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Fark NotNewsletter: If your surges last longer than four hours...
Posted by DisseminationMonkey at 2021-01-13 3:23:01 PM (41 comments) | Permalink
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A message from Drew Curtis:  
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Some of you may have noticed Fark's servers have been struggling lately.  The good news is it's entirely due to a massive increase in traffic this past week thanks to the current insane news cycle.  Fark doesn't experience traffic spikes that often, and since we've been in a short revenue situation since the pandemic began, up until this week it's made sense to shave every penny we can out of our cloud deployment.  However, several days after it began, it looks like the traffic surge is persisting, so we're making our stack more robust to handle it.  Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused, and don't blame Mike because the fault is squarely with me.

Normally a huge traffic surge would be a great thing.  Traffic has been out of sight, but unfortunately due to the time of year, ad revenue has not.  Most companies stack up ad buys in December for Xmas, so January is the weakest advertising month of the year. So while all the traffic has been great, it hasn't translated to revenue.

So I'm kind of rolling the dice on this one and increasing server expense to handle the load.  With any luck, this will pay for itself.  One thing that would help would be more BareFark and TotalFark subscribers.  Stock up on Farks2Give as well - these will be used for the upcoming Swear Jar launch as well, by the way.  I really wanted to make Farks2Give some sort of dumbass cryptocurrency, but it turns out there's a bit of overhead in doing that, so it's a non-starter.  But who knows what the future will hold?  Probably not Fark crypto, but stranger things have happened, as I'm sure we'll witness over the next week.

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We now return you to your usual Fark NotNewsletter.
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Top Comments

Some of the top-voted smartest and funniest comments from the past week

Funny:
NikolaiFarkoff had a question about Britney Spears' ex-husband, Jason Alexander, being at the Capitol riot
Osama bin Limbaugh explained why a cop punched his K-9 partner
Billy Liar thought an article about the author of "Brokeback Mountain" wishing people wouldn't try to rewrite it could've used some work
NikolaiFarkoff expressed shock at the FBI's use of a stingray device to locate Ghislaine Maxwell's mobile phone
Dead for Tax Reasons explained why someone would go for the world record for spinning a hula hoop on their butt
semiotix shared a photo of Wilford Brimley when he was young
Close2TheEdge had some surprising information about twirling a hula hoop around your booty
revrendjim knew what was next for a school that evacuated because a student brought in a piece of radioactive Fiestaware
ingo advised a fellow Farker on watching the hula hoop hiney video
sirrerun had something to say about old computer terms that younger people don't understand

Smart:
Lambskincoat thought that there was a slight overreaction at show and tell
dv-ous had a legal question about a cop abusing a police dog
Nadie_AZ discussed the fact that so many Americans are overweight
Hey Nurse! shared a story about how the pandemic is affecting medical care in the U.S.
thisispete pointed out evidence that Kevin Sorbo is as much of a dick in person as he is on the internet
Znuh discussed the direction "Doctor Who" has taken

CSB Sunday Morning: Your first time traveling in an airplane
Smart: luna1580 remembered what air travel used to be like
Funny: Cafe Threads was disappointed that the flight went as planned
Funny (honorable mention): El Dudereno's mom's cousin had a flight fright

CSB [Cool Story, Bro] Sunday Morning is a thread for Farkers to share true stories from their own lives based on a weekly topic. If you have a topic idea for a CSB Sunday Morning thread, please contact Farkback ahead of time, or just submit it on Saturday afternoon/evening. Please note: While submitted CSB Sunday Morning threads have a high likelihood of being greenlit, there is no guarantee they will be.

