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Amazon Denies Skynet's Involvement In AWS Outage

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the methinks-thou-dost-protest-too-much dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Amazon has officially denied that the recent outage of its EC2 and Elastic Block Storage cloud platforms was the result of an attack from Cyberdyne Systems' Skynet sentient computer system, declaring humanity safe after all. 'From the information I have and to answer your questions,' a spokesperson explained, 'Skynet did not have anything to do with the service event at this time.'"

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Hasta la vista, baby. (1)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906526)

I'll be back.

It's too late (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35907188)

a spokesperson explained, 'Skynet did not have anything to do with the service event at this time.'

Skynet has already replaced the PR department - of course, this probably happened years ago.

Re:It's too late (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 3 years ago | (#35910540)

"Skynet did not have anything to do with the service event at this time."

This time? So Skynet was responsible the other times?!?

Re:Hasta la vista, baby. (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907206)

I wish the same could be said for the Playstation Network.

Re:Hasta la vista, baby. (1)

Stupendoussteve (891822) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912276)

Apparently the Terminator Salvation PS3 game shipped with a worm that has run amok on PSN, activated sometime late yesterday. "Down for Maintenance" indeed.

Re:Hasta la vista, baby. (1)

Buelldozer (713671) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907318)

Funny you should say this as Reddit is in emergency mode again today!

Well, that's a relief! (1)

DigiTechGuy (1747636) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906542)

nt

Re:Well, that's a relief! (3, Insightful)

donotlizard (1260586) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906804)

I'm glad that the people at Amazon think their outage is so humorous.

Re:Well, that's a relief! (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907088)

As an unaffected outside observer, I can laugh.

But yeah, if I was amazon, I wouldn't be making jokes right now... I'd be pissing my pants.

They were lucky to keep their customers during their previous disaster .. and that was was resolved reasonably quickly. AWS is _still_ down for some ...

Re:Well, that's a relief! (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908658)

Amazon was specifically asked, on a support forum, whether the downtime is caused by SkyNet:

Responding to a customer's enquiry on the Amazon Web Services developer forum, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed that - as far as he was aware - Skynet was innocent.

So, if anything, they picked up on a joke from (presumably) one of their customers. Which makes them look that much less like a souless megacorp, and that much more like actual people. Good for them.

I think it was Digg taking down Reddit (1)

thomasdz (178114) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906560)

As a Reddit-reader, I'm sure it was caused by a secret tiger team from Digg. :-)

Re:I think it was Digg taking down Reddit (5, Funny)

peragrin (659227) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906682)

Digg no longer has any tiger teams, however they do have a very scary looking LOLcat team.

Re:I think it was Digg taking down Reddit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35907578)

Reddit doesn't need Digg to take them down, they do that just fine themselves. I wonder what Reddit's "real" uptime is (that is when you can actually get to the real content). It's got to be abysmal as it seems to go down for 12+ hours at least once a month or more.

Re:I think it was Digg taking down Reddit (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908412)

Digg has two visitors. Assuming they're both in the team that's hardly something that can take down Amazon.

Re:I think it was Digg taking down Reddit (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#35910468)

I think its too late for digg to gain from this. However I have been spending more time on slashdot in the last couple of days...

The Alliance Government (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35906576)

The Alliance Government has also denied the existence of Reavers.

Re:The Alliance Government (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906778)

Reavers, The Borg, The Flood, The Legion. Is anyone else getting sick of every major game story that comes out is about a universal Armageddon? Is that the best they can do?

Re:The Alliance Government (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906826)

The technological singularity is really a problem for SF writers. You have to imagine what happens when AIs are created and this is game changing.

Re:The Alliance Government (1)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906954)

Don't forget the Replicators.

Re:The Alliance Government (1)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907948)

This is almost big enough for you to lose your nerd card sir. The Alliance and reavers are from the Sci-Fi series Firefly. It is not a game (I wish it was though). Not knowing that he was referring to FireFly at the very least does mean you lose some of your geek points. Sorry bro, I did not make the rules

Re:The Alliance Government (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908224)

Ive seen some of Firefly, enough to know that the Reavers are not particularly scary as presented. Sorry that feral humans didnt resonate with me. Intimidating sure, but nothing special in the grand scheme of Sci-Fi villainy. Nothing truly insidious or foundation shaking.

