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And Science-Based Medicine is still down…arrrrrgggh!

Science-based Medicine, a place where sometimes a “friend” of mine pontificates, is temporarily down. Recently, the SBM crew moved the blog to a new server. Beginning over the last two or three weeks, the blog became buggy. Very buggy. Response times became painfully slow, and then last Friday SBM went down and stayed down nearly an entire day. Valiant efforts and arguing with the hosting company got it up and running again over the weekend, although it remained painfully slow to browse. I thought I had harkened back to those days of yore when I used to use a 9600 baud modem. Then, sometime yesterday morning SBM crashed again and stayed crashed.

It’s not clear yet if it’s lots of traffic and a rinky-dink hosting service. (Actually SBM doesn’t–yet–garner the level of traffic that this blog does; so we’re not talking Pharyngula-level traffic.) A DDoS attack is not entirely implausible, but there is no evidence that that’s what it was. Of course, given the unexpectedly crappy level of technical support the previous hosting company provided (given that it had been highly recommended), we’d probably never know because the company would probably never figure it out.

Patience again. SBM is moving to another host and hopefully will be back up and running soon.

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Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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22 replies on “And Science-Based Medicine is still down…arrrrrgggh!”

I hope the issues are resolved soon. It’s a great site with a lot of wonderful resources. Plus, I haven’t read all of the articles from this weekend! Please let it come back soon!

Wow. I sure hope you get it resolved soon also. I was able to view it briefly today but when I went back to it, got the weird “contact support” message.

The hosting company should be able to see a packet attack very easily. It’s one very well known command in Cisco IOS:

show ip cache flow | inc [destination IP]


show ip cache flow | inc [egress interface]

That is, unless they have some very crappy hardware that doesn’t support Netflow. Or maybe their boxes are so saturated they don’t have the resources available to run Netflow.

You can also turn on packet sniffers in the web server itself.

Aye, luxury! You had a 9600 baud modem? Why, in my day, I had only a 1200 baud modem, and that was at a major international pharmaceutical company where I interned. But you kids today, you’ll hear nothing of it.

So sorry to hear of your, uh, “friend” having so much trouble. I hope that all the technical difficulties get squared away soon.

~David D.G.

I am glad that SBM is giving hostpapa the boot… You need a hostmama. We miss your special “friend” at SBM as well as your other friends… 😀

We dreamed of a 1200 baud modem! I used to have to cough, whistle, and hum into the phone myself!

A phone? Luxury! In my day, we had to tap out our messages in binary over a telegraph. You wouldn’t believe how much longer it takes to post “Hello world” in binary.

Just try telling this to the young people of today.

Coloured pigeons? Pffft! Up here in the mountains, smoke signals were the usual way of communications.

We were lucky to even get a hold of a pigeon, but when we did, roasting them over the signal fire was the preferred method of preparation.

I especially enjoyed the blue ones.

Whoa, pigeons and telegraphs?! And here I was going to pontificate over having to use a 300 baud teletype terminal! Which was an improvement over the keypunch, boxes of IBM cards and the card reader.

“a place where sometimes a “friend” of mine pontificates”

Yeah, right, Orac! Your charade is over. We all know you’re Steven Novella! The glasses fool no one.

@Michael Sampson

Well, there’s always my humble site as a starting point to more info. What kind of arguments are you hearing? I may need to add them to my site if I haven’t covered them already.


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