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2012-06-30 11:03:06 AM  

Sun Worshiping Dog Launcher: The entire midwest and much of the southeast, is baking.


The midwest can handle it, but that derecho that went through DC is huge trouble. Massive heat wave + DC humidity + no electricity for AC is a huge mortality risk, especially for the elderly. And this kind of thing can happen anywhere in the southeast relatively easily.
 
2012-06-30 11:09:28 AM  
Sure, a big storm hit and the power went out. Shouldn't Amazon's EC2 hosting service have predicted that might happen and have, maybe, I don't know.... A BACKUP POWER GENERATOR?
 
2012-06-30 11:18:56 AM  

czei: Sure, a big storm hit and the power went out. Shouldn't Amazon's EC2 hosting service have predicted that might happen and have, maybe, I don't know.... A BACKUP POWER GENERATOR?


i47.tinypic.com

"Amazon, you bojo! EC2 hosting services don't work over severe storms! Unless you got POWA!!!"
 
2012-06-30 11:31:57 AM  
live by ec2 and aws, die by them.
 
2012-06-30 11:32:52 AM  

cretinbob: Go out and take a walk people.


No I tried to go outside and the wind almost knocked me over. I'm gonna have to go on a rescue mission for the patio furniture soon..
 
2012-06-30 11:50:50 AM  
I'm in Loudoun County, I have FIOS internet working, but FIOS TV is down.
 
2012-06-30 11:55:08 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: czei: Sure, a big storm hit and the power went out. Shouldn't Amazon's EC2 hosting service have predicted that might happen and have, maybe, I don't know.... A BACKUP POWER GENERATOR?

[i47.tinypic.com image 272x208]

"Amazon, you bojo! EC2 hosting services don't work over severe storms! Unless you got POWA!!!"


HBO's been airing those movies on their family channel lately.

Origins service was also down last night around 10pm Central. So, any EA games that needed validating - best of luck to ya.
 
2012-06-30 12:33:31 PM  
MoCo here. That was one terrifying storm, and now almost everything is still without power.
 
2012-06-30 12:44:50 PM  

InfrasonicTom: I'm in Loudoun County, I have FIOS internet working, but FIOS TV is down.


I'm in downtown Leesburg, right next to the Courthouse, and the courthouse os a massive tree, but we have full Power and FIOS, a lot of folks nearby aren;t so lucky
 
2012-06-30 01:05:24 PM  

cretinbob: Go out and take a walk people.


Someone told me that there's a big nuclear reactor outside throwing radiation at people. Radiation! Fark that.
 
2012-06-30 01:06:58 PM  

bloobeary: cretinbob: Go out and take a walk people.

In a thunderstorm?


The whole country had a thunderstorm.
 
2012-06-30 01:13:28 PM  
I'm typing this on a laptop hooked to the one generator fed circuit in the house, looking out over the fallen trees, the power lines draped across the driveway, and the half of a snapped power pole lying next to the driveway.

In a week when they have finally reconnected power out here in the boonies and I have *almost* finished chainsawing the storm wrack, I shall shed a single tear for those who were deprived of NetFlix and Pintrest on the most emotional night of their life.
 
2012-06-30 01:16:14 PM  
Netflix being down probably improved it measurably. It's useless for getting caught up on TV shows anymore, since the most recent episodes are from 3 seasons ago.

/don't make me torrent new eps of the League and Workaholics, assholes.
 
2012-06-30 01:22:13 PM  
Also, I'd hate to be in one of those data centers with all the battery back-ups beeping non-stop since the power is out. One is enough to drive you crazy. Thousands of them... you're going to need antipsychotics for all the workers there.
 
2012-06-30 01:42:29 PM  
I'd just like to say, on behalf of all the oldsters old-fashioned enough to watch their movies on old-fangled DVD, Bluray, or downloads to iTunes, etc., rather than live-streaming them: Ha! Ha! Bite my shiney metal ass, hipsters! Netflix can be taken out by the weather, just like over-the-air TV.

Other than those jerks, I feel your pain.
 
2012-06-30 01:53:06 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: The weather is farked nation-wide right now; I'm surprised we haven't seen a thread about it yet. Record breaking high temperatures, heat-related mortality threats through the southeast, and the inter-mountain west is on fire.

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I'm impressed. They had to add four new colours to the rainbow to handle the heat. "White" usually means "no data", not the colour that your ironwork is glowing.
 
2012-06-30 01:56:16 PM  
I'm in the midst of the power outage, so definitely not getting a kick out of these replies. Thankfully, downtown still has power. Of all the days for this to happen, it just has to be the day after record heat levels in DC. It's like a blast furnace hobo mouth outside.
 
2012-06-30 01:59:22 PM  
This caused everyone to overload their mobiles' data plans and so everyone's phones basically stopped too.

I had to drive with no gps.

