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Slashdot Prepares Switcheroo

CmdrTaco posted more than 13 years ago | from the hoo-boy-its-time dept.

Slashdot.org 207

We're planning on making the final switch from Slashdot to Banjo tonight at around 8pm my time. User preferences changed after 6:30pm will be lost. Comments won't be. Around 8pm, Slashdot will stop providing dynamic pages: only the static homepage will be visible until we we complete the transition, which will hopefully take only however long it takes for us to incrementally update all the critical data. We should see you by 9.

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What's the difference between an onion and a banjo (0, Offtopic)

david.given (6740) | more than 13 years ago | (#2109681)

No-one cries when you cut up a banjo.

Fish are dying (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2110017)

but i'm already dead deadfish@hotmail.com

how long.... (-1)

helstar (172465) | more than 13 years ago | (#2110238)

how long till slashdot is running the old code again, because the banjo broke?

A new type of Karma whore (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2110239)

Looks like geekoid and DNS-and-BIND have taken karma-whoring to a whole new level.

Anyone else notice how they each got an (I assume) 'Underrated' mod point up immediately after they were posted? Their comments weren't there when I first looked at the page, then I refreshed maybe a minute later, and both comments were there with moderations. Boy, that's pretty fast moderating, wouldn't you say?

They probably have an older account with mod points and use these newer accounts separately to mod themselves up.

Hey, maybe it's actually the same person!

Pretty goddamn silly if you ask me ('course, you didn't... :)

Re:A new type of Karma whore (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 13 years ago | (#2124989)

his from someone who hides behind AC. I have no idea why it was modded up so fast, I'd guess coincedence.
I take offence of your KW accusation.

Re:A new type of Karma whore (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2155664)

You'll get over it.

...or they just have high enough karma... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2155243)

...to post at +2 by default, ever think of that, Mr. Conspiracy Theorist?

Changelog? (2, Interesting)

mutantcamel (213431) | more than 13 years ago | (#2111219)

so whats new/cool with banjo?

We should see you by 9. (2, Funny)

r41nm4n (413957) | more than 13 years ago | (#2112378)

We should see you by 9.

On what day?

D you really mean to say.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2112381)

that yesterday's stress test was a success???????

You gotta be kidding me.

Keep on going like your going, and you'll be working for Microsoft.

See you on monday... (1)

Above (100351) | more than 13 years ago | (#2113748)

when they finally get things back up. :-)

When exactly is "9"? (1)

Swaffs (470184) | more than 13 years ago | (#2114994)

"Around 8pm, Slashdot will stop providing dynamic pages: only the static homepage will be visible until we we complete the transition, which will hopefully take only however long it takes for us to incrementally update all the critical data. We should see you by 9."

PM?... AM?... September the 9th?... 2009?

Re:When exactly is "9"? (3, Funny)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 13 years ago | (#2114065)

9 rebmuN

9 rebmuN

9 rebmuN

9 rebmuN

9 rebmuN

9 rebmuN

Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted.

Re:When exactly is "9"? (1)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 13 years ago | (#2134131)

Once upon a time there was this group known as The Beatles. Some moderator apparently has never heard of them.

They had a few hit songs. Influenced a musician or two.

Well (4, Funny)

PovRayMan (31900) | more than 13 years ago | (#2117184)

Is this a 1st post or did all the comments get lost?

Is this just my lucky day?

Re:Well (-1)

Kike Meister (443880) | more than 13 years ago | (#2113717)

This upgrade sounds a lot like a Jewish conspiracy to me.

5 Funny! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2119545)

Woo-hoo!
with my final remaining moderator point, I manged to do some good in the world....striking a blow for funny posts everywhere.

for you jerks that keep modding it down, I recommend reading the moderator guidelines.
Funny posts == good.

Re:Well (0, Flamebait)

jfonseca (203760) | more than 13 years ago | (#2135339)

Like I care.
What the fuck is banjo, and why the hell do you think anyone cares where the fuck you're moving to you fucking fiddlin hillbillies?

Just the beer taking effect.

But fuckit nonetheless, go post some interesting shit you've nothing but fucked up lately.

I love the fucking freedom of speech.

Yeah!

Cold one on you AL, read this you'd be a proud Dutch motherfucker.

