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Comment: Re:The big thing that is missing (Score 1) 611

by MachineShedFred (#49140561) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

The problem with the way DSL worked with so called "naked" service is that you were still relying on the shit infrastructure that the local telco had there. 8000 feet away from the DSLAM, on a trunk that has 90% utilization making for a shitload of crosstalk interference? Too bad. All the "choices" could still only deliver the same shitty 512k service because the equipment just couldn't do better without someone putting more lines on poles.

Comment: Re:You mean BMW numbering? (Score 1) 103

by MachineShedFred (#49137655) Attached to: Intel To Rebrand Atom Chips Along Lines of Core Processors

The 1-series and 3-series did have both 2-door and 4-door versions, and this was confusing in respect to where they were going with their numbering schemes.

Thus, the 2-series and 4-series were born as the 2-door versions of the 1-series and 3-series, respectively.

Want 4 doors? Get an odd-numbered first digit. 2 doors? Even.

Comment: Re:probably won't go anywhere (Score 1) 158

by MachineShedFred (#49112695) Attached to: Nvidia Faces Suit Over GTX970 Performance Claims

What's really funny, is that if they would have marketed it as a 3.5GB card, and then people started to figure out that there was really 4GB of RAM on there, they probably would have gotten better sales of the part through the hardware hack community trying to figure out how to "unlock" it.

Comment: Re:Credibility to rumors? (Score 1) 196

by MachineShedFred (#49095053) Attached to: A123 Sues Apple For Poaching Employees

You just gave a nice list of reasons why Apple might want to hire some competent battery engineers.

1. Absent internal knowledge
2. Current products have far lower energy density than other possible batteries
3. All gains currently employed are from software, and that's grown to maturity with diminishing returns setting in.

Yeah, I can't possibly think why they would want to hire some Ph. Ds that know battery technology and start working their own hardware.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately... (Score 1) 190

Even corporate dinosaurs that have legacy mainframe operations that go back decades are moving to VM clustering because of the inherent advantages. When I worked for one of these dinosaurs last year, I was walking through the mainframe operations group and someone had a thing printed on the side of her cube extolling that it would take 400 x86 servers to equal their S390. Someone from the VM engineering team had taken a sharpie to it and crossed out the "400 x86 servers" and written on "10 VMware hosts".

It seems that a lot of "big iron" people don't even recognize the existence of the inherent scalability advantages that VMs provide, even though their mainframes have been doing the same thing for decades.

Comment: Re:Unintended consequences? (Score 1) 117

by MachineShedFred (#49041401) Attached to: Live Patching Now Available For Linux

Yeah, the x86 stack doesn't need that kind of reliability, because of the inexpensiveness of the hardware. If you need that kind of uptime, you buy 3 and put them behind a load balancing scheme. You end up with more capacity, the same reliability, and still less expense. Especially in the world of virtualized server instances.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"