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Comment Re:8 ram channels? but how meny pci-e and htx? (Score 1) 61

A VM host really only needs x12 PCIe 3 for a dual socket system, x4 for 10Gb dual channel NIC and x8 for 16Gb dual channel HBA, up it to x24 links if you need 40GbE. 8 channels is nice as it allows you to do 1TB of full speed ram in a dual socket system using relatively inexpensive 32GB DIMMs which gives you 8GB per thread which is more than enough for most workloads (you might even choose to go 512GB of ram if your workload is more CPU than RAM limited and save a good chunk of change).

Comment Re:Cores Schmores (Score 1) 136

x64 actually runs x86 code more efficiently than classic x86 due to the large number of registers available for renaming on x64 which is why you can see significant improvements switching from the x86 to the x64 build of any of the MS OS's on exactly the same hardware with exactly the same applications (no recompile needed). The only thing you give up is a bit of storage (on the OS side) and a bit of ram so it won't work for $200 tablets but for anything with reasonable specs it makes sense.

Comment Re:For once I feel good (Score 1) 125

I've been to 38 states and 13 countries, the only other major city I'd want to live in is Chicago. Unless I happened to land a job near a L stop my commute would be worse than what I currently have here and that would still require me to give up my one acre lot with one neighbor (my other neighbors are a horse farm, working farm, and a half mile long driveway). The single downside is the cold during the winter but the upshot is we have actual seasons.

Comment For once I feel good (Score 1) 125

For once I feel good about one of these reports. I'd need 50% more to have the same standard of living in SF as here in Cleveland but I'm at 10% above the High range for my position in that market. That means I'm effectively making 155% of the max range, add to that the 7.5% retirement give plus 2-3% 401k match and the package at the new place is looking really, really good.

Comment Re: Think? (Score 1) 522

Dude, what kind of rinky dink operation are you working with that tech support closes at 5PM? It must be some single man WISP because even the small dialup ISP I started with in 1993 had 24x7 phone support. It is likely that the lineman who can fix a physical plant problem has limited hours for residential customers, but troubleshooting and diagnosis that could pinpoint an oversubscribed POP should be available around the clock. The idea that you're going to get a 100% commit rate circuit for $30-50/month is insane. The reality is that for most people ISPs do a fine job of keeping speeds in the usable range damn near 100% of the time, see the FCC 2015 broadband report if you don't believe me. The only consistently bad ISPs are Frontier, Windstream, and Century Link (I had forgotten the third, though there results prior to 2015 were somewhat better). Peak vs offpeak had little impact on the ratio of advertised to achieved bandwidth which means oversubscription was a non-factor.

(as an amusing aside the fiber plant that Frontier bought from Verizon shows significantly better results in the 80/80 test than the plant that Verizon kept, I wonder if they just never updated their advertised speeds or if they're actually managing it better than Verizon)

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