Linked by David Adams on Thu 1st Mar 2012 22:53 UTC, submitted by judgen
Microsoft The outage on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform that caused the government's G-Cloud service to go offline was the result of a calculation error caused by the extra day in February due to the leap year. Writing on the Azure blog the firm's corporate vice president for service and cloud, Bill Laing, said while the firm had still to fully determine the cause of the issue, the extra date in the month appeared the most likely cause.
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This reminds me of something..
by nej_simon on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 10:10 UTC
nej_simon
Member since:
2011-02-11

Remember when a lot of zune players died the last leap year?

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9124638/Zune_chokes_on_leap_...

Microsoft says it will issue a bug fix for the device so that this problem won't occur again in 2012, the next leap year.

I guess they should have shared that knowledge with the azure department.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Microsoft doesn't work that way. Each department is a fiefdom unto itself, and must hoard its knowledge and bug fixes to give itself a leg up on its departmental enemies.

Now the Zune devs can sit back and laugh, gloat, and toast to the pain and suffering of their evil Azure dev-enemies.

:D

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