Posted Aug 23, 2007 5:13 UTC (Thu) by eru
Parent article: The Skype outage
From what I gathered from the article, Skype seems to have a central system for authentication. I think the problem is right there. This does not scale. Compare this with cellular phone systems, where the responsibility for authentication of a handset is distributed between the various operators. Each will of course have somewhere a database of their own subscribers, but no global database of all cellular users is needed.
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