DNS Trouble January 7, 2012 2:45 PM   Subscribe

Our DNS provider is having some problems right now so MetaFilter sites might be up and down for a bit. It seems to be hitting our static server hard, so you might get the sites loading without stylesheets or images until either we or they can work around this. Sorry about the hassle.

According to the EasyDNS Twitter account they're under DDOS attack and will have things working again soon.
posted by pb to Uptime at 2:45 PM (65 comments total)

GoDaddy must be really desperate
posted by rodgerd at 2:48 PM on January 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


This is what I paid FIVE bucks for?
posted by gman at 2:48 PM on January 7, 2012


Thanks for the heads up pb.
posted by Harpocrates at 2:49 PM on January 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


You have to admit, Metafilter looks pretty good without stylesheets. That's some nice markup you've got there.
posted by Nelson at 2:49 PM on January 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


DOS from whom, I wonder?
posted by Melismata at 2:49 PM on January 7, 2012


Proctor & Gamble. They misunderstood, thought people were railing against SOAP, and took retaliatory action.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:54 PM on January 7, 2012 [15 favorites]




Your $10 is in the mail, Matt.
posted by Nelson at 3:02 PM on January 7, 2012


Here are my demands:

1. An edit window.
2. More pony threads.

Your move, Metafilter.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 3:03 PM on January 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


Denied all my life.
posted by arcticseal at 3:11 PM on January 7, 2012


In case of emergency.
posted by timsteil at 3:16 PM on January 7, 2012


pb: you might get the sites loading without images...

All these pages full of words made me dizzy.
posted by bru at 3:37 PM on January 7, 2012


This is what I paid FIVE bucks for?

Dude, I sent you a coupon.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:47 PM on January 7, 2012


Thanks for the update, pb. I saw it was broken and thought the Firefox update might have been responsible.
posted by deborah at 3:49 PM on January 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


We are temporarily pointing to all of our static files using our CloudFront domain: d217i264rvtnq0.cloudfront.net. If you're running NoScript or AdBlock or something like that, you might need to whitelist that domain to get scripts loading.
posted by pb (staff) at 3:53 PM on January 7, 2012 [1 favorite]




Brandon Blatcher: Dude, I sent you a coupon.

I forget the term for a person like you, but don't you remember asking for it back?
posted by gman at 3:56 PM on January 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


You guys are the best.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:02 PM on January 7, 2012


you might get the sites loading without images...

WAIT OTHER PEOPLE CAN SEE IMAGES?
posted by desjardins at 4:13 PM on January 7, 2012 [5 favorites]


Brandon Blatcher? He's a degifter, gman. A degifter. Do you want to hang with a guy like that?
posted by Night_owl at 4:29 PM on January 7, 2012


They misunderstood, thought people were railing against SOAP, and took retaliatory action.

Why would they do that? Katherine Helmond is fantastic.
posted by mintcake! at 4:29 PM on January 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


PANIC AT THE METAFILTER
PANIC AT THE TACO BELL
posted by The Whelk at 4:29 PM on January 7, 2012


IT'S MY DESIRE
IT'S MY DESIRE
posted by subbes at 5:11 PM on January 7, 2012


PANIC AT THE GATES OF HELL!
posted by jason's_planet at 5:18 PM on January 7, 2012


I forget the term for a person like you

MR AWESOME®
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:31 PM on January 7, 2012


This is what happens when cortex shaves his head. Mass chaos. Cats marrying dogs. DNS servers going the way of the Dodo.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:33 PM on January 7, 2012 [7 favorites]


It's like the story of Samson
posted by The Whelk at 5:37 PM on January 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Electric Six lyrics are like sexy mouthwash for my brain.
posted by mintcake! at 5:38 PM on January 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, sorry about that. It turns out my head is actually a backbone hub and my hairs were each subnet connections.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:52 PM on January 7, 2012 [5 favorites]


Today at the store, I had a one hour shift of 'greeting' aka welcoming people as they come in and answering questions etc.

This one woman had her three year old son with her and her husband was a few yards away. She was exasperated with the kid about something and said "Go with your father, Luke."

It's not often you get them served to you on a silver platter like that, so I said "Yes, after all, Luke, he is your father."
posted by jonmc at 5:55 PM on January 7, 2012 [21 favorites]


Yeah, sorry about that. It turns out my head is actually a backbone hub and my hairs were each subnet connections.

I don't advise a haircut, man.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 6:02 PM on January 7, 2012


my head is actually a backbone hub

Also, your leg bone is connected to your. fiiinger bone.
posted by DU at 6:40 PM on January 7, 2012


my hairs were each subnet connections

You have hair other places besides your head, sir.
posted by jonmc at 7:51 PM on January 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thanks for the quick action, all. I had wondered as to why the Filter Collective was acting wonky.
posted by PROD_TPSL at 7:58 PM on January 7, 2012


my hairs were each subnet connections
You have hair other places besides your head, sir.


