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WRT virtualization:

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I don't have / use any virtual machines
  2590 votes / 12%
I experiment with VMs, but only dipping my toes
  2568 votes / 12%
I use VMs, but only for a few specialized tasks
  6572 votes / 30%
I use VMs interchangeably with physical machines
  5469 votes / 25%
I am a gung-ho VM user, the PC is just a host
  2169 votes / 10%
I have no physical machines
  354 votes / 1%
If by "virtualization" you mean living in the Matrix ...
  1552 votes / 7%
21274 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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WRT virtualization:

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  • Re:Missing Option (Score:4, Insightful)

    by treeves (963993) on Tuesday July 09, 2013 @02:03PM (#44228051) Homepage Journal

    In other words, don't attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity! ;-) (I didn't really think it was stupid, just not all that interesting.)

  • by mlts (1038732) * on Tuesday July 09, 2013 @03:05PM (#44228911)

    All my boxes have some type of hypervisor on them, be it a level 1 hypervisor like on my home desktop box that runs Windows Server 2012, or a level 2 hypervisor like my MacBook running Parallels.

    Lots of advantages with this type of setup:

    1: I can do my Web browsing in a VM on a remote machine, so if the remote Web browser is attacked, it would take some doing to get to a machine that is just acting as a keyboard/monitor. Plus, I can roll back the compromised snapshot. Not 100%, but good enough for most tasks.

    2: Snapshots. Bad Windows patch won't allow the box to boot, roll back to previous snapshot. No reinstalling or restores necessary.

    3: Compartmentalization. I have some old rickety utilities that need an older environment to run, and the energy cost of an older PC is pointless compared to running it on a newer box.

    4: Hardware independence. I upgrade my VM server, copy the virtual disks, and the VMs don't know/care.

    5: Backups. If I copy the VM and its drives somewhere, I know it is backed up completely.

    6: Adding more hosts. I like having different machines for different tasks, so having multiple VM disk images stored on a deduplicating filesystem allows for applications to be separate but without wasting disk space for each separate instance of the OS.

    7: Security. I toss the VM's image files in a TC volume. This provides decent security, although not perfect (still vulnerable to Firewire RAM snooping, cold RAM attacks, etc.)

  • Re:My plan (Score:4, Insightful)

    by wagnerrp (1305589) on Wednesday July 10, 2013 @10:36AM (#44238189)
    AMD doesn't make an 8-core FX. The make a 4-core FX with bonus integer units.

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