/1st world problems
 
2012-06-30 02:10:49 PM  
I wonder if this is why 4chan is down too.

/not that anyone on fark would care
 
2012-06-30 02:10:50 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: It's like if you wanted to talk about the kinds of food you like or don't like, but all anyone wants to do is classify every ingredient into "fights cancer" or "causes cancer".


It's more like talking about the foods you like, and your public health inspector friend keeps talking about how food poisoning is on the rise.

/extreme heat events and power-law distributions, etc
 
2012-06-30 02:23:30 PM  
Cloud is no match for a derecho.
 
2012-06-30 02:25:14 PM  

North_Central_Positronics: Jesus, cretinbob is right. I love the internet and all, but these people have never seen sunlight. "Netflix isn't working on possibly the most emotional night of my life. It's official ... this is NOT real life," Are you farking kidding me?!

Wow.


They obviously are not drinking enough.
 
2012-06-30 02:34:26 PM  
Serious question: why put mission-critical servers on a coastline? Put them in a cave somewhere in the Midwest.
 
2012-06-30 02:37:39 PM  
Marine1:


Serious question: why put mission-critical servers on a coastline? Put them in a cave somewhere in the Midwest.

Arlington is one of the major backbone nodes for the North American internet and a jumping-off point for two major lines to Europe.
 
2012-06-30 02:47:52 PM  

maxheck: Marine1:


Serious question: why put mission-critical servers on a coastline? Put them in a cave somewhere in the Midwest.

Arlington is one of the major backbone nodes for the North American internet and a jumping-off point for two major lines to Europe.


Eh, Europe doesn't need the internet.

Aren't there major telecom nodes in Kansas City and Omaha as well? Mined- out limestone caves would be ideal for that sort of work, imo.
 
2012-06-30 02:52:05 PM  
Marine1:

maxheck: Marine1:


Serious question: why put mission-critical servers on a coastline? Put them in a cave somewhere in the Midwest.

Arlington is one of the major backbone nodes for the North American internet and a jumping-off point for two major lines to Europe.

Eh, Europe doesn't need the internet.

Aren't there major telecom nodes in Kansas City and Omaha as well? Mined- out limestone caves would be ideal for that sort of work, imo.


Well, Europe may not need the internet, but I'm sure Amazon might need their business.

I don't doubt that there's a lot of their cloud in the midwest as well, but not all functionality is at every server farm. Evidently they either didn't have a fallback on *something* critical, or else something failed in the handoff. These sorts of things are tough to test in "real world" situations.

But yeah, some IT manager is getting chewed out today.
 
2012-06-30 02:54:03 PM  
Someone tripped on the cord?
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-06-30 03:40:04 PM  

Marine1: Serious question: why put mission-critical servers on a coastline? Put them in a cave somewhere in the Midwest.


Because noone smart enough to run mission-critical server farms wants to live in the Midwest?

/ I kid!
// mostly!
/// criminey it's hot.
 
2012-07-01 12:05:25 AM  
I am so glad I moved out of Bethesda before this one. Pepco's service is horrible. My place lost power for 3 5-day periods within a year (Jan 2010-Jan 2011, two snow storms, one heat wave). I hope you farkers don't have to deal with their nonsense for long before it's taken care of.
 
2012-07-01 12:44:51 AM  
Would this explain the lack of Apple AppStore-ness?
 
2012-07-01 05:43:57 AM  
Chiming in to say that storm was wack. I was about to leave a restaurant near Friendship Heights when I noticed a bit of silent lightning far in the distance; 5 minutes later it was all around. Still no wind or thunder. Then the leaves on the trees stirred a bit.

In the two minutes it took me to get a to-go cup, then walk to the door, the wind had gone from the faintest leaf-fluttering breeze to 60-70 mph straight-line gusts, blowing down limbs the thickness of my leg. It was a weird hot wind, too--dry and brutal, not like a typical storm front wind. It somehow felt like it had just blown halfway across the country.

I've been through several hurricanes, but never seen anything blow up like that. Hope never to again, it was creepy.
 
2012-07-01 09:35:38 AM  

supageil: I've been through several hurricanes, but never seen anything blow up like that. Hope never to again, it was creepy.


First time I saw anything like this was when Ike hit central Ohio as a straight-line storm powered by a northern co-rotating system. This time a big counter-clockwise system up in Canada slammed into a strong wave moving up from the south -- the edges hit and fired this straight-line blast like one of those 1980's big-ass air blaster toys -- right straight from Chicago (where it got going) down to DC -- kabam
 
2012-07-01 11:17:37 PM  
profile.ak.fbcdn.net

Yay, cloud
 
2012-07-02 11:42:22 AM  
People say: Oh, the 'Cloud' is wonderful. I don't need to store anything on my computer or phone. It's always there and it's so convenient.

/ WHERE IS YOUR CLOUD NOW?

// Uses the cloud but has tangible backups of EVERYTHING.
 
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