But, obviously, those were the ones in charge of Internet Porn.
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:01 PM on January 7, 2012


Shaved head? Pics or it didn't happen.
posted by P.o.B. at 8:28 PM on January 7, 2012


As if it was that hard for me to click over to your Flickr account. Nice!
posted by P.o.B. at 8:33 PM on January 7, 2012


It's not often you get them served to you on a silver platter like that, so I said "Yes, after all, Luke, he is your father."

"NO, I AM YOUR FATHER."
posted by furiousxgeorge at 8:38 PM on January 7, 2012


argh. cloudfront is blocked at work. I guess this explains why the page looked so weird today.
posted by yeoz at 8:48 PM on January 7, 2012


Ya'll should've switched to namecoin.
posted by wayland at 9:13 PM on January 7, 2012


Steaksabers.
posted by rhizome at 11:26 PM on January 7, 2012


Talking about DDos attacks and their ilk, just received the weirdest email apparently from Stratfor and I'm not even a subscriber. What's up?
posted by infini at 3:01 AM on January 8, 2012


Heaven help us if cortex starts shaving his legs.
posted by arcticseal at 3:54 AM on January 8, 2012


How do you know he's not?
posted by desjardins at 8:18 AM on January 8, 2012


There are images on this website?
posted by maryr at 8:20 AM on January 8, 2012


There are images on this website?

Yeah, a few. If you're viewing the site in the default theme, the logo in the upper left and the background at the top of the page are images. On Ask, questions with best answers have a green checkmark. Contact Activity on the front page has a series of icons for different activity, and user profile pages have various icons. RSS feeds are almost always marked with an orange RSS icon. We have images here and there.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:28 AM on January 8, 2012


b/i/link are images too!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:29 AM on January 8, 2012


If I've learned anything from shaving my head, it's that I need all my remaining body hair to mitigate the sudden heat-loss problem. Besides, Matt's the competitive biking mod.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:44 AM on January 8, 2012


Yeah, a few.
What happened to that sub site that had embarrassing candid bathroom photos of the all the prolific contributors? Oh wait that's reddit.
posted by sammyo at 8:45 AM on January 8, 2012


Holy crow. It's true. And see how red his beard and stache are. Ginger! Burn him!
posted by deborah at 4:29 PM on January 8, 2012


I am also a secret ginger, if we're assembling a list.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:33 PM on January 8, 2012


I was, too. Shhh!
posted by deborah at 4:35 PM on January 8, 2012


No offence, but the haircut makes him look a shit ton older. Still, he seems happy.
posted by gman at 4:48 PM on January 8, 2012


Stratfor got hacked and all the accounts dumped like maybe two weeks ago. There is some pretty good analysis of the data around the web, some insane amounts of .gov and .mil accounts use stratfor as the password.
posted by Ad hominem at 5:01 PM on January 8, 2012


Oh, stratfor got hacked again. Disregard and emails from them.

Is ddos is pissing me off.
posted by Ad hominem at 5:04 PM on January 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Only my mustache is ginger, it's super annoying with my Very dark brown hair.

I've been enjoying not shaving or cutting my hair for now a few months. I get up in the morning and I look like I should be yelling at Romans in a forest.
posted by The Whelk at 5:08 PM on January 8, 2012


This is what happens when cortex shaves his head.

Please cortex, if available I would love to see a photograph of you in this state.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:38 PM on January 8, 2012


Here you go, brother Meatbomb.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:49 PM on January 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


No, no, no. The cranium isn't a backbone, and there's no hub there, either. A hub is a center of rotation. Your C1-C2 intervertebral (atlanto-axial) joint rotates the (dead weight) of the cranium.

I think a tunnelling protocol must be involved somehow. Possibly involving neckbeards.
posted by gingerest at 9:34 PM on January 8, 2012


I kind of liked revisiting the Web circa 1992 for a few minutes there. Gives one a bit of perspective, you know. *waves cane* *orders kids off lawn*
posted by zomg at 10:36 PM on January 8, 2012


I possess beardy gingery goodness. Can I be a mod please?
posted by arcticseal at 11:33 PM on January 8, 2012


Cortex fills our ginger quota, why do you think we would want to hire another one?!
posted by Meatbomb at 4:45 AM on January 9, 2012


Although some might see it as reverse hairism, Metafilter's progressive affirmative action policies have aided those afflicted with ginger to feel like normal human beings.
posted by gman at 5:10 AM on January 9, 2012


Meatbomb: "Cortex fills our ginger quota, why do you think we would want to hire another one?!"

Obligatory.
posted by Apropos of Something at 10:35 AM on January 9, 2012


pb writes "We are temporarily pointing to all of our static files using our CloudFront domain: d217i264rvtnq0.cloudfront.net. If you're running NoScript or AdBlock or something like that, you might need to whitelist that domain to get scripts loading."

A-Ha; hence the lack of link button functionality.

Thanks pb
posted by Mitheral at 7:27 PM on January 9, 2012


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