Data Center Dynamics: How cows caused a small Google network outage

Data Center Dynamics: How cows caused a small Google network outage. “Outages are often caused by simple things like power failures, someone pulling the wrong cable, or adverse weather effects. Sometimes, however, they are caused by cows. In a series of tweets about trouble on the Oregon trail, Google’s senior vice president of technical infrastructure, Urs Hölzle, explained a rather unusual incident.”

BBC News: Russian cows get VR headsets ‘to reduce anxiety’

BBC News: Russian cows get VR headsets ‘to reduce anxiety’. “A Russian farm has given its dairy cows virtual reality headsets in a bid to reduce their anxiety. The herd donned VR systems adapted for the ‘structural features of cow heads’ and were shown a ‘unique summer field simulation program’.”

Google Applies Privacy Blur to Cow Face on Google Maps

When it comes to privacy on Google Maps, it’s good to see that Google is respecting everybody. Even cows. “A cow roaming on a canal tow path has proved an internet hit – after someone spotted Google had given the same blur treatment normally given to human’s to protect their privacy. The animal was captured by Google’s street view cameras at Coe Fen in Cambridge in August last year.”