and house.gov

Suresh Ramasubramanian ops.lists at gmail.com
Wed Oct 1 08:35:23 UTC 2008

Some political action groups probably decided to step up the astroturfing.

You know, enter your email address here and we'll send out some
boilerplate nonsense to a bunch of congressmen and senators.

Block or firewall the worst of them, whether left or right leaning,
and I guess that should leave the servers clear for real users ...


On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 10:11 AM, Ernie Rubi <ernesto at cs.fiu.edu> wrote:
> Hi folks, just musing...
> From an ops perspective, wonder just how much traffic caused:
>  "This morning, our engineers sounded the alarms ... and we have installed a
> digital version of a traffic cop. We enacted stopgaps that we planned for
> last night. We had hoped we didn't have to."
>        --Jeff Ventura, communications director for the House's chief
> administrator. (from
> http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/30/congress.website/index.html)
> Don't .govs have enough b/w or at least ability to add b/w in order to
> satisfy their 'public outreach/information' role? (not a rhetorical
> question...hehe)
> It also seems to me that adding load balancing, firewall, throttling, etc
> methods for traffic shaping might actually make the problem worse by adding
> yet another layer(s) of hardware/software that may be prone to bottlenecking
> or overloading.
> whaddayathink?
> Ernie M. Rubi
> Network Engineer
> Florida International Univ, Miami

Suresh Ramasubramanian (ops.lists at gmail.com)

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