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I use the RequestPolicy plugin for FireFox and noticed that the global inbox/notifications currently doesn't work (at least not here in Germany): It shows the new message indication, but the popup does not show. The reason seems to be some broken DNS: SX asks for access to the IP If I enable access to that IP with RequestPolicy, the inbox works.

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This just started happening? E.g. could be an artifact of the fail over to the Oregon DC? – Tim Post Oct 30 '12 at 7:55
@TimPost♦: It worked yesterday evening in Germany, so 10h before. – Martin Schröder Oct 30 '12 at 7:57
This IP is used for the web sockets connection, the actual request URL is ws:// however the notifications take data from different place. Weird.. – Shadow Wizard Oct 30 '12 at 8:09
Saw this too, the proxy here appears to choke on websockets, so I had an exception in for the url. Now it's hitting this IP directly, for some reason. – Benjol Oct 30 '12 at 8:27
Just tried this, and had the same issue. Added an exception for the IP address, then it worked just fine. – Nightfirecat Oct 30 '12 at 8:44
@Nightfirecat: Yeah, but it shouldn't use the IP, but some name. – Martin Schröder Oct 30 '12 at 8:45
@MartinSchröder: I agree. Just noting that the issue isn't local to you - I'd guess that anyone using RequestPolicy will have the same problem. – Nightfirecat Oct 30 '12 at 8:49
According to the whois that IP belongs to a company in Oregon. This might be a fast-fired-solution due to Sandy hitting NY. Joel said earlier that they'd switch all services from NY to OR. – Time Traveling Bobby Oct 30 '12 at 10:54
@SulfurizedDemonbobby this is clearly a Firefox issue, as it's tied to one of its plugins. Why did you remove the tag? – Shadow Wizard Oct 30 '12 at 11:24
@ShaWizDowArd: This is not caused by the plugin. – Martin Schröder Oct 30 '12 at 11:38
You mean that it always fail, also with other browsers? – Shadow Wizard Oct 30 '12 at 11:43
@ShaWizDowArd: I picked it up as "Inbox stopped working because my Plugin is blocking all direct IP requests...why is the Inbox directly querying an IP instead of a name?" – Time Traveling Bobby Oct 30 '12 at 12:15
@ShaWizDowArd: Most likely. I can only test with FF: Firebug shows access to that IP. – Martin Schröder Oct 30 '12 at 12:24
Yep, unrelated to firefox -- the plugin part just makes it obvious that the website is sending requests directly to an IP address. Same thing happened to me, and I found this post via searching for the IP address. ( – Yakk Oct 31 '12 at 1:14
Saw the same thing. (I love RequestPolicy.) It never occurred to me it might be something to do with a hurricane. – TRiG is Timothy Richard Green Nov 1 '12 at 15:21
up vote 7 down vote accepted

This is a temporary solution for websockets as part of the Oregon failover due to the hurricane that hit NYC.

We'll eventually start routing by a proper domain again, either when we return to our NY data center or after we've finished settling into Oregon.

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Why are you using the IP for instead of the name? – Martin Schröder Nov 1 '12 at 22:19

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