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#1 PseudoSABR

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 12:36 PM

Hey RP,
My load times are insanely slow--they have been for weeks, but today it takes as much as a minute for any page on TD to load. Maybe this problem is isolated to me, but it's been consistent and particular to this site. (I've tried using both Firefox and Chrome.)

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 12:50 PM

It's not just you. TD is taking forever to load today.

You can come up with statistics to prove anything. Forty percent of all people know that.


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Posted 11 November 2013 - 01:00 PM

Unsable. Maybe Brock can email us all when the site is fixed.
Lighten up Francis....

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 01:20 PM

We're in the middle of a Denial of Service attack. I'm routing all traffic through a new service in hopes that it will thwart our Chinese and Russian friends who think it's fun to shut down a random Twins website with a bot attack.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 01:37 PM

Those Robot jerks.

You can come up with statistics to prove anything. Forty percent of all people know that.


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Posted 11 November 2013 - 01:55 PM

Good luck Brock!
Lighten up Francis....

#7 raindog

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 02:14 PM

It's been like this for months. Not quite as bad as today has been, but bad.

#8 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 02:37 PM

I've been working on various things for the past two months but it turns out that part of the problem has been these DDoS attacks.

I have safeguards up in place now. You probably noticed a redirect screen that appears as it checks your browser. That is temporary and will go away soon... I've cranked up the security measures for a day or two while we figure out how to best prevent this in the future.

Apologies in advance to those of you using proxy servers and/or people visiting the site from Russia, China, India, Indonesia, or a handful of other places. They have been permanently blocked from accessing TwinsDaily.

#9 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 04:18 PM

Page loads are nearly instantaneous for me now.

Gee, all it took was banning half the world's population to do it. :P

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 04:26 PM

Sorry about this folks. Obviously terrible timing with the issues taking place on the first newsworthy day of the offseason but we're lucky to have a really smart dood handling this stuff.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 04:31 PM

Page loads are nearly instantaneous for me now.

Gee, all it took was banning half the world's population to do it. :P


Fun.

Now if you can get rid of that flash...

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#12 dgwills

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 04:41 PM

Not sure if I'm the only one, but I have to go into task manager and end task on the flash player to get the site to work properly. Otherwise it uses all my CPU and it makes everything extremely slow.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 04:52 PM

Think of all the pitchers who will grow up in Russia and China and won't even consider signing with the Twins because they couldn't get on here as children.

Alas, hackers suck today and endanger our competitiveness for the future.

Edited by Oldgoat_MN, 11 November 2013 - 04:53 PM.
Chinese version was off.

I'm on a whiskey diet. I've lost 3 days already.


#14 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 05:03 PM

Not sure if I'm the only one, but I have to go into task manager and end task on the flash player to get the site to work properly. Otherwise it uses all my CPU and it makes everything extremely slow.


I haven't seen this issue on my end of things. It could be your Flash player... No ad we're running *should* be able to crash the Flash player but given Flash's player's inherent instability, it could be the case. But it's not necessarily our site or anything we're doing... any site can cause Flash player to crash because it's, well, a piece of crap.

I know, I know... Flash sucks. Trust me, I hate it more than you guys, as I've had to deal with that piece of &*^% for a decade now. But on an ad-driven site where ad revenue is our main revenue stream, it's an unfortunate necessity.

If more ad companies started writing in Javascript or JQuery, I'd be all over it. But those languages are still extremely cumbersome when dealing with animation. Flash is really the only viable game in town.

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:38 AM

We're in the middle of a Denial of Service attack. I'm routing all traffic through a new service in hopes that it will thwart our Chinese and Russian friends who think it's fun to shut down a random Twins website with a bot attack.

Itstimetotakeit?

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:51 AM

We're in the middle of a Denial of Service attack. I'm routing all traffic through a new service in hopes that it will thwart our Chinese and Russian friends who think it's fun to shut down a random Twins website with a bot attack.


This version of Red Dawn is a lot less interesting. Hopefully the bots don't anthropomorphize, we don't have Swayze around to protect us anymore.

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:10 AM

I'm not sure Charlie Sheen would be much help either :th_alc:!

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:19 AM

Yeah, the day of the Mauer announcement and a horrible delay in reading about the resigning of Jason Bartlett was the killer. It ain't fun having a website in this world. Too many people trying to screw things up for the fun of it. Wait, Mauer is REALLY moving to first (already listed as an infielder on the Twins page 40-man Roster) and the Twins DID resign Bartlett!!!!!
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Posted 13 November 2013 - 01:48 PM

This version of Red Dawn is a lot less interesting. Hopefully the bots don't anthropomorphize, we don't have Swayze around to protect us anymore.


I for one welcome our new bot overlords.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 03:36 PM

This version of Red Dawn is a lot less interesting. Hopefully the bots don't anthropomorphize, we don't have Swayze around to protect us anymore.


But we got Yoshimi.
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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:55 PM

I am in China and can view the website fine
But I have to type in a captcha before I can enter. I feel discriminated against and have called my local consulate officer to complain about your site.
She hung up on me.

#22 ashburyjohn

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 08:16 PM

I for one welcome your new Captcha overlords.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 07:24 AM

Itstimetotakeit?

There's no like button anymore...just wanted to say this was brilliant Dave.

#24 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 08:07 AM

For those of you wondering about the like button, I'm hoping it will make a return soon. I had to disable it in its current incarnation due to a possible security vulnerability caused by the overall software package, not the like button itself. I'm looking into other solutions and hope to have something up and running within a week or two.

#25 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 08:08 AM

I am in China and can view the website fine
But I have to type in a captcha before I can enter. I feel discriminated against and have called my local consulate officer to complain about your site.
She hung up on me.


Ah, good to know. I cranked down the security settings a bit after that first day of chaos and it appears that enables captcha-based entry instead of blocking the user entirely.

#26 TheLeviathan

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 08:31 PM

I want to check that it's just me....but is the site slow for anyone else the last few days? I think some of the ads are slaughtering my flash and it's causing some pages to really drag. I've had flash player crash multiple times in Chrome for me.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 08:47 PM

I have my Adobe Flash turned off in Firefox, and I still frequently get "waiting for twinsdaily.com..." for half a minute at a time. Then at other times (such as now) it's fast enough to suit me. A few weeks ago I might have thought we were getting the overflow crowd from healthcare.gov, but that shouldn't be a problem now...

#28 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 09:21 PM

Half a minute? Really? I haven't seen a page load longer than five seconds in the past two weeks.

Anybody else?

#29 TheLeviathan

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 09:39 PM

Just to add a bit more, a few weeks back when you made the changes it was gloriously fast. For whatever reason this week it regressed for me. It's not every time which is reminiscent of when the rollover ads were crushing me.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 09:48 PM

Half a minute? Really?


Yes. When it's like that I usually check Yahoo News or some other big site to see whether it's a problem with my connection, but it's usually just TD being slow to respond.