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Comment Re:MegaDuh (Score 1) 92

The analogy is fine because it describes capability versus actual usage. Reading anything more than that into it is ridiculous - it's an analogy.

In this case the PSU is capable of supplying a lot more power than a fully fitted out server can consume at maximum load, and then some. If the server doesn't have a dozen disks it's likely to still have the same model of PSU as the one that does, and even that one with a dozen disks is not going to be running them all at maximum power consumption all of the time. For example I've got compute nodes with a single SSD and a dozen empty bays because that's the cheapest decent chassis for a multi-socket board - the max load on those PSUs would be a small fraction of wjhat they can do.

The real answer to this is just look at the power bill to see usage or run a server via one of those now really cheap meters for a while and see what it really draws.

Apart from outliers like the Pentium IV (netburst) stuff, and storage of course, the power consumption of typical machines under typical loads hasn't dropped as much as we'd all like over the past few years. That old Sun machine sitting idle most of the time is not going to use much less power than a new Xeon sitting idle most of the time.
If you go beyond the typical and use an Atom or ARM chip and SSDs you win big time (if your software is portable enough) but comparing like to like you don't.

Comment Re:MegaDuh (Score 1) 92

In practice, most enterprise-class devices will use somewhere between 65-80% of their max PSU rating under load

Where on earth did you get that from? Also why assume stuff is running at full capacity 24/7/365 anyway? I've got some stuff that's fully CPU bound for weeks at a time (geophysical software), but even then it adds up to only about 1/8 of a year. Other places with less time sensitive stuff can queue things up and get 100% usage out of the resources they have but it's not common outside of specific fields.

Comment Peak (Score 1) 92

The specs are for peak consumption for whatever can normally be expected to fit in the box. That design criteria can mean speccing it for a couple of dozen power hungry disks even if they are not in 95% of the servers of that type.

the point is the same; even if the server only used 200W

With respect, basing a precise number on a wild guess (eg. $13k vs $10k or $1k) is pointless numerology even if it is a common bad habit.
In general terms you have a point but in specifics you are probably out an order of magnitude or two, especially in terms of little servers that probably draw under 100W while fully CPU bound despite having a 500W rated power supply.

Comment Re:protesting downmods (Score 1) 454

Such accusations of trolling tend to attract that sort of modding. You'd already be at the karma cap from being here a few years so I suggest just ignoring it as noise that has no chance of bringing you down from the level where every new comment is at 2.

I get modded down every time I suggest that X is not utter shit and you are getting modded down for calling someone a troll - IMHO it's best to just accept that some mods just do not like certain types of comments and move on.

Comment Re:OK MS bashers. (Score 2) 322

They tried that with FX-32 on Alpha (NT4). It wasn't worth it.

I think Nadella is talking about a unified codebase, like Apple with OSX/iOS and Linux/*BSD, heck even Solaris (a few poor saps are still using that - those with Stockholm Syndrome might even comment here). It's really unlikely that Microsoft will drop the ARM arch - there are too many opportunities there.

Say what you want, but Nadella seems to be making decisions like an engineer, not a fat marketing stooge or a conniving aspie beancounter.

Comment Re:Biden is talking coding?? (Score 3, Interesting) 225

Joe Biden is a bit of a buffoon, but that thing about firing a shotgun through a front door is taken out of context. He was referring to someone's question about hypothetical end of days where target ID rules likely aren't such a big deal.

Biden did actually advocated firing a warning shot through a window, which is illegal and presumably not during the end of days. Not very clever, Uncle Joe.

It's kind of like the Al Gore Internet stuff. I am not Al's biggest fan, but the guy never said anything about inventing the Internet. Al Gore was instrumental in getting the Federal Government to begin using the networks, particularly for check processing. He saved the taxpayers quite a bit of money by doing this. Gore was one of the first elected officials to really get what the Internet was going to do for society.

Comment Re:On fundamentalists (Score 1) 13

The cursing thing *might* have come from a bit of reverse semitic paranoia. In some far out fundamentalist theologies- Jews are actually revered and considered *closer* to God than Christians ( a strict literal interpretation of the events of the Pentateuch).

Oddly enough, I've noticed this in non-fundamentalist forms of Christianity as well, especially my own Catholicism. There is a reason why Pope Benedict XVI forbade the sacred name from being spoken in Mass, out of respect for our older brethren, and why a good deal of 20th and 21st century theology has been devoted to the consideration of Christianity as a sect of Judaism.

Comment Re:On fundamentalists (Score 1) 13

Had a girl who acted like this in my wife's daycare. One day, due to misbehaving, I put her in what we call a "Daddy time out", which is one of the more serious corrective actions we take (spanking's not allowed in our state, and you can even get your own kid taken away). Instead of sitting with me on the couch, she spent the whole four minutes (a minute per year of age) standing ramrod straight, as if I was about to do something to her.

I found out later she had been abused, and her mother had converted to fundamentalist Xianity to get her some free counseling. Due to my Daddy Time Out and her reaction to it, she was removed from the daycare soon after, presumably to one run only by women.

Comment Bicycles and Jets (Score 3, Insightful) 372

If you want to bring three hundred people half way around the world, don't try to do it on your bicycle.

If you enjoy bicycling far more than piloting a jumbo jet, then you should be in bicycling, not commercial aviation.

What, you don't like jumbo jets and nobody wants to pay you to ride a bicycle? Maybe you should invent the hyperloop or manage a B&B instead.

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 194

I always wanted a backdoor in my browser.

I really did try searching for how this plugin retrieval works but must not have use the right search terms.

To stay license compliant *AND* safe, Mozilla should sign the modules as they become available, and Firefox should only download them if both Mozilla's and Cisco's signatures verify.

That being done, there's very little difference between Mozilla shipping the code to you as part of a Firefox update and having the browser fetch it afterwards.

But if Mozilla is _only_ trusting Cisco's signature, then, yeah, wow, holy cow, back a truck into it.

Links welcome.

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