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Motor insurance biz RAC suffered a day-long outage after something went kaput in its data centre in Bristol. The server farm is still titsup, an RAC spokesperson told The Reg, and the cause of the cock-up is unknown. The RAC website is working but services involving sales and member accounts have been affected by the downtime. …

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dvd

These systems would be telling people to call back later, then - which is what I was told.

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dvd

And .............. still being told the same today.

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I wonder...

.... if they run Oracle RAC.

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So, who do a breakdown service call when they have a breakdown?

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Pop across the carpark....

To the ICM lot?

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Anonymous Coward

advice

Has someone been reading the advice from the other day that if something goes down for 25 minutes, you're incompetent, but if you bring it back after 5 hours you're a hero?

I can see that sort of stunt going wrong, especially on a Friday!

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Hmm, considering...

Considering policemen are now having license-plate scanners and seize cars where they don't have any records of their insurance fee being paid, a short glitch in the system, might cause those records to not be updated in time, leaving a lot of people stranded.

Interesting prospect.

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Re: Hmm, considering...

Plod uses MID (Motor Insurers Database), which can take up to 7 days (14 for comercial and fleet policies) to be updated from individual insurers, as Plod requires "reasonable grounds" for ticketing/further actions/seizure he/she can't rely solely on MID & so they are supposed to check directly with the insurer before proceeding. If Plod is unable to cofirm with the insurer for technical reasons, the most they can do is issue a "Producer" notice requring you to prove your insurance within 7 days, that is unless of course there are other contributory factors - i.e. you are carrying 8 passengers in a Mini whilst being 5 times over the blood alcohol limit and doing 85 mph in a 30 zone!

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Devil

Re: Hmm, considering...

I'm not sure what Mini would do 85mph with eight passengers in it. No "real" Mini could manage it,* and I doubt the new fake Mini could, either (but then, I haven't driven one).

*Many years ago, I was one of eight people in a Mini 1000 going between pub and friend's house. It could barely manage 30mph, and we had to avoid anything but the slightest upward incline! Six people in a (real) Fiat 500 offered an equally speedless journey ...

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Re: Hmm, considering...

I have managed 13 in a reliant robin, but it wasn't the fastest, and turning a corner with all that weight on the back wheels was hellish.

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Anonymous Coward

Server support

Done by HP still TTBOMK, need I say more, anonymous for obvious reasons.

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