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posted by NCommander on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the there-was-much-rejoicing dept.
As part of wanting to be part of a brighter and sunny future, we've decided to disconnect IPv4 on our backend, and go single-stack IPv6. Right now, reading to this post, you're connected to our database through shiny 128-bit IP addressing that is working hard to process your posts. For those of you still in the past, we'll continue to publish A records which will allow a fleeting glimpse of a future without NAT.Believe it or not, we're actually serious on this one.

Linode IPv6 graph

We're not publishing AAAA records on production just yet as Slash has a few minor glitches when it gets an IPv6 address (they don't turn into IPIDs correctly), though we are publishing an AAAA record on dev. With one exception, all of our services communicate with each other on IPv6.

Perhaps I will write an article about our backend and the magical things that happen there :-).
 
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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by oodaloop on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:03PM

    by oodaloop (1982) <reversethis-{moc.ohoz} {ta} {ffonimakj}> on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:03PM (#24052)

    I love a good April Fool's joke. You almost had me there, though. Killing off IPv4 indeed.

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  • (Score: 2) by elf on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:26PM

    by elf (64) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:26PM (#24066)

    If this was an April fools joke I was totally fooled :) I know nothing about networks really so a pretty graph had me hook, line and sinker!

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by khchung on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:43PM

    by khchung (457) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:43PM (#24085)

    (Hopefully someone who matters will see this, eventually.)

    Please just STOP these April Fools stories, lame or not.

    With the other site's US focus, one can hardly complain. But if Soylent would rather not have the same US-centric focus, then maybe Soylent should understand that not every country make a big deal out of April Fools' day.

    It is downright annoying to have the news site you frequent to become totally worthless for a whole day every year due to it being totally filled with fake news that pretend to be funny.

    Instead of trying to see which ones are fake and which ones are real, I just skip the site for one day every year. If Soylent follows this tradition, then I just also skip Soylent for the same day.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by xlefay on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:46PM

      by xlefay (65) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @12:46PM (#24087) Journal

      Actually, I was involved with this bloody procedure, IPv4 was not happy, at all. It was quite bloody, but we got it done.

      PS: It's true, I swear.

      • (Score: 1, Redundant) by Thexalon on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:18PM

        by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:18PM (#24124)

        "Look at them, bloody IPv4 users, filling up the bloody address space with bloody devices they can't afford to bloody connect."
        "But what are we, dear?"
        "IPv6, and fiercely proud of it!"

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01 2014, @02:34PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01 2014, @02:34PM (#24198)

      It would be easier if you just gave in and started making a big deal about April Fool's day yourself. Start spreading the tradition in your country! It's fun and harmless and an opportunity for people to test their humour and wit.

    • (Score: 1) by timbim on Tuesday April 01 2014, @10:23PM

      by timbim (907) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @10:23PM (#24501)

      We're all gonna make is bro.

  • (Score: 5, Informative) by NCommander on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:01PM

    by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <michael@casadevall.pro> on Tuesday April 01 2014, @01:01PM (#24108) Homepage Journal

    We're actually serious; we threw out the IPv4 addressing when it got to the point we had to run NAT to get offsite backup to work. We tested IPv6 addressing in DBIx::Password for dev to make sure nothing blew, and then flipped production last week. We had a SLIGHT hiccup as MySQL doesn't listen to IPv6 port out of the box, but after I fixed the config, we've had no problems, and we're removing the IPv4 internal IPs from the nodes one by one.

    (we've already purged them from the internal li694-22 zone)

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    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by dcollins on Tuesday April 01 2014, @04:56PM

      by dcollins (1168) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @04:56PM (#24320) Homepage

      The April Fools' stories on Slashdot were always my most-loathed part of the site (at least there, all Apr-1 stories were bullshit and I could shut off the site for a day). But you've compounded the problem by posting both real and fake stories on Apr-1, so it takes debugging time to separate out which is which.

      Please just dump the Apr-1 fake stories tradition.

      • (Score: 2) by NCommander on Tuesday April 01 2014, @05:14PM

        by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <michael@casadevall.pro> on Tuesday April 01 2014, @05:14PM (#24334) Homepage Journal

        There have been two stories that have obviously been false. There's one more in the hopper to end the BaconMuffins despite (I hate dangling plot threads) and then back to business as usual.

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        • (Score: 1) by dcollins on Wednesday April 02 2014, @06:20AM

          by dcollins (1168) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @06:20AM (#24636) Homepage

          So low Type I Error, but thus high Type II Error, and therefore even more wasted time through the day.

          Plus it's just stupid in the first place. Dump it, please.

        • (Score: 1) by dcollins on Wednesday April 02 2014, @06:22AM

          by dcollins (1168) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @06:22AM (#24637) Homepage

          Or at least make it a community vote/poll: yes or no.

        • (Score: 2) by lhsi on Wednesday April 02 2014, @08:28AM

          by lhsi (711) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @08:28AM (#24663) Journal

          I kind of liked the idea of a "slow roll". Normal day of news stories. Then one story starts of plausible but ends with an obviously comedic reveal (like what looks like a story about someone being bullied ends up with them being sent to their aunt and uncle in Bell Air). That way there is a tiny bit of April Fools (and only in one place)