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Comment: Re:and so meanwhile... (Score 1) 245 245

If you care about data integrity then you're not running on MyISAM tables. There's a pretty long list of reasons not to use MyISAM tables, and frankly they're an outmoded relic except for a few edge cases. It's a bit of a straw man argument, and if you're going there then I get to point out that it wasn't until version 7.3 that you could alter the damn table in PG. Seven point three. That's like saying "Horray, we can do updates now. You don't have to delete and then insert your rows manually."

7.3 was half a decade ago.

Now, it's still kinda laughable that it took that long but it's really no longer a valid or fair argument. The fact that MyISAM is shit isn't a fair argument either. As an aside, MySQL has had blackhole since 2005 and it loses your data in a very predictable way. As insane as it sounds, it has its uses all the same as /dev/null.

Comment: Giant thumbs up (Score 4, Informative) 141 141

I have the first gen XT and I can say is that these things are everything they're cracked up to be. If you're not buying an SSD then you should be getting one of these. Generally if you strip away the SSD portion you're still left with one of the best mechanical drives on the market, but the SSD portion really and truly does make a solid and positive difference in everyday computing life.

Comment: Re:Buy local honey (Score 2) 387 387

Actually a group went around testing honey from local retailers and found that 100% or nearly 100% of all honey purchased at places like CVS, Wal-Mart and a few grocers were at minimum ultrafiltered. Normally they filter out chunks of flowers and bee parts, but leave the pollen in. The ultrafiltered stuff is filtered to the point where the pollen is also extracted which is a costly and completely unnecessary step that just happens to mask the honey's origin. You can tell where honey came from based upon what the pollen is.

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/

Comment: Re:ext3 (Score 3, Funny) 210 210

I don't quite trust ext4 for writes.

app: Hey, can you write this data out to
ext4: DONE!
app: Uhh, that wasn't long enough to actually write the data.
ext4: Sure it was, I'm super faGRRRRRRRRRRRRRst at writing too.
app: wait, did you just cache that write and report it written but then not actually write it to disk until 30 seconds later?
ext4: Yeah, what about it?

That being said, ext3 and mount it with the noatime flag. If you're on a web server you don't want to be hammering it with writes to update the last access time. That's just silly.

Comment: Why the compromise? (Score 1) 625 625

I fail to see the difference in real terms between a desktop PC and a laptop with a keyboard and mouse hanging off of it. Likewise you can hook up a mouse, keyboard and external monitor to Android. You can also buy an Android tablet for a quantity of dollars down in the double digits. The high end classes of computing will always get eaten from below as the low end matures. The higher end stuff will always remain as a niche product, but for the masses it is always a race to the bottom.

Portability is a plus, but the main factor is cost.

Comment: Re:In-house staff do have advantages (Score 2) 232 232

This is a metrics problem. Management typically has to perform versus metrics and if the metrics are shit, the product will be shit as well. "cut IT costs" is a terrible metric by itself given that IT is pervasive to the functionality of a modern corporation.

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.

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