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As many of our regular readers might have noticed, along with the additional content we seemed to have lost some stability.

Waring: Technical information spoiler!

This is just a quick note to let you all know that the problem has finally been identified (a connection loop triggered by multiple simultaneous article views originating from Firefox 3.6.12 that caused no error codes to be thrown but that would critically max out the server memory in a matter of seconds.)

It's taken us this long to track it down because there was no direct link to the event in the server logs because technically there was no error until the web server went down. When the logs were checked we were given every indication that it was some kind of a distributed but targeted denial of service attack because the only thing it showed were several hundred connections requests in the space of a second. Also, any single event wouldn't crash the server. It took many people all using Firefox, to view the same article at the same time. We don't believe this to be a problem with Firefox, it only served as the catalyst to the actual problem.

So, although there was no direct link to the offending code, through trial and error and an obsessive drive to know not just that the problem was being addressed, but to know exactly what was the cause, Quiet Speculation is now stable again.

Technical spoiler complete.

We thank you very much for your patience (even if you weren't patient, if you're reading this you came back to us despite the issues). It's been a frustrating ride for us as well, but please know that no matter the scope of the issues, we won't rest until your experience is as perfect as we can make it.

Chris McNutt

Chris McNutt

Born in Seattle, Washington, Chris McNutt has been playing and collecting Magic: The Gathering since Unlimited Edition. As an active player, tournament organizer and judge he regularly scrubs out of Pro Tour Qualifiers but inexplicably cleans up at the local draft tables. When not net decking Chris is either busy working as an Information Technology Sales Rep or spending time with his family. Other non-magical pastimes include playing guitar and an unhealthy number of video games. Cursed with an undying love of generating spreadsheets purely for “fun”, he’ll be crunching the numbers each week in order to serve up delicious data burritos to the salivating, hungry readers of Quiet Speculation.

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