TheOptimizationIdiot - 8:27 am on Mar 8, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: TheOptimizationIdiot at 8:37 am (utc) on Mar 8, 2013]
I've been around a long time, and it feels like things used to right before a big update back in the day when we had a "Google Dance".
It's not necessarily saying to me they "don't have their system under control" as much as it's saying "something big is running in the background" (which does make the system "go out of control" or "haywire" for a bit sometimes), so in some ways, yes, I agree it's out of control right now, but I don't think it's "out of control for good" or that it won't be back under control before too long.
When they run something really big they have to take a large number of machines "off line" as far as running their regular tasks goes and use them to process the data and perform the update and when they do things get "goofy" for a while, sometimes in really odd ways, then when they put those machines back online for their normal operation things are "caught up" to where they should be and that's what it looks like is happening to me.
I don't know if you were around for the "Dance Days" but this is pretty similar to what I remember seeing back then right before a major update would take place.
[edited by: TheOptimizationIdiot at 8:37 am (utc) on Mar 8, 2013]