by Alphaville Herald on 30/07/10 at 4:38 am
Domain name denied — trusted servers play SERVFAIL card
A pair of rogue domain name servers have been stripped of their authoritative status and permanently banished from the Herald DNS registration after putting the alphavilleherald.com site through a nightmarish ordeal of DNS lies and deception that rendered the newspaper inaccessible to growing numbers of readers as the misinformation spread across the entire interwebs.
With both the Herald editrix and technical staff in transit to the Metaverse Meetup, the crazed DNS servers’ sneak attack could not have come at a more unfortunate time.
Distraught readers wailed in frustration at being denied access to the most authoritative, incisive, vital and virtual newspaper in the metaverse. Some wondered how they would wrap their pixelated fish. Fears mounted as widespread reports circulated that virtual bird cages were being left unlined. Others noted that several puppies are still not totally housebroken – all due to the shocking silence by a pair of formerly well-behaved DNS servers.
Could this have been part of a bizzare Second Life Gorean cult’s BDSM-inspired DNS dominance game? Did Linden Lab finally decide enough is enough on the eve of Philip Linden’s faux town hall meeting? Or is a shadowy conspiracy of anti-technocomunists, black hats, 4chan, and the illuminati to blame? Perhaps Audrey from typesetting has been moonlighting and ‘cleaning up’ certain zone files?
We may never know the whole truth, but this query result may provide a clue
alphavilleherald.com, type = A, class = IN
** server can’t find alphavilleherald.com: SERVFAIL
Once alerted to the problem, the Herald’s Mysterio Sinister said, "I’ll show you a SERVFAIL, sucker" and immediately updated the Herald’s DNS name registration to use more reliable servers — a heroic rescue of the paper from a horrific ordeal.