I figured out one way to lose data last night.
DO NOT QUIT IN THE MIDDLE OF A JOB.
This actually set up a situation where the GTA servers would not recognize that I was signed in, even though I was. Finally had to restart the PS3, log in, launch GTA, sign out of online via the XMB, then sign in again before it would let me back online. Fortunately, nothing was lost, but I was pretty worried there for a while.
It just proves us both right.
(as they state they are working on a perm fix with a patch).
Personally I think its kinda sad that R* has to resort to using You tube, and community feedback to solve a problem as big as this.
I would expect this from COD franchise but not GTA.
This is a beta/ It is official now.
Doesnt give me the least bit of confidence that if I put in another 10 hours or more that my Char wont get wiped.