TotalFark Discussion:
Note: This section can only be accessed by TotalFarkers  
Smart: Drew shared the secret to being in a relationship for 20 or more years
Smart: Altimus Prime gave advice to a Farker who was driving to Alabama
Smart: Unikitty explained why a Farker's kitty barfed
Funny: Shakespeare's Monkey tried to help someone figure out what kind of wood they had

Politics Funny:
JerseyTim was talking about a recording of Donald Trump trying to get Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" votes for him, but now it sounds almost prophetic
CaptainCliche decided it was time to celebrate Democrats gaining control of the Senate
Jack Sabbath found Trump's new secret Twitter account
NateAsbestos explained why Trump complained about a "voter dump"
BenSaw2 considered clashes between police and Trump supporters

Politics Smart:
villianova possibly spoke a few hours too soon
maddog2030 commented about a veteran who was killed while storming the U.S. Capitol
cherryl taggart had a message for someone who complained about suffering consequences after going to a party during a pandemic
OdradekRex figured that the NSA needs to think about Russians right now
iheartscotch had a message for the Fark politics tab


Top Contest Entries

Some of the top-voted contest entries from last week, listed from highest number of votes down

Photoshops:
GoodDoctorB made the "Star Wars" spinoff you never asked for
Yammering_Splat_Vector gave this QAnon promoter a better costume
noazark brought enough sardines for literally everyone
Yammering_Splat_Vector made a musical you can arooo along with
Dodo David found out this restauranteur has been hitting the gym
Yammering_Splat_Vector wrote the worst cookbook
verchad prepared this team for the coldness of space
noazark gave Porkins a new flight suit
retrophil made the Fark adventure film we all need
opalakea asked us to put the candle back

This week's Fartist Friday theme, brought to you by E-brake: This week we keep it simple with another Show & Tell. Our theme: I Blue Myself. Show us your art projects featuring the color Blue and Tell us the story about it. Difficulty: Art you haven't posted in our F'artiste contests before.  

FarktographyColor Popping Naturally 2
This contest ended in a tie between common sense is an oxymoron's lovely little ladybug and edmo's cold crimson caboose

Farktography is Fark's weekly photography contest. If you would like to suggest a Farktography theme, please contact Elsinore.


Fark Weird News Quiz (brought to you by ox45tallboy)

Another fun time on the NNL, but it did wind up being one of the more difficult ones. Denjiro came out on top with 971, followed by The Third Man in second with 941 and Enigmamf in third with 927.Datanerd made fourth with 905, and Tax Boy rounds out the top five with 899.

The hardest question on the Hard Quiz was about what Florida Man was tossing out of his work van on I-95 before being apprehended by the Florida Highway Patrol. Only 9% of quiztakers caught the story about the North Port guy who thought golf clubs were the ideal way to show disdain for other drivers. I mean, fairway, freeway, we've all made that mistake, right?

The easiest question on the Hard Quiz was about a class action lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal court over a "Hawaiian" product, 80% of quiztakers knew some joker thought he was owed a lot of money over the fact that King's Hawaiian didn't make their Hawaiian rolls in Hawaii. McDonald's lawyers last seen reviewing their options over their French fries.

The hardest question on the Easy Quiz was over what astronaut (and now Senator) Mark Kelly helped to sneak on board the International Space Station so his twin brother Scott could prank his fellow astronauts. Only 48% of quiztakers knew that he had somehow wheedled NASA into shipping up a gorilla suit, If you haven't seen the video, a guy in a gorilla suit in zero gee chasing people around a space station should not be missed

The easiest question on the Easy Quiz was about where to get your "Extra Charged Coffee" with 20% more caffeine. 91% of quiztakers knew you could hit up Dunkin' for some Joe with extra Go. TBH I'm not sure they thought this one through - with all that's happening in the country, do we want all of our citizens extra wired? And during Dry January to boot?

If you missed out on the last quiz, you can catch up on the Fark Weird News Quiz here. Congratulations to the winners, and we'll be doing it all again this week.
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41 Comments     (+0 »)
 
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2021-01-13 3:32:41 PM  
The news cycle:

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2021-01-13 3:33:30 PM  
I really wanted to make Farks2Give some sort of dumbass cryptocurrency

LOL. I like that idea. Too bad it didn't work out.
 
