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Businesses The Internet IT Suffers Outage: Nearly $5M Down the Drain? 173

First time accepted submitter Brandon Butler writes ", the multi-billion online retail website, experienced an outage of unknown proportions on Thursday afternoon. Rumblings of an outage began popping up on Twitter at about 2:40 PM ET. Multiple attempts to access the site around 3:15 PM ET on Thursday were met with the message: 'Http/1.1 Service Unavailable.' By 3:30 PM ET the site appeared to be back online for at least some users. How big of a deal is an hour-long Amazon outage?'s latest earnings report showed that the company makes about $10.8 billion per quarter, or about $118 million per day and $4.9 million per hour." Update: 01/31 22:25 GMT by T : "Hackers claim credit."
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  • Re:Hmm... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by xevioso ( 598654 ) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @06:29PM (#42756143)

    Some people will go back, some people will not. The point is there does not seem to be any indication that this number was taken into account when the 4.9$ million number was estimated. Perhaps the first hour it's offline they "lose" 4.9$million, but the next hour it comes back on they make 8$million when they normally would have only made 4.9$million. There's no way to know.

  • Re:Hmm... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by eWarz ( 610883 ) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @08:18PM (#42757089)
    I happen to be IT for a large (nowhere near as large as amazon, but big enough...) eCommerce site and I can tell you, people don't buy later. A lot of those sales disappear. Users try to buy it on amazon, if that doesn't work they hit up or newegg or some other site.

Nondeterminism means never having to say you are wrong.