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Skype Crashes and Burns In Worldwide Outage

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the going-down dept.

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Stoobalou writes "VoIP and instant messaging service Skype has disappeared from the Internet, nary a fortnight after Microsoft snaffled up the outfit in a $8.5 billion deal."

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Hotmail all over again (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249680)

Who wants to bet that Microsoft tried to replace the OS of the Skype servers with Windows? They did it for Hotmail, it caused a lot of problems, in the end they had to nearly double the number of servers because Windows wasn't good enough compared to the old Unix servers.

Re:Hotmail all over again (4, Insightful)

mewshi_nya (1394329) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249730)

Or, you know, it could just be a server issue. If you look, and ask Skype users, the outage is already over.

I know, not as fun as MS-bashing, but the best bashing is based on fact.

Re:Hotmail all over again (-1, Troll)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249828)

Or, you know, it could just be a server issue. If you look, and ask Skype users, the outage is already over.

I know, not as fun as MS-bashing, but the best bashing is based on fact.

And the fact is that Skype has run flawlessly for at least seven years (according to the article) without a hiccup and as soon as M$ gets it, they break it.

There you go, an off the cuff, fact based, M$ bash.

Re:Hotmail all over again (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249888)

there was a huge outage a couple months ago...

Re:Hotmail all over again (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250176)

there was a huge outage a couple months ago...

All Skype users know they've had outages (and MS haven't even bought Skype yet!), this is just FUD and falsehoods to a shameful degree just to bash MS (but are we confirming that we need to completely invent reasons to do that?)

Re:Hotmail all over again (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250058)

Yea, not remotely fact based, Skype has had shitload of outages over the past 7 years, several longer than this one. And the suggestion that this was because MS wanted to replace the servers with Windows is just retarded. MS bought Skype less than a month ago, they haven't even taken over operations yet. To replace the server OS on a system that large would take 6 months to a year from planning to implementation at an absolute minimum. This has nothing to do with MS, and is basically a non story. Yes, Skype had a relatively brief outage, just like all there other outages that were not covered here. RingCentral is down now too, do we need a story about that? How about the 30 minute outage on Wikipedia yesterday? Oh wait, this wasn't a story about an outage, and the summary might as well have been [insert M$ bashing below].

Re:Hotmail all over again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250102)

Except it's not fact-based. Skype had some pretty nasty problems 6 months ago -

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20026408-17.html

Re:Hotmail all over again (-1, Troll)

hjf (703092) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250116)

OK, I'm going to play the "CORRELATION IS NOT CAUSATION" card, that Slashdot fans like to use all the time.

If I get modded down, you will see how hypocrite slashdotters are.

And, also, here is a link for you, memory-challenged fanboy (gee, it wasn't even 6 months ago and we already forgot about it?)
http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/12/23/0415203/Skype-Outage-Hits-Users-Worldwide [slashdot.org]

I'm not in the mood to google more "skype outages" for you. Do your own homework.

Re:Hotmail all over again (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250200)

And the fact is that Skype has run flawlessly for at least seven years (according to the article) without a hiccup

Well if that's what the article is saying it's lying:

On 16 August 2007, Skype became unavailable to a majority of its users. Millions of users were requesting to log-in at the same time following a routine Windows update and this flooded the peer-to-peer system. The event lasted for about two days.

On 22 December 2010, it was reported that Skype experienced an outage estimated to represent 8 million foregone calls.

and as soon as M$ gets it, they break it.

Except for the fact that Microsoft hasn't even acquired it yet? It takes far more than 16 days for an acquisition to go through.

Re:Hotmail all over again (4, Funny)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250016)

Yeah but now all skype calls start with the windows 95 startup sound.....

Re:Hotmail all over again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250056)

Because the following scenario is, of course, impossible:
1. Microsoft tries to switch the current Skype servers with Microsoft servers
2. The whole thing bursts into flames
3. They put the previous Skype servers back online

Re:Hotmail all over again (2)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250078)

Anyone remember when Microsoft back in 2007 released an update to Windows that took out Skype's servers? Flooded Skype's servers for several days.

Re:Hotmail all over again (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249934)

Who wants to bet that Microsoft tried to replace the OS of the Skype servers with Windows? They did it for Hotmail, it caused a lot of problems, in the end they had to nearly double the number of servers because Windows wasn't good enough compared to the old Unix servers.

Given that the deal hasn't happened yet (Microsoft hasn't bought Skype, they have proposed to buy Skype and both are waiting for regulatory approval before actually going through with it, which probably will take months and months) I'm willing to put money against that bet if you are.

