Inconveniences

New York State Department Website Inexplicably Only Online During Business Hours [UPDATED]

(Photo: Freakonomics)

From searching crime records to mailing a package, you can do almost everything government-related online these days, which is a major bummer for people who love waiting to be helped by an aloof woman with amazing nails as she gabs on her cell phone. But the best part about the Internet (besides GIFs)? It’s open 24/7.

Well, most of the Internet is at least. Turns out that the New York Department of State Division of Corporations shuts down its website during non-business hours. Betabeat is actually writing this while on hold with the department, hoping to get the attention of a customer service rep whom we can ask why on earth they would unplug their entire website during times when their office is unreachable and New Yorkers probably need to use it most. Read More