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Strange slow-downs

Postby Folderol » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:48 pm

Everything runs fine, then all of a sudden when I click on one of the topics, the browser spins it's wheels for some 10-20 seconds. After this it all seems OK again.
I'm not seeing this with other sites. Any idea what's happening?
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby Kwackman » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:53 pm

Folderol wrote:Everything runs fine, then all of a sudden when I click on one of the topics, the browser spins it's wheels for some 10-20 seconds. After this it all seems OK again.
I'm not seeing this with other sites. Any idea what's happening?

I've been having this too, esp on my laptop.
Sometimes a page never loads, I get a message saying "Safari can't open the page.....because the server where this page is located isn't responding".
Usually if I quit Safari I can get into the site fine again.
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby desmond » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:56 pm

I've also had some performance issue with the SOS site recently, on all my devices.

Either there are some web server performance issues, or there might be some other internet congestion causing traffic issues, perhaps...
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby IAA » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:34 pm

Either there are some web server performance issues, or there might be some other internet congestion causing traffic issues, perhaps...

It’s the 30% performance hit, nothing will be the same again.....
I’ll get my silver foil hat......

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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby CS70 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:50 pm

+1, has happened enough times for me to notice as well. Something fishy in the backend perhaps?
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby job » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:58 pm

IAA wrote:I’ll get my silver foil hat......

Silver foil?! Now there's a bit of quality from the past! :bouncy:

I wonder if it is that though. They said it would likely effect servers and stuff if i remember right :beamup:
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby ef37a » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:18 am

Well..Now you come to mention it! Yes, I have noticed that but put it down to the ***t I get running a BT Yahoo mail address (£5.00 a friggin month!) when I am with Talk Talk. I am constantly having to log into my email address.

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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby Forum Admin » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:22 am

There’s been lots of patching of updates on all servers across the net to mitigate against the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, so likely down to that.
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:58 am

Forum Admin wrote:There’s been lots of patching of updates on all servers across the net to mitigate against the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, so likely down to that.

So are you saying Ian that the slow-downs are not the result of a meltdown or ghost in the machine, but are due to preventative measures against a meltdown or spectre?

Or am I just getting confused? :beamup:


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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby garrettendi » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:13 am

I've had issues with pages taking a long time to load. I thought it could well be down to the security updates on servers.
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby Mike Stranks » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:42 am

There's a lot of 'flu about...

Maybe some of the electrons have succumbed, so those that are still up and about are having to work extra hard covering for those currently absent.
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby Wonks » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:48 am

This was happening before the Intel thing and the patches broke. One of the reasons for a lot of double posts. Main forum page always opens quickly, then it's random form then on, though posting always seems to take 10 seconds or so, sometimes much longer.
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby garrettendi » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:49 am

Those bloomin' freeloading electrons. Back in the old days of steam we never had that problem. Good ol' steam never pulled a sickie.
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby ef37a » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:00 am

Tell you what! SOS could IMHO well do without that little trick that stops your post to tell you someone else has butted in!

I NEVER go back to see. I am always likely to FU anyway so once I have composed my Mag.O. I want to get it posted PDQ. I can deal with arguments later!

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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby Forum Admin » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:10 am

ef37a wrote:Tell you what! SOS could IMHO well do without that little trick that stops your post to tell you someone else has butted in!

It's a default setting in phpBB that can't be turned off, without hacking the code, and that makes program increments difficult, so we're reluctant to do so.
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby ef37a » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:33 pm

Forum Admin wrote:
ef37a wrote:Tell you what! SOS could IMHO well do without that little trick that stops your post to tell you someone else has butted in!

It's a default setting in phpBB that can't be turned off, without hacking the code, and that makes program increments difficult, so we're reluctant to do so.

Ok, no worries, I shall just continue to ignore it!

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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby blinddrew » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:43 pm

I find it very useful actually, saves me spouting hogwash and then having to back-pedal furiously after being corrected. :)
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby Kwackman » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:38 pm

blinddrew wrote:I find it very useful actually, saves me spouting hogwash and then having to back-pedal furiously after being corrected. :)

+1. It's a great feature!
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby Wonks » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:11 am

I'm getting some really long delays today (1 min+) when posting - even some timeouts.

Just happened again when trying to post this.
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Re: Strange slow-downs

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:59 am

Yes... I understand that there is considerable work going on behind the scenes at the moment involving changes to caches and other things as part of work to mitigate the effect of the Meltdown/Spectre patches. There are a number of rather odd things happening around the site as a result. Hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly...

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