Everything above kilo (1,000) is expressed with a capital letter so Mb and Gb; mb is millibytes (one thousandth of a byte) - Guardian correction
AUCTION WEBSITE eBay is having a bad year and has been falling down and swerving all over the place again like a drunk uncle at a wedding.
Reports have the website suffering its 11th service outage this year, something that always provokes angry responses from people who make a living on its webpages.
These responses are again playing out, as users have encountered problems while trying to login to eBay. The short version of the situation is that many people simply cannot access the website.
The Ask eBay Twitter account covers the issue before announcing that it is all fixed.
"Earlier today some users had issues when visiting our site," it said. "All issues are resolved now; apologies for any inconvenience this has caused."
eBay's user forums are equally bursting with livid comments from people who were unable to access the website, its services, or their saved settings.
We last reported on eBay and its last excursion into the wilderness on 12 August. That was the 10th time that the firm had wandered off without telling anyone, and then we were told that it appeared eBay was no longer able to handle its systems and infrastructure.
"Today's outage marks the largest outage for Ebay users in the UK for this year, both in terms of duration of the problems and the number of users that are impacted," said Tom Sanders, co-founder of Downdetector.co.uk then.
"The persistent site problems that Ebay UK is suffering indicate that Ebay is unable to fix the computer problems that are causing these outages."
We've asked eBay for more information.
Meanwhile news has reached us that cat, lunch and twerk database Facebook was down for between 300 and 900 seconds last night. For those five to 15 long minutes users were left, presumably, to turn to the person next to them to announce either what they were thinking about or planning on doing.
We asked Facebook to explain itself and perhaps apologise for its five or so minutes of madness. µ
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