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ElkGroveDan
post Oct 16 2010, 05:49 AM
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Your McMansion in Woodland Hills is safe. Again if it was inappropriate, it would have been deleted. The junk drawer is just a place to move OT discussion when a thread is getting too cluttered. I even moved some of mine and Doug's comments.


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post Oct 16 2010, 07:35 AM
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QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ Oct 16 2010, 01:15 AM) *
In fact I think I just saw Stu banging a wrench on a steam pipe down there.


That I am Sir, that I am.

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JohnVV
post Oct 16 2010, 07:36 AM
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i have always considered this site to be VERY professional ( more so than most) and as such , I treat it as such . ( way different than at shatters , or even LQ )
now there will ALWAYS be a bit of cross talk , and a very small amount is good . SO as long as WE HERE keep up with what we have already been doing . There will be no problems

and maybe the " more general public" site will get a bit more like this one
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post Oct 16 2010, 08:26 PM
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I think it's important to keep UMSF professional enough that actual scientists are comfortable posting here from time to time. In my mind, that's the #2 attraction of this board.

The brilliant amateur work on image processing is #1, of course. :-)

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post Oct 17 2010, 04:08 PM
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An advanced planning question here. Us older heads remember the Phoenix landing on UMSF very well, including the traffic spike that began roughly 2 hrs. before EDL & peaked at somewhere around 273 users, most of whom were apparently first-time visitors. The new association with TPS could quite possibly double--or triple, or even quadruple--that number during the MSL landing less than two years from now. Are there any early notions about boosting server capacity in advance of the event, perhaps just temporarily by setting up redirects to mirrors for the duration (...if that made sense; not an IT guy), or throwing the discussion to a chat host (that could prove very difficult to moderate, or even follow coherently)?

Just askin'. It would be a real tragedy if we went down during the heat (ta dah, dah!) of EDL. The dialogue on UMSF during the Phoenix descent was one of the most enjoyable & memorable times on the forum for me, and I'd venture to guess also for many others; it would be terrible to not have something similar for Curiosity.


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post Oct 17 2010, 04:47 PM
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The server was explicitly over specified when we got it - it could handle 10x the traffic and none of you would notice. Indeed we had one hack-attack about a year or so ago that emulated hundreds of thousand of visits per hour, and nobody noticed a performance hit for 24 hrs.

Plus, adding mirrors is an exceptionally complex and expensive thing to do for database driven forums.

Every now and again we'll get massive temporary spikes in traffic, but we only know by looking at stats, nit wondering why the site is tuning slow.
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post Oct 17 2010, 05:09 PM
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Asked & answered, plus I learned something. Warm fuzzy achieved. smile.gif Thanks, Doug!


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post Oct 24 2010, 04:12 AM
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Very interesting news, indeed! Thanks to all for years of interesting discussions, and looking forward to many more.
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post Oct 28 2010, 04:10 PM
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UMSF is and has been a fantastic professional source for information to a casual follower, thank you so much.
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