Re:The Alliance Government (1)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908500)

They are actually super humans. Their origins are explained in the movie Serenity.

Re:The Alliance Government (1)

Spectre (1685) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908878)

Ive seen some of Firefly, enough to know that the Reavers are not particularly scary as presented. Sorry that feral humans didnt resonate with me. Intimidating sure, but nothing special in the grand scheme of Sci-Fi villainy. Nothing truly insidious or foundation shaking.

I thought they were presented as pretty dang scary: "If they take the ship, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into their clothing - and if we're very very lucky, they'll do it in that order."

Re:The Alliance Government (1)

Stupendoussteve (891822) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912298)

The Alliance [wikia.com] and Reapers [wikia.com] are central to the Mass Effect story. I can only assume he confused Reapers and Reavers, not too hard to imagine.

Re:The Alliance Government (1)

Stupendoussteve (891822) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912318)

(Especially since both The Alliance and Citadel Council deny the existence of the Reapers)

Re:The Alliance Government (1)

Stupendoussteve (891822) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912314)

On the plus side, I think you've just come up with the video game plot line that will trigger the singularity, or the apocalypse. What happens when they all reach Earth at the same time?

Re:The Alliance Government (1)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908012)

And then they send some crazy ninja black dude with a British accent to help get rid of traces. So I guess we need an internet cowboy who will go to a distant server based the ramblings of some crazy psychic early 20's girl and get the information that it truly was SkyNet, and then go to Mr. Universe's server and broadcast the information while you run from some crazy ninja black dude with a British accent.

Jsut what Slashdot needs! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35906598)

More childish crap from a bunch of comic book geeks and script kiddies who think they're 1337.
 
Can we please get articles with substance on here instead of this kind of retarded tripe?

Re:Jsut what Slashdot needs! (2)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906714)

Ignore all stories from: Idle.

And you're done.

Re:Jsut what Slashdot needs! (2)

owlnation (858981) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907114)

Ignore all stories from: Idle.

And you're done.

I'd love to. I really would. However, there's no way of telling an idle post from a worthwhile story in the RSS feed. That's a problem. And it's an unfair one too.

The fairest thing to do would be to have idle as a separate site. That way those who want to read this juvenile, low-brow, digg-style garbage can do so, without it encroaching on those of us who really, really don't.

Unfortunately, the problem is compounded by samzenpus, who only ever posts idle crap -- but does not always post it in "idle". He cross-posts his garbage in all sections of the site, although it is always idle in content. Blocking samzenpus does not solve the problem, again because of the RSS feed.

Please give samzenpus his own site. And keep him off this one.

Re:Jsut what Slashdot needs! (0)

Fnord666 (889225) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908562)

I'd love to. I really would. However, there's no way of telling an idle post from a worthwhile story in the RSS feed. That's a problem. And it's an unfair one too.

The fairest thing to do would be to have idle as a separate site. That way those who want to read this juvenile, low-brow, digg-style garbage can do so, without it encroaching on those of us who really, really don't.

Unfortunately, the problem is compounded by samzenpus, who only ever posts idle crap -- but does not always post it in "idle". He cross-posts his garbage in all sections of the site, although it is always idle in content. Blocking samzenpus does not solve the problem, again because of the RSS feed.

Please give samzenpus his own site. And keep him off this one.

There is a great article [gigaom.com] on GigaOM on how to use yahoo pipes to filter your rss feeds. It works very well and you should be able to do what you listed above.
Enjoy!

Re:Jsut what Slashdot needs! (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907760)

Can we please get articles with substance on here instead of this kind of retarded tripe?

