That's what they get
for wanting to tell the NSA "NO!".
Netizens complained today that Google's social network Plus was knackered and the webmail service Gmail fell completely offline. In a painful twist of fate, the systems went down just as Google's crack site-reliability team was preparing for a live question'n'answer session on Reddit. And it came after strangers' email …
> This is what happens when you use Linux.
I'll say. Have a massive global outage and get it restored and back online within an hour (according to the blog in the link)? That sounds pretty good to me. Although *not* having the outage in the first place would have been more ideal mind you.
> Google, meanwhile, blamed today's outage on a programming error in its software that misconfigured its own servers
I notice Google uses Python for many of their pages. I wonder if a new intern checked in a file with tab indentation instead of spaces?
Yahoo is in no position to take the piss out of Gmail considering the state their own service has been in for some time now.
The sooner encrypted email services become common with encrypted connections between servers, the quicker people will move away from Yahoo and Gmail, who won't want to do it due to their business model. A win for all!
Yahoo is really up a creek.
Not only alienated users with forced march out of Yahoo Classic. New version still doesn't support all browsers. Outages (or massive slowdowns) occasionally. Had problem with attachments. Now find that my mails to one contact (or perhaps more, because the first instance was only reported to me in person days later) are being rejected by SpamCop.
...and Calendar, Drive etc was still working (my phone's Gmail client seemed to be syncing as well.).
Very annoying but it was the first one that affected us in years and I still consider us luckier than users having to deal with Microsoft's hours-long, system-wide outages...
As somebody who had the displeasure of using Office 365 for a year, let me tell you that this outage was nothing compared with Microsoft's disaster. Monthly (at least) calls to get one component or another fixed (be it Lync, Exchange free/busy, etc.), having to go through the same diagnostic procedure with their tech support each time, only to have it fixed by "resetting my account". IMAP that takes up to one minute to authenticate. IPv6 addresses live in their DNS for services that are not listening on that address. I could go on...
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