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Comment Re:News Flash (Score 1) 477

Fine, build your house to survive a flood then. You know, like people on the coast do, on stilts. Most of the midwestern houses I've been in (MN, IA) are partially sunk into the ground with basements that flood regularly anyway just from snow melting on the lawn. It's stupid. Stop doing stupid things and expecting other people to bail you out.

Just in case you're confused:

Comment Re:Are these people insane? (Score 1) 465

I attribute the difference to available technologies and miniaturization of various components. My handspring prism what a great mobile, touchscreen, computing device. Due to the size of components you had to choose if you wanted wifi, GSM, or more memory in the expansion slot.

Same goes for my Treo 650 which was slightly faster and had built in most of those components.

If there was anything "game changing" about the iPhone it was simply that it was *one* of the first devices of the latest generation to use all the latest miniaturized components in a single device and sell it at a subsidized price the masses could afford.

I have no doubt that various companies had (and have) next-gen hardware already in beta that hasn't been released simply because consumers wont be able to afford it yet... look at the awesome oped flexible displays Samsung has been showing off for a great example.

Comment Re:After reading that story three times (Score 2) 163

Any reasonable person realizes the difference between a business and consumer service. 10/100/1000 is obviously a 'consumer' service. Reselling it (and screwing with their business model in the process) is pretty obviously going to get you terminated at some point.

This is no different than cellular phone service, or buy 1 get 1 free (limit 5 per customer) at the local grocery store.

No, they ($cellcompany, Grocery store, can't actually afford for each customer to use their full capacity all the time, but on average, all customers can use as much as they want/need while still maintaining quality service. This is no different than dialup+modem pools back in the day.

simplecdn was trying to use a consumer level service as a business service to reap the cost benefits, which is why they were not able to get a business level contract. Thus, they were being parasitic.

Comment Re:After reading that story three times (Score 2, Interesting) 163

I work in the managed hosting industry (including some CDN services), we have our own cages, with our own racks, with our own servers, our own routers, and our own connections to various providers in geographically diverse locations. We have our own ASNs, and IP address space.

What *exactly* was your product? What *exactly* does your company even own? It sounds like you were just reselling the equivalent of a poorly constructed reverse squid proxy cluster. You had no binding contracts with your provider? Do you even have a lawyer on staff to draft contracts and examine the contracts you were signing?

You were a parasite on their network. They terminated you. There's no conspiracy here.

Comment MySQL scales just fine. (Score 4, Interesting) 222

I work with some very high traffic sites, storing large data sets (100GB+).

  Depending on the application (if it allows for different write-only/read-only database configurations) we'll have a master-master replication setup, then a number of slaves hanging off each MySQL master. In front of all of this is haproxy* which performs TCP load balancing between all slaves, and all masters. Slaves that fall behind the master are automatically removed from the pool to ensure that clients receive current data.

  This provides:
  * Redundancy
  * Scaling
  * Automatic failover

  The whole NoSQL movement is as bad as the XML movement. I'm sure it's a great idea in some cases, but otherwise it's a solution looking for a problem.


Comment Most CDNs don't do this.. (Score 3, Insightful) 187

While some shoddy CDN companies may reroute you at the DNS level, many are actually smarter about it. Smart systems will redirect you to a 'closer' system via a different URL for media files, or utilize anycast BGP routing so that you always take the shortest path to one of their nodes.

As for 'who serves stuff on CDNs that I want to see anyway' -- everyone. From porn sites to Google to Youtube, they're all one type or another of CDN.

Comment Re:Things I look for (Score 2, Informative) 456

You're absolutely correct. I work for a hosting company (though our typical customer is in the gbit/s range), all I can say about $150/TB is that it's the kind of thinking that lead to the OP losing his data and having no backups.

Even our shitbox bottom of the barrel machines (top of the line a couple years ago) we blow out at $99/mo w/ 10mbit come with a 4 disk RAID5 array, typically using Adaptec or LSI (real LSI, not 3ware) controllers. That alone is $400+, add 4x disks, cost of spares in inventory, etc and you begin to understand why *good* hosting costs more -- that's only the disk subsystem!

The Internet

Blizzard Previews Revamped 188

Blizzard updated the official StarCraft II site today with a preview of how the revamped will function. They emphasize the social features, competitive matchmaking system, and the ease of sharing mods and maps. Quoting: "When the legacy service introduced support for user-created mods such as DotA, Tower Defense, and many others, these user-created game types became immensely popular. But while supported mods at a basic level, integration with tools and the mod community wasn't where it needed to be for a game releasing in 2010. The new service will see some major improvements in this area. StarCraft II will include a full-featured content-creation toolkit — the same tools used by the StarCraft II design team to create the single-player campaign. To fully harness the community's mapmaking prowess, will introduce a feature called Map Publishing. Map Publishing will let users upload their maps to the service and share them with the rest of the community immediately on the service. This also ties in with the goal of making an always-connected experience — you can publish, browse, and download maps directly via the client. Finding games based on specific mods will also be much easier with our all-new custom game system, placing the full breadth of the modding community's efforts at your fingertips."

Comment What we use at work.. (Score 1) 272

.. is a Solaris system (for XFS) and rsync. After each rsync a snapshot is created, for 45 days of retention (each snapshot is fairly small for us, your data sets may vary). It's extremely fast and not difficult at all to figure out, just make sure you turn off all the unneeded Solaris services (essentially everything but ssh).

I'd love to be doing this with Linux but btfs is not yet stable enough for a production environment.

I do *not* recommend trying to use hard links for incremental backups, you'll find that unless your files are large (instead of numerous) that most of your processing time is spend expiring old snapshots.

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