Re:Well (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2154472)

Oh my god you are so fucking cool!!!!!!!!!

I'm an open-minded moderator (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2154725)

which is why I gave you +1 Funny!

posting anonymously to preserve moderation

Re:I'm an open-minded moderator (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2155781)

it's me again. just want to point out that if those two impulsive moderators didn't see "#1" and immediately mod it down because they read it in some FAQ somewhere, this post would be at +5 a long time ago already. why do people bother modding down the 1st post anyway..?

Re:I'm an open-minded moderator (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2114977)

it's probably the editors, or a bot. on-topic fp's often get modded down too

Re:Well (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2155197)

Damn modded down within 5 minutes. I better have this posted anonymously because I don't wanna lost more karma. For you bonehead moderators though, it was meant to be a funny comment not a troll or offtopic. If you read the post of the story and my post to the story you would clearly see that this was meant to be humorous.

Good explanation for that.. (-1)

FuckYourAss (462542) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155800)

I found a very good explanation of the technical side of the switch HERE [goatse.cx]

ON TOPIC fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2155320)

Could be the last one, bitches. Someone mod up please.

chill out (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2119098)

man all you geek freaks, chill out. take this time to go outside and look at the outside stuff. you act like life support has been turned off

Nobody told me... (1)

MasterOfDisaster (248401) | more than 13 years ago | (#2122757)

So, do I get to keep that extra karma I got on banjo? last time I looked, it was still there. Please? awww....

Best of luck! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2127326)

Best of luck with the switch! Remember to be prepared for a short wait on Cisco support!

Critical data? (2, Funny)

Chris Parrinello (1505) | more than 13 years ago | (#2132024)

With all of the first posts and goat sex links, can any of the data on Slashdot be really termed "critical data"?

:)

very critical. (1)

Cardhore (216574) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155583)

I think you mean this [slashdot.org] .

Beep... Beep... (2, Insightful)

Halo- (175936) | more than 13 years ago | (#2132292)

I say we play "Dark Side of the Moon" till things come back, or... baring that... go out... maybe meet some members of the opposite sex. Hopefully O'Reilly makes a book about that....

fr1st p0sting (-1, Offtopic)

vulg4r_m0nk (304652) | more than 13 years ago | (#2132578)

for once it won't be a totally inane waste of time.

"my time" is when? (5, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 13 years ago | (#2132579)

And what color is the ethernet cabling in your world?

--Blair

Re:"my time" is when? (1)

grammar nazi (197303) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145427)

Dull gray in color with yellow boots that prevent snags on the RJ45 connectors.

When I'm feeling spunky, I go with a red ethernet cable, with a twist.

Re:"my time" is when? (1)

Spunk (83964) | more than 13 years ago | (#2131695)

Please don't feel me.

Thanks.

great (-1)

GaylordFucker (465080) | more than 13 years ago | (#2133750)

now everyone's gonna be competing for the last post

I hope it works (1)

Grim Grepper (452375) | more than 13 years ago | (#2133752)

I hope the problems you've had with Banjo have been worked out. For example, last time I went to Banjo, my karma was lower than it should be. Good luck!

Who wants to take bets on how long it will take before Slashdot switches back to the old code?

I'm stunned! (0, Redundant)

JustAnotherReader (470464) | more than 13 years ago | (#2133915)

I'm stunned that so many people are posting comments an a "We're going down in a couple of hours for upgrades" story. Yep, that's what makes the internet great. No point, just an observation.

Well, it looks like the immortal spank-ray... (0)

AnonymousCowheard (239159) | more than 13 years ago | (#2134132)


will be passing its fire onto the Slashdot admins. May you use it wisely. Don't forget that by adopting/using the spank-ray, you must keep Moltar and Zorak imprisoned next to your fluffy Tux penguin. Coboy Neal must wear the original SpaceGhost Black cloak on white spandex speedo costume and will bve dedicated to a 4-year term of cheesy andover.net commercials at the San Diego Zoo or a local carnival of how to pick an ice-cream cone from off the ground with a floppy disk. Also, as stated in the contract, you'll be driving an invisible jet. You won't be able to see it, so just feel around inside your apartment 'till you get the idea. May the spank-ray be with you!

Last post. (-1)

sikboy (168585) | more than 13 years ago | (#2137916)

Make it a good one.