Re:Hotmail all over again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250004)

As Skype is peer to peer, 90% of the service has always been running on Windows anyway.

Re:Hotmail all over again (1)

mewshi_nya (1394329) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250174)

Skype has central servers, which is what they are referring to. In fact, does anyone know if Skype even is peer-to-peer, rather than a peerserverpeer model?

microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249690)

ha ha

Whoops (0)

jijacob (943393) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249696)

I feel sorry for the people that rely on Skype for all of their calling needs. At least they can pretty easily use Google Voice until Skype comes back up.

Re:Whoops (5, Informative)

olehenning (1090423) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249740)

If you're lucky enough to live in North America that is. Google Voice isn't internationally available as far as I know.

Re:Whoops (1)

hjf (703092) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250170)

Why is this modded down? Google, is that you?

Re:Whoops (1)

obergfellja (947995) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249932)

It (skype) has been great when talking internationally to family and relationships.

now if I can get them on Google Voice.

Re:Another Option (4, Informative)

GargamelSpaceman (992546) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250152)

I have an Ooma phone. Actually it's a device that plugs into my internet router, and into which you can plug regular landline phones.

It's like 15 bucks a *year* for taxes, and you get free calling in the US. No other charges. And you don't need to own a computer to use it. It's not like magic-jack where you need to have your computer running.

I also put 50 bucks in my pre-pay account, so I can use 411, and make international calls. The rates are competitive to skype rates for international calls. AND, you get a real landline phone number and can make calls to landline phone numbers. So instead of messing with a computer, when I want to make an international call, I just pick up the phone and dial. If someone calls me from another country, I tell them I'll call them back since it's cheaper for me than it would be for them.

Now the device is 200 bucks, but it's already paid for itself since I don't pay a telephone bill for a landline. And the call quality = that of any landline I've ever had.

No monthly fee. In a year, it pays for itself, and that's it. What a great deal! If you move, take your Ooma with you, and you KEEP THE SAME PHONE NUMBER no matter where you live, ( unless you want to change it ). Cell phones are nice, but they can be expensive. And if you are required to keep one for work, then having 2 in your pocket is annoying. Ooma is a way to have your OWN phone number forever for minimal money.

Why am I shilling? Because I want others to get a great deal. I don't want Ooma to go out of business because it gives customers such a good deal. ( I have no reason to suppose that it would.... ) For being such a good deal, I'll plug them once in a while.

Re:Whoops (0)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250022)

This is why internet telephony should be peer to peer instead of client server. If we both have a presence on the internet, there's no reason to involve a third party for us to communicate.

Skype is just badly designed.

Re:Whoops (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250050)

Skype is peer to peer. You still need a server to setup the call tho. Once the setup is complete the call is handed off to the clients and the server is no longer involved.

Re:Whoops (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250054)

Mod parent up. All a service should provide is a directory for a peer to peer service, and gateways to landlines etc.

Is everybody really that stupid? (4, Informative)

Aquitaine (102097) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249700)

Microsoft is not running Skype yet. It takes months for these deals to go through. And TFA suggests that Skype has never gone down before, which is BS. 'Disappeared from the Internet'? Seriously?

The only useful thing in this submission is that I learned the word 'snaffled.'

Re:Is everybody really that stupid? (4, Informative)

twidarkling (1537077) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249754)

Even worse, the article says www.skype.com is unavailable. I just went there and it loaded up instantly and completely. Pretty sure the whole thing's bullshit, just someone with an axe to grind.

Re:Is everybody really that stupid? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249882)

Actually it was down for me a few minutes ago. Now a maintenance screen is displayed.

My Skype doesn't connect either -> fail

Re:Is everybody really that stupid? (4, Interesting)

WuphonsReach (684551) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249984)

Even worse, the article says www.skype.com is unavailable. I just went there and it loaded up instantly and completely. Pretty sure the whole thing's bullshit, just someone with an axe to grind.

Or a routing issue that only affects some customers. Or a geographic load-balance issue where people from a certain area are seeing a broken site.

(It's working for me from NYC area at the moment.)

Re:Is everybody really that stupid? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250006)

While I agree this post was completely overblown, my boyfriend and I, who live on different continents, did experience these same problems with Skype earlier today with both of our systems crashing and unable to access the Skype website as well. The problem appears to have resolved itself now.

Re:Is everybody really that stupid? (4, Informative)

ygslash (893445) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250008)

The web site was down for a short time. First down completely, then 505 and redirect to a static backup page. Now it's working again.

