13 Apr 2015 @ 2:58 AM 

Leafs tickets are seen as an investment to hold, not a conditional payment on success.
The Leaf team is an incredibly valuable sport property that is basically destroyed every year by the media that keep them incredibly valuable.
How? The players are given exalted status based on next to nothing on an achievement scale. People get excited about 5 game winning streaks. There’s so much micro-analysis that no one looks at what is required to actually get league, and playoff results.
I decided a long time ago, after the NHL went to massive TV timeouts and an extra playoff round, and silly shootouts (that affected the standings!) that I couldn’t follow the Leafs all the time anymore. The NHL is a very frustrating league; unclear in its approach to what is quite a simple game, determined to create rules designed to alter conduct that is shamelessly encouraged by its marketers.
This year, after Randy Carlyle exited, the Leafs were ran into the ground, to get a high draft pick. Why is this a good way to operate in the world’s major hockey league? Incentivizing a poor season record makes me very disinterested in a game that has markedly deteriorated through bad stewardship over the decades.
There will be no extra playoff revenue this year. The figures might look a bit bad this year. They still will never lose money. Toronto people love their team, and quality does not matter. Why is this? The early 70s teams were worse than this year. The 80s teams were worse than this year’s team. Everyone still came to see them, and read about them, and watched the TV sports. The asinine coverage in newspapers, websites and the blogosphere, of meaningless practices and irrelevant melodrama, is now just so much clickbait. It’s out of proportion to anything else in the NHL. The issue is not that fans pay to see the Leafs play. It’s that they pay to view those websites, and read those newpapers, watch and listen to those shows, podcasts, and the sports radio circus. It’s something everyone has in common, and Toronto will always be this way about the Leafs.
Unconditional interest, no matter what happens. Since even the mundane process of not winning is so intensely interesting, and profitable for so many media outlets, and for the team itself, the outcome of games becomes incidental. It’s something that might affect the value of your investment in Leaf tickets. As long as something is happening, it’s automatically fascinating. Unless you actually decide you’re not interested, and start following something else.

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Last Edit: 13 Apr 2015 @ 02:58 AM

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 11 Nov 2011 @ 2:13 PM 

Often we call services internally, whether it is a mail gateway or a web service. In production, if high availability is a requirement, we want to create a virtual ip for the service and add two or more physical servers as listeners.
I usually use layer 7 service pools when network load is low, and the overhead of going through the stack to get to the layer 7 headers is acceptable. For SSL offloading it is essential. Note that I don’t use the load balancer to do the redirect; I like to use nginx for that. Often, conditions will arise (force secure for this url) that are easier to manage with nginx, and I like the flexibility of being able to use the nginx feature set for customer requests.
However, on a Barracuda, the only way to create an internal load balancer pool is to use “TCP Proxy” service type, not “Layer 4 – TCP”. Does not seem to be documented anywhere, but this is the only way it works.
Assuming you are running at least version 3.6 firmware, you can create the Service Name, and give it an IP and Real Servers, and expose the Virtual IP to the LAN.

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Last Edit: 11 Nov 2011 @ 02:13 PM

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 25 Sep 2011 @ 10:16 PM 

When you get “JavaScript runtime is out of memory; server shutting down instance” errors in your FMS logs, and your app won’t stay loaded, and none of your clients can connect, you need to increase the amount of memory available to the script engine.
In the docs for FMS 4.0, the JSEngine tag is “deprecated”. This means that when your app runs out of the default 1024K, and you try to crank it up to 51200, it’s actually not changing anything. In FMS4.0, you have to change the xml tag, in Application.xml, to ScriptEngine, increase the setting, and restart fms, to fix this.

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Last Edit: 25 Sep 2011 @ 10:16 PM

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 08 Oct 2010 @ 11:00 AM 

Use this vcl_fetch to add a custom Expires header to objects. This example adds one day (86400 seconds).

sub vcl_fetch {
set beresp.grace = 4h;
set beresp.ttl = 300s;
C{
#include
static char timebuf[30];
char *format = {“%a, %d %b %Y %H:%M:%S GMT”};
struct tm timestruct;
time_t now;
time(&now);
now+=86400;
gmtime_r(&now, &timestruct);
strftime(timebuf, 30, format, &timestruct);
VRT_SetHdr(sp, HDR_BERESP, “\010Expires:”, timebuf, vrt_magic_string_end);
}C

return(deliver);
}

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Last Edit: 08 Oct 2010 @ 11:04 AM

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 27 Sep 2010 @ 4:31 AM 

Amazon reduced redundancy storage with S3 is currently priced at $0.100 per GB for the “First 50 TB / Month of Storage Used”. Akamai is more expensive and has an inherent problem for smaller businesses, which is that they have thousands of servers that will hit you if they need fresh content quickly. Impressive and good if you are MSN or MySpace, but ridiculous overkill otherwise. S3 for object delivery and storage is less taxing on your origin, and ten cents a gig looks cheap initially, but wait until you get your invoice for 20TB. It will be $2,000.00. Every month.
Consider your own system using varnish now. Currently, you can rent servers for $150.00 per month, with 6TB of transfer. I assume you can already do the easy math and see that 4 of those will get you 24TB of transfer for $600.00 per month, and you now have four real servers you control, and can use for varnish and whatever else you need. The reality is that wholesale data transfer is now about $0.015 per GB, with a server rental, if you know what you are doing. That is without any negotiated discount or additional considerations in terms of expertise or service.
I think that S3 and Akamai are excellent services, but that they are outrageously expensive for most businesses. Fortune 500 companies with global customer bases are appropriately served, albeit expensively, with 77,000 Akamai servers distributing their bits. For midrange delivery of content, objects or html, it is complete overkill, akin to renting an aircraft carrier to do your onsite security when a decent patrol service will cover you. The S3 problem, which will be familiar to anyone who has used it, is that you really cannot get out of the cloud once you are in it, unless you set up the system which you were trying to replace or create in the first place with S3.
To me, the great misconception with akamai is that they “accelerate” content delivery. This is excellent marketing, but any subdomain division of your html and objects will get you this “acceleration”. Of course, if you have so many concurrent users in every world region who need your content, so many that your network commit and transfer limits won’t handle them, then you may need akamai. You may just also need ten $150.00 servers positioned globally with an intelligent DNS system for locating the image or video subdomain for users.
The point is that varnish makes it possible to scale as needed, without expensive monthly access fees, and without outrageous per GB transfer fees. As your traffic needs ebb and flow, you decommission your monthly server rentals, or you add more, adjusting your DNS, and your varnish config distribution to suit the situation. You build internal expertise with the leading, trusted open source content distribution system, and you spend money wisely, on expertise and on gear you control yourself.

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Last Edit: 27 Sep 2010 @ 01:03 PM

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