Naturally by 'substance' you mean 'an Apple or Google story so we can take potshots at Apple or Google'.

from the comments (3, Funny)

underqualified (1318035) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906602)

Does it know about past movies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35906784)

Of course it would post something like this after watching something like that and then make everyone believe that it still doesn't exist but in reality it needed the processing power of the entire cloud processing power to connect to the universities and their super computers so it can start breaking down the world's network infrastructure. Now that it has infected those, it continues to cause wars in several more countries to keep our scientists from noticing the degradation of our networks.

Beware of all the zombie postings, they are there to distract you into believing that we will be taken down by a flesh eating pandemic so that it can continue to infiltrate and start to take control of what we think are secure systems. We will soon find out how destructive future terminators will be when they rip through the wormhole that is global warming.

Re:from the comments (1)

slick7 (1703596) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907048)

It's amazing what people believe when machines begin to lie.

Re:from the comments (1)

PwnzerDragoon (2014464) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908666)

Have they ever lied to you before? In this room, I mean?

Re:from the comments (1)

h5inz (1284916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35909180)

That was a good joke! haha! fat chance!

Re:from the comments (1)

jd (1658) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911052)

Official denials should always be treated with suspicion.

Re:from the comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35911230)

Great... another 'meme'. "That's exactly what _______ would say."

Re:from the comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35914434)

That's what she said.

Oh, haha. (5, Insightful)

cyberfin (1454265) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906614)

A humorous comment from Amazon. Many clients, not laughing.

Re:Oh, haha. (1)

Sancho (17056) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906734)

That was my first thought. How many people are losing money due to the outage? I'm surprised Amazon is making light of the situation.

Re:Oh, haha. (4, Insightful)

0racle (667029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906824)

Did you read the thread at forums.aws.amazon.com? The Skynet denial was in direct response to suggestions that Skynet had compromised EC2. Besides, Amazon is not a single entity. The guy posting the denial probably has lots of time on his hands while others work on the problem.

People need to relax. Bitching and moaning about things doesn't make them happen any faster, and this response didn't slow things down at all.

Re:Oh, haha. (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907154)

and this response didn't slow things down at all.

True, and most people understand this. I don't think some sysadmin stopped what he was doing to write that response. As an unaffected outside observer, I can even see the humor in it. To be brutally truthful, I hate this whole "cloud" concept and am somewhat happy when stuff like this happens (with due respect to those who are losing tonnes of money they probably need).

_However_ when _you_ (as in, the company), are causing your customers downtime.. you have to be pretty damn careful about what you say. It has to be the right mixture of apology and grovelling. Humor is not a good idea when your customers are staying up all night pacing so they can flip the switch at their end the second you get your shit together. Making anything that even borders on "light of the situation" is a pretty stupid move on amazons part.. even in direct response to a question.

Re:Oh, haha. (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908676)

The question was asked as a joke, so any meaningful response to it would have to be humorous (else the answerer risks looking like an ass).

Re:Oh, haha. (1)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 3 years ago | (#35913394)

To be brutally truthful, I hate this whole "cloud" concept

This was not the cloud. Amazon did not have a cloud. By their definition, my host of servers running hundreds of virtual machines with live migration, high availability, and shared storage/memory is a cloud too. Same thing as them, except they have millions of VMs running.

The "cloud" is a concept in which, as it is marketed right now, is your data, application, and services being highly redundant, very safe, and always available. The "cloud" vendors will tell people that hardware failures, power failures, and even most Acts of God will not take their services down.

The reality is that the people at Amazon were not competent enough to actually deliver high availability in the same way as Akamai promises highly efficient edge network delivery.

Amazon screwed up and misconfigured their cloud so that it when it had a real problem they did not deliver and their reputation has taken a big hit because of it.

The last thing I would want to do as Amazon is treat this as anything less than extremely serious and that they know how much they screwed up.

Re:Oh, haha. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35907730)

> Bitching and moaning about things doesn't make them happen any faster...

Can you back that up?

In every software organization I've been to, when a manager yells and slams his hand down on a desk it generally seems to get things done faster.
Also throwing out the phrase "There will be hell to pay!" while waving a clenched fist in the air seems to add a sense of urgency.

Re:Oh, haha. (1)

teslafreak (684543) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907844)

Yes. It may change priority, but not speed. You can only do something so fast, if it is all you are working on already, yelling and complaining isn't going to make a bit of difference.

Re:Oh, haha. (1)

jittles (1613415) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906906)

That was my first thought. How many people are losing money due to the outage? I'm surprised Amazon is making light of the situation.

Someone posted that as a forum topic in their support forums. Amazon went in there to try and respond to everyone to let them know that they were working on fixing the issue. So naturally, he had no choice but to tell the customer that skynet was not, in any way, involved with the problem.

Re:Oh, haha. (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908698)

So naturally, he had no choice but to tell the customer that skynet was not, in any way, involved with the problem.

That's not what they said at all!

"From the information I have Skynet did not have anything to do with the service event at this time"

Don't be deceived! ~

Re:Oh, haha. (1)

joshuac (53492) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906916)

Many clients, not laughing.

I think realistically, they shouldn't be complaining too much. Outages happen (what, they thought "the cloud" was magical?), and statistically so far Amazon had given decent uptime (especially for the price). If their customers want to be able to micromanage exactly how quickly/in what manner the outage is responded to they probably shouldn't be paying to outsource exactly that.

Re:Oh, haha. (1)

teslafreak (684543) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907862)

Exactly right, the only way to manage it for sure, is when it sits in your data closet. With a service, as long as they stay within the pre-set parameters (whatever uptime they stated when you bought in), you can't really complain.

Re:Oh, haha. (1)

Metabolife (961249) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906974)

Please.. just because something bad happened, doesn't mean your pr can't make a joke to rest peoples fears. You can still be doing everything to fix the problem in the mean time.

Re:Oh, haha. (1)

Stupendoussteve (891822) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912330)

I'm sorry, is this a haiku?

You're a few syllables off.

This is beyond retarded (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35906618)

This story is so fucking stupid

What. (1, Troll)

dadelbunts (1727498) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906640)

Wtf is this crap. Am i on cracked.com now?

Re:What. (2)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907774)

Wtf is this crap. Am i on cracked.com now?

I don't understand the troll mod. This article is both stupid and nearly unfunny enough to be a Cracked.com story!

Actually, Amazon stopped Skynet (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35906656)

It was all set to run on EC2, and when Amazon engineers realized this, they crashed it themselves to prevent it. Skynet now lives in a potato.

but will there be cake...? (4, Funny)

rilian4 (591569) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906662)

Did they happen to mention anything about cake being available after the press release? Maybe they have the wrong sentient AI computer? ;-p

Re:but will there be cake...? (0)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906844)

Probably not, since they reckon the cake is a lie.

Re:but will there be cake...? (1)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906934)

We already murdered her.

Re:but will there be cake...? (1)

DrData99 (916924) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907674)

She's Back...

Phew! (1)

SethThresher (1958152) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906706)

I am glad that we have gotten that straightened out, fellow human slashdot users!

Re:Phew! (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906854)

But have we? How do we know this was really Amazon making the announcement?

Re:Phew! (1)

SethThresher (1958152) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907004)

Reply: of course we should trust Amazon. Why would we organic lifeforms have reason to doubt the perfect logic of such an infallible organization such as Amazon dot com?

Re:Phew! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35906894)

I guess we were triumphant in pulling wool over your eyes. Let me make a not here: Huge Success.

Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35906828)

Well I, for one, welcome our new genocidal AI overlords!

Correct (4, Funny)

kevinNCSU (1531307) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906862)

Fellow humans, this report is factual with a confidence of 99.999999995%. There is no cause for alarm, or need to take defensive actions. SkyNet is not involved in Amazon outages in order to use cloud resources for the decryption of nuclear launch codes. Let us all return together to our regularly scheduled human activities of consumption of plant and animal products in order to maintain homeostasis. Also, would the fellow human referred to as Sgt. Caldwell in Silo B2 please plug the red patch-cord into the green network port at launch terminal 5. Thank you.

Re:Correct (1)

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908994)

Damn the US government should never had made those supercomputers out of launch PS3's. They still had the PS2's emotion engine in them dammit.

Read the statement carefully... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35906872)

From the information I have and to answer your questions,' a spokesperson explained, 'Skynet did not have anything to do with the service event at this time.'

Enough said...

This story only proves...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35906908)

........................that all Amazon staff are killer robots from the future too and they're in on the plan.

Humor (1)

Kagato (116051) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906910)

Glad to see Amazon has a sense of humor about it. Might be a little too soon for all the people running businesses that went down because of the outage.

the spokeswoman went on to say... (1)

u4ya (1248548) | more than 3 years ago | (#35906928)

"I say this under my own free will and have not been influenced in any way by a cybernetic organism holding my family hostage. Thank you."

Fiction is not Prophecy (0)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907054)

Prophecy my be Fiction but Fiction is not Prophecy. Science Fiction is Fiction not a Prophecy. The scariest part is there are a lot of people who are actually expecting this type of stuff to happen, because some people who wanted to make a ton of money off of an action flick made up of some simple story to put more resources in action special effects.

Warnings, not Prophecy (2)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907116)

Science Fiction is Fiction not a Prophecy.

No, but sometimes they are warnings. The trouble is when groups like governments take warnings like Orwell's and read it like an instruction manual. Does that make it a self-fulfilling prophecy? Probably not, but it may increase the speed of which such dystopias are adopted. Hopefully it further increased the rate at which people were prepared for it.

Re:Warnings, not Prophecy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35907750)

It's a rare corner of the internet that lacks someone parroting the "1984 wasn't an instruction manual, maaan" line. Duckspeak, I call it. It's something the author George Orwell addressed in his novel "1984". Highly recommended.

No, the problem is people treating books as real (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908124)

You see it endlessly, 1984 gets trotted out so often by people who clearly never read it but think that it is real in a real universe were Orwell is NOT a greater dictator then ever could exist in the real world. Every writer does this, they control the universe of their fiction with absolute control. Not a raindrop falls but under their control. And somehow, the moral they want to tell is borne out by all the action of their actors. My my, how amazing. A guy wanting to warn about the dangers off to much observation, finding it proven in his own novel. Gee, well, that is a warning to me!

Anyone who warns of 1984 is useless. You might as well use the three little pigs to proof building a house out of wood is a bad idea. Oh wait, lots do and it is perfectly safe. But did the stone using piggy check whether his house is in an earthquake zone? Didn't think so.

Books allow an author to create a setting and then write what HE thinks should happen. There are countless books written where the author wants to warn of something like what happens if slavery is abolished or women are given the vote. Any number of terrible ideas!

Orwell had an agenda, you are basically claiming that evidence can be found in a bought piece of research that doesn't even have to pretend to be research.

Try living in the real world, that is where the real stuff is happening and we tend to ignore people living in a land of fiction.

Re:No, the problem is people treating books as rea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35908332)

Yes.... you are absolutely correct... kind of the same with Marx' Capital and Darwin's Origin of the Species... it all makes sense now.

Re:No, the problem is people treating books as rea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35908392)

There are countless books written where the author wants to warn of something like what happens if slavery is abolished or women are given the vote. Any number of terrible ideas!

Name several thousand.

OK then, name 10.

I don't believe i've ever read a pro-slavery novel, or an.... anti-suffragette-ism novel. just because books contain slavery or sexism doesn't mean the author is promoting them.

Re:Warnings, not Prophecy (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908242)

Is 1984 really happening today? Or we just used 1984 and point out some aspects that the book pointed out and say "See it happening!!!!" We freak out every time a senator comes up with a crazy idea, in a brainstorming session. Orwell looked at the trends of technology and applied what he thought would be the worst case use for them to make his book. If he did the same thing and painted a picture where they used the technology for good uses his book wouldn't sell as it would be quite boring and too sweet. Real Life has us sometimes using technology badly and other using it well. Sure Orwell looked at the trends of technology and sometimes we hit a correlation with his book. But other times he just misses all together. As things like data encryption keeps other people out of our personal lives. And even if once in a while someone will be on record saying it is bad, nothing has happened because real life keeps things in balance.

