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Comment: Re:Scary analogy (Score 5, Informative) 262

by jimmyharris (#33430162) Attached to: No More Need To Reboot Fedora w/ Ksplice
If your server only takes a few minutes to reboot, then I can see why you wouldn't be so concerned about having to reboot for kernel upgrades. We have Oracle and Sybase database servers that take over 90 minutes to start up all their services (these are 16 and 32 core machines) and not having to reboot them for kernel updates would be a huge win for us.

Comment: Re:May? (Score 1) 392

by jimmyharris (#31684784) Attached to: Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer

He's right and he's wrong at the same time.

Oracle calculates its licensing cost based on cores but then discounts that number depending on its calculation of the 'power' of the processor architecture. In the case of x86/x86_64, the discount is 50% meaning that two cores counts as one processor for licensing purposes. This of course means that a license for a quad-core CPU will cost you just as much as two dual-core CPUs.

As for charging you according to the amount of RAM in a server, that's just rubbish. We've just upgraded to 256GB per server in our main RAC and the licensing cost is no different than when we first rolled it out with 32GB in each node.

Comment: Re:need special hardware? (Score 1) 272

by jimmyharris (#27293457) Attached to: Reasonable Hardware For Home VM Experimentation?

One here and another here. Both are for older versions (3&4) of RHEL but the same principles apply.

As someone who works with Oracle RAC and RHEL regularly, I'd recommend skipping the shared physical disk completely and using NFS instead. You could (and we do in testing) run the NFS server virtualised as well.

Software

Amazon S3 Adds Option To Make Data Accessors Pay 80

Posted by kdawson
from the by-the-byte dept.
CWmike writes "Amazon.com has rolled out a new option for its Simple Storage Service (S3) that lets data owners shift the cost of accessing their information to users. Until now, individuals or businesses with information stored on S3 had to pay data-transfer costs to Amazon when others made use of the information. Amazon said the new Requester Pays option relieves data providers of that burden, leaving them to pay only the basic storage fees for the cloud computing service. The bigger question with the cloud is, who really pays? Mark Everett Hall argues that IT workers do."
Security

A Hacker's Audacious Plan To Rule the Underground 313

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the ambition-can-carry-you-just-so-far dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Wired has the inside story of Max Butler, a former white hat hacker who joined the underground following a jail stint for hacking the Pentagon. His most ambitious hack was a hostile takeover of the major underground carding boards where stolen credit card and identity data are bought and sold. The attack made his own site, CardersMarket, the largest crime forum in the world, with 6,000 users. But it also made the feds determined to catch him, since one of the sites he hacked, DarkMarket.ws, was secretly a sting operation run by the FBI."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Canada Claims Quantum Leap

Submitted by
egyptiankarim
egyptiankarim writes "From the article:
...it's been a holy grail in the arcane world of supercomputers — and a Canadian firm claims it will be unveiling one on Tuesday.

D-Wave Systems, Inc. is making some big claims about having developed a quantum computer. Though, I don't know how willing I am to believe the announcements seeing as how even the researcher from MIT they cite seems skeptical."
Biotech

+ - Bee Farmers Buzzing About Misfortunes

Submitted by
Da3vid
Da3vid writes "Bees have been mysteriously disappearing. Beekeepers in 22 states report losses of up to 80 percent. Speculation is that mites or poor nectar has caused their demise, but scientists haven't reached any conclusions. One farmer estimates that he will lose $350,000 based only on his current losses. In only a matter of days, entire hives have been lost. Is this a problem we have already seen the effects of, or is it just developing?"

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