December 2nd, 2009

Captain Obvious

I think is going to be owing people some free service.

[mackys@shell ~]$ ping
PING ( from : 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=54 time=46.8 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=54 time=46.7 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=54 time=46.8 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6 ttl=54 time=46.6 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=7 ttl=54 time=46.8 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=10 ttl=54 time=43.8 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=11 ttl=54 time=42.9 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=12 ttl=54 time=93.0 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=14 ttl=54 time=50.0 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=16 ttl=54 time=46.9 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=18 ttl=54 time=46.9 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=19 ttl=54 time=46.6 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=24 ttl=54 time=47.0 ms

--- ping statistics ---
26 packets transmitted, 13 packets received, 50% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max = 42.9/50.0/93.0 ms
[mackys@shell ~]$

More or less returning every second packet. That's amusing...

Linode is apparently having network-wide issues due to a botched upgrade.

> During a shared library update distributed to our hosts, a number of the hosts incorrectly
> have marked Linodes as being shut down. To recover from this we may be issuing host reboots
> to upgrade their software to our latest stack, and then bringing the Linodes to their last
> state. We're working on this now and expect to have additional updates shortly. We'll also be
> notifying those affected via our support ticket system. Please stand by.

I didn't see any other threads, and their forums are down with the rest of their site so I figured I should post here.

One of my linodes has been down 2 hours now and another 2 for about 20 minutes each. Linode has been disturbingly quiet on updates. The last one was an hour ago as of this writing via twitter: "Linodes are continuing to come up as we recover from the outage"

Linode has some serious customer service issues here. First of all these updates are not nearly frequent or informative enough. Further, there is no reliable way for customers to receive updates. Their forums are useless if their entire site is going to be down, and they have no status page. They should have a SEPARATELY HOSTED status site that doesn't go down with everything else. It's ridiculous to force users to go searching for any sort of communication on twitter and elsewhere.

SRSLY Linode - having a 2nd location where you can host a status page when a back-hoe digs up your main site's fiber is networking 201. How come you guys can't figure that out?

Also, who's the genius who pushed out an update so poorly tested that it crashed every last linode? You *do* test your code before you deploy it, don't you?? (No, don't answer that. I don't want to know. Or rather, I already know...)

I'm not really complaining. Linode is a great deal and I'm not about to stop giving them money. And it's not like I'm hosting anything important or necessary on Linode. But I do have to wonder what they're thinking sometimes... or if they even are thinking at all.
Trajedy... for YOUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!

Have I mentioned that this country is not worth saving?

The way our politics of fear is now constructed, there is no limit to the costs involved in nation-building in every conceivable failed state that could be a safe harbor for Jihadists. We cannot have the adult conversation about how much terrorist damage the US should tolerate compared with the costs of trying to control this phenomenon at its source. We are not mature enough as a country to have that conversation. And Obama has decided it isn't worth confronting that question now.

This is indeed what this is all about. To avoid a potential terrorist attack we are willing to invade countries and conduct wars to the end of time, if necessary. We are a country of cowards. And we're not too bright, either.

Not a good combination of traits. And soon enough we'll be bankrupt. But it all goes to the point that we'd rather ravage the armed forces and bankrupt the nation than risk a bomb going off in a rail station in Philadelphia. We no longer are in a state where we can guarantee 100% that we can't get hit by a terrorist. That world doesn't exist anymore. The sooner we wrap our tiny little heads and hearts around that notion the better off we'll all be. Instead, i had to forfeit my bottle of Wisconsin horseradish mustard at the airport cause it contained more than 3 oz. of a condiment used to flavor links of compressed pig guts.