Re:Last post. (-1)

sikboy (168585) | more than 13 years ago | (#2143475)

Poopies.

You can tune a banjo.. (3, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 13 years ago | (#2147741)

..but you can't tunafish

Re:You can tune a banjo.. (1)

floodle (409717) | more than 13 years ago | (#2119547)

You can tune a banjo..

..but you still can't get that Dukes of Hazzard theme out of your head.

Make it stop!

oh man..i can see it now (0)

loconet (415875) | more than 13 years ago | (#2154446)

at 7:59 /. will get /.'ed by ppl trying to get a "last post" !

Feline poop? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2154460)

Feline poo???? Screw you lambdaMOOers!

Re:Feline poop? (-1)

Ralph JewHater Nader (450769) | more than 13 years ago | (#2124254)

A final friendly reminder: kill as many jews as you can.

Hopefully the new server will be jew-free and nigger-free.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2154461)

or maybe it's the last one... who knows? :)

last (-1, Offtopic)

sulli (195030) | more than 13 years ago | (#2154471)

fp?

Hey what's up with Slashdot? (-1, Redundant)

At000miC (261392) | more than 13 years ago | (#2154662)

(well I thought it was funny)

see you by 9... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2154663)

next friday....

Re:see you by 9... (0, Offtopic)

gaydot (516129) | more than 13 years ago | (#2154373)

Yeah! 9 it will be! ~g.

Re:see you by 9... (1)

Monkeylover (516124) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155112)

9 next Friday? Maybe you give them too much credit....

Re:see you by 9... (1)

gaydot (516129) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155662)

We'll be living off of Google's Slash Cache [google.com] until they get the site back up.

Re:see you by 9... (1)

gaydot (516129) | more than 13 years ago | (#2111221)


...or, even better O'Reilly's Meerkat [oreillynet.com]

Mmmmm.... Tastey

~g.

Don't want to criticize... (1)

GeneOff (238946) | more than 13 years ago | (#2154675)

[but wait I do...]

Just strummed on the banjo server and about 1/2 of the things I clicked on returned internal server errors. Hope this is not a sign of things to come later tonight.

Will this enable articles to morph faster? (1)

sharkey (16670) | more than 13 years ago | (#2154912)

Will we hear about Cisco chicks, rebooting to erase critical logs and the death of a nearby star system (not neccesarily in that order)?

Will any and all posts asking for the truth, or pointing out that the narrative of events is on it's fifth unique revision be moderated down lower than a hot-grits-toting, petrified Natalie Portman visit to goatse [goatse.cx] post?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Just curious (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2154966)

"Your time" is Eastern, right? That would be 5pm here on the West Coast?

Not that it really matters that much, just want to make sure.......

Re:Just curious (1)

Zildy (32593) | more than 13 years ago | (#2134128)

I think they plan on doing it "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve" style where only the eastern folks will see the new server live at 9PM. Central, Mountain and Pacific users will continue to see their regularly scheduled /. until 9pm their time.

Beat the system! Have your EDT friends send you screen shots of the new /. so you can see it before everyone else in your area!

Zildy

Re:Just curious (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155599)

central, I think. plus it 3 hours difference from west and east coast.

Re:Just curious (2)

RedX (71326) | more than 13 years ago | (#2135955)

Not that I've done any amount of research, but based on past stories, I believe that Taco is/was in Michigan (Eastern) and the server is in a data center near Boston (also Eastern). I'd say it's a safe bet that "my time" is Eastern.

Re:Just curious (1)

jamesdood (468240) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155581)

If this goes like all of the "upgrades" I've done I will bet that at 2am EST things are being rolled back! In all seriousness I hope things go well and the amount of caffeine imbibed is less than the amount of beer!!

timing (2)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 13 years ago | (#2154967)

At least they have the sense to do it on a Friday night, so they have the whole weekend to screw up. Dimes to dollars says they fall back to the current version by Monday.

Re:timing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2155735)

At least they have the sense to do it on a Friday night, so they have the whole weekend to screw up.

You think they're actually going to be working on it on the weekend? More likely they'll go home Friday at 9:05, it will crash and burn at around 9:30, and we won't see Slashdot again till they show up back to work on Monday morning.

banjo.org (5, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 13 years ago | (#2154968)

news for hillbilly's, stuff thats inbred...

