Facebook has published a detailed explanation of an internal configuration flaw that left the site unavailable for around two and a half hours overnight - the social network's worst downtime in four years. The outage stemmed from a cascading series of problems involving an error correction system that feed into a feedback loop …
Your thingy is too long
So? Sites go down. Who cares....
I only just
made it through the outage in one piece.... I had to take my anti stress pills because I was not able to log in to fb for 2 and 1/2 hours.
Anymore and I'd be ready for a strait jacket
And think of all those poor neglected farmville animals too
It makes me cross
Each time Facebook publishes any kind of technical information, their post is plagued by hundreds of people commenting and claiming to know how to do it better or fix it. And generally they're talking absolute crap.
Facebook may not be perfect but they know what they're doing.
I'm not sure why it makes me so cross - but it does. It really does!
Re: It makes me cross
I'm with you. Some of the replies were so mind blowingly dumb that I first laughed, and then got angry at the ignorant arrogance of these people.
I don't mind people who aren't knowledgeable on a particular subject (there are MANY that I am clueless about), but I hate people who think they are knowledgeable when they aren't, or those that just lie and bullshit
re: but I hate people who think they are knowledgeable
>> but I hate people who think they are knowledgeable or those that just lie and bullshit
I can't help thinking forums, the Internet and especially blogsphere isn't a place for you to escape those you hate. I would also advise you to steer clear of any chief executives/board members of large companies
Seriously it is probably best to just ignore them
I await lots of the usual self-righteous comments, so I'll summarise them so you don't have to:
1) Who cares? It's only facebook.
2) Facebook is for saddos. No-one with a real life uses it.
3) Facebook is evil. They steal all your information and send it to advertisers
4) Anyone who uses facebook deserves all they get
5) Facebook is always going slow or breaking down.
Any I've missed?
I've not yet met a person who said 'I don't use Facebook' who wasn't some odd hermitted freak, who is generally doing the world a favour by not being on it.
Really? I've never used the site at all, ever and have a very good social life, thanks. I can't walk 5 yards down the street before I bump into someone I know. Every drinking establishment I frequent I always know at least 1/3 of the patrons
I think I'm doing myself a favour by not being on it but I never got into the whole Web2.0 socialising thing so no standard FB put-downs from me, it just entertains me that people *need* FB to have a life
...it's the move that dunnit.
...it's the movie that dunnit.
Crap, left an "i" out the frist post. Poop, crap, and shit, all on a stck.
Calamity?, What calamity
Ah, now I see it.
"In the meantime, this system has been taken out of commission."
Noticed a peculiarity
This might explain why I was getting a security certificate error when trying to go to https://www.facebook.com - what surprised me was that the certificate was issued to an akamai.com sub domain, not www.facebook.com as expected.
I guess now I know Facebook uses Akamai's products and services.
.Facebook uses Akamai for the static files, such as photos, images, etc.
They don't use it for the main www site normally.
However, yesterday, during the outage, they changed the DNS entry for www.facebook.com to point to:
root@northway# host www.facebook.com.
www.facebook.com is an alias for sorry.ak.facebook.com.edgesuite.net.
sorry.ak.facebook.com.edgesuite.net is an alias for a1030.g.akamai.net.
a1030.g.akamai.net has address 18.104.22.168
a1030.g.akamai.net has address 22.214.171.124
As they said, they needed to stop all traffic to fix the problem, so temporarily diverting to their network of akamai servers seemed to be way they chose to do it
Faecebook was down and.... the World didn't stop turning?!
Superman was spinning it during the downtime.
A good demonstration of why we need to get P2P social networking sorted, not reliant on one point of failure (or control & backups etc)
It was only fecebook, why worry?
they were only down for 2 and a half hours. is that a crisis?
by the way, whatever security problems there are in the new facebook alternative -
diaspora - should theoretically be easy to fix, because everyone insists that the language it uses - Ruby - is inherently secure when properly used, so I look forward to a true non-exploitative Fecebook alternative soon. As for Myspace - I think and international deployment of Drupal 7 with redundant servers is a potential replacement. Drupal 7 is still in alpha, so here's shitspace.org - up and running with drupal 6.19 and sqlite 3.22.x
no users yet!
create an account and if you want to improve on it, as Ralph to up your privileges
Now Cade can get back to work ey
Are you telling me 4chan didn't have anything to do with this?
get a life ?
I laugh at all the people telling facebook users to "get a life" etc.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
I got exactly the same sort of glib condescending shyte from people when I used Cix for the first time, fidonet or indeed email/www.
Get a Life ....
Hmm yeah real funny, it's amazing the diverse range of people on facebook actually. Sure there is a minority of trolls / saddo's on there but isn't there everywhere.
It is the one great way to keep in touch with everyone save having to write an e-mail not revealing anyone's e-mail address to anyone else, also anyone comments on it anyone else can see that too (depending on privacy settings), can't really do that with a BCC e-mail.
The groups on there are diverse as the people on it, and aren't all "saddo" groups, maybe someone should go on facebook and find some groups on say "autism" maybe they'd open your eyes slightly they did mine..
This was no accident
Just so you guys are aware, this was not an accident, and don't believe Facebooks cover story. This was a planned attack by 4chan.
I am not particuarly gifted in the ways of mult datacentre server management but the ultimate solution appeared to be to turn it off and on again.
Outsourced to Renholm Industries?
A lot of people are happy not to have Facebook ...
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