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Microsoft and ICE, Major Downtimes Again

  • Microsoft says pro-migrant, but no mention of cancelling ICE contract
    Both Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella and president Brad Smith have responded to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement separating migrant children from their parents at the Mexico-US border by issuing strong statements against the practice. However, neither has said a word about ending the company's US$19.4 million contract with ICE. US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday cancelling the separation policy for the next 20 days. About 4000 children have already been taken from their parents and there is no sign of their being returned. About 100 employees had sent a letter to Nadella, asking for the contract with ICE to be cancelled.
  • Microsoft CEO: don't worry, we're mostly helping the parts of ICE that don't involve kidnapping children
    As Microsoft employees grow increasingly furious that their employer is a key technology provider to ICE, providing, among other things, facial recognition software, the company is responding, conscious of the possibility of a repeat of Google's showdown with its employees over the provision of AI for drone warfare systems. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella circulated an internal memo to all employees reassuring them that Microsoft only indirectly contributes to ICE's child kidnapping system by providing service to the rest of ICE. The child kidnapping crisis has prompted Mike Godwin to temporarily suspend Godwin's law, which allows me to point out that the service technicians IBM dispatched to service the Nazi tabulating machines only helped the Nazis to count the dead -- it wasn't like IBM was servicing gas chambers, just as Microsoft is only supplying adjacent services to an agency that the UN has condemned as "counter to human rights standards and principles."
  • Microsoft Azure suffers 11-hours of borkage across Europe

    The official word is that the downtime, which comes just days after Office 365 went titsup, lasted from around 5.45pm on Tuesday until 4.30am on Wednesday morning.

    However, many customers were still reporting issues today, despite Azure Support claiming that its engineers had "mitigated the issue in North Europe and impacted services should be recovered at this time".