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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RE[2]: Wtf? Really?
by zima on Thu 8th Mar 2012 23:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Wtf? Really?"
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sadly British government like expensive and often vastly over-priced contracts with Microsoft, IBM and Oracle is simply because it takes liability away from the government.
If MS fsck up and take a government service offline, then IT managers within the government just say "not our fault, it's one of our service providers"

Everybody likes to outsource responsibility. Certainly in some Central European places one can see a strong "nobody got fired for using Microsoft or Oracle" of sorts...

...and even when the projects, waaaaay down the line, largely prove to be practical failures - those initially pushing and implementing them moved on, several times already, each time adding another "success" to their CV - and the more expensive, the more lucrative such "successes" are, the better they look on the CV, it seems.

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