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Comment Re:I do this currently.. (Score 1) 278

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier "Monitor0"
        VendorName "Unknown"
        ModelName "Unknown"
        HorizSync 28.0 - 33.0
        VertRefresh 43.0 - 72.0
        Option "DPMS"

Section "Device"
        Identifier "Device0"
        Driver "nvidia"
        VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
        Option "SLI" "1"
        Option "Coolbits" "4"

AH.... thanks for asking. I forgot teh "SLI" part : )

The NVS450 has 4 outputs; I'm using three of them. And they're not in the right order on the desk (according to the card)

Comment Re:I do this currently.. (Score 5, Informative) 278

I can confirm that BaseMosaic on an NVS450 works under LMDE (Debian Testing) using:

Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Screen0"
        Device "Device0"
        Monitor "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth 24
        Option "BaseMosaic" "True"
        Option "MetaModes" "GPU-1.DFP-0: 1680x1050+0+0, GPU-0.DFP-1: 1680x1050+3360+0, GPU-0.DFP-0: 1680x1050+1680+0; GPU-1.DFP-0: NULL, GPU-0.DFP-1: NULL, GPU-0.DFP-0: 1680x1050"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth 24

Comment Re:Stone age technology. (Score 1) 464

This is such a ridiculous comment I had to actually reply, and that doesn't happen often. I would have dismissed it as a troll, but I think you're serious. I'm a DBA (mostly MySQL + random stuff like DB2, Mongo, etc) and we're heavily virtualized on real workloads, real 24x7, on a product you've definitely heard of. And we're not incompetent. Doing real virtualization (we use VMWare with VSphere) is fantastic because:

1) Moving VMs between hosts with no downtime.
2) Hardware abstraction layer
2.a) Hardware upgrades with no downtime to any service
2.b) VM failover on the fly
2.c) Move VMs between datacenters
3) Cloned spinup
4) Snapshot backups (with OS integration)
5) On-the-fly storage expansion
6) multi-SAN connectivity
7) Resource pooling
8) Cost effectiveness
9) Resource oversubscribe (production, but typically unimportant machines get things like the memory balloon driver)
10) Rebalance of resources as workloads change.

Where virtualization really sucks (at least on VMWare)

1) SMP/multi-core VMs
2) Purple Screen of Death
3) 2TB limit on LUN size on ESX 4.x

Comment Re:Could be a good read (Score 1) 81

You're forgetting another critical thing....a lot of security is Cover Your Ass work, and nothing more. If you think too creatively, it means you've moved outside the scope of "best practices." Best Practices are what will Cover Your Ass when something goes wrong and you end up in court because 10k credit card numbers are in the open. Judges and managers don't want to hear that you found a totally awesome way to secure SQL server transactions by using fiberchannel instead of regular ethernet. They just want to know that you did what everybody else does, by buying brand-name firewalls, turning them on, and not changing anything.

Security is an artform only to people who have the glorious laxity of no legal responsibility. I work at a HIPAA compliant facility; if we lose a bunch of patient data, the federal government wants to know what industry standards we were following, regardless of if they make sense. If we have some weird security paradigm that's fantastic, but doesn't involve the word "Cisco", we might well be in trouble. Because, after all, why have industry standards if they aren't good?

Comment Re:An Ethical Quandry without an easy answer (Score 1) 847

I'm drawing a distinction between "science" (see the little s?), in that you are studying a field in the attempt to better understand cause and effect, and "Science" (see the big S?), which is a following that people follow just as blindly as Christianity or Islam. Perhaps it was too subtle, sorry. However, big-S-Science and big-C-Christianity are equally valid (or invalid, as you see fit) in that true science is a disciplined persuit of knowledge, where as both Science and religion rely on followers to believe in certain precepts. Religion believes in gods, Science believes in hadrons, gravitons, the weak nuclear force. Religion attempts to further their knowledge with study, introspection, and philosophy, and Science attempts to further their knowledge with...the same things!

See my point?

little-s-science is methodology, big-S-Science is are people (are are very rarely scientists) who have -replaced- traditional religion with adherence to popular Science.

As far as religion exceeding, do a google search for "number of Americans who identify themselves as religious" or s/religion/athiest/, whatever you want to do. You'll see that GenX and GenY self-identify as the least religious generations in history.

Also, you made the false assumption that I'm religious; I assume that comes from the same superiority complex you get from being a Scientist. Congrats.

