Digg and Reddit No Match For Media Temple

I feel compelled to make a post thanking my wonderful Web host Media Temple. As many of you are undoubtedly aware, this site made the front page of both Digg and Reddit a few days ago for a post about Doda Elektroda. What you may not be aware of, however, is just how much stress that can put on a server.

This site is currently being hosted on Media Temple’s Grid-Server (gs) service. What this means is that jonholato.com is hosted on a network of interconnected servers, each sharing resources with one another. Thus, Media Temple measures server load for jonholato.com in terms of Grid Performance Units (GPUs). Each month my site is given a monthly allowance of 1000 GPUs. At the end of each billing cycle the number gets reset to 1000, unfortunately it’s not an AT&T rollover type of situation.

According to Media Temple’s Web site, GPUs are calculated as follows:

A GPU is a measurement that derives from CPU time required by every single hit/request made to your (gs) Grid-Service. This includes your web server activity, programs, scripts and all associated parent and child processes across all nodes within our system (100’s of processor cores). The GRID system keeps track of all the measurements taken from your server and adds them to a running total which is calculated about once an hour. Each (gs) Grid-Service plan is given 1000 GPUs monthly, which is equivalent to continuously using 10% of a processor core for one month. This breaks down to 1.4 GPUs per hour.

To give you an idea of just how much stress was put on my server a few days ago, my average monthly GPU consumption since switching to Media Temple has historically been around 200. However, on Tuesday alone it was 258.

I don’t want to get into the specifics of traffic, but to help visualize, once the site hit the front page of Digg it was getting about 15-20 visits per second for over an hour. Despite the influx of traffic, not once did this site become unresponsive or go down. My previous Web host (which I won’t mention by name) crashed three times when I hit the front page of Reddit for the first time – not even during peak hours – and I had to dismantle large sections of code to keep it running. After that I switched to Media Temple for the reputation it has of being able to withstand the Digg Effect, and I must say it has more than lived up to it’s reputation.

So a big thank you to Media Temple, for being the Web host I can depend on.

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Dorota Rabczewska (Doda Elektroda): The World’s Most Beautiful Genius

The universally-accepted intelligence gauge is the intelligence quotient, or IQ, test. While a full review of the IQ test and its calculation methods is out of scope for this post, the median IQ is 100 with +/- 15 standard deviation. The further you move away from the average score, higher or lower, the more or less intelligent you are, respectively. Here is a graph that depicts the IQ scoring curve:

IQ Scoring Graph

As you can see from the graph, the majority of the population falls between 85 and 115. Persons with IQ scores of 70 or less are said to suffer from mental retardation. Conversely, individuals with IQs of greater than 130 are said to be of superior intelligence, and the higher the score the more intelligent the person.

It is estimated that Albert Einstein, who is synonymous with the word “genius,” had an IQ of around 160. While we can’t know for sure what his IQ was, we do know for certain that he was a genius, and therefore anyone with an IQ of a similar level can also be considered a genius. Now that we have set a benchmark for the IQ level of a genius, let me introduce you to the world’s most beautiful genius: Dorota Rabczewska aka Doda Elektroda.

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Doda, who came in at #2 on the top 10 most beautiful Polish women, is a famous Polish singer formerly of the band Virgin but now a solo act. In 2004, at the age of 20, Doda Elektroda joined Mensa and it was revealed that she has an IQ of 156Mensa is a society for highly intelligent individuals, as the only membership requirement is a verifiable IQ score within the top 2% of the population. Currently, there are 100,000 Mensans living in 100 countries around the world.

UPDATE: 9/27/2007 – Phil DeFranco talks about Doda Elektroda (and links to this post) in his new video on YouTube. Thanks Phil, keep up the great work!

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Government Official Uses Homeland Security Data to Stalk Ex-Girlfriend

This story represents a perfect example of why the government needs to be limited in its power and why our privacy as citizens needs to be protected. Benjamin Robinson, a 40-year old government agent from Oakland, CA within the Department of Commerce, has been charged with illegally accessing a Homeland Security Database in order to stalk his ex-girlfriend and her family. His indictment by a federal grand jury in San Jose this week was in connection with allegations that he accessed the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS) over 163 times to track the woman’s movements.

Robinson is being charged with making false claims to a government agency and unlawfully accessing data from a protected computer (seems the computer wasn’t very secure at all). If found guilty, Robinson could face a $500,000 fine and a maximum of up to 10 years in prison.

The scariest thing about all of this is that if this individual got caught, imagine all of those who haven’t gotten caught and are spying on us. Everyone kind of expected in the back of their minds that this could happen, and it’s sobering to see it actually happening as perhaps this can actually incite some people to act. The only way to stop government spying on citizens is to limit the power of the government.

