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ticalc.org Helps the Earth
Posted by Magnus on 7 January 2004, 08:54 GMT

In order to help with restoring the time it takes Earth to rotate, ticalc.org was taken offline last afternoon causing the earth to briefly stop spinning. Due to timezones, the downtime had to be extended for several hours so the Earth would not tear itself apart because only certain timezones slowed down.

The server was taken offline by a staff member performing a remote reboot of the server when nobody was onsite to ensure it came back up. This is something you'd of course normally never do, but we all have to make exceptions to help the greater good. "I promise to try to cut down on my remote reboots and playfullness" the staff member said, while asking to remain anonymous. The server was brought back online as soon as we got onsite.

Please note that this is not directly related to the web server statistics being back online. It is also not related to the fact that we expect our news comments to be down for a short while sometime later this week when we upgrade the database server.

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Re: ticalc.org helps the Earth
DWedit  Account Info
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[insert sbtechno here]

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 09:04 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org helps the Earth
KermMartian Account Info
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I knew that there had to be a rational explaination.
Now we know!

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 13:18 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org helps the Earth
Michael McElroy Account Info
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The system is down.

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 16:34 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org helps the Earth
jrock7286  Account Info

the system...is down...the system...is down...the system system sys sys sys sys...I love that song :)

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 18:03 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org helps the Earth
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Maybe I'm just weird, but has anybody gotten together some of their friends together and tried to do "The System is Down" sbtechno thing by themselves?

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 19:46 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org helps the Earth
W Hibdon  Account Info

Yes. And every time we do, it turns out to be a disaster. no one can ever get their queues. But it is always fun to try.

-W-

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 22:03 GMT


Techno!
Geek_Productions Account Info
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I should try to record my friends and I doing "System Is Down". If nothing else, it'd be funny.

Oooh... And for those of you who care, check my website. Newly updated.(link)

Reply to this comment    8 January 2004, 01:04 GMT

http://www.bushin30seconds.com
Ti-89_Coder Account Info
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I was wondering why the earth seems to stand still whenever ticalc.org is down... :P

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 11:13 GMT

Re: http://www.bushin30seconds.com
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Yesterday, I was freaking out because I couldn't access ticalc.org... anyway, what was the real reason? I'm going out on a limb here and saying this is fake ;-) So... what really happened?

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 19:53 GMT

Re: Re: http://www.bushin30seconds.com
Magnus Hagander  Account Info
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Oh, the truth is right there in the article.

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 21:13 GMT

Re: Re: Re: http://www.bushin30seconds.com
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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But Magnus, you know that they don't read them. Only if he had gotten to that second paragraph :-)

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 21:32 GMT


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BlackThunder  Account Info
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QUOTE: "The staff member, who wished to remain anonymous...".
I'm going to guess that it was you. ^_^

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 21:54 GMT


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W Hibdon  Account Info

<JOKE> I just figured it was morgan. It sounds like something he would try to do. I mean, come on morgan, why'd you have to do it? </JOKE>

-W-

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 22:11 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: http://www.bushin30seconds.com
TheGreatOne  Account Info

Yes.. Why? I though my internet connection was messed up seeing as how I couldn't connect to this site or TI's yesterday. Ah well, I got happy again once I started programming for my calc again.

OMG just checked TI's site. INTRODUCING THE TI-84!!

Good times indeed... :)

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 22:27 GMT


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supportthe81 Account Info

TI-84 Plus (silver edition), not TI-84
TI-84!!=(about) TI-3.331420134e134!

Reply to this comment    5 August 2008, 17:52 GMT

Re: Re: http://www.bushin30seconds.com
KermMartian Account Info
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Oh, I don't know...they always but *red* borders around true news items...