Re:banjo.org (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2155047)

"hillbillys" in this context is not a contraction, possessive, and is not a letter or number like a VCR is.

Re:banjo.org (1)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 13 years ago | (#2147745)

"hillbillys" in this context is not a contraction, possessive, and is not a letter or number like a VCR is.
Wow, "a VCR" is a letter or number?

Did Big Bird tell you that?

Re:banjo.org (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2135037)

yawn. [slashdot.org]

Missed Opportunity (3, Funny)

scott1853 (194884) | more than 13 years ago | (#2154992)

Why the hell didn't we get a chance to put up a poll on what would happen with the update!?

24 hours to get it working

48 hours to get it working

Cowboy Neal will have to get it working

"We should see you by 9"

Um, 9:00 on what DAY?


C'ya later everybody. Nice knowin ya all. Maybe we can talk again in another couple years.

In the words of a famous person... (1)

jgrumbles (515918) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155026)

Break on through to the other side...

Last Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2155049)

screw all these attempts at first posts. How about being the last post on the old code?! :-)

So What? (3, Insightful)

rabtech (223758) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155065)

I have reviewed the changelogs, and I don't see many new features, and certainly none that would affect me as a standard reader/poster on slashdot.

I'm sure the administration side has improvements, and the behind-the-scenes code is better. But I'm left asking... So What?

If anyone can explain the real benefits from this move, let me know. And congrats to those who worked on Bender.

Code base only? (2)

Winged Cat (101773) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155213)

You mean just the code base, right? As in, I won't have to go to http://www.banjo.org/ from now on, and explain to my semi-geek friends who have heard of Slashdot but never kept up with it that I haven't changed to a redneck just because I now visit Banjo as often as I used to visit Slashdot, right?

Re:Code base only? (2)

J'raxis (248192) | more than 13 years ago | (#2137913)

I don't think you meant http://www.banjo.org/ [banjo.org] , did you?

Heh (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2155318)

So much for the eight hour uptime...

Finally, I Have It!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2155319)

Last Post!!

Most important question... (0, Troll)

wrinkledshirt (228541) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155580)

Will there be a new Karma Cap? I've been beating my head against 50 for the last few months and I NEED IT BABY! GIMME MORE ROOM FOR KARMA NOW DAMMITARRRGGHGHH!!!!

Re:Most important question... (1)

smack_attack (171144) | more than 13 years ago | (#2120270)

Ha! Your wish has been granted.

How to tune a Banjo... (3, Funny)

daeley (126313) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155618)

Just in case things go awry:

http://www.wiredweb.com/~banjoboyd/tuning.html

'Remember that as you begin to play music with others its will become important to tune in settings that are loud. Your banjo is a cannon and you stand behind it. If you sence that you are out of tune turn away from the group and face into a corner or wall. This will allow the sound to bounce back toward you. Another easy way to tune in a loud environment is to use a battery powered digital tuners. A fiddle tuner pickup is available which will plug into the tuner input jack and clip on the bridge of your banjo. This tool allows you to tune in the most loud environment without any interference or even the need to hear precisely the string note. You simply tune according to the digital devise display. Most music stores stock these devices and will be happy to demonstrate them for you.'

Re:How to tune a Banjo... (2)

NonSequor (230139) | more than 13 years ago | (#2122992)

I was always told that the phrase "well-tuned banjo" was a good example of an oxymoron

Re:How to tune a Banjo... (1)

_Stryker (15742) | more than 13 years ago | (#2127584)

The only problem with using a digital tuner in this situation is that you really want to tune to match the rest of the band. If they are all slightly off in the same direction, you will want to match them rather than being perfectly in tune yourself.

Isn't there some rule? (2)

localman (111171) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155636)

...about launching changes on a Friday? Plan to spend all weekend with headaches, Taco.

Heck, you'd probably be doing that anyway :)

Re:Isn't there some rule? (4, Insightful)

roguerez (319598) | more than 13 years ago | (#2120269)

I believe Rob mentioned a short while ago that the bulk of traffic happens during work days. The weekend is a little slower. Therefore picking the weekend makes sense, since less people suffer from possible problems during the switcheroo. I'm not sure if this is the reason for choosing friday, though.

