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Problems with website (Update)

Problems with website (Update)

We’re working on it.

We will be doing maintenance on the website overnight (early Thursday morning). There may be a perioe of time after 1 a.m. Eastern when the website is down for an extended period of time.

Prior: You may have noticed that the website has been going down repeatedly the last few days. We are aware of the problem and are working on a solution. Hopefully this will be solved within a day or two. Thanks.


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It’s either the Russians, Democrats or the Chinese.

OwenKellogg-Engineer | July 12, 2020 at 5:57 pm

Thanks for all you do Prof (& company). Technical glitches are part of the territory, and we appreciate your excellent service!!

rustyshamrock | July 12, 2020 at 6:26 pm

Maybe it’s got a … VIRUS!!!

PARLER! It’s a surge in website traffic due to LI’s arrival at Parler!


I blame white supremacists. And outside agitators. And lack of sensible gun control laws. And global warming. And statues of the infamous white power advocates Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. And tax cuts for the rich. And…..,

Maybe it’s hosted on the same server as Hillary’s emails.

Oh. I thought it was just that there wasn’t anything outrageous happening today.

healthguyfsu | July 12, 2020 at 8:23 pm

I’m guessing a ddos or other variant from your hacktivist fan club at Cornell. This is probably their next attempt. Step 3 will be a race hoax…make sure you document everything.

Abd here I thought it was my stupid phone!! And kept rebooting over and over.

I’m going to blame farting cows for this problem.

I believe this is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse but I’m not sure which one. There are no good ones.

2smartforlibs | July 13, 2020 at 10:11 am

I was having issues logging in last week.

assemblerhead | July 13, 2020 at 12:21 pm

… was scratching my head, was it just me or is it everyone?

Usually a ‘bad gateway’ error.
Either failing hardware or someone messed with the configuration.

Hope you can sort out the ISP / Hosting ( hardware? / software? ) issues.

The timing of when the problems started however leaves me very suspicious.

I’ve been getting “bad gateway” messages elsewhere also, notably on the e-mail section of my homepage.

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action

—Ian Fleming, Goldfinger, 1959

BierceAmbrose | July 13, 2020 at 5:04 pm

You’re being disrupted.

Any current-tech “web presence”, what you see is only the facade on an interlocking web of services n technologies, many run on the sly by “the usual suspects.”

As one example, your content lives in a “content distribution network”, which lives on somebody’s dispersed hardware locations, with routing involving content mods, integration w the serving centers, caching technology, and name resolution to name only some. (The scheme embodied in Akami, the big dog of this tech, generated several MIT Ph D’s. It’s involved.)

It’s all interwingled: Google hosts some batch of what those depend on, plus runs its own DNS, hosts other people’s DNS, and etc.

So, some under-trained, under-paid contract content-monitor for FaceSpace may decide that anything they don’t like is “triggering”, thus “threatening”, thus censor it. Or a company floating on their own growth n potential bubble of good buzz — cough, Twit, couch — might canonize such depradations into their official People’s Revolutionary Council … to maintain the precarious, buzzy reputation on which their overlords’ paper billions depend.

/Now I don’t want to get off on a rant here, but…

As a reputation-based credence good, Cornell branding is similarly precarious; will similarly motivate out-grouping any non-fad-compliant signal, and because they’re righteous, anything goes. Reputation based on the deliver of hard-to-produce value is far more robust, but as we’re seeing with institution after institution, there’s short-term coin to be made using hard-earned reputation as a launch pad for faddy mindshare capture, to cash out before the scheme collapses.

Speculation in “investments” is essentially a con and extends to social-value commodities. People dipping in then out of “Higher Ed” are essentially doing reputation arbitrage; getting in, to get out before the price collapses from what you’re doing reflects the worst of private equity behavior.

There’s a reason everybody you run into in upState who went to Cornell tells you that in the first five minutes (just like Harvard grads), and notes that Cornell “is an Ivy” (just like Harvard grads don’t have to.) Cornell is a precarious reputational good. They’ll be aggressive about protecting the mass image. As what’s mass “good” migrates, they’ll reorient toward that.

Michael Lewis is 100% an excellent writer, 97% brilliant, and 85% right. His take from The Big Short. paraphrased — there’s fundamentally no difference between gambling and investment — is right enough about ends: the wrapper containing the transactions, and wrong about means and meaning. Start by contrasting gambling, speculation, and investing, and the contrasts become clearer.

Some people “invest” in higher education, as students, sponsors, educators — the payoff is long-term, thrown off from ongoing use. Some people are speculators, getting in, for the value of getting out from a trend they want to jump on. Some are gamblers. Some are rubes.

Anyone who needs the mass-impression of Cornell as the cool kids to continue, well they can’t have any actual intellectual rigor crudding up their PR. They’ve bought into Prell stock, which only works if people never realize it’s all the same mild detergent with some emulsifiers n scent. (The cleaning agend in most shampoos is sodium laurel / sofium laureth sulfate … an industrial detergent.)

Cernovich is on to something, check it out:

Some kinda Owen Benjamin lawsuit in California, supposed to make a big splash in the tech industry.

Don’t think for a second that this is some sort of accident.
It ain’t

For whatever it’s worth, stability has been better for me, since I upgraded everything on my end to Catalina. Warning! This means lots of new software, some of which needs a subscription. Oh, and Word has backward compatibility problems, again.

After a few days without incidents, the problems seems to have started again today.