG on 6/26/2009 2:09:22 PM , Rating: 5
Negrodamus has predicted he will return in the form of:

Latoya Jackson

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By Spuke on 6/26/2009 2:41:30 PM , Rating: 1
Negrodamus has predicted he will return in the form of

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By quiksilvr on 6/26/2009 3:11:43 PM , Rating: 3
HAHA! Arby n the Chief FTW!

By encryptkeeper on 6/26/2009 5:16:00 PM , Rating: 2
Wacko Jacko Heart Attacko

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By JohnnyCNote on 6/26/09, Rating: -1
By WayneG on 6/26/2009 9:48:27 PM , Rating: 4
Scroll down and you'll see he wasn't being racist at all! It's a part of the chappelle show... :) no racism intended there :D.

Personally I think it's all a little too convenient for him to die now with the prospect of overwhelming debt on the horizon... I'm a pessimist me :D.

By Jabroney701020 on 6/27/2009 12:56:38 PM , Rating: 2
That's what the guy calls himself. Not racist at all. And.......why do you think racism is prevalent here? Of all places, why a tech forum? Examples?

By das mod on 6/28/2009 8:52:14 PM , Rating: 2
noway !!! he's not dead ....

he went to Ensenada for the weekend ... i hurd he's chillin' in 2PAC's house working on some upcoming album

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By stimudent on 6/26/2009 4:44:10 PM , Rating: 5
He's not dead, he just went home like Elvis did.

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By Darkefire on 6/26/2009 10:50:57 PM , Rating: 3
I thought he wanted to be Agent M first?

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By 9nails on 6/28/2009 3:35:58 AM , Rating: 3
Wow! You pulled that MIB2 reference out from way back in the past. I had barely recalled him being in that movie.

By matt0401 on 6/28/2009 4:48:11 AM , Rating: 2
I actually randomly decided to watch MIB2 today. Totally caught me off guard. :O

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By JasonMick on 6/26/2009 2:09:03 PM , Rating: 2
I (c) the rights to a Nightmare on Elm Street-esque movie where Michael Jackson comes back from the dead and haunts people's dreams.

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By lukasbradley on 6/26/2009 2:23:16 PM , Rating: 5
Our team trivia name last night was:

"I used to love Michael Jackson, until he tried to love me back..."

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By Proxes on 6/26/2009 2:28:27 PM , Rating: 2
RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By FITCraparo on 6/26/2009 3:26:31 PM , Rating: 4
Since michael was composed of 99% plastic, they decided to melt him down to make Lego's so that children can now play with him.

By StevoLincolnite on 6/26/2009 8:08:59 PM , Rating: 2
Apparently his death was caused by eating 12 year olds nuts.

By BillyAZ1983 on 6/27/2009 12:02:17 AM , Rating: 5
Farrah Fawcett died yesterday as well. When she got to heaven god gave her one wish. Her wish? To keep the children of the world safe.

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By icanhascpu on 6/27/2009 3:11:29 AM , Rating: 5
I think it says alot about the type of people that come to DailyTech anymore that this kind of crap gets a 5.

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By RandallMoore on 6/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By callmeroy on 6/29/2009 8:25:12 AM , Rating: 3
The only problem is there was never conclusive or reliable evidence that he really did molest children. That's one thing that the world forgets because of how everyone gets swept up in tabloid news reports over a very famous person. The two best / most damning things against him solely related to the child molestation charge are A) One of the victim children speaking up about it surrounding crazy circumstances mind you -- which I was suspicious of when I first heard the interview and still am. B) Micheal's strange interview where he mentions how its charming for a child to go to sleep in the same bed and you give them milk and cookies...

Was this all very freak-show like? Yep. Was it odd-sounding? certainly....was it strange --- absolutely. But what I'm worried about in this country, related to all this is the due process of the justice system and proper legal criteria being met before we condemn someone. That's a dangerous precident to set otherwise.

