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Comment 84 US ISPs offer ***RESIDENTIAL*** gigabit access (Score 2) 114 114

The article summary needs to specify that it's about offering RESIDENTIAL service. Thousands of ISPs offer gigabit Internet access in datacenters and businesses all over the US. 84 of them also reach the home.

Of note - ALL current US ISPs offering RESIDENTIAL gigabit service do so on the oversell model, such that they CAN deliver UP TO 1Gbps to a customer, but likely will be delivering less as they share upstream bandwidth across facilities, areas, and customers. This is not a Bad Thing -- it's how the costs are leveraged across multiple residential customers so it is 7-10x lower than business-grade gigabit service.

This is a really great thing!


Comment Re:I want to love Edge (Score 1) 132 132

Why do you want to love Edge? Why don't you rather want to love the best browser out there?

A web browser is a tool. When you've got a nail to pound the right tool is a hammer. When you have a hole to drill the right tool is a drill.
Why would you not look for the best tool, instead of the new-one that says "microsoft" on it?


Comment Microsoft Astroturf (Score 0, Flamebait) 203 203

Looks like Microsoft has learned from the past. This time instead of releasing an OS and letting people comment, they're releasing "nuggets" of features and then having their shils spit out their "talking points."

About 1/3 are pro-Microsoft: "Oh how awesome! I've been wanting this feature forever. It's so awesome!" (Hasn't been released yet...)

The other 2/3 are rebuttals:
1. You need to wear a tinfoil hat. If you don't trust Microsoft you're paranoid.
2. You see conspiracies everywhere. If you don't believe everywhere in this "article" (it's not an article) then you think EVERYTHING is a conspiracy.
3. Microsoft is more trustworthy than Apple
4. Microsoft is more trustworthy than an OS with no vendor!!! (Linux)

Add a PR-created "leak" of Cortana for Android (ooh how clever, it's like Siri from Windows on an Android... )

Color me impressed they're putting almost as much effort into this as Vladimir Putin does into his.


Comment *LOTS* of info on the net (Score 2) 149 149

The problem is that you don't know what you're looking for so you're not asking the right questions.

- Power is a factor. You mention 25KW. Wrong units. You should look for KVA. You'll never know what the wattage is until you know the power factor (PF) and you won't know that until you populate the device with spindles and fans (which have a different PF than CPUs, GPUs, PSUs,) and then run it under load and measure.
- 25KVA is a medium rack. 35-50KVA is a dense rack. How many racks you choose to have is up to you, but the "25" number is not a good random one to shoot for. If you search for "30KVA" and "High density rack" you'll get an idea of what servers do populate such things.
- You won't be running anything of this magnitude at your deskside, unless you are in Alaska or Siberia and have no other source of heat. Also most businesses don't like running 4 30A 3-phase 208VAC to employees' desksides. Just sayin'... And again, if you're not Alaska or Siberia with an open door and window, you won't move enough air through your office to cool that beast. (Air mass is directly related to cooling, and unless you're doing dielectric-immersion cooling, the sheer amount of air requires massive fans and lots of space.)
- Two other responses said "See what your software vendor says." Software is abstracted by compilers. The real question is "how much CPU, GPU, DISK, or other IO does it do" and plan for that. That will also change the PF and the KW and the heat load.

There's a reason nobody builds deskside compute servers with today's technology. Density, power, and cooling.

Keywords to google: KVA PF KW, high density rack server, PUE (PUE is the inverse of PF and is applied to an entire data center which includes cooling.)
Other places to look: look up abstracts for talks at Data Center World.

Comment Re:Flawed statistics are flawed (Score 1) 114 114


And appliances are now sending out email, including Nest thermostats, Ubiquiti cameras, CyberPower UPSs, etc.

So the overall number of spam messages hasn't decreased at all. Spammers are still in an arms-war with sysadmins to get around e.g. SpamAssassin. However, there are now more messages so the percentage has lowered.