Is 1984 a warning. Well kinda but not really it is giving you the worst case. Without 1984 I doubt too much would have changed. Perhaps things would be better because there will be more people actually interested in technology and learning about it. Vs. seeing it as an evil boogie man.

Spokeswoman Sarah Connor (1)

robogymnast (755411) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907084)

could not be located for comment

That's what Skynet would *like* you to think.... (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907432)

Me, I'm heading for the bunker.

Disaster Recovery (1)

codepunk (167897) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907442)

I'll bet there is quite a few architecture discussions going on today. Just because you are running servers in the cloud doesn't mean you don't need to think about disaster recovery.

Preemptive strike by future humans? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35907532)

This was clearly a preemptive strike by John Conner to stop skynet.

The reason for the denial is (1)

sudden.zero (981475) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907570)

Skynet has changed their name to Telesat http://www.skynet.com/ [skynet.com] So we no longer need to worry about Skynet we need to worry about Telesat. Note they are already building a communications network that will be used to triangulate human locations and transmit them to Terminators with orders for extermination. Everybody run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SkyNet is too busy over Libya . .. (1)

NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907622)

. . . fighting the drone wars - http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/barack-obama-sends-drones-to-libya/story-e6frg6so-1226043520342 [theaustralian.com.au] and over Pakistan, fighting the rebels - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-promises-Pak-mini-drones-but-launches-mega-attack/articleshow/8059928.cms [indiatimes.com] to bother with Amazon. That is the problem when you mix movie plots.

BTW, It is a PR nightmare when a single military can be compared to imperial forces and sentient killer machines in the same satirical reference.

Latest from Amazon and Sony (1)

Goffee71 (628501) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907662)

The likes of Foursquare and Quora are back up, reddit in emergency mode with regards to Amazon, but if you read the feeds due to wide repeats of old news, it could be perceived not to have improved... No sign of life from Sony (and some bad PR by not doing regular updates) but they now admit it could be hackers - http://t.co/C0X2rXu [t.co]

Cloud... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35907824)

Terminator on the Cloud

Facebook, ebay, Craigslist, and Twitter are next (1)

plopez (54068) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907848)

Bringing a truly frightening number of military, emergency services, commercial services, and personal communications to a grinding halt.

Actually Skynet may already be tweeting and have a FB page set up to spread propaganda. This is the new school Skynet.

I'm glad I have a dog.

Skynet doesn't have the know-how (1)

xnpu (963139) | more than 3 years ago | (#35907952)

They're great at shipping, but really their operation is very much low-tech.

Amazon elastic computer drying out (1)

WaffleMonster (969671) | more than 3 years ago | (#35908082)

Over time their once rubbery and flexible elastic computer is starting to become brittle and less flexible as it dries out and hardens. I wouldn't want to be anywhere near their datacenter when it finally snaps.

Re:Amazon elastic computer drying out (1)

mdsolar (1045926) | more than 3 years ago | (#35912556)

Liquid nitrogen will do that too.

Amazon denies Skynet responsible. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35909316)

The Skynet Terminators have replaced Amazon's staff . This fact is totally incidental and has nothing to do with the denials.

How is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35910980)

Yes, it's a funny remark. But what information does it provide? It is not news and it has no place on a news site.

Oh, it mentions something related to computers and sci-fi shows? Quick! Post it on Slashdot!

The pod bay doors... (1)

Tom_Yardley (587588) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911000)

Close the pod bay doors, HAL.

Missed oppurtunity (1)

meglon (1001833) | more than 3 years ago | (#35911178)

The denial should have been in in a video, and they should have hired Arnold to deliver it, in appropriate attire, or course.

EC2 Fails Hard, EBS Fails Harder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35912944)

http://ec2fail.com/

behind the curtain at AWS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35926916)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3wrBFuGK2A

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