I'm undecided if MJ really molested kids -- do I think its possible, yeah....but I still don't believe enough factual (not tabloid news)evidence to cut and dry state he was a molester was ever presented to the public.

If it was and I'm mistaken (to be honest I really didn't pay much attention to MJ for the last 20 years -- until the news of his death or some headline story) --- let me see and I might amend my own conclusion.

Anyway --- I have no problem ripping apart serial killers, rapists, child molesters, etc. in their death -- so long as it was concluded by strict evidence (esp DNA samples) that the person did such horrible deeds. Otherwise , I say let tormented souls rest in peace along with the rest of us when that day comes for us all....

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By RandallMoore on 6/29/2009 9:51:23 AM , Rating: 3
The only problem is there was never conclusive or reliable evidence that he really did molest children.

There was enough to bring the average citizen to a conclusive "guilty".

Also, I would like to remind you that he went to court on 2 separate accounts for accusations of child molestation. I don't know if he paid someone off both times, but I KNOW he did at least once. That may not be enough for you, but it damn sure is for me. Innocent people do not go to court twice for the same thing, and pay off people to drop the trial.

It's not discrimination either. I think Marilyn Manson is a freak too, but it's his style and it suits him. He seems like a cool guy.

I believe in the whole "speak ill of the dead" thing, but I'm not going to sit back while half the worlds population wants to talk about how much of a hero, role model, and good person he was. Because he was non of the sort. He put out GREAT music and could dance his f'in ass off... But that does not erase the nasty and horrible things he has done.

By callmeroy on 6/29/2009 12:01:44 PM , Rating: 2
I can agree with that post....I honestly was not a huge fan of MJ nor someone who read up on his life story or anything like that (just trying to say -- I wasn't highly knowledgeable or interested in his life), just speaking from what I observed but you did remind me of the dual trials on the same issue. That is suspicious.

He was a freaky man I will say. His talent as an entertainer was undeniable , even if folks hated his music -- my stance on that is if society is gonna cry out that Rap is legitimate "Music" and a rapper is an "artist" then yeah....the world must at least give MJ recognition for his musical talents.

and yeah I think Marilyn Manson is a massive freak job as well...

RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By icanhascpu on 6/30/2009 6:10:21 PM , Rating: 2
So lets laugh about child molestation joke then? Thats what you're saying. Either way you look like a douche here. Have some class, let it be. Its done.

By RandallMoore on 6/30/2009 8:46:46 PM , Rating: 1
Omg, lets cry because someone made a funny about MJ... Dude, fuck off. The joke was obviously meant to bash MJ not children. I bet it would have been funny had the joke somehow been about someone like GW Bush. People like you piss me off. I bet tomorrow you laugh at a catholic priest rape joke.

By acase on 6/26/2009 2:28:27 PM , Rating: 3
I believe it was called "Thriller"

By foolsgambit11 on 6/26/2009 2:36:47 PM , Rating: 5
I read somewhere that Google's servers interpreted searches for "Michael Jackson" as a DoS attack because there were so many so suddenly, and automatically blocked searches for those criteria for half an hour.

Just thought I'd throw that tech-related impact out there. By the way, you don't need to justify this as tech news: when the world's most prominent cyborg dies, it's tech news.

By Lifted on 6/26/2009 3:09:50 PM , Rating: 4
I (c) the rights to a Nightmare on Elm Street-esque movie where Michael Jackson comes black from the white and haunts people's dreams.


RE: He is he really dead, no really...?
By Hiawa23 on 6/26/2009 4:15:58 PM , Rating: 4
I love Michael Jackson's music, but the man, which none of us knew, I don't have anything to say about, seemed like a tortured soul. I am sad for anyone to die, but it really says something about society, yes, his music touched alot of people but honestly when any of these celebs die, it really doesn't affect me or my life. I put no one on pedastals, & look at them much like I do regular people, flawed, not perfect just usually with a bigger bank account. Atleast he is at peace now. I live & let live & really don't judge.

