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Journal: 15 Moderator Points, Again.

Journal by nherc

I have 15 points once again. I'm guessing this is a change in the code AND a bug with my uid as I also saw a reply to my initial journal entry on my first 15 mod. points in which another user got 15 as well. Oddly, I could not respond directly to that comment as the system isn't allowing comments any more on that journal post (there is a time limit on journal comments? comments "archived", hmm, that sucks) so I created this entry for potential discussion on the topic.

Again, my thought is a bug with specific uids. Since at least one other user has experienced this and there are no mass complaints/comments about others getting 15 points I think it's very limited.

Another interesting fact, I never used any of the original 15 points... and the next time I got mod-ship, I received 15 once again. I think I'll use some to see what comes of it. Any other comments/experiences/thoughts are encouraged.

Bug

Journal: 15 Moderator Points? 1

Journal by nherc

Now, I must admit, I've twice before gotten 10 moderator points at a time. At which time, I had gone looking to find out if this was indeed a /. bug or some new moderation code. I did come across another slashdot user journal at that point (which I can't seem to find again now unfortunately) that mentioned that they too received 10 points as well as a few comments to the same effect. However, no one seemed to know where the additional points that we were seeing came from.

That was a few months back now... today I logged in /. and lo and behold: You have 15 Moderator Points! Use 'em or lose 'em!

For those who might not believe my tale: http://img44.imagevenue.com/img.php?loc=loc1170&image=95259_slashdot_15_moderator_points_122_1170lo.jpg

My pet theory is that since users get chosen to moderate based on such a convoluted and complex algorithm (good karma, average reader, veteran reader, etc.,. according to the FAQ) and getting chosen for the 2 days of moderation is so infrequent there isn't a check to see if the newly chosen moderator is currently moderating. Thus, depending on how "lucky" you get, you can get chosen to moderate any number of times up to the limit of moderators chosen for that time period. A rare few may get chosen twice and see the elusive 10 points and if the cards fall right once in a long, long, long while, almost improbably you can be chosen three times in the same period and amass the magical 15 moderator points. I refuse to acknowledge anyone could actually reach 20 though, as that would mean them being more special than me.

I really don't know if I should feel honored and required to use ALL of those points in a moderating marathon or to not use any and leave the 15 points there next to my uid for as long as they last and just soak in the improbability of it all? Now, if only slashdot were the mega-millions lotto and I was so lucky. Hey, Editors, how about you change the code to give anyone with > 10 moderator points editor credentials for the day? I'd really like to try out for a position at slashdot, apparently I have some real mad moderation skillz or at least the hardware and slashcode thinks so.

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Journal: On the GMail Storage Capacity (Past, Present and Future)

Journal by nherc
On seeing the recent increase in storage that GMail is making available to its users, I went digging for more details and potentially for some more concrete information as to what users could expect in their web mail storage futures. The following report details the odd and somewhat disturbing information that I actually uncovered.

Now, the ongoing storage-per-web-mail-account counter on the Gmail home page...

Lots of space
Over 4387.115006 megabytes (and counting) of free storage so you'll never need to delete another message.

... had not just sped up, and increased but it had also jumped ahead at some point recently which led to this investigation.

In searching Google for an explanation about its own odd behavior (notably probably not the best search methodology on a subject said search engine may not want to be found) I eventually came across an ambiguous answer from the Offical Gmail Blog that on Oct. 12, 2007 they "sped up the counter again" as well as a general overview of the GMail storage situation since inception. This included the fact that they started their "Infinity+1 storage plan" on the GMail one year anniversary in April 2005. Incidentally, the counter on the perma-linked one year anniversary page detailing this increase from 1000MBs of storage to 2000MBs and counting still reflects the amount of storage on that day in the past and is not in sync with the current amount nor speed despite it still going.

Trying to find out what we can expect in the future, I suppose I could have tried to figure out the speed and amount of increase per time period and worked it out roughly to a nice increasing straight line on a plot of time versus space allowed. Fortunately, I know better and went straight to the source. The HTML source that is... and surprisingly Google leaves the amount of storage it intends on providing and even when, including changes to the speed of the allocation very clear if you can do a bit of arithmetic. In comparing this data, with the info from the Official Google Blog cross-checked with source code from various old copies of the Gmail home page from the Internet Archive WayBack Machine I came up with the following startling revelations...

