Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:03:54 PM
re: Software Bug Stings Skype Well, things are getting better ... "stabilizing, but this process may continue throughout the day," as the Skype home page now says.

Any Skype users care to comment? This is the kind of thing you had to expect would happen, eventually. It's certainly inconvenient.

I'd think most users are willing to give Skype a pass this time. Skype had better hope this kind of thing doesn't happen again, though.
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:03:49 PM
re: Software Bug Stings Skype Most people probably saw this over the weekend; I'll post it here for posterity's sake. Skype got fixed on Saturday:

On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption. The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our usersGÇÖ computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine set of patches through Windows Update.

The high number of restarts affected SkypeGÇÖs network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact.

Normally SkypeGÇÖs peer-to-peer network has an inbuilt ability to self-heal, however, this event revealed a previously unseen software bug within the network resource allocation algorithm which prevented the self-healing function from working quickly. Regrettably, as a result of this disruption, Skype was unavailable to the majority of its users for approximately two days. ...

trzwuip 12/5/2012 | 3:03:48 PM
re: Software Bug Stings Skype I was awful! I had to go back to ---- a land line!
I hate to see what my provider's bill will be. Matter of fact, I don't remember seeing a bill from them for a while.
zwixard 12/5/2012 | 3:03:47 PM
re: Software Bug Stings Skype There is nothing ANYONE can complain about Skype's outage. It is free. Free of blames included.
tailpin 12/5/2012 | 3:03:45 PM
re: Software Bug Stings Skype zwixard,

"There is nothing ANYONE can complain about Skype's outage. It is free. Free of blames included."

Isn't that a little like saying garbage collection is free because you don't pay the garbageman?

I don't believe skype is free, or free of blame. If you provide a service, and actively put yourself in a position that people are dependant upon, you actively undertake a responsibility to provide that service resposibly.

Although methinks Skype is less culpable than, say, RIM and the blackberry outage, but only because of the high powerred rich guys who were affected by that one.

Interesting question....how many Blackberry users also use Skype?

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