Re:Is everybody really that stupid? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249780)

Yeah, but they even got that wrong. Surely 'snaffled' stands alone? 'Snaffled up' seems a mite tautologous to me.

Re:Is everybody really that stupid? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249868)

Nah - snaffled - knicked or stolen

Snaffled up - eaten

Re:Is everybody really that stupid? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249922)

Technically a Snaffle [wikipedia.org] is a type of bit for a horse bridle. Snaffling something implies catching and putting it into a harness. Snapping up means acquisition.

Re:Is everybody really that stupid? (2)

Whorhay (1319089) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249784)

"The only useful thing in this submission is that I learned the word 'snaffled.'"

Damnit, and on the one day in the month that I don't have mod points!

Re:Is everybody really that stupid? (5, Funny)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249890)

Microsoft is not running Skype yet. It takes months for these deals to go through. And TFA suggests that Skype has never gone down before, which is BS. 'Disappeared from the Internet'? Seriously?

The only useful thing in this submission is that I learned the word 'snaffled.'

It's a safe assumption that the word snaffled derives from the early Latin acronym, snafu, which translates: Situation Normal All Fucked Up.

That's so Microsoft! (0)

Skatox (1109939) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249708)

That's so Microsoft! Next step: malware trough skype.

haters gonna hate (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249710)

I confess to having run Internet publications using Skype as an instant messaging service for over seven years now.
In all that time the service has never once failed - until today.

So you don't remember December's outage, do you? Haters gonna hate.

Re:haters gonna hate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249846)

I confess to having run Internet publications using Skype as an instant messaging service for over seven years now.
In all that time the service has never once failed - until today.

So you don't remember December's outage, do you? Haters gonna hate.

"haters gonna hate" -> childish name-calling that demonstrates an utter inability to engage in logical discourse.

Otherwise known as ad hominem [wikipedia.org] , a logical fallacy.

So instead of making a point, you demonstrated your inability to think.

Re:haters gonna hate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249966)

So instead of making a point, you demonstrated your inability to think.

Just like you just did.

works in NYC (2)

alen (225700) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249716)

maybe this is a european thing?

Re:works in NYC (1)

nomisholman (597627) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249778)

no problem in germany

Re:works in NYC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249810)

works in Germany, maybe it is a "OMG let's make something up, QUICK!!" thing?

Works in Australia too (1)

gtch (1977476) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249840)

No problem here — both Skype website and calls working fine.

Re:works in NYC (5, Informative)

geegel (1587009) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249878)

It was an XML glitch, corrupting the config.xml and/or shared.xml files, which are locally stored. They need to be removed manually, since a reinstall won't touch them. Anyway, this led to a surge of traffic to skype.com, the predictable /. effect and a lot of FUD.

Re:works in NYC (1)

Tarmas (954439) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249950)

I'm in Europe, Poland to be exact, and Skype works fine, so no, it's not an OMG W0RdLWiDE OuTaGE (!!!!!!1!!!one!!!), as the title suggests.

Top notch reporting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249720)

Overpriced, really? When did we become specialists in business and finance?

Re:Top notch reporting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249862)

This is slashdot, we are in fact masters of all realms of human knowledge!

Duh!

A bit short on factual information. (2)

Arkaic (784460) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249722)

I call bullshit. From the article - "In all that time the service has never once failed - until today." Perhaps it never failed for the author previously, but Skype has had several notable outages in its history. I'm not huge fan of M$, but the article shows nothing to justify blaming this on M$.

Re:A bit short on factual information. (1)

Virtucon (127420) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249912)

I agree Skype has failed many times in the past. This is just a temporary problem or has Sony's IT admins now joined Skype?

Like father like son (3, Funny)

Progman3K (515744) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249728)

So Skype is already adopting MS's reliability

Re:Like father like son (3, Informative)

Virtucon (127420) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249938)

Man, I'm so tired of hearing this. I have shops with Solairis, Linux and Windows and you know what uptimes are damn close. Solaris still wins out over Linux and Windows in the uptime department but this lame MS beating is just getting too old.

Maybe you should go beat on Google for the holes in Android app security?

Re:Like father like son (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250110)

Maybe he does on stories about Android security. That isn't the topic here. Microsoft products (which number more than just windows) have along colourful history of being unreliable (which means more than just long up time) and even apologists like you have to conceed that. Skype has just been purchased by Microsoft so noting the good fit is amusingly appropriate, given Skype's current problems.

Also for some one who has so many "shops" you type a lot like a indignant teenager. I guess that those two things are not mutally exclusive but still.

Only Microsoft (0)

taktoa (1995544) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249732)

Could screw up that badly.

Useless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249736)

Anti-microsoft garbage. Written by a 12 year-old, and sparse on facts.

fixed (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249738)

Technical instructions to fix the current Skype issue affecting a small number of users – easier solution coming soon! http://bit.ly/iLbgpy

See https://twitter.com/#!/Skype

Peat. And repeat. (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249744)

Isn't this the second time Skype went down? Wonder if it's the same cause: blogs.skype.com/en/2010/12/cio_update.html (CIO update: Post-mortem on the Skype outage)

Like Sony, I thought they would have fixed this problem by now, but guess not.

Don't think it's because of Microsoft (1, Insightful)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249746)

Even though most Slashdotters will laugh about it, I don't think it is linked to the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft... The acquisition is so recent, I don't think anybody other than high ranked executives could have put their nose in Skype business, so I don't think Microsoft developpers could have caused such a mess.

Re:Don't think it's because of Microsoft (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249884)

you never know, the guy responsible for watching the blinking light on the server might have read all the news of the takeover, exclaimed "I'm never working for Microsoft" and walked out. And right now, everyone's looking at the servers, scratching their heads and saying "where's the guy who usually resets this thing?".

Say again? (4, Informative)

Mascot (120795) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249748)

Been connected to Skype, and chatting, all day. No issues. www.skype.com working just fine.

With statements like "has disappeared from the Internet" and "worldwide outage", I would expect to have... you know.. have noticed something?

So, let's rephrase TFS to something more like: "Some users/areas experiencing issues reaching Skype servers and services"

Re:Say again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249830)

Same here. Me and 2 friends are on skyping and watching one of them stream a game and chatting about issues with the recent Minecraft update causing issues with our server downtime. (CPU bug that should be fixed and soon released)

Guess I will just have to make sure I don't go offline if it is down...

Re:Say again? (1)

fezzzz (1774514) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250002)

My skype just keeps on crashing and my colleague working on Linux experiences the same problem. I've checked with five other colleagues and their skype is working fine, so the problem is clearly intermittend

Re:Say again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250124)

Ditto, I was shocked to find out that despite TALKING ON SKYPE RIGHT NOW it's totally not working. I'm going to send this article to my buddies ON SKYPE RIGHT NOW so they can all be informed of skype's outage.

Re:Say again? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250198)

So, let's rephrase TFS to something more like: "Some guy with a blog that hates Microsoft is experiencing issues reaching Skype servers and services and then submitted a link to Slashdot because Slashdot hates Microsoft. And Apple. And has issues with Linux. Y'know what, slashdot hates everything to do with computers."

Seems to be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249752)

working just fine in London.

Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249760)

It's working find for me, both skype to skype and skype to POTS.

Maybe I just got lucky, but then again both the article and skype's twitter response seem to indicate this isn'tthe wholesale outage that the /. headline would suggest

(website) Works on my machine. (1)

Barryke (772876) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249762)

It redirects to http://www.skype.com/intl/nl/home [skype.com]

Featuring the "Works on My Machine" certificate. http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2007/03/the-works-on-my-machine-certification-program.html [codinghorror.com]

I'd really want to use Skype, but its no use as nobody i knows does so. Vendor lockout!?
Luckely here, the Dutch government has ruled that Dutch telecom companies may NOT charge extra for using instant messaging (or similar) apps on their network.

Its a mess right now, but its likely a free (possibly opensource) alternative will either launch or stand out of the crowd in the years to come.

Stop whining... (4, Informative)

geegel (1587009) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249770)

Step 1: Uninstall Skype

Step 2: Go to %AppData%\Skype\YourUsername rename config.xml to config.bak

Step 3: Go to %AppData%\Skype rename shared.xml to shared.bak

Step 4: Reinstall Skype

Step 5: Profit!

Re:Stop whining... (5, Informative)

monkeyhybrid (1677192) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249854)

No need to uninstall Skype or touch the config.xml file. Just rename shared.xml to shared.xml.bak (or simply delete it as will be recreated next time Skype runs). Job done.

Re:Stop whining... (1)

geegel (1587009) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249908)

Oh well, this is how I've done it and since it works... I figured I shouldn't skip any steps.

Re:Stop whining... (1)

SilentTristero (99253) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249864)

Don't need to uninstall/reinstall. Just stop skype (well, it's probably already crashed if this is happening to you), delete the shared.xml, and restart it.

Re:Stop whining... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250132)

Don't need to uninstall/reinstall. Just stop skype (well, it's probably already crashed if this is happening to you), delete the shared.xml, and restart it.

