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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday June 13, @09:06AM   Printer-friendly
from the RIP-net-neutrality dept.

Binge-watchers were at the receiving end of a cruel joke yesterday as they arrived home after a hectic day’s work – Netflix (NFLX) was down – and it sent the whole world into a tizzy. Only an error message displayed on both the app and the website that read: Netflix error: this title is not available to watch instantly.

In spite of witnessing an exponential increase in the number of ardent followers, Netflix had so far managed to prevent its servers from any major disruptions. That is, until yesterday, when it saw its largest global outage. The video-streaming platform has previously suffered minor outages on April 19, May 9 and May 24 this year.

We are aware of members having trouble streaming on all devices. We are investigating the issue and appreciate your patience.

— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) June 11, 2018

[...] As per Down Detector website, complaints peaked at around 5PM ET and half an hour later, Netflix acknowledged the outage on its Twitter channel that they are aware of the issue. The issue was sorted out by 7PM ET, when the company tweeted, “The streaming issues we reported earlier have now been resolved. Thank you for your patience, and as always, happy streaming!”


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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by anubi on Wednesday June 13, @10:04AM (7 children)

    by anubi (2828) on Wednesday June 13, @10:04AM (#692290)

    This is an example of the ramifications of having a single point of failure.

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  • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Wednesday June 13, @10:27AM

    if you configure djbdns to provide multiple IP addresses for one hostname, it will distribute answers to queries equally among the given IPs. doubtlessly bind can do that to.

    that leaves their domain name as the only truly necessary single point. it helps to run different operating systems on each of your nameservers. thats done for the root servers.

    but it happens that the US came quite close to nuking the soviets because a single forty-cent chip failed. when the secretary of state got the bad news he didnt wake his wife so she could die in her sleep.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 13, @11:15AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 13, @11:15AM (#692297)

    we dont know. it could have been cut off upstream because someone was giving them a 'net-neutrality' warning. lets watch :)

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by DannyB on Wednesday June 13, @02:26PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 13, @02:26PM (#692337)

    So don't have a single point of failure.

    I propose to have a group of redundant items which were formerly the single point of failure.

    There. Now everything is fixed! (and this idea is so novel, I should patent it!)

    All good now. A collection of redundant items.

    In fact this single collection is what lets engineers sleep at night knowing nothing could go wrong with this single collection of identical items.

    This single collection could never fail.

    Well, maybe the collection is a single point of failure?

    So, I have this idea to introduce redundancy . . .

  • (Score: 1) by hereweareagain on Wednesday June 13, @02:27PM (1 child)

    by hereweareagain (6590) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 13, @02:27PM (#692338) Homepage

    --Single point of failure? Obviously you haven't heard of Chaos Monkey:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaos_Monkey [wikipedia.org]

    --Although having your own set of DVDs to watch when bored (and a ZFS+Samba file server to rip them to) makes life infinitely more flexible...

    / binge-watching Stargate SG-1 from birthday-gift DVD collection FTW

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 13, @03:18PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 13, @03:18PM (#692355)

      So maybe Chaos Monkey finally found the weak spot?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 13, @04:34PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 13, @04:34PM (#692393)

    Single point of failure?

    As far as the 'social' internet is concerned, that would be the entire human race.

  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday June 14, @01:37PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 14, @01:37PM (#692880)

    There should never be a single point of failure. Failure needs to be distributed. As widely distributed as possible.