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Seattle Data Center Outage Disrupts E-Commerce 118

1sockchuck writes "A major power outage at Seattle telecom hub Fisher Plaza has knocked payment processing provider offline for hours, leaving thousands of web sites unable to take credit cards for online sales. The Authorize site is still down, but its Twitter account attributes the outage to a fire, while AdHost calls it a 'significant power event.' is said to be trying to resume processing from a backup data center, but there's no clear ETA on when Fisher Plaza will have power again."

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb