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100% Uptime For Slack is 100% False

January 5th, 2021 · No Comments

So, Slack claims they have 100% uptime even though they had a major outage yesterday. Because they were never honest with this uptime claim in the first place they try to give a reason why its likely better than one would think by making some claim that its “an average derived from the number of affected users”. Whatever that means. So they can probably say, well, we had an outage and 12 million users MINUS 1 were not able to use slack but there was 1 that was able to use it so we are 100% up.

Outages started around 10:14 am on Jan 4th, 2021 according to their status history page. They actually continued in some manner with some of their services until about 12:05 am on Jan 5th.

They admitted to a full blown outage at 11:20 am.

At 12:29 pm they said that some customers may see improvements connecting to Slack. We all know that most of us had issues for at least part of the afternoon.

But lets be really conservative and say that for at least an hour their services were completely out for ALL of their users. We know its much longer for a large portion of users and at least a good number of users.

So their uptime “for the quarter” should be no better than 98.5833333% for the 4 days in the quarter so far. Again, that is being super conservative.

BUT obviously the calculation they are using isn’t a calculation whatsoever. Its just a hardcoded 100% value there no matter what the situation is!!! Lets just be honest with what is being shown here.

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mmhmm videochat software is now available to all for Mac | TechCrunch

November 12th, 2020 · No Comments

Its been ages since I’ve refused to use an app just because of its name but we have a new contender today for worst named app.

Am I the only one that is that annoyed by the name of some software that I won’t use it just because of that??

Marketing FAIL!!

Source: mmhmm videochat software is now available to all for Mac | TechCrunch

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Short Form Video Service Quibi Shutting Down – MacRumors

October 27th, 2020 · No Comments

My prediction the first day this service was announced is that it will go nowhere. Today is the day it is gone!!

Source: Short Form Video Service Quibi Shutting Down – MacRumors

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Five Useful Features We’d Like to See Added to iPadOS – MacRumors

October 9th, 2020 · No Comments

Absolutely agree with this list especially multi-user capability.

It is absolutely ridiculous that Apple has not implemented that on iPad as of yet.

Source: Five Useful Features We’d Like to See Added to iPadOS – MacRumors

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Apple’s response to Epic threatens the future of VR, AR, TV, and films | VentureBeat

August 20th, 2020 · No Comments

This is an unfortunate response from Apple. In the end I think it will backfire on them.

And I think Tim Cook will have to take back this statement “we do not retaliate or bully people; it’s strongly against our company culture.”

Source: Apple’s response to Epic threatens the future of VR, AR, TV, and films | VentureBeat

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Tesla Vehicle Safety Report | Tesla

August 1st, 2020 · No Comments

Tesla auto pilot seems to be about 10 times safer than a human driving.

“In the 2nd quarter, we registered one accident for every 4.53 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged. For those driving without Autopilot but with our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 2.27 million miles driven. For those driving without Autopilot and without our active safety features, we registered one accident for every 1.56 million miles driven. By comparison, NHTSA’s most recent data shows that in the United States there is an automobile crash every 479,000 miles.”

Source: Tesla Vehicle Safety Report | Tesla

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iOS 14 Includes Redesigned Field Test Mode – MacRumors

July 28th, 2020 · No Comments

Source: iOS 14 Includes Redesigned Field Test Mode – MacRumors

I didn’t know this even existed in the current iOS!!

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How long will radio last?

July 16th, 2020 · No Comments

Interesting post about radio as per usual from Doc Searls:

The question on Quora was How long does a radio station last on average? Here is my answer, which also addresses the bigger question of what will happen to radio itself. Radio station licenses will…

Source: How long will radio last?

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Apple Disputes Some Details of Google’s Project Zero Report on iOS Security Vulnerabilities

September 12th, 2019 · No Comments

Lets not always believe what the competition says! Macrumor article here.

Apple says the attack was “narrowly-focused” rather than a broad-based exploit of iPhones as described. Fewer than a dozen websites targeting Uighur Muslims were affected, according to Apple. Further, Apple says that Google created a false impression of mass exploitation, causing fear among iPhone owners.

Google also got the length of the attacks wrong. Apple says the websites were operational for approximately two months rather than two years, with the vulnerabilities fixed 10 days after Apple learned about them. Fixes were already in the works when Google approached Apple.

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MySpace loses 12 years worth of photos, songs & video files

March 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

Wait a minute, MySpace still exists??!!

Source: MySpace loses 12 years worth of photos, songs & video files

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