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Does Google provide a status page for their services?

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nodata 31 days ago | link

http://www.google.com/appsstatus

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officialjunk 31 days ago | link

thanks. i've actually never seen this before.

does the status appear as orange semi-circles for anyone else? it looks intentional based on the source, but semi-circles are not in the legend at the bottom. wonder if it's based on how long it's been down, or the number of affected instances or something else...

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aiiane 31 days ago | link

Semi-circle = issue is not fully resolved yet.

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Einstein's theories about the universe are more correct than Newton's. Neither are "correct".

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steveeq1 62 days ago | link

Reminds me of an old quote by George E. P. Box - "All models are wrong, but some are useful"

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People may have ethical conflicts but not voice or do much with them because they feel the security their job provides is superior to leaving & having to find something new.

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Seems like after an asteroid hitting the earth, "server fault tolerance" is the least of our worries.

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klodolph 129 days ago | link

Yeah, but with the number of 9s you see you realize that asteroids are NOT taken into account. For example, Amazon advertises 99.999999999% durability for a given year for S3 objects. This is just stupid. An extinction-level event (asteroid, global thermonuclear war, black hole) could easily wipe out ALL data on S3. We know that mass extinctions have occurred about once every 100 million years. That means that if we expect a 10^-8 chance of a mass extinction event in a given year, Amazon would need a 99% chance of surviving a mass extinction in order to meet average durability ratings for S3.

After a certain number of 9s you just have to smile, nod, and truncate the number.

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josephagoss 129 days ago | link

They really advertise 99.999999999%? Isn't that 1 byte lost for every 100,000,000 Terabytes or something silly like that?

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brianpgordon 129 days ago | link

Yes:

https://aws.amazon.com/s3/faqs/#How_durable_is_Amazon_S3

I suppose that if they ever lose an object then they can say "well we warned you that you might lose an object every hundred million years."

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mercurial 129 days ago | link

> That means that if we expect a 10^-8 chance of a mass extinction event in a given year, Amazon would need a 99% chance of surviving a mass extinction in order to meet average durability ratings for S3.

On the other hand, it's unlikely that many people would be around to ask for a reclamation. It's more likely that Amazon would go out of business before anything like this happened, anyway.

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raverbashing 129 days ago | link

Off-topic:

At one of my last jobs someone put the following ticket in the bug tracker "Following the end of the world on 12/21/2012 the system Blah will stop working"

After the date it was closed with a "As the end of the world didn't happen this ticket is no longer needed"

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shurcooL 129 days ago | link

Yeah, I was kinda referring to danger we as a species still face by being on just one planet.

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Is the site down for anyone else?

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Or of the colors?

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While I may agree with you sentiment, would you expound on it?

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grecy 176 days ago | link

Americans go on an on about how they're the 'best country in the world' and how the constitution is amazing. They ramble about how what makes them great is freedom and liberty. For some reason they're extremely proud of free speech, like it's something only they have and how lucky they are to have it.

When comparing to China, or maybe North Korea or the USSR, or even Nazi Germany, sure, those things are great and you should be proud.

In the year 2013, there are at least 20 countries that have all of that and more, and don't spend their days rambling on about how great it all is.

All of that stuff doesn't in any way make America special.

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quarnster, would you explain the what the backend/frontend split is for?

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lobster_johnson 176 days ago | link

Splitting into a generic back end that deals with data means you can adapt different UIs to it. For example, you could provide a native app such as Cocoa without having to rewrite the entire app for that GUI framework.

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What does being a "hardcore RTS" mean?

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TsiCClawOfLight 210 days ago | link

I assume they use it interchangeably with "e-sport capable"

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qznc 209 days ago | link

I interpret it as "Don't bother unless you can pour hundreds of hours into it".

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sp332 210 days ago | link

RTS = real-time strategy. By "hardcore" they probably mean lots of fiddling and attention to detail will help you win games.

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Affixes?

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stonemetal 212 days ago | link

postfix, prefix. Gear gets a randomly generated name based on what special properties it has. So the red club of the owl is a club that has added fire damage(has red prefix) and a health bonus(has owl suffix)(or something I only play diablo causally so I don't know the affixes off hand.)

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