distributed systems, and systems failure in general

 

"A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable." Leslie Lamport, 1987; though the same observation would be true for cloud computing today.

 

Noted recently on this Google Plus thread; I don't think I'll quote the whole thing, but by referencing it here I'll find it again at least for a while.

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