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Some of the servers in this data center are running applications that have memory leaks -- and the only way to avert a major crash is to reboot them regularly, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

The only problem: The users don't buy the idea that their servers have to be taken offline on a regular basis.

"So I sat down and did the calculations to predict when a machine would next crash if they did not let us do some maintenance work," fish says.

"It coincided with me being on holiday, so I gave them my prediction six months in advance, telling them what would happen.

"I was lucky. My prediction was September 19th at noon, and it actually crashed at September 20th at 11:45 a.m. -- not bad for a rough calculation six months before.

"When I came back from my break, the users started giving us the machines when we wanted them."

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