2021-01-13 3:34:06 PM  
oh now ya got surge all over yourself !
 
2021-01-13 3:34:16 PM  
Dangnabit Mike!
 
2021-01-13 3:37:29 PM  
Look at me being all helpful and stuff again.

I really need to cut that out. 😉
 
2021-01-13 3:38:20 PM  

DisseminationMonkey: The news cycle:

[Fark user image image 460x259]


I was expecting a "Thanks Obama", but a "Welcome to Fark" works too.
 
2021-01-13 3:40:48 PM  
Not to worry, everyone

I have been assured by multiple republicans in congress that as long as we do everything the mob wants, we can put this mess behind us.
 
2021-01-13 3:46:44 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.comView Full Size


Remember, no matter what happens in the US House today.....
 
2021-01-13 3:49:54 PM  
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2021-01-13 3:52:09 PM  
Oh please let's not do politics in this thread.

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2021-01-13 3:52:38 PM  

edmo: [Fark user image image 500x666]


This why you should use union labor.
 
2021-01-13 3:57:49 PM  
I still have this somewhere, if it can be of any help:
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2021-01-13 4:06:35 PM  

MagicBoris: I still have this somewhere, if it can be of any help:
[Fark user image 850x635]


I still have my C64 .....somewhere.
 
2021-01-13 4:08:43 PM  
Here's the new business plan.
1. Make the Farks2Five into a cryptocurrency.
2. ???
3. Profit!

You're welcome.
 
2021-01-13 4:11:02 PM  
Lol.  First ddgis result for slashdotted:

exceo.typepad.comView Full Size


/note the date
 
2021-01-13 4:12:18 PM  
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2021-01-13 4:14:49 PM  
You could always revert to this:
bluebuddies.comView Full Size
 
2021-01-13 4:18:21 PM  
All the new people be like:

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2021-01-13 4:18:31 PM  
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2021-01-13 4:20:32 PM  
On days like these, I am really digging TotalFark.  Ads just slow everything down, so not having ads is great.
 
2021-01-13 4:23:04 PM  
I'm just here to dry my shirt off
 
2021-01-13 4:45:30 PM  

bughunter: You could always revert to this:
[bluebuddies.com image 700x418]


Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2021-01-13 5:03:47 PM  

Oreminer: bughunter: You could always revert to this:
[bluebuddies.com image 700x418]

[Fark user image 850x448]


Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2021-01-13 5:39:07 PM  

DisseminationMonkey: Oh please let's not do politics in this thread.

[Fark user image 500x428]


D2T is currently in the act of crashing Fark.

Now it's personal.
 
2021-01-13 6:04:09 PM  

bughunter: You could always revert to this:
[bluebuddies.com image 700x418]


Needs more foobies.
 
2021-01-13 7:12:22 PM  
Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2021-01-14 12:47:26 AM  
Fark user imageView Full Size

Maybe THIS time...ratfarts.
 
2021-01-14 11:36:46 AM  

bughunter: You could always revert to this:
[bluebuddies.com image 700x418]


Somebody's still not over it.

/Neither am I
 
2021-01-14 11:40:13 AM  

bughunter: [Fark user image 500x281] [View Full Size image _x_]


Yore weclome
 
2021-01-14 11:43:30 AM  

MagicBoris: I still have this somewhere, if it can be of any help:
[Fark user image 850x635]


I have the c64 equivalent to lend to the cause...

Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2021-01-14 12:26:53 PM  

DisseminationMonkey: Oh please let's not do politics in this thread.

[Fark user image image 500x428]


This!
Seems even the food tab gets trumpshiated on.
Maybe the scanners could automatically send the comments to a happy place of their own, so the rest of us can enjoy the thread.
Cheers.
 
2021-01-14 1:10:26 PM  

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: DisseminationMonkey: Oh please let's not do politics in this thread.

