The Quantum Pontiff

New York Times Reports MySQL Error

Um, okay, so was this little piece of information really noteworthy enough to be included in a New York Times article on Psystar:

Although Psystar’s Web site was available earlier today, by 1 p.m. EDT it was offline and returning the error message: “Database Error: Unable to connect to the database: Could not connect to MySQL” to Computerworld editors and reporters attempting to connect.

I mean, isn’t that a bit high up even for an inverted pyramid?


  1. #1 Chris Granade
    July 15, 2008

    So their site crashed under the weight of attention. Couldn’t NYT just say that? As it is, most people won’t get that’s what happened. Apple good as DOSed them with this publicity.

  2. #2 JohnQPublic
    July 16, 2008

    It could have been worse. It could have said, “Could not connect to SQL Server” which then one could only pray it doesn’t come back up.

  3. #3 Charles Day
    July 16, 2008

    I’m guessing the reporter treated the error message as a quote—which it is in a way.

  4. #4 HP
    July 16, 2008

    It could have been worse.

    So, have you seen the new restaurant in China (just in time for the Olympics!) called Translation Server Error?

  5. #5 JohnQPublic
    July 16, 2008

    have you seen the new restaurant in China

    Ha! ha! That’s hilarious.

  6. #6 Jonathan Vos Post
    July 16, 2008

    MIT-degreed software engineer comedian Joey Friedman (Google for his home page) has a routine about being in a restaurant when a waiter collapses on the floor, dropping a tray of food and drinks.

    “So I whipped out my phone and called Customer Service. I said: ‘My server is down…'”

  7. #7 DigitalDude
    July 17, 2008

    I am always happy to see news stories with this kind of unnecessary detail. It can be difficult to read newspapers from a hundred years ago, or even twenty years ago, because little details like this, that were obvious to contemporary readers, are missing.

  8. #8 JohnQPublic
    July 17, 2008

    When quantum computers are established, will we see “Database error: Could not collapse wave” instead? Or “Database error: Experiencing excessive quantum jitters at this time”?

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