Issues with Gmail

Randy Bush randy at
Wed Sep 2 09:05:36 UTC 2009

<bleep> happens and services break.  the internet is a wonderful
demonstration of building a reliable network out of reliable components.

but what we have with google mail (and apps) is two scary problems

  o way too many users relying on a single point of failure.  so it
    makes the nyt when it breaks because of the number of users
    affected, and

  o too many foolish people giving their private data to a data miner to
    whom they actually yeild rights to those data and who seems to store
    them for a scary long time.


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