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 22:02 GMT


Re: Re: http://www.bushin30seconds.com
Tier0ne Account Info
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"Yesterday, I was freaking out because I couldn't access ticalc.org... anyway, what was the real reason? I'm going out on a limb here and saying this is fake ;-) So... what really happened? "

Somebody tried to upload another "OMG! OMG! Teh Formulas!!1!" program for the TI-83, and the system just couldn't handle it. ;)

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 22:44 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info

Or a quadratic solver.... ;-)

Reply to this comment    10 January 2004, 01:43 GMT


explanation
mechwarrior111 Account Info
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Well, what it is, is a massive government conspiracy. In addition to keeping gravity machines, the U.S. government also keeps spinning machines in the earth's center. ticalc.org is directly linked to this mainframe, which is an AS/400 system. The mainframe, however, requires libraries and status updates from the surface -- partially provided by ticalc.org. However, due to an error in the libglobe-gtk library (partially caused by SCO's negligence) the unexpected downtime at ticalc.org caused the earth-spinning machine, which runs a solid-state Windows operating system, to temporarily display a BSOD on all monitors. Only after the successful restart of ticalc.org's servers and a quick power cycle of the earth-spinning machines did the earth start to rotate again.
Significant weather changes are expected in the Northeast US (cold temperatures) as the US government attempts to gradually adjust rotation to match with the schedules set by the ISO.

Reply to this comment    13 January 2004, 07:16 GMT

Re: ticalc.org helps the Earth
Memwaster  Account Info

could this also account for the erratic weather patterns (39 degrees celcius, 90 percent humidity) ?

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 12:14 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org helps the Earth
Konrad Meyer  Account Info
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for us its more like -2 or -3 degrees celsius (washingtin state, USA)

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 16:08 GMT

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RT Account Info

TiWeather_Forcast? New program?:) (by the way T=+-15ºC were)

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 16:40 GMT

Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org helps the Earth
Neil Hodges  Account Info
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I also live there, but it's in the 30s currently.

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 17:30 GMT

Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org helps the Earth
Halfmoon Account Info
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Yeah, but it's starting to warm up around Puget Sound.

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 17:34 GMT


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Morgan Davies  Account Info
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>> Yeah, but it's starting to warm up around Puget Sound.

What...I got to check this out! So where do you and Konrad Meyer live in WA? I'm in Olympia at the moment.

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 18:19 GMT


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Joe Pemberton  Account Info
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>> What...I got to check this out! So where do you and Konrad Meyer live in WA? I'm in Olympia at the moment.

I live a couple miles east of seattle :) It's been snowing heavily for the last couple days.

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 19:10 GMT

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Morgan Davies  Account Info
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>> It's been snowing heavily for the last couple days.

No Crap...it was my first time driving in snow and it actually went really well. Didn't get stuck or anything. I even went out when they were telling everyone else to stay in their homes.

That's cool that you live in WA too. Seattle has been a mess...good luck!

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 21:35 GMT


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anthony C  Account Info

Cool! I live in Kirkland. Interesting how many locals you meet on an international website! :-)

Anthony

Reply to this comment    8 January 2004, 05:40 GMT


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Nikky Southerland  Account Info
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Finally the snow is melting around here. I guess Mason County is last for everything...but we did get 10 inches of snow

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 18:13 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org helps the Earth
W Hibdon  Account Info

hehe, 10 inches of snow.... Here in Louisville, it was 67 degres F on sunday. It rained like none other, and had it been that cold, we would have been measuring snow in feet.

-W-

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 22:17 GMT


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mechwarrior111 Account Info
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hmm locals... i live in sexy lexy, kentucky (see how nice that flows? try doing that with louisville, you pitino fan. pfft.)

Reply to this comment    13 January 2004, 07:19 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org helps the Earth
GeneralCYT  Account Info
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39°C? 90% humidity? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that how it usually is on a Borg ship? Maybe ticalc was assimilated...

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 18:34 GMT


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nicklaszlo Account Info
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We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Your uniqueness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile.

Reply to this comment    7 January 2004, 20:53 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org helps the Earth
Memwaster  Account Info

That's right. The Borg live in Australia (queensland to be exact)!!!

Reply to this comment    9 January 2004, 03:34 GMT


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AndySoft  Account Info
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I am Locutus of Borg. We will proceed to sector 0-0-1. Resistance is futile ... Number one.

I liked those two episodes. Glad they were able to get Patrick Stewart back for the third season. :)

Reply to this comment    12 January 2004, 13:51 GMT

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