  • Gmail started in April of 2004 by giving users a then unheard of 1000MBs of space for their web mail needs.
  • On Gmails one year anniversary, in April of 2005, they increased the 1000MBs of storage to 2000MBs and counting. Since then, the maximum limit has been ever increasing at various speeds. See the data at the end for some rate information.
  • From Oct. 12th 2007 until Oct. 23rd 2007 storage grew from 2912MB to 4321MB. Quite a quick and arbitrary jump if I may say so. I wonder what the large amount of the jump and dates could be really be attributed to?
  • From Oct. 23rd 2007 until Jan. 4th 2008 we will continue at the current pace to 6283MBs.
  • I believe GMail staffers will start tweaking the array used to calculate these numbers on or before Jan. 4, 2008 or we will be on a slow ride to 43008MBs which we won't hit until the year the Posix timer flips and the Internet explodes: 2038.
  • If there are still no changes made by the GMail staff (come on guys how about an update already!) we'll get a significant increase in speed as we get as close to Infinity+1 as Javascript circa 2038 will let us, as we head for the Javascript Number.MAX_VALUE of megabytes of storage due on Jan. 2nd, 3456. In circa 2007, my Firefox web browser tells me that Number.MAX_VALUE is currently ~1.79E+308.
  • On Wednesday, January 2nd, in the year of 3456 at 7:00:01 AM GMT, according to Google, the universe implodes upon itself and/or Google becomes self-aware. In either case, make sure you are wearing some clean undies this day if your are still around.

Now, here's the boring stuff unless you are a true geek--the data I scraped from GMail and the Wayback Machine with the exact dates and storage amounts that GMails storage counter was busy counting up to all of these years:

NOTE: the CP array, found in the HTML/Javascript source code of the GMail homepage, controls the Gmail counter. The first number being the date/time in milliseconds and the second being the storage amount in megabytes to be counted towards by that date/time.

NOTE 2: I left the odd comment regarding "Estimate[d]... nanite storage" above the CP array in on the first data set for all to ponder just what, exactly, Google is up to. Hmm... (It's actually there folks, go look for yourself.)

Now for the data listed from most current (most interesting) to oldest (mostly for confirmation) with some comments/notation thrown in:

Oct 25th, 2007
// Estimates of nanite storage generation over time.
var CP = [
[ 1175414400000, 2835 ], Sun, 01 Apr 2007 08:00:00 GMT
[ 1192176000000, 2912 ], Fri, 12 Oct 2007 08:00:00 GMT
[ 1193122800000, 4321 ], Tue, 23 Oct 2007 07:00:00 GMT
[ 1199433600000, 6283 ], Fri, 04 Jan 2008 08:00:00 GMT
[ 2147328000000, 43008 ], Sun, 17 Jan 2038 08:00:00 GMT
[ 46893711600000, Number.MAX_VALUE ] Wed, 02 Jan 3456 07:00:00 GMT (BTW, MAX_VALUE is 1.79E+308)
];
Starting Quota = 2757.272164

April 20th, 2007
var CP = [
[ 1167638400000, 2800 ], Mon, 01 Jan 2007 08:00:00 GMT
[ 1175414400000, 2835 ], Sun, 01 Apr 2007 08:00:00 GMT
[ 1207033200000, 2980 ], Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:00:00 GMT
[ 1238569200000, 3125 ], Wed, 01 Apr 2009 07:00:00 GMT
[ 1270105200000, 3270 ], Thu, 01 Apr 2010 07:00:00 GMT
[ 1301641200000, 3415 ], Fri, 01 Apr 2011 07:00:00 GMT
[ 1333263600000, 3560 ] Sun, 01 Apr 2012 07:00:00 GMT
];
Starting Quota = 2000

August 21st, 2006
var CP = [
[ 1167638400000, 2800 ], Mon, 01 Jan 2007 08:00:00 GMT
[ 1175414400000, 2835 ], Sun, 01 Apr 2007 08:00:00 GMT
[ 1207033200000, 2980 ], Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:00:00 GMT
[ 1238569200000, 3125 ], Wed, 01 Apr 2009 07:00:00 GMT
[ 1270105200000, 3270 ], Thu, 01 Apr 2010 07:00:00 GMT
[ 1301641200000, 3415 ], Fri, 01 Apr 2011 07:00:00 GMT
[ 1333263600000, 3560 ] Sun, 01 Apr 2012 07:00:00 GMT
];
Starting Quota = 2000

July 20th, 2005
var CP = [
[ 1167638400000, 2800 ], Mon, 01 Jan 2007 08:00:00 GMT
[ 1175414400000, 2835 ], Sun, 01 Apr 2007 08:00:00 GMT
[ 1207033200000, 2980 ], Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:00:00 GMT
[ 1238569200000, 3125 ], Wed, 01 Apr 2009 07:00:00 GMT
[ 1270105200000, 3270 ], Thu, 01 Apr 2010 07:00:00 GMT
[ 1301641200000, 3415 ], Fri, 01 Apr 2011 07:00:00 GMT
[ 1333263600000, 3560 ] Sun, 01 Apr 2012 07:00:00 GMT
];
Starting Quota = 2000

March 2nd, 2005
Quota is a static 1000

-nherc

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