Saturday, May 02


Daily News Stuff 2 May 2020

Okay You Win Edition

Tech News

  • We've all had days like that.

  • And who hasn't done this?

  • Quibi is a failure while TikTok soars.  (TechDirt)

    This is because unlike Hollywood, China abandoned communism 40 years ago.

    True, they abandoned it for fascism.

  • Is Intel up to its old tricks again?

    Ian Cutress of AnandTech tweeted - and then deleted - that his sources were telling him Intel was using financial incentives to stop AMD-based NUCs.  Particularly now that AMD has a categorically superior chip for small form factor devices.

    This and many other questions are discussed, though not necessarily answered.

  • Currently running backups to the new server, after which I will figure out the details of the migration. can be switched from CentOS and OpenVZ to a current version of Ubuntu running in LXC behind a proxy with relatively little pain. 

    The main reason it's fiddly at all is that it uses Psyco - a precursor to PyPy - to speed up the code, but the new server is so much faster that we can do without for a while, until I can check that the code runs cleanly in PyPy,

    Well, also that MySQL does stupid stuff every time we do a migration, and loses key settings that break things but only after I've tested it all and gone to bed.

    The other stuff still runs on CPanel and not only requires CentOS but proper routing, which I have yet to get working cleanly with LXC.

    The big advantage of this move - apart from the dramatically better hardware - is ZFS, which lets me instantly snapshot and back up the virtual servers.  That will make future migrations much, much easier if we're willing to take a little downtime, because those snapshots can be restored on any other LXC host with everything intact.

    I used to do this with OpenVZ, but OpenVZ 6 has been deprecated and OpenVZ 7 is not compatible.

    Update: This is why I like LXC/LXD and OpenVZ 6.

    I can tweak the memory and CPU capacities of the virtual machines live.  Are we getting extra load on one app and need to give it another couple of cores and an extra 4GB of RAM for a while?  Click click, done.  No waiting, and most important, no reboots.

Anime Music Video of the Day

I hadn't seen this before, even though it's by Copycat Revolver who has done some of my favourite AMVs ever.

It does make me want to watch Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.

Other Copycat Revolver AMVs you may have seen here before:

Disclaimer: So, that anime stuff...  What's good right now?  I have a 1.5TB MySQL database to migrate at my day job (to our new self-hosted cloud thingy) and could do with the distraction.

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1 Screwups like that thread of tweets are even more fun when chained. One Christmas season at WebTV, a member of the content team didn't have the final URL for one of the promoted links on the child-safe home page, and left a placeholder string to search for later. QA caught it, and it got fixed, but the change somehow didn't make it into the release.

So it went live with the placeholder. Which was "XXX". Which WebTV boxes around the country helpfully appended a ".com" to. The title of the page that it was supposed to be sending you to? "Reindeer Games". Which was surprisingly appropriate for the seasonal content on a porn site.

After being paged for an emergency content update, I decided that from now on, in all of my code the placeholder string would be "@@@".


Posted by: J Greely at Sunday, May 03 2020 01:28 AM (ZlYZd)

2 Yesterday wo Utatte.  It's going to crush my heart, I know, but I don't care.  The voyage to that point has been so good thus far...

Posted by: Wonderduck at Monday, May 04 2020 10:55 AM (cTMj+)

3 Thanks Wonderduck, I'll give it a try.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, May 04 2020 12:45 PM (PiXy!)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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