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posted by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:13AM   Printer-friendly
from the there-go-most-of-our-nines dept.

As you're probably aware we experienced some unplanned downtime today. It has been claimed it was entirely the fault of Russian Hackers. They invaded fluorine and caused the database updating code in rehash to not update the database this last site update. Which is just as well, I suppose, since two of the SQL statements refuse to complete even when run manually. That I'm going to have to chalk up to a misconfigured ndbd on helium and neon.

tl;dr The long and short of it is, we'll be fine until we can get those updates into the database, but it is going to mean more downtime this weekend.

~TMB

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by krait6 on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:27AM (12 children)

    by krait6 (5170) on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:27AM (#634602)

    There was a link on the front page to the IRC channel during the downtime, and it was nice getting a chance to chat with the people who work on SoylentNews.
    Sometimes little hiccups are also opportunities.
    Maintaining a big site like SoylentNews is a lot of work, and I for one appreciate it.
    Thanks

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:47AM (11 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:47AM (#634618)

    People still use IRC? Huh. I thought everyone uses Discord these days. Which is essentially IRC, but prettified for the web, uses about ten times more memory than an IRC client, and lets the venture capital-backed Discord corporate overlord slurp up everything you say and type but no one cares and everyone uses it anyway because "it's easy, everyone else uses it, and I have nothing to hide." But I digress.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by takyon on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:59AM (1 child)

      by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:59AM (#634623) Journal

      I think Slack might use 10x the resources of Discord. It's such a slow turd.

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      • (Score: 3, Informative) by Pino P on Thursday February 08 2018, @03:26PM

        by Pino P (4721) on Thursday February 08 2018, @03:26PM (#634951) Journal

        Both the desktop client for Slack and the desktop client for Discord are Electron apps. Electron is like installing a separate copy of Google Chrome that's hardcoded to view one website. It takes just as much RAM as any other Chromium browser, as opposed to the slightly smaller footprint of viewing multiple sites in one web browser or the much smaller footprint of something like Pidgin or HexChat.

        Buy more RAM? Not at these DRAM prices, which have been gradually rising over the past few years, and not with compact laptop motherboards continuing to limit installed RAM to single digit GB.

    • (Score: 1) by krait6 on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:59AM (7 children)

      by krait6 (5170) on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:59AM (#634624)

      People still use IRC? Huh. I thought everyone uses Discord these days.

      Mostly true ... but Discord also has channels being "raided" regularly by trolls, and there are a grand total of 12 admins and moderators working for Discord "overlooking" (as in ... not) millions users on around 12,000 servers. It's ... kind of a free-for-all.
      https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/01/30/1824206 [soylentnews.org]

      • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday February 08 2018, @02:16AM (6 children)

        Yeah, we solved that by welcoming the trolls with open arms in IRC. They even eventually talked me into coming on staff. You can spout feminist stuff all day, you can mock feminists by shitposting feminist stuff all day, you can even do like EF and show everyone a picture of your dong. Losers, bastards, and freaks of all kinds are shown in and handed a beverage.

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        • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Thursday February 08 2018, @05:02AM (1 child)

          by captain normal (2205) on Thursday February 08 2018, @05:02AM (#634683)

          And...you like this?? Why??

          • (Score: 4, Insightful) by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday February 08 2018, @05:47AM

            It's liberating when you realize offense is never given but always taken. You decide if you want to be offended or not; nobody else. Once you figure that out, trolling is at worst boring. Often it's hilarious.

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        • (Score: 2, Funny) by DECbot on Thursday February 08 2018, @05:15AM (3 children)

          by DECbot (832) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 08 2018, @05:15AM (#634687) Journal

          you can even do like EF and show everyone a picture of your dong.

          I tried this once in IRC, but I had problems making an accurate representation. The '=' has the bars too close together and I am constantly hitting the end of the line and forced to line wrap before the length is right.

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          • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Thursday February 08 2018, @05:48AM

            Ahhh, a burden I know all too well. Try for humility instead of accuracy. It's kinder to those less fortunate.

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          • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 08 2018, @10:53AM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 08 2018, @10:53AM (#634815)

            Just depict is as seen from the Moon.

            • (Score: 2, Funny) by DECbot on Thursday February 08 2018, @03:26PM

              by DECbot (832) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 08 2018, @03:26PM (#634950) Journal

              sure thing.
               
              As viewed from the moon:
               
              Earth --> O8==D <-- penis
               
              (images are roughly to scale)

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    • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday February 08 2018, @03:09AM

      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday February 08 2018, @03:09AM (#634654) Journal

      Hell yes people still use IRC. IRC : Discord :: dwm : Gnome, more or less, though that's a bit of a slander on Discord in that it does actually perform its functions reasonably well without eighty hojillion kludgey plugins...

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