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Polish Man Faces 3 Years In Prison For Committing SEO

Marek W., a 23-year-old Polish man from Cieszyn, is facing up to three years in prison for writing a piece of search engine optimization (SEO) software that committed the atrocious and horrifying act of insulting his president.

The software, an amateur “black hat” program used for SERP manipulation, would return a specified site in the #1 position for a given keyword on Google. The problem for Marek, according to the Polish government, wasn’t that the test site he used was www.prezydent.pl, but that the keyword which returned it in the #1 position on Google was kutas, or “penis” in English.

The Polish police found Marek fairly easily, as they traced his IP address to his home, where he had been testing the software. At the preliminary hearing, his explanation for using the presidential Web site and the derogatory keyword was “I just wanted to verify my skills and check if the software works.” Apparently it does, a little too well.

Am I the only one that thinks this whole situation is absurd? The Polish government potentially imprisoning a 23-year-old for writing some software that inferences the Polish president as a penis. Heck, if citizens could get arrested for insulting their government officials then I think it’s a safe bet to assume that half the global population would be in jail.

It’s news like this that makes you think negatively about where the world is heading, with all the war and disease and environmental problems happening around the globe, you have a government imprisoning citizens for referring to an official as a penis on the Internet.

A big thanks to Bart for pointing this out on his blog. Let me know if there is anything us fellow bloggers can do to support him.

 

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Polish Women

There’s been quite a bit of harmless debate lately amongst myself and fellow bloggers about which nationality produces the most beautiful women. I have continuously argued that Polish women are the most beautiful in the world, hands down. An argument, however, is only as sound as the evidence which supports it. Therefore, I now present to you a little evidence to support my claim: the top 10 most beautiful Polish women.

10) Dagmara Dominczyk

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Polish Connection:
Born in Kielce, Poland.

Why she makes this list:
Dominczyk has been in episodes of “24” and in movies such as Rock Star and The Alamo. However, she is best known for her role as Mercedes in The Count of Monte Cristo.

9) Izabella Miko

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Polish Connection:
Born in Łódź, Poland.

Why she makes this list:
Miko played the role of Carrie in HBO’s Deadwood and was a dancer in The Killers video for Mr. Brightside. However, she is most known for her role as Cammie in the movie Coyote Ugly.

8 ) Weronika Rosati

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Polish Connection:
Born in Warsaw, Poland.

Why she makes this list:
Rosati is a Polish actress and dancer, not to mention the daughter of politician and European Parliament member Dariusz Rosati. She makes President Bush’s daughters look like Beavis and Butthead.

7) Ewa Sonnet

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Polish Connection:
Born in Rybnik, Poland.

Why she makes this list:
Sonnet is a pop singer and leading model of the famous Polish Busty models.

6) Edyta Śliwinska

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Polish Connection:
Born in Poland.

Why she makes this list:
Śliwinska is best known for being the only professional dancer to appear on all four seasons of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.

5) Edyta Górniak

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Polish Connection:
Born in Ziębice, Poland.

Why she makes this list:
Górniak is one of the most popular Polish pop singers.

4) Izabella Scorupco

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Polish Connection:
Born in Białystok, Poland.

Why she makes this list:
Scorupco is the first Polish-born actress to become a Bond girl. She has also starred in Vertical LimitReign of Fire, and Exorcist: The Beginning. Additionally, she had a brief but successful music career, with one of her albums reaching “Gold” in Sweden.

3) Magdalena Wróbel

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Polish Connection:
Born in Sopot, Poland.

Why she makes this list:
Victoria’s Secret supermodel and Wonderbra spokesmodel.

2) Dorota Rabczewska “Doda Elektroda

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Polish Connection:
Born in Ciechanów, Poland.

Why she makes this list:
Polish singer formerly of the band Virgin who has recently turned solo. She has also posed for the Polish edition of Playboy magazine.

1) Joanna Krupa

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Polish Connection:
Born in Warsaw, Poland.

Why she makes this list:
Krupa has been on the cover of magazines such as FHM, Stuff, Maxim and many more. She was voted the Sexiest Swimsuit Model in the World in the July 2005 issue of Playboy. Also, she has made several appearances in “The Man Show” and was an extra in the following films: Legally BlondePlanet of the Apes, and Scary Movie 4. Finally, she did a nude photoshoot for PETA with the motto “I would rather go naked than wear fur.”

So there are my top 10 most beautiful Polish women. But of course, a list of gorgeous Polish women wouldn’t be complete without my very own Carina, the only woman who could make me turn down anyone on this list in the blink of an eye.

Carina

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