Friday, August 15, 2008
Netflix (one of the two companies that provide DVD rentals through the mail, along with Blockbuster), has been hit by huge technical problems.
If it were only one site (they have 55 shipping centers), it would be one thing - sometimes problems happen locally. However, for it to happen company wide indicates some sort of failure somewhere.
Rumors suggest that the problem may have been caused by database administrators updating a program called Oracle (a very large database management software package) and blowing things up. However, there's always the possibility that they were hacked too. We'll see.
The service has apparently been down since Tuesday and only a few movies have managed to be shipped in the last three days.
For the record, I haven't heard anyone suggest hacking, but I always have this idea in the back of my mind when I hear stories like this.
For the record, I've used Netflix in the past and was always pretty happy with their service.
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