Frankly, having read Symantec's "report" I find it devoid of data or numbers, just ending-statistics without a measure or quantification. However the "news" keeps quoting them and people keep discussing it as if it's facts, so they are getting their PR without having to do any real work. It could really all be based on what "engineer Johnson saw when he peeked at yesterday's incoming smtp maillog."


Comment Trademark isn't Copyright (Score 1) 99 99

There's no such thing as a "trademark takedown". Whatever you were presented with from your hosting company (you said "google" but that's not clear) has no basis in law.

There' s also no copyright "takedown" although companies have created policies that react to "notice of alleged infringement" as if it's a takedown notice.

Still, not enough details to be useful. You need a good lawyer. You also need to tell the hosting company to put your content back up. Trademark violations are resolved in a court, not by takedowns (no such thing) on the Internet.


Tucson AZ US

Comment Trekonomy works on the Enterprise. Nowhere else. (Score 4, Interesting) 503 503

The "trekonomy" only works when everyone is onboard a starship and their cabin and their necessities are provided for them. Their "uniform" precludes fancy watches, gawdy jewelry, or anything other than replication of FUNCTIONAL ITEMS.

In the real world (sorry, fellow Trekies) people need HOUSING and the more $$$ you have the bigger the house. Houses sit on property. So if you're trying to get out of the NYC apartment and into a big Texas-sized house on a Texas-sized ranch, it's $$$.

People who are not in the military wear jewelry, and if you're a famous celebrity with no talent, it has to be big on the diamond front. You need $$$ for that, because even though manufactured diamonds are more perfect, they aren't "prized" as much as the flawed one we send people to the deaths in mines for.

- Fancy watches. You can't 3D print a Breitling. But if you could likely it would be prized less, just like diamonds.

- Cars. You can't 3D print a Lamorghini Gallardo or wrap it around a light pole because your $$$ exceeds your talent (see youtube).

- Planes. Kanye can fly on a private jet, but you can't 3D print one, and only $$$ will get you there.

Trekonomy is a cute concept, and I hope that lots of people spend $$$ reading it. ...because you can't 3D print a book you haven't bought...

Ehud Gavron
Tucson AZ US

Comment Religious Questions (Score 2) 484 484

TL;DR summary - at the end of the day the gamer wants a tight Windows system. The server admin wants a tight server (LAMP, WAMP, XAMP, MEAN, etc.). The hardware developer wants all the latest drivers. The R/T guys want predictable and repeatable, and Donald Trump wants it not to be produced in Mexico. However, that's not what OP asked about, and his interesting article relates to features on clustered filesystems that are cool to have and not available outside of the [really out of date/obsolete] OpenVMS.

Long Version:
Whenever someone asks about "best" OS or app or features to have in one... invariably it leads to the proponents of Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, MacOS, (and kudos to the poster who brought up BeOS!) etc. all jumping to extoll their virtues.

Ironically the OP asked about OS and everybody jumped into talking about monolithic kernels... filesystems, and only a couple discussing other elements of the OS which is queue system (OpenVMS really had that one sewn so tight it was awesome).

Interestingly tho the original ARTICLE talked about a clustered filesystem environment. It would appear OP is right on this one - only VMS did it. Some of the functionality for single-host stuff is now beat by BTRFS, but the clustered writeback, locking, and other features mentioned in the PDF are without compare in anything else today

Tucson AZ US

Comment GOOGLE is FREE to do WHAT THEY WANT (Score 1, Insightful) 133 133

Google can do what it wants.

In legalese, that would be: Google is not an arm of the government, is a corporation, and is free to do as its company governance determines is in the best interests of its shareholders.

Simply put, nobody forces users to choose to use google. There are plenty of search engines, some good, some bing, etc. Some don't protect your privacy, some duckduckgo. In the end if the choice is to use google there are advantages (they'll try to give you an answer they think you'll find useful) and disadvantages (Tim Wu might jump out from behind a bush and yell "aha!" at you).

Google's search algorithms have made this world a better place.

I'm glad they don't have to appease anyone to keep offering that superior product.


In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder