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Comment: Re:Stay away from OCZ and SandForce (Score 1) 512

by Raleel (#44840055) Attached to: SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5%

I manage a small cluster of 8 machines with 24 OCZ vertex 3s a piece.

My own experience was that all failures for these were based on bad firmware, either on the raid controller or on the disk themselves. We had massive failures for a while there... 1 a week, 2 a week...

then we upgraded the firmwares on both and it all just went away. We've lost 1 disk in 2 years since.

Comment: My own very recent experience (2 weeks ago) (Score 4, Informative) 288

by Raleel (#37322690) Attached to: Costly SSDs Worth It, Users Say

I moved a small 4TB database from 24x 256G 15k SAS drives to 24x 240G OCZ Vertex 3 SATA3 drives. I ran a few queries on the old and the new. same data, same parameters, same amount of data pulled. Both were hooked up via PCIe 8x slots.

the SSD crushed the SAS. Not just a mere 2x or 3x crushing. A _FIFTEEN TIMES FASTER_ crushing. This was pulling about a million rows out. 12 seconds (SSD) vs 189 seconds (spindles)

Cost difference? under $50 per drive more expensive for SSD. I think our actual rate was around $10 per drive more. However, the system as a whole (array+drives+computer) was $12k less. No contest... for our particular application, SSD hands down makes it actually work.

we'll be moving the larger database (same data, same function) to SSD as soon as we can.

Comment: I live in such a community (Score 1) 1173

by Raleel (#36652842) Attached to: Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

In the last decade, the area (actually 3 towns) put in roundabouts all over. One of them put them in in quite a few places.

I personally don't have a problem with them. They make sense to me. However, there are a lot of people who don't understand the rules of them. They think they can go whenever they like.

I find this particularly bad on two lane roundabouts, of which there are two within a couple miles of my house. One of these I go through every day. It seems that folks have not realized that both lanes of the roundabout have right of way. I have nearly been t-boned in the roundabout because of this.

Driving, yet one more thing that we need to have a "you must be this smart to do it" metric.

First Person Shooters (Games)

Duke Nukem Forever Not Dead? (Yes, This Again) 195

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-didn't-think-it-was-over-did-you? dept.
kaychoro writes "There may be hope for Duke Nukem Forever (again). 'Jon St. John, better known as the voice of Duke Nukem, said some interesting words during a panel discussion at the Music and Games Festival (MAGFest) that took place January 1 – 4 in Alexandria, Virginia, according to Pixel Enemy. Answering a question from the crowd regarding DNF, St. John said: "... let me go ahead and tell you right now that I'm not allowed to talk about Duke Nukem Forever. No, no, don't be disappointed, read between the lines — why am I not allowed to talk about it?"'"

Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid 652

Posted by kdawson
from the irreproducible-results dept.
Ponca City, We love you writes "The Telegraph reports that men who spend even a few minutes in the company of an attractive woman perform less well in tests designed to measure brain function than those who chat to someone they do not find attractive. This leads to speculation that men use up so much of their brain function or 'cognitive resources' trying to impress beautiful women, they have little left for other tasks. Psychologists at Radboud University in The Netherlands carried out the study after one of them was so struck on impressing an attractive woman he had never met before, that he could not remember his address when she asked him where he lived. Researchers recruited 40 male heterosexual students and had each one perform a standard memory test. The volunteers then spent seven minutes chatting to male or female members of the research team before repeating the test. The results showed that men were slower and less accurate after trying to impress the women. The more they fancied them, the worse their score."

Comment: why isn't this the default during user setup? (Score 5, Insightful) 500

by Raleel (#29038079) Attached to: Encryption? What Encryption?

I've often wondered why when you are setting up your user account on a box, and it gets to the part with setting up email, it didn't give you a chance to generate or import public/private keys right there and them upload the public to a server. Particularly on linux boxes, this seems like a completely feasible option.

One might also envision having a secret key storage mechanism, either by local external media or via remote storage where it could go look.


OnLive and Gaikai — How To Stop a Gaming Revolution 125

Posted by Soulskill
from the and-in-this-corner dept.
happierr writes "The gaming industry has been struggling in the last few months, and it is about to struggle even more when OnLive and Gaikai launch later this year. The new services are both a step in the right direction to counter piracy and provide easily-accessible gaming to people with low-end PCs. They might even do for PC gaming what the Wii did for casual gaming; greatly expand the market and draw interest from people who would not ordinarily play games. The services are a real threat for the Big Three video game companies (Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo). How will they combat these revolutionary services? There are a few steps that the Big Three are taking to combat the New Two, such as an increased reliance on peripherals and vision cameras, exclusivity deals, and more online multiplayer features, which OnLive and Gaikai will have a hard time matching."

Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant. -- Edmund Burke