A database error, not unlike those resulting from a DDoS, serves a purpose much like severing a group of ants from contact with the rest of the colony. One minute everything is fine and the next its pure fucking pandemonium. If a site like livejournal or twitter is down for more than a few minutes it will receive more attention than if it were the stock market tanking, and you can rest assured that slashdot, digg, and reddit will start blogging about the apocalypse, unless they're down too, in which case ur fuckd.
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