Re: Google maps / Unresponsiveness

From: Oliver Cole <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2005 15:51:03 +0100

On Fri, 2005-06-24 at 15:22, Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
> you are too kind :-) (but, yes, our egos like these comments a lot ;-) ;-)

> I personally fear (since I'm also the one doing the sysadmin on that
> machine ;-) of having all requests go to the simile server, it would be
> pretty easy to bring it down to its knees if PB keeps taking up like it has.

How is it doing? I'm surprised I haven't seen this on Slashdot!
Have you had any non-technical users?

> >> That would provide a central place to update it, and could even allow
> >> you to provide a GUI warning that the mapping is currently broken while
> >> you work out the new version.
> Well, that is a better idea. We could have PB check the web site once a
> day for "update needed!" and provide a sort-of modular patch way for PB
> to update itself without requiring a restart (this is possible in things
> that don't rely on java code directly).

My first thought was to hash the profile ID to produce a time of day at
which the installation will check for updates, in order to spread the
load, but this will of course mean that some don't get updated.

Spreading the load on updates in that way is an interesting problem in

On the other hand... I imagine all we need to update is a couple of
functions? That shouldn't require massive amounts of bandwidth.

> The downside of this is that it makes security of our servers a huge
> deal (I can't even imagine somebody putting up a trojan in there!) but I
> guess that we have the same problem with the XPI anyway.

Well... mozdev will certainly provide another hosting platform. If you
can collect a few more mirrors like that that you can trust, eg, a
Sourceforge page, then you are home dry.

> >> I also wanted to ask about the slightly adverse affect the PB extension
> >> has had on my Firefox.
> I thought we had an issue in JIRA, but I can't find it, so I created a
> new one. Add your comments/suggestions to that one if you want.

Have added your bit about Deerpark. I guess we have to wait and see. (Or
install Deerpark... but I don't have time for that.)

Received on Fri Jun 24 2005 - 14:48:42 EDT

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