By judasmachine on 6/26/2009 9:47:59 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly what I came to say. RIP man. I was like 6 or 7 when Billie Jean came out and I loved it, then Thriller, and that was awesome. I did drift away from that style of music, but it still brings back fond memories.

By GodisanAtheist on 6/26/2009 11:39:22 PM , Rating: 3
To be honest I was beginning to wonder if the media was actually going to make concerted effort on that whole Iran thing but then national ADD kicked in and... OMG A PRON APP ON IPHONE I JUST CAN't...

Wait I was talking about something important...

Poor wiki
By Regs on 6/26/2009 2:08:04 PM , Rating: 5
Meanwhile, on internet encyclopedia Wikipedia users engaged in a war of edits that resulted in admins locking up the page until things cooled down

"Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!"

RE: Poor wiki
By KingstonU on 6/26/2009 2:22:49 PM , Rating: 4
Exactly what myself and I'm sure the majority of people thought after reading that. Though it feels like I should feel bad for finding humour here considering he died.

RE: Poor wiki
By xti on 6/26/2009 3:23:33 PM , Rating: 5

RE: Poor wiki
By achintya on 6/26/2009 4:01:37 PM , Rating: 5
"Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!""Is a pedophile"-"IS NOT!"

*WAS* :P

RE: Poor wiki
By Devo2007 on 6/26/2009 5:09:11 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, the edits would have been more along the lines of whether he was actually dead or not.

At the beginning of this, TMZ indicated he was dead, but everyone else was just saying he was rushed to the hospital. Next, some sites started referencing the TMZ article, while sites like CNN had mentioned he was able to be revived en route to the hospital, but was now in a coma.

Once the LA Times picked up on the story and ran with it, that's when MSNBC and then eveutally CNN posted that he was dead too. Until the LA Times posted it though, it was all a confusing mess. I was replying to several Facebook status updates in relation to this, and kept switching between all the different sites to try and get a clear picture.

.......That said, I do have to at least chuckle over your idea of what the edits were about. :)

RE: Poor wiki
By encryptkeeper on 6/26/2009 5:19:23 PM , Rating: 2
Well what kind of sucks is the fact that everyone talked about how creepy he was until he died, then everyone talks about him like he's a saint.

That's ignorant, that's just ignorant.

RE: Poor wiki
By mindless1 on 6/26/2009 7:30:21 PM , Rating: 2
What kind of sucks is you throw the word "fact" around as a bunch of nonsense.

SOME shallow people looking to make news headlines broke speculative stories like this, and SOME people liked to gossip about it because otherwise they had nothing the masses deemed worth listening too. Same as any rumor w/o evidence.

Some != everyone

Similarly, SOME people, presumably DIFFERENT people, are talking about him like he had a positive effect in his life, NOT like "he's a saint".

Your post is ignorant, just ignorant. I make no judgements about the man, but it is troubling to see posts like this where random nonsense is confused with reality then contrasted to make an argument that is wrong on every level.

RE: Poor wiki
By pxavierperez on 6/26/2009 11:46:04 PM , Rating: 2
Well said.

By hrah20 on 6/26/2009 2:06:54 PM , Rating: 3
it really was a sad day yesterday, his personal life aside, he was a great pop star.

RE: sad
By JediJeb on 6/26/2009 2:31:03 PM , Rating: 4
Yes very sad, but seems there is so little mention of losing Farrah Faucet yesterday also.

RE: sad
By Proxes on 6/26/2009 2:38:40 PM , Rating: 3
That is sad about Farrah. She used her struggle to help the war on cancer just to be trumped by this.

RE: sad
By Sazar on 6/26/2009 3:23:18 PM , Rating: 3
Considering she has had shows dedicated to her that will be re shown in the upcoming days on the networks (I think it's NBC) I don't think she's being overlooked.

Her death was sort of expected with her continually deteriorating health and the stoppage of treatments. Michael's was not.

