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Comment: 3 problems (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by banbeans (#42607625) Attached to: Why Scientists Should Have a Greater Voice On Global Security

To much politics in science today to trust them with decisions.
There is a lot of junk out there being passed off as science.
Many scientists are available for sale to the highest bidder.

This has caused a loss of trust in the scientific community by the general public and the leadership.

Comment: Frankly the software stinks (Score 4, Interesting) 228

by banbeans (#42586157) Attached to: Health Care Providers Failing To Adopt e-Records, Says RAND

I am involved as a consultant to several practices and frankly the software stinks.
Buggy, incomplete, error prone, and over priced.
If I had a nickel for every time I have been told it will be fixed in the next release I would be a millionaire.
I feel sorry for the medical professionals who have to deal with the garbage software on a day to day basis and the consumers who get sub-par service both medical and billing because of it.

One example is:
If one thing is billed another is automatically added to the bill because they were often used together.
The problem: They are no longer recommended to be used together as a better and cheaper test has replaced one of them.
A year and a half later the problem is still in the software and if someone forgets to manually remove it the insurance rejects payment and the patient gets a bogus bill for several hundred dollars.

Comment: Re:Downsides to running ARM servers? (Score 1) 60

by banbeans (#41877583) Attached to: Facebook Joins Linaro Linux-on-ARM Effort

It really depends on the load.
I don't see them taking over totally anytime soon but for some tasks they will be good enough.

sql back end of any kind forget about it, not even worth discussing anytime some.
They could need hardware accelerators to even be really useful on anything but the lightest loads.

Even middle-ware processing, not soon.
This is an area where accelerators could shine.

Front end web servers, This is the place they will show up and shine.
A lot of power is wasted waiting to serve a heavy load that only comes a few hours a day.
The small standby power of ARM is a good start. Get the i/o up and add some accelerators.
Hook them up to a fast fabric and go.

File servers are a real possibility many NAS already are running them, but they don't scale yet.
They do have the potential to do so however if the r&d is spent on them.
Many raid controllers are nothing but lower end arm cores running firmware, put 5 or 6 of these on a single chip with some fast 64 bit cores to run the OS and a 10GB network controller on a fast fabric and you would have the basis of a killer server.
Routers, many already are ARM and they will scale farther up the food chain in the future.

Comment: This is interesting (Score 4, Interesting) 213

by banbeans (#41814329) Attached to: AMD Licenses 64-bit Processor Design From ARM

x86/AMD64 is overkill for many server functions.
It will be interesting to see if chips appear optimized for different functions.
For example hardware sql accelerators or massive i/o for file serving.
Since many hardware raid controllers are nothing but ARM cores anyway it would be interesting to see multiple cores, some used as RAID controllers and some more advanced cores for the os and file serving with a 10GB lan controller all on one chip.
Add power, drives and Ram and have a killer file server.

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