Deleting shared.xml did the trick ;)

Re:Stop whining... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250084)

Works the same on Linux. Go to ~/.Skype, do "mv shared.xml shared.bak", start Skype. Works...

Its just an XML glitch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249774)

In Vista/W7 delete the shared.xml from C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Skype

Bam.. its working again.

This post is tabloid-fodder (1)

matt_king (19018) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249776)

Skype is not down at all, not the service nor the website....this should not be on the front news page as it is sending out FUD.

window dressing (1)

Sunshinerat (1114191) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249792)

I strongly believe that the investment firm running Skype has kept it alive and looking healthy for as long as necessary.
Now the deal with Microsoft is made, there is no reason to keep the extra staff on board to keep it running without issues.
This also explains the sudden pull out from Astrix support.

This is the world we live in when money driven firms keep the windows clean, until it is no longer necessary.
The correct term is window dressing.

Microsoft, good luck with your recent purchase.

It works in Taiwan right now (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249800)

Im on it and OP doesnt obviously know WTF hes talking about.

I know this is /. but damn the FUD from /. is getting out of hand.

Hotmail flashbacks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249826)

Is anyone getting them?

Skype to Microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36249876)

"I'd rather die than be owned by you!"

One idiot user is a worldwide outage? (2)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249918)

And I'm certain I've seen a skype outage story at slashdot in the past.

That explains something... (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249920)

I haven't been seeing nearly as many ads for Eastern European mail-order-bride services in my skype account lately. Now I know why.

They pushed an update yesterday (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249926)

Heaven knows what the update pushed to people. It probably also caused the load.

What the Fuck Are You Talking About? (1)

WarpedCore (1255156) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249936)

Skype is working just fine. I just call tested in on my iPhone 4 moments ago and the polite British test call lady sounded as clear as ever. I think she's British. Never really stopped to play her accent. This is another Orson Welles caliber example of Internet reporting. Bravo.

confirmed on linux (1)

nevercome (1111179) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249974)

on linux, it just crashes after ~10sec after start . This happens on any client i have tested, from Ubuntu 10.04 to 11.04.

Re:confirmed on linux (1)

nevercome (1111179) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250128)

..fixed deleting .Skype directory into homedir.

Seriously... (4, Insightful)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249988)

I am really sick of this yellow journalism that's been popping up lately on Slashdot! Whoever is putting these articles on the front page, needs to do a better job.

It's supposed to be "News For Nerds", just report actual fucking facts related to science or tech, and not anti-MS bullshit or what color muffin Steve Jobs had for breakfast!

Re:Seriously... (1)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250020)

Agreed. And as much as people here like to rail against the idiots on Digg, at least their site has a mechanism to bury dumbass stories like this.

Re:Seriously... (1)

kurokaze (221063) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250096)

QFT - this place is turning into the enquirier

Really ? (1)

mbone (558574) | more than 3 years ago | (#36249990)

It's working fine for me in Northern Virginia at 9:33 AM EDT - Cox Cable.

Skype works for me. (1)

C_Kode (102755) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250028)

Skype is still functioning for me.

That was quick! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250034)

I would have thought it would have taken a while for Microsofts culture to get through but they have obviously been getting much faster at this game.

M$ bashing fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250042)

Someone just wants hits on their blog and is all bitchy about having Skype issues. Nothing to see here.

"nary a fortnight after Microsoft snaffled up..." (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250092)

it's good to see shakespeare still employed and writing story summaries on the internet

but he could do with less colorful opinionated superlatives and just relate the facts

SlashDot is the Fox News of the tech sites (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250130)

Let's just find a story, write up some anti-MS wording, don't verify the contents, and post.

kdawson? Is that you? (4, Insightful)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250140)

1) Poorly researched, out of date information.
2) Inaccurate, inflammatory headline.
3) Short, information-free stub.

Sure seems like him.

Woah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250164)

Skype has crashed and burned in a worldwidge outage. Meanwhile, Amazon has utterly gone up in flames; Google has sunk into the muck of internet oblivion; Facebook doesn't seem to know where its towel is.

Oh, wait, what's this dangling ethernet cable go to? *clik* Ah. Never mind. It's all back. When will these big companies learn?

Headline is too soft (1)

Smigh (1634175) | more than 3 years ago | (#36250166)

Could you use a more sensationalist headline please? A worldwide outrage? Surely it must be worse than that if some users are experiencing connection issues. Put rebellion and pillages in there too... why not? And "crashes and burns"? That sounds like an accident, change that to "Microsoft murders, mutilates and disposes of Skype"!

The real reason... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36250196)

They switched from BSD to NT.

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