Sunday, November 17, 2013
According to their blog, the outage was caused by "rouge request" that jammed their caching layer and caused a timeout issue for all of their users using the Feedly website, iOS and Android apps, and third party clients.
They fixed the issue by "[disabling] the IP range of rouge the third party client and [restarting] the app servers" according to their blog post update, and confirmed that they were working on an altering of the code to prevent rouge requests from jamming their cache in the future, as well as implementing a better system to partition requests to keep one third party client from impacting the quality of service for other clients to keep another blackout from happening again because of a similar issue.
The incident comes just hours after All Access experienced the exact opposite of it's name Saturday evening, likely because of the surge of users generated from the service launching for iOS devices Friday.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
These issues are, of course, most likely happening because of the surge of new users likely generated by Google Play Music finally launching on iOS yesterday.
Update (7:06 PM Eastern): It seems that the searching issues, and the issues with not being able to view playlists are happening with some people and aren't happening with others. The issue with music not streaming and not being able to access the "Music" section of the Play Store seems to happening with everyone, however.
Update (7:16 PM Eastern): There's no word yet on what's going on over on Apple's platform. All that can be said is: this issue is continuing on the Android Google Play Music App, the Play Store App, and the Play Store Web App.
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
June 29th, 2007. The original iPhone was released. It was the predecessor to the modern day smartphone.
It was to the smartphone market as the homo-neanderthal was to the human race. It was a huge stepping stone.
Fast-forward to June 9th, 2008, and the iPhone 3G was released. Now sporting an App Store and 3G connectivity, it was the early Homo-Sapien of smartphones.
But now, let's jump to October 22nd, 2008. That's the date the T-Mobile G1 became available. It's operating system, Android, was laughably inferior the iPhone at the time, though it showed a lot of potential, being open source. Let's skip all the way to 2010, though. That's the year gingerbread arrived. Phones like the Nexus One threatened to steal the iPhone's throne, and tablets like the Galaxy Tab threatened to do the same to the iPad. Android was getting more and more popular, and by this point was arguably better than iOS. In 2011, Ice Cream Sandwich drastically improved how Android worked on tablets. By Jelly Bean in 2012, Android was miles ahead of iOS. For the longest time, Apple's products did have two things over Androids,though. The first was the ecosystem, but Google's rapidly growing Play Store is proving to be an excellent iTunes rival. The second was speed. In October of 2012, the Nexus 4 arrived, however. With some tinkering and sacrifices, it ran just as smooth as an iPhone. And now, with the 2013 generations of flagships, which include the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, Android phones are finally smoother, more stable, and easier to use than the iPhone right out of the box. Steve Jobs said himself in June 2007 that the iPhone was 5 years ahead of any other phone. Well... it's been six now. However, it seems Apple has realized that. iOS 7 is several leaps ahead of iOS 6, and I dare say almost on par with Android.
Now, Apple took a lot of things from Android, but did they do anything better? We're going to find out today. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to iOS 7 VS Android. We're going to be comparing Apple's newly overhauled Operating system with stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and TouchWiz, as found on the Galaxy S4.
The Lock Screen:
|TouchWiz on the S4 (Courtesy of Phandroid).|
All in all, the additions to iOS are a very big deal. iOS is just shy of being on par with android. I think if they allowed more 3rd party integration, the two OSs would be equal. The only major setback with iOS is that sharing options are severely limited, and you can only open files in apps cherry-picked by Apple. This does put iOS close enough to Android, however, that it should kick-start innovation inside Google to overdrive, to maintain it's lead over Apple. Since gingerbread, only 6 new things have come to Android. That's a better experience on tablets, greater stability, the Play Store, Google Now, an easier to use user interface, and the elimination of viruses from the Play Store. And, of those, only Google Now can be described as "innovative". Hopefully this will scare Google into putting Android a few more years ahead of iOS, and making the 5.x era another 2.x one. I really can't wait to see what comes out of Google over the next one to two years.
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Monday, May 27, 2013
The third advantage, which is a very close second to the fact that plastic doesn't chip, is that plastic allows for better reception. A lot people who own the One are suffering from a low Wi-Fi range and poor GPS signals. But you can donate to them here... anyway, the plastic on the S4 lets signals get through easy-peasy.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The above link is about the plight of a teenager in Florida, Kiera Wilmot, who performed a science experiment which went badly. No one was hurt and no property was damaged, but she's been expelled and she's facing felony charges.
The case has been getting a lot of media attention, which is a really good thing, I think. Here's some more reading material if you're interested.
DNLee has posted twice on the issue on her Scientific American blog. Both posts are eloquent, enraged, and worth reading:
There's also some discussion about what caused the expulsion.
Some cite zero-tolerance policies (http://madamenoire.com/275238/is-our-zero-tolerance-culture-behind-kiera-wilmots-heavy-handed-charges/) and some cite racism (http://newsone.com/2430066/kiera-wilmot-florida-science-experiment/). Both are probably factors.
What You Can Do
I've been trying to figure out what we can do to help Wilmot. Here are the suggestions I've seen around. I got all of these from DNLee's article.
If you're a scientist, tweet about the things you've blown up or broken in the name of progress using the, #ScienceIsNotCrime, #KieraWilmot or #Solidarity4Wilmot hashtags.
Personally contact the local authorities.
Here's the information:
Polk County Superintendent, Dr John Stewart.
Phone: 863-534-0521 Fax: 863-519-8231
Bartow High School Principal, Mr Ronald Pritchard.
Contact the Bartow Police Department
Phone: 863 534-5034 Fax: 863-534-5030
Sign the petition to drop charges, if you haven't already.
There's not much else to do at the moment. But you can sign offer to help by filling out this form, organized by DNLee. As soon as she knows more about the situation, like how to contact the family, she'll use the names here to figure out who to ask for help.
Here's the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UQ-CQ8G5UlRrxbn5pxPzgm44EQstz25WGWICMQHuKAY/viewform
Permalink to this post on the physics mill: http://www.thephysicsmill.com/2013/05/03/an-update-on-kiera-wilmot/
Thanks for all you're doing to help!
REMEMBER. THE FIRST PRIORITY RIGHT NOW IS TO GET HER CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES. COLLEGE FUNDS, ECT. ARE SECONDARY.
-Initially Written By Jonah Miller and Copy/Pasted with changes/additions by Justin Howell
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Today, people with Windows 8 Developer Preview, Consumer Preview, and Release Preview are being/will be given an error message urging them to buy full Windows 8, and burdens them with an automatic restart every 2 hours. You can buy a full copy of Windows 8... but... the upgrade assistant lasts much longer than the two hour restart time.
Not enough face.
Not enough palm.
There is a workaround, however. Going here:
gives you an installer, which just requires an upgrade key. I'd back up your files doing this, though, as you don't get to configure what it does with your files, and Microsoft has a track record of not giving alphas and betas the ability to keep them.