Tweaking our storage configuration a bit.
I object to labeling "Tweaking our storage configuration a bit" as "details", though. ;)
All this is probably overkill for a site like HN. However, think about things like tsunami warnings on the Google homepage. These get shown only in a certain geographical location, they need to be approved by multiple people, and they need to get pushed out to tens of thousands of servers, all within minutes of the alert coming in. There's a lot of complexity that can go into even a simple feature.
Once I get a break I'll write a blog post about it, and try the Matasano/Square and Stripe CTFs :)
As for the arrows being pixelated, rather than having higher resolution images, shouldn't the images be replaced with unicode?
NoSquint only seems to be useful if you want to adjust the global zoom level.
Or you could do something with Stylish or the like.
Although it'd usually give me some idea, I wouldn't know what the offset of LA is.
Okay quick quiz: What time is it currently in Europe/Zaporozhye? ... Time up! Alright next question. What time is it currently in UTC-3? ... Time up! Final question: What time is it currently in the GST timezone? ... Time up!
All of them used standard formats. Which one was the easiest?
This "planned maintenance" is just a cover for a quick nap.