But yes, the media is jumping all over this like pirhanna's in a river full of blood.

RE: sad
By ggordonliddy on 6/28/2009 12:57:56 AM , Rating: 2
"pirhanna's" is not the plural of "pirhanna".

RE: sad
By Hawkido on 6/26/2009 3:59:42 PM , Rating: 2
Farrah Faucet died and went to heaven...
God granted her one wish...
Sho wished all the children of the world to be safe...
That day Michael Jackson died...

RE: sad
By Flail on 6/26/2009 7:09:51 PM , Rating: 2

please tell me that was auto-spell check or something...

RE: sad
By Danger D on 6/26/2009 2:39:17 PM , Rating: 3
She doesn't exactly rise to the level of MJ as far as impact on the world. Although her poster likely broke in a number of teens back in the day.

RE: sad
By akugami on 6/26/2009 7:11:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, great musician, definitely a prodigy as some called him when he was a child back when music was worth a crap. Personal life was a circus but that's probably normal for show business.

RE: sad
By superflex on 6/29/2009 9:37:25 AM , Rating: 2
Reports of Micheal Jackson being creamated are false.
Instead, all the plastic parts in him will be formed into lego bricks so kids can play with him for a change.

Just goes to show...
By AntiM on 6/26/2009 2:12:22 PM , Rating: 2
Just goes to show that we need bigger internet pipes; >\sarcasm> or maybe we just need our ISPs to impose stricter cap limits amd decreased bandwidth. \<sarcasm

The lesson learned here is that the internet is a vast garden of opportunities for those that are forward thinking enough to take advantage of them. While those that fail to see the potential will complain and cling to their old business models.

What does this have to do with the story? I don't know.... except it shows that current infrastructures are inadequate and need to expand or else they will fail to meet near future demands.

RE: Just goes to show...
By Regs on 6/26/2009 2:21:38 PM , Rating: 2
You accidently made light of another point.

The problem in this case was not so much our ISPs, but the organizations the own and run the server farms. All these web site's networks are as limited as are own - our downstream is dependent on their upstream. So if anyone should be blamed, it's the organizations that charge these sites an arm and a leg for bandwidth usage....but then again it all leads back to the ISPs and communication companies that lay the infrastructure that make it so costly in the first place.

RE: Just goes to show...
By achintya on 6/26/2009 4:17:47 PM , Rating: 3
Just goes to show that we need bigger internet pipes; >\sarcasm> or maybe we just need our ISPs to impose stricter cap limits amd decreased bandwidth. \<sarcasm

All these web site's networks are as limited as are own - our downstream is dependent on their upstream. So if anyone should be blamed, it's the organizations that charge these sites an arm and a leg for bandwidth usage....

Technically speaking, it's less of the pipes which transmit the information but more of the Server(s) themselves in this case. A server can process only as many queries at a time. And if it's getting more parallel queries, the response time for all of them get degraded.

To tell you the truth, textual content hardly takes up any bandwidth. What with ISP's and big content providers having gigabit interconnections, a few million queries each resulting in an output of a few hundred kilobytes hardly comes to anything.
Queries 3 million/hr, Output 200 KB, comes out to about 163MBps (3m*200/3600=166666.66KBps)
Doing that much processing to pull that much of data from various databases and repositories is the bottleneck here.

It's is a totally different ball game when it comes to media such as images and video as they hardly require any processing and are mostly served statically therefore requiring less processing and more bandwidth.

True that the pipes do matter, but Server response timings also matter a lot when it comes to dynamic content.

RE: Just goes to show...
By captainpierce on 6/26/2009 3:04:37 PM , Rating: 4
Just goes to show that we need bigger internet pipes; >\sarcasm> or maybe we just need our ISPs to impose stricter cap limits amd decreased bandwidth. \<sarcasm

The internet is not a big truck. It's a series of tubes.

RE: Just goes to show...
By Hawkido on 6/26/2009 4:05:07 PM , Rating: 2
It's a series of tubes.

the internet is a series of pedophiles... one died and the internet broke...

