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Comment: Re:Is it better? (Score 3, Interesting) 125

This is an area where post compile optimization can shine. By watching actual execution with live data, the post compiler optimizer can build branch choice stats to tune against based on actual operation rather than static analysis at compile time. HP's dynamo project IIRC was based around this idea, it'd recompile binaries for the same architecture it ran on after observing them running a few times. I believe the claims were an average 10% improvement in perf over just compiler optimized binaries.

Comment: Re:It looks like a response to anti spam laws (Score 1) 145

by Predius (#47340313) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

It's not just MS, OpenSRS (Based out of Canada) has just done away with their email notification for system outages as well. They're now providing an RSS feed or you can periodically check their blog. Their solution for those who liked email alerts, a third party service that watches the RSS feed and emails on updates...

Comment: Re:And another on the ban pile (Score 1) 289

A reboot isn't a power cycle... and at least on the Intel's if you go with an enterprise model they stay in RO mode. It's certainly something to consider, I'd hope for an appliance design the estimated write volume would be taken into consideration also so you would never plan for the drive to reach that point in the appliance's life span?

Comment: Re:And another on the ban pile (Score 4, Insightful) 289

The drive did go into read only, until power cycled. As documented.

I get the planned obsolescence gripe, but it didn't lock out until over twice it's advertised write capacity had been burned through, and again, at no time did it corrupt data. You light the fuse with the first write and advance towards the time bomb with each additional one, so planned or not the drive only has a finite life span. Would you prefer the Samsung's failure mode instead?

Comment: Re:And another on the ban pile (Score 4, Informative) 289

Actually, if you read the article...

None of the drives died at their 200TB rated endurance, although the Samsung DID fail a data retention test. The Intel let go at 700+ TB of writes along with two other drives, but did so with plenty of advance warning and died in a way as to allow for one last read off of the data without corrupting it with a bad write. Hard to fault them there.

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?