On Wednesday, December 22, a cluster of support servers responsible for offline instant messaging became overloaded. As a result of this overload, some Skype clients received delayed responses from the overloaded servers. In a version of the Skype for Windows client (version 5.0.0152), the delayed responses from the overloaded servers were not properly processed, causing Windows clients running the affected version to crash.
I think this is all factually incorrect. Skype already auto-updates on Windows (& Linux, if you installed it via their repo). I don't think you can even disable the auto-update in v5.
I've seen tons of people griping that their v4 was updated to v5 against their will before this even happened.
If I'm wrong, feel free to correct me. But, why have I seen a half dozen people complaining of *this* before the problem?
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
One more thing: I just found an analysis elsewhere that also says that Skype's supernodes are designed to *shut down* if they become overloaded, so as to not abuse the bandwidth of the user.
It sounds like they never accounted for a scenario where tons of their buggy Windows clients crash, then overload the supernodes on the non-Windows boxes (which would have continued running the network, had they not been programmed to shut down): Their system was basically designed for cascade failure.
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