By PAPutzback on 6/26/2009 2:06:24 PM , Rating: 3
I actually felt sorry for the guy. Clearly he and some other members of their family did not have a well adjusted childhood. I think that is probably what drove him to be so talented in music at it was his escape from reality. It seems like about once a month there is another story about some childhood star who didn't get to grow up naturally that cracks under adult life. RIP.

By ChristopherO on 6/26/2009 4:53:56 PM , Rating: 2
I never saw the reason for all the hype behind him

It depends on your age actually... For Gen-Xers he was huge. I remember Thriller coming out when I was not too old and every MJ album was a big deal right through high school (even when I stopped liking pop). Heck, some of his stuff is great right up until today. His videos were almost like short-movies (the casts were typically amazing -- the number of major stars in the "Liberian Girl" video was tremendous), and most of the tracks from "Dangerous" sound like they could have been released yesterday.

His personal life was a shambles, but he was too secretive. I'm hoping that, in the end, he was just a guy with a lot of health issues that he was keeping to himself. The whole thing with the kids -- I don't know what to think. The last trial found him not-guilty because the accuser was basically a known fraud. It sort of makes me wonder how many lawsuits there would be if victims could seek retribution but weren't entitled to huge personal benefit except costs related to "healing" (counseling, medical bills, lost wages due to treatment, etc). If he was guilty, he should spend his life rotting in prison. Maybe I'm just bitter because money and justice don't sound like synonyms (or force him to give his money to charities).

I will also be sorry to miss the tours for years to come. I expect Jackson would have been to me what the Stones and Beatles were to my parents. The later tours were always huge because people could relive their youth through music. Michael's passing will make that impossible for a lot of people near my age.

By Sazar on 6/29/2009 1:38:57 PM , Rating: 2
He broke down a lot of barriers, especially for black artists. It is because of him that you don't have discrimination on MTV like in the early days. It is because of him that artists sought more control over their own work, on royalties and other items.

He blazed a trail with his music, his reach, his shows and his videos. A lot of music you listen to today, in the genre and in hip-hop uses strains that he came up with way back in the day (from, of all things, beat-boxing, the guy was a phenom).

His personal life definitely was not idyllic, but the guy did have a lot of talent and he could move records like no one else. His last 4 or 5 albums all sold in excess of 10 million records. Thriller has sold over 100 million worldwide. Add bootleg copies to that number and an audience who hadn't seen the production levels of his dancing, singing in a package before and he touched a lot of lives.

Usher, Ginuwine, Justin Timberlake and others would not have been producing the music videos they do without his influence.

It is definitely easy to make funny of Michael these days, but the man positively affected a great many lives while he breathed.


By foolsgambit11 on 6/26/2009 4:39:05 PM , Rating: 2
"searching, sharing and reacting to the news followed by online tributes has become the modern way to mourn"
Really, Mr. AOL spokesperson? That's the modern way to mourn? Sure, when my mom dies, I'll just go on a binge of searching, sharing and reacting to the news followed by online tributes.

Perhaps there wasn't a better word to use besides mourn. I don't know. But it seems degrading to those truly in mourning to call the commemoration of a celebrity's death mourning.

RE: Mourning?
By SiliconAddict on 6/27/2009 3:55:36 AM , Rating: 2
Hmmm you act as if there is a one size fits all definition of mourning\grieving. There isn't. Just because people don't all make a pilgrimage to where he died doesn't mean there aren't people out there who were deeply effected by this. When someone becomes a devoted fan, you can be effect as if you just lost a co worker. Or a neighbor. Its not a direct impact as if you lost a brother or sister, but it impacts you nonetheless. The easiest means of an outlet IS online now. Think of it as an open journal. A means of venting. And that is exactly what mourning is: a means of expressing your loss. It makes it no less relevant. I had a friend recently die who was part of a convention community. Someone set up a Livejournal for people to post their memories of him. A hundred people + later there are hundreds of posts on it remembering him.

