Watch the Apple Keynote's Network Meltdown

WWDC keynotes are usually carefully orchestrated affairs. But you might have just read in our live blog how Steve Jobs had to bail on a demo because of network trouble. Awkward.


Apple attempted to do their demo over Wi-Fi, but as you can see couldn't manage to get things up and running due to overload. So Jobs had to ask everyone in the audience, repeatedly, to shut off their Wi-Fi so the show could go on. A bizarre hiccup for a company in its prime, showing off its latest wares.

It's true that with the rise of Wi-Fi/3G hotspots, the Wi-Fi signal in the hall would probably be unusable. Jobs said over 500 hotspots were emanating from the audience. A real issue, though, is that we should be able to do all of these things over 3G. So when an audience member responds to Steve's requests for suggestions with "Verizon," we laugh because it's funny and we laugh because it's true. [CNN]

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Whoops a hiccup!

Compare to this hiccup:

How much of a complete HERO would Giz be on this day, and into the future, if they had just given the stolen/lost phone back to Apple on Day One of that saga without all their disassembly and dissembling ?

How much better standing would they now enjoy at the WWDC?

How much better would their status be in the gear-journalism community at large?

How many points better would this future SAT question go in their favor:

"Al Qaida is to Terrorist

as Gizmodo is to...

a) Journalist

b) Thief

c) Victim

d) Bystander"

The last time I asked a question along these lines, somebody at Giz "demoted" me and got my posting access tossed out.

Would such behavior add or subtract to the seriousness of the hypothetical future SAT question?

As readers/commenters, do you support or tolerate the asking of questions like this or not?