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marc



Joined: 08/12/2005 07:39:47
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The first I have tried was to block the requests with the user agent, but this did not make a difference. There were simply too many requests.
Don't forget the server is usually very busy answering valid requests and has not enough spare power for hundreds or thousands of additional requests per second, even if most of them should just be rejected.

Marc

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gloveny



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Would just like to say thanks Marc for doing this.

I was in a big dilemma figuring out if my code suddenly had a bug. Then read this forum and saw the problem with the IPhone application and what you have done about it. Thanks very much.

IMOB seems an apt name

All the best,
Graham
pboctor



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So they released iMob 1.0.1 yesterday. Any word on whether this update helps GeoNames?

Thanks,
Peter
klockwise75



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Just hope that imob 1.0.1 did not direct request to ws5.
This could be a serious problem.
No way to block them because they send requests directly from iphone...too many... I'm just writing a bad review to imob on the app store.

Marc, one question: I would like to switch on a price based solution with geonames. Now I think this will be a win win solution only if I will have a dedicated dns. Is it possible?

Thanks again,
dario
marc



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The imob developers have confirmed that the service will be removed from the new version that is waiting for approval by apple. I assume they mean version 1.02, but I have not yet got a confirmation.

Dario: yes it is possible to get a separate subdomain for the commercial web services.

Best

Marc

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marc



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The call to geonames has been removed from the iMob application and we have brought back the domain ws.geonames.org.

Sorry for all the troubles.

Marc

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klockwise75



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Thank you Marc, ws.geonames.org now works.
I will contact you about the commercial version.
Please remember to keep alive for a couple of weeks ws5.

dario
klockwise75



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Hi Marc,All
it seems that ws5 is slow and sometimes down (while ws is ok).
Anybody is experiencing the same problem?

dario
marc



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I can confirm that both ws5.geonames.org and ws.geonames.org are degrading right now and the traffic by the iMob application is increasing steadily. It seems the kids in the US are getting up now and many of them have not yet upgraded to the newest release without the call to GeoNames. Let's hope they do it soon.

Marc

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klockwise75



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So, are we sure that imob is not using now 'ws' in release 1.0 and 'ws5' in release 1.1? Pay attention , in this case we could expect a DoS for both. That is what we can expect because not all guys from v1.0 will update to 1.1...

dario
marc



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I only see iMob 1.0 calls in the log files, no 1.1 calls.

Marc

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bognerart



Joined: 28/05/2007 23:18:02
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At the moment neither ws nor ws5 works. At least there is no reaction within minutes.

http://ws5.geonames.org/findNearbyPostalCodes?lat=27.038773&lng=33.654063&maxRows=1

http://ws.geonames.org/findNearbyPostalCodes?lat=39.70795&lng=3.46080&maxRows=1

Thanks for your service!
 
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