RE: Mourning?
By robinthakur on 6/29/2009 9:58:46 AM , Rating: 2
Well, where the news hit me I was initially in shock, then became teary later on as I heard his music on the radio and it evoked all those memories of seeing him in his prime and realised that there would be no more videos no more performances no more music. It depends how old you are I think (depressing for me to say!) I grew up in the 80's and Bad was the soundtrack to my childhood for like 3 years, then dangerous, HIStory, Thriller etc. so to us its a big deal. If you only know him for his form in the last 10 years then you might not feel the same. For me, speaking only for myself, there is a definite sense of palpable grief and mourning. He had real, raw talent and originality which so many of the 'celebrities' these days lack. The passing of greatness. MJ RIP.

is there a tweet this button?
By DJMiggy on 6/26/2009 3:22:27 PM , Rating: 2
Is there a twitter button anywhere? If not why isn't there one? Is there something wrong with it?

RE: is there a tweet this button?
By DJMiggy on 6/26/2009 3:23:13 PM , Rating: 2
oh yea and yea I wonder because I am lazy ok? lol <3 Anandtech and Daily Tech.

Michael Jackson Murdered.....Phot of BODY
By thomasxstewart on 6/27/2009 12:39:55 PM , Rating: 2
Heres Michael Jackson DEAD Body:

Notice its nighttime & Blood About, On Fire rescue Coats, Upon Gurny, Notice huge Bandages upon Chest.

Its Foul Play Cover up. Probably by Pepsi, whom burnt up Michaels Face when contract Ended.Life ruined & Now on Come Back tour.


By bobobeastie on 6/28/2009 3:09:40 AM , Rating: 2
I was wondering when you were going to come out of your cave. Anyone who want's a good laugh, google this guys signature, pure comedy gold.

p.s. If you have a legitimate mental illness I apologize, I would pray for you if I wasn't agnostic.

By ggordonliddy on 6/28/2009 12:55:44 AM , Rating: 2
And why does he keep reaching for my anal cavity???!!!! Almost as if he's been trained in some way.

By ggordonliddy on 6/28/2009 1:00:01 AM , Rating: 2
Bring back the KING or no Bubbles for you!

I will accept either of the missing kings as payment. Thank you.

Seriously, who cares?
By Murloc on 6/26/2009 2:44:49 PM , Rating: 1
I just can't understand how famous ppl are so much loved by ppl who didn't even know him.

RE: Seriously, who cares?
By jarman on 6/26/09, Rating: 0
RE: Seriously, who cares?
By mixpix on 6/28/2009 2:10:33 AM , Rating: 2
I know and like his music, which is part of him. I'm not into celeb worship.

By SiliconAddict on 6/27/2009 3:42:43 AM , Rating: 1
Is anyone surprised? The presidential inauguration showed just how pathetic the internet man many many MANY mainstream sites are when it comes to handing real load. This is just another example. Few things out there have the ability to scale well.

PS- RIP Michael. No matter the fact that no one was able to prove crap when it comes to you being a pedophile (The dude had an obsession with making kids happy, prob because he had a shit childhood.) you will always be a fantastic, yet "eccentric" artist to most.

RE: *shrugs*
By rudy on 6/27/2009 8:47:44 AM , Rating: 2
I agree and this shows us a serious weakness in ability of many sites if not the internet as a whole to be a respectable communication device. Imagine if there was a true major event such as the out break of a war between 2 super powers or anything that could effect millions of people. All the sites that are run on servers incapable of handling the load would be useless. In fact I heard googles services interpreted the searches as DOS attacks chances are we would all just get our connection shut down by automated security.

I think at least developed nations need to recognize the importance of the internet and put into place some requirements much like the emergency broadcast service for TV and radio.

By jay401 on 6/28/2009 7:49:51 PM , Rating: 3
The passing of Billy Mays deserves more coverage.

