At the end of last week it would seem that China decided to block access to Flickr images. The block is still in place, so most people in China remain unable to access any photos, including their own, hosted on Flickr’s servers. The rest of the world needs to tale note of this type of activity and respond appropriately. Perhaps China should simply be disconnected from the internet until they accept that it must be an all or nothing thing. Selective blocking should not be tolerated.
Then, over the weekend hotspot operator FON also, unintentionally we assume, blocked access to half of the images in Flickr (by breaking the DNS entry for one of the two image servers that Flickr uses to host photos).
Tonight it would seem that FON have once again broken access to half the images (the same half). The details of the break are different, but the end result is the same: farm2 is inaccessible from machines connected through the FON network (either the hotspot side, or the secure personal network that the Fonera boxes provide).