DO NOT run scheduled requests to a public server at the top of the hour, pick a random minute. The worst victims of this problem are community NTP servers - at every hour and especially 00:00:00 UTC, the traffic spike is just impressive.


@niconiconi systemd unit options, in case one uses a systemd timer:

AccuracySec=10 seconds
RandomizedDelaySec=5 minutes

these two options may be adjusted depending on how much (or little) variance there should be.

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@niconiconi (common for doing shit like syncing an arch repository)

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