Like MJ being such a freakshow didn't have him on deathpool radar for some years now already.

But Billy Mays, dead at 50. wtf. THAT is actually sad. :(

A bit hilarious
By The0ne on 6/26/2009 1:58:43 PM , Rating: 2
Funny how this news is affecting the internet lol Didn't see it coming at all O.o

Unless it's an open casket...
By Jeff7181 on 6/26/2009 3:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
... I choose to believe he's not dead, he's just moved in with Elvis.

By Kahnivorous on 6/26/2009 9:28:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it's always easy to post the negative kind of stuff safely from the comforts of home using mommy's PC. M.J. was never found guilty of anything other than being extremely, strange stuck in a mysterious mental reality that very few could relate to. He was and is an icon that's still influencing the internet. Doesn't matter if the posts are good or bad, you're still making him all the more immortal. Oh, and while we're all at it, we're making Dailytech a truck load of money due to this half hearted article.

Its money time
By crystal clear on 6/27/2009 4:18:19 AM , Rating: 2
No newsworthy event or natural disaster is complete these days with related scams and malware-themed attacks springing up in the days that follow.

Michael Jackson Death Prompts Malicious Spam


Threat Type: Malicious Web Site / Malicious Code

Websense Security Labs™ ThreatSeeker™ Network has discovered spam emails offering recipients links to unpublished videos and pictures of singer Michael Jackson. According to news reports Michael Jackson's death was confirmed yesterday.

Just after about 8 hours of his demise, SophosLabs witnessed the first wave of spam messages employing the sad news in the subject line and body part to harvest victims’ email addresses.

In this kind of spam message, the spammer claims she/he has vital information about the death of Michael Jackson to share with somebody, ie you.

The body of spam message does not contains any call-to-action link such as url, email, or phone number. And the from email address of the message is bogus.

But the spammer can harvest receivers’ email addresses via a free live email address if the spam message is replied to.

By MrWho on 6/28/2009 5:46:59 AM , Rating: 2
I don't care that he died - no matter how good his music was, he was a sick person, a pedophile and a crappy father. He got out of the lawsuits by paying to the families of the children.

So call me douche bag if you want - but I can't feel sorry for someone like MJ.

And pray all you want, if that makes you feel better. And carma - I can handle it!

By MrWho on 6/27/2009 9:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
Heard he died of food poisoning.

He ate a 6 year old wiener.

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By WW102 on 6/29/2009 4:18:47 PM , Rating: 2
Are people calling him a Pedofile or a PDF file?

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By mindless1 on 6/26/2009 7:34:25 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously I didn't rate down by the fact that I'm posting comments... but generally speaking it is in very poor taste to speak ill of the dead when you don't even know them, even if it was a crude joke.

By BeauP on 6/27/2009 12:02:36 AM , Rating: 2
I've often wondered, how is it when someone dies they suddenly are no longer responsible for what they have done or not done? Often, even the most reviled bastard becomes some sort of "nice" guy just because he has accomplished exactly what every other person on the planet will do eventually.... which is die. *ponder*

By RandallMoore on 6/28/2009 9:35:18 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, Where are all Hitler fans? Can we not talk about how much of a tyrant he was just because he's dead?

By Sazar on 6/29/2009 1:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
Define the bad things?

Speculation does not make someone guilty. OJ was cleared in one trial and found guilty and liable in a separate case. Michael was never found guilty of any crimes.

Think about it, if the Catholic church with it's huge influence and finances and legal assistance at it's disposal is not able to keep kids quiet, how is it that in the decades Michael has been helping underprivileged and sick kids and others that 2 people have decided to speak up, in both cases the primary concern being money and no one has found him guilty, even after a trial?

Heck, Phil Spector was charger with murder on relatively flimsy evidence. See the point?

By RandallMoore on 6/29/2009 6:24:20 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, lets use myself as a hypothetical example here...