[Fark user image image 500x428]

This!
Seems even the food tab gets trumpshiated on.
Maybe the scanners could automatically send the comments to a happy place of their own, so the rest of us can enjoy the thread.
Cheers.


i.makeagif.comView Full Size
 
2021-01-14 1:24:51 PM  
Yo, Mike-eh

DigitalOcean has several tutorials on database caching.  You know, just in case.
 
2021-01-14 1:51:32 PM  

SansNeural: DigitalOcean has several tutorials on database caching.  You know, just in case.


Yeah, and the first hits on Google for that just turn up the built-in query cache in MariaDB/MySQL, which no longer exists (removed in recent releases).  And we're already heavily using memcached.

The problem is until yesterday we only had a single non-redundant DB server (well, there is an offsite async slave for backup purposes but nothing queried it) because of lack of budget.  We now, FINALLY, have Galera Cluster up and running.  (I've been running it on our mail cluster, which is on a totally different cloud service, for quite some time as a means of prototyping it for the website.). Some tweaks still need to be made to the failover logic and there are a few bugs with some deadlocks not being handled as well as they oughta be, but those are relatively minor things that I can hammer out over the next week or two.

There's also an issue of too much write traffic at times.  You can't really tune cloud IO the way you can on real hardware; on real hardware you just throw more/faster raid-10 at the problem for more concurrency.  6 SATA SSD's were plenty fast then, even though the CPUs were an old pair of Ivy Bridge Xeons.  2-4 NVMe would be plenty now.  But.  In cloud it's probably a single SSD, either local or on a SAN or something.  So there are new bottlenecks we can't control.  And Galera won't reduce write traffic, though it does reduce reads by load balancing 'em across the cluster.  Anyway, we have some profiling going now and found a few surprises where some tables are getting hammered far more than they should be (for example, way too much debug logging) -- so that gives us an idea of where to tune next, move stuff to another (key-value?) db, etc.
 
2021-01-14 3:55:06 PM  

Mike: There's also an issue of too much write traffic at times.


I wondered about that.  It may have been chance, but it seemed that (busy discussion) thread queries/loads were long, but posts/writes to same were maybe even longer.  At the same time non-busy (discussion) threads seemed relatively unaffected.
 
2021-01-14 4:01:35 PM  
/never had to deal with a DB with more that 20 simultaneous users.
 
2021-01-14 4:24:50 PM  

ox45tallboy: Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: DisseminationMonkey: Oh please let's not do politics in this thread.

[Fark user image image 500x428]

This!
Seems even the food tab gets trumpshiated on.
Maybe the scanners could automatically send the comments to a happy place of their own, so the rest of us can enjoy the thread.
Cheers.

[i.makeagif.com image 320x168] [View Full Size image _x_]


OK, ( scanners) I'm a technological illiterate, but, yeah, make the trumpshiating go away.
Peace
 
2021-01-14 4:56:57 PM  

SansNeural: /never had to deal with a DB with more that 20 simultaneous users.


So you've touched the TFD user database, huh?
 
2021-01-14 5:11:27 PM  

Oreminer: SansNeural: /never had to deal with a DB with more that 20 simultaneous users.

So you've touched the TFD user database, huh?


Ooh, gross!
 
2021-01-14 5:29:58 PM  
HEY DREW!  If you make Farktocurrency, can I use it to pay for flights to Fark parties?  Or nookie rides?  Or nookie parties?
 
6 days ago  
In the ancient times when blackberries still the apex predator in the wilderness that Apple iphones eventually conquered and claimed for the bastard King Styeve Jobs. Farklandias soldiers drove suicidally fast but but cutting edge fragile machines with no real safety features know lovingly as Windows 98 SE And so fearless and proud and self reliant were these savage Fark keyboard warriors in their glortious golden youth that whenever servers were brought to their knees over news stories. it was always the other website'servers which being givren urgent trauma care and last rites. not Fark's servers.  Good times man.
 
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