How To Foil NSA Sabotage: Use a Dead Man's Switch
The rsync canary is a good idea, another standard approach for delicate communications are job advertisements.
In this case:
A large ad in a suitable newspaper that you are searching for a lawyer.
Amazon EC2 Failure Post-Mortem
and the primary and secondary network will not fail simultaneously for a large number of nodes.
It's nice to see that everyone has the same problem:
There is no approach to identify wrong assumptions.
But what's the conclusion?
Should we stay away from huge systems, because the damage due to a wrong assumption in a huge system is huge?
Auto Industry's Fastest Processor Is 128Mhz
No need to search: You can find press releases from 2008 about engine control ECUs build around Infineon Tricore with 150 MHz:
http://www.tuneline.at/news/detail.asp?start=235 (sorry, in German)
The Audi V12 (diesel) is controlled by two 150 MHz processors operating as master-slave.
Logitech Makes 1 Billionth Mouse
The automotive industry beats 1 billion easily. For example, Bosch shipped more than 10 billion spark plugs, more than 8 billion just from one plant.
Who has more?
Are there products that were shipped 100 billion times?