Sunday, October 06


Daily News Stuff 5 October 2019

Four Hours To Bury A Cat Edition

Tech News

  • Had a server die at my day job.  Except not die, it was actualy just barely still running, coughing up bad responses to database requests and API calls.

    Tried to kill the bad processes.  Nope, all my shell sessions were hung.

    Tried a remote reboot, but the management interface wasn't talking to me.

    Opened a support ticket for a manual reboot.  Took a couple of hours to get through the support queue, and then they rebooted an entirely different server.

    Pointed this out.  They showed me that the server they rebooted was the one I requested - according to their database.

    Nineteen hours later after a process of elimination has ruled out every other possibility, track down the errant server.  Has a dead power supply.  Yank the faulty unit so only one of the redundant pair is active, springs immediately to life.


    At their end, three layers of tech support and three on-site shifts.  At my end, me.

  • The Humble Bundle Bundle is twenty omnibus editions of (mostly) sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery novels.

    I've read two - Dave Duncan's A Man of His Word series and Greg Bear's Songs of Earth and Power.  The omnibus edition of A Man of His Word is $14.79 on Amazon, so for 21 cents more you can get nineteen other omnibi.

  • On the meaning of hemi-demi-semi-custom and the Surface Laptop.  (AnandTech)

    Long story short: The Ryzen 3780U is a Ryzen 3700U + 5%.

  • AMD has given some details of Milan and Genoa.  (Tom's Hardware)

    They're cities in Italy.

    Milan (Zen 3) will unify the eight cores per die into a single domain, where currently they are divided into two four-core CCXes.  That will improve average L3 cache latency because all the L3 cache will be directly accessible to every core on the die.

    It will otherwise be very similar to the current Rome parts, with the same socket and core count.

    Genoa (Zen 4) will use a new socket and likely support DDR5 and PCIe 5.0.  (There's no reason for a new socket unless they're moving to DDR5.)

  • The New York Times: Baby's First Book Burning.  (TechDirt)

    When you've lost TechDirt...

  • More on the EU Court of Justice's latest terrible decision.  (TechDirt)

    When...  Yeah.

  • Dutch government explains the risks behind DNS-over-HTTPS.  (Bleeping Computer)

    The risk is that they won't be able to spy on you.

Disclaimer: Bacon pancakes makin' bacon pancakes...

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1 There used to be a guy in our dev/test group who would migrate KVM virtuals to new hardware but leave them configured to start at boot on the old hardware. Next time there was a firmware update or power outage, he'd complain to IT about network problems, because random virtuals had 50% packet loss and other strange behaviors.

This did not happen once. It did not happen twice. It happened roughly bi-monthly for several years.

We're pretty sure he was also the one who accidentally deleted half of the KVM instances on one of our servers, which no one noticed for weeks because they kept running on the unlinked open files.


Posted by: J Greely at Sunday, October 06 2019 03:33 AM (ZlYZd)

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

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