Lets say, (hypothetically) I get accused of sexually harassing or raping a girl. I get taken to trail, but found not guilty due to mismanagement of evidence and other blunders within a court of law.

Lets imagine that a little while down the road, that I yet again allow myself to be put in the same situation, and I am accused again. This time I pay the plaintiff a sum of money to drop the court case.

Does this not sound fishy to you? I know that if I was ever accused of doing something that I know for a fact I did not do, I would make it my life goal to never allow myself to be put into a compromising situation again.

The catholic church is not a correlative example. You make notice of what is one of our greatest flaws in human society. We will never be able to punish anyone through a court system that is fool proof. It will simply never exist. I think MJ was guilty partly due to the fact that he allowed himself to be put into a compromising situation not once, but twice. Also he paid off the people so they would drop the case. You live in your fairytale world, and I'll live in the realistic one.

By mixpix on 6/28/2009 2:12:42 AM , Rating: 1
Hey look it's more people with bad-taste posting! I wish I had more points, so I could rate you down.

Go ahead and rate me down...
By Verran on 6/26/09, Rating: -1
RE: Go ahead and rate me down...
By nemoshotyany on 6/26/2009 3:58:56 PM , Rating: 1
Well the real reason your going to get rated down and the question we all want to know is since your on a tech site and the title clearly mentions Micheal Jackson why would you click on the link and read it?

RE: Go ahead and rate me down...
By tastyratz on 6/26/2009 4:18:33 PM , Rating: 1
Just because you click an article doesn't mean its where it belongs. A cheeto doesn't belong on the floor but within 5 seconds the general public may consider it edible.

This is the same case- to call this a tech disaster is a stretch of a way for the author to tie in a major pop culture icons death and get their story. Relevant by technicality, but to say it belongs on dailytech... that's too big of a stretch. Come on now.

RE: Go ahead and rate me down...
By nemoshotyany on 6/26/2009 4:51:40 PM , Rating: 2
Yea the only problem is you missed the whole entire point of what i said. I didnt say that it belonged on Daily Tech. He asked why he had to read about it on daily tech. No one forced you to read this article. You could have just read all the other articles on the site. Some people might actually find the article somewhat interesting.

RE: Go ahead and rate me down...
By Verran on 6/26/2009 6:14:07 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, you are incorrect. I did NOT ask why I -have- to read it. In fact, I acknowledged not once but twice in my first post that I had the option to skip the story.

My post was more to willingly take the -1 rate-down to point out what I see as a very lame attempt to translate an E-Hollywood type story over to a tech site.

RE: Go ahead and rate me down...
By mixpix on 6/28/2009 2:16:10 AM , Rating: 2
I think a story about the internet being bogged down over a small incident should make us think about what can happen when major problems strike.

It's interesting to see that many companies were not ready, yet again. It seems to be happening more and more.

By RandallMoore on 6/29/2009 6:31:07 PM , Rating: 2
think about what can happen when major problems strike.

The TV series "Jericho" comes to mind.

RE: Go ahead and rate me down...
By MamiyaOtaru on 6/26/2009 6:19:55 PM , Rating: 2
We are reading here because of the effect his death had on the internet. I don't mean the people on the internet, I mean the internet (though the latter is due to the former). Sites and servers had trouble coping with the strain.

It is relevant to a tech site, and is explained in the article, and even if you didn't read it it is pretty obvious from the headline FFS.

You got rated down for intentionally missing the point so you could be that guy.

RE: Go ahead and rate me down...
By Verran on 6/26/09, Rating: -1
RE: Go ahead and rate me down...
By npoe1 on 6/27/2009 10:34:27 PM , Rating: 1
Well, this is on tech site because the news generated a lot of internet traffic. For example: Google classified the searches for Michael Jackson as a DoS attack. Some News web sites were overwhelmed by people trying to confirm or know more about his death. It’s not science, but is related to technology.
By the way I couldn't care less of Steve Jobs health or iTunes features but both are related to technology and I accept news about them here.

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