Buena Suerte (2)

krmt (91422) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155663)

Good luck guys. Hope it all goes well. Thanks for all the great work!

When All Is Said And Done (3, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155771)

There'll be partying, liquor flowing, a food fight or two, an underwear on the head parade, and lots of other celebration type activities the little ones shouldn't read about.

Then they'll try to sober up enough to switch it over without fscking it all up.

I suggest a prize of a /. T-shirt to the first post on the "It's Up!" article when it's back up around nine...(yeah... heard that one before)

Here, I'll help ya by writing the article!

Well we did it, it's up and running and we only lost half of the posts, several IDs, all the settings and everyone's karma is reset to 0, but it seems to be working just fine. Have at it and let us know if there's any problems. The techs have left their pagers in greasy pizza box and are heading off into the bushes to sleep it off. See you in the morning.

Re:When All Is Said And Done (1)

Swaffs (470184) | more than 13 years ago | (#2120268)

They should hold a pool to guess at when it will be up.

Re:When All Is Said And Done (-1)

Trollificus (253741) | more than 13 years ago | (#2143474)

I can see it now.. Taco and the gang getting drunk on wine coolers and having an all-out Star Trek marathon.
Gooooo Slashdot crew!

New Hardware Specs ? (5, Interesting)

green pizza (159161) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155782)

What sort of new hardware will Slashdot (and, thus Slashcode Banjo) be running on? I would be quite intersted in the types and configurations of the servers, switches, and routers involved. It may be old-hat to sysadmins, but to me it's kinda neat!

Re:New Hardware Specs ? (5, Informative)

michael (4716) | more than 13 years ago | (#2111220)

The old hardware setup is here [slashdot.org] .

The new one is not terribly different: five beefier HTTP servers instead of six, still with the same Arrowpoint load-balancing switch; one NFS box and one beefier database machine.

And of course, this will mark the switch to Slash 2.0.

I'm sure there will be a story (maybe not until Monday though) which will give plenty of specs and info.

Re:New Hardware Specs ? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2115279)

i send you troll

Re:New Hardware Specs ? (1)

pratyoosh (150194) | more than 13 years ago | (#2122994)

has the switch already taken place ? I have never seen slashdot response to be so slow...

Best of luck (5, Funny)

cnkeller (181482) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155793)

until we we complete the transition, which will hopefully take only however long it takes for us to incrementally update all the critical data. We should see you by 9.

So said mission control the Mars polar lander....

Tick Tock (5, Funny)

Lothar+0 (444996) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155795)

About 50 more minutes left to change your settings to filter out posters who have nothing better to do than keep track of how long until Slashdot makes the change.

Uhm.... (1)

mansemat (65131) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155799)

Okay, I haven't been keeping up with /. things for a bit, but please tell me, WTF is Banjo? Is slashcode finally going down the tubes and they are moving to something PHP based (muhahaha, perl will know it's dead for web scripting when /. switches to PHP ;-)

Anyway, 1 link to something banjo releated (that doesn't have anything to do with musical instruments or "Deliverance") would be apperciated.

Word to yer_mom,

~Manse

Re:Uhm.... (1)

cymen (8178) | more than 13 years ago | (#2135115)

I've been waiting for a decent reply to your post but none so far... Banjo appears to be a newer version of Slashcode (perhaps 2.0 or 2.2?). There are some notes in CVS logs for slashcode that mention Banjo.

Re:Uhm.... (2)

rjamestaylor (117847) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155048)

I think it's called banjo because someone was listening to the banjo playing in Travis' Sing...

But I've been wrong before...wait...well, shoot, I just broke my streak...

Re:Uhm.... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2155239)

Here's Banjo! [slashdot.org]

Shit happens... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2155490)

Here's banjo! [slashdot.org] Take 2...

Re:Shit happens... (0)

gaydot (516129) | more than 13 years ago | (#2160711)



http://www.banjo.org/ [banjo.org]

I think I'm going Japanese...

~g.

Good Luck! (1)

TalShiar00 (238873) | more than 13 years ago | (#2155813)

I am currently involved in a server migration at work. Luckly it is an internal web/file server so it is not at critical, yet still a big issue. All I can go is wish all the /. staff the best of luck and hope you won't need too much coffee ;)
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