Comment Re:An Ethical Quandry without an easy answer (Score 1) 847

We're not talking about a few centuries ago because science advances exponentially. If you want to go back that far, then I can make the same argument then as well. Four hundred years ago, the best science had to offer was to protect yourself from the plague by bleeding out with leeches and not bathing, and to drink herbal preparations to abort pregnancies. You have to compare apples to apples. Science and religion have only directly competed, in the way that we're talking about now, for the last 75-100 years. You can use Galileo as a counterexample, but even during Galileo's time, a large number of people could accept a heliocentric model and it didn't have the same fundamental hatred as modern religion does for, say, evolution or quantum mechanics.

But what you're saying is that life is better now because of science, yes? I completely agree. But there's a tremendous downside that's overlooked, and if you mention it you get called a "Luddite" or a "technophobe." Sure, our Science has invented great things....we can watch political speeches on TV from anywhere on earth, instantly. But, we can also watch five different versions of Law & Order. We have unprecedented access to medical information, but an entire field of brand-new of highly questionable mental disorders exists because of it: "cyberchondria", ADD, ADHD...these things didn't exist 50 years ago. Why? Was it because people didn't recognize them and better research has discovered it, or is it because they're not actually the problem that people are making it out to be? ADD, for instance. There's a convincing, and growing, body of evidence that 1) cases of ADD are exaggerated by a factor of 10 to 100, 2) ADD is caused by Science's modern lifestyle and 3) what people used to call "being a kid" is now simply assumed to be a mental disorder.

People, cultures, are spiritually drained. My generation (I'm 26) is almost synonymous with "disaffected". Gen-y is renown for its lack of caring about anything significant other than ourselves. Note that I'm not equating "spiritual" to "religious". This modern cult of Science has taught us that we can find the answers with a better brain scan, a deeper MRI, a broader genetic map. It's given us the ability to extend our body physically to 75, 80, 90 years old....but not our spirit, our human-ness.

The OP was saying that religion was standing in the way of science, implying that pre-screening diseases out of children was good. Is it? That's an argument for another day. In the broadest sense, I is good, IF we can prove a solely genetic link between disease A and a series of Punnett squares. But lets be honest...genetics is still in its infancy, and it's nothing more than hubris to think that Science has determined enough of the human genome, reliably, to pick a combination more valid than it's own holy grail, evolution.

So is ADD and theoretical genetic susceptibility to disease the same as your left-handed or poor? Have we, as a culture, placed such high value on the Science cult that we now completely overlook what generations before believed/knew? For example, chemical and food science has created the most effective delivery mechanisms for calories and nutrition in the history of mankind, and our food supply is well stocked with it. At the same time, computer, business, and management science has reduced the amount of work people have to do to where "going to work" today is nothing like "going to work" was even 30-40 years ago. Result? An obesity "epidemic" in the western world.

Of course, our great--great grandparents would laugh at us, because they knew 100 years ago what Science is just "discovering" now: if you eat a lot of calories and junk food, your ass has to get outside and work. Eat to live. Oddly enough, that's what the Bible, Quran, and basically every other religious text will tell you: eat to live, don't be a glutton, and value a day's work. So there you go...spirituality would have solved the problem, except that Science got in the way.

Comment Re:An Ethical Quandry without an easy answer (Score 1) 847

Imagine all of the cultural advancements we could make if people would stop praying to the alter of Science....

This isn't a troll, it's an honest response. As Science-the-religion has advanced, and religious adherence receded, the general mental wellbeing of western citizens has declined. Across the board, people report being less happy, less fulfilled, less everything, while they have more stuff, more medicine, more knowledge than ever.

In this case, instead of going through a natural birth and childrearing process, you are now in charge of your children genetic destiny, so to speak. If they get Parkinson's, it's your fault. Fat? Your fault. Stupid? Your fault. We, as a culture, are replacing the evolutionary miracle of genetics and birth with just another calculation. Something else to induce anxiety attacks in a culture increasingly devoid of any spirituality...

And once again, Science gets in the way of humanity.

Comment Re:Why mess with it (Score 2, Informative) 607

I seem to remember when InterNIC had sole control before they turned to IANA and the split up registration system that it cost $75/year to register a domain. And I seem to remember this because I still have the faxed receipts and my faxed domain registration submission from 1997. Lest we forget, InterNIC sucked, AND was expensive. It was also a much bigger extortion racket then we have now, where I can get a 2 year registration from Joker for $25.

Comment Re:Increased penetration (Score 1) 987

The problem with making a completely free version available is that there's no point in buying it later. Very few people will buy it later out of guilt.

"provide my entire book for free" is very different from "here's a demo of our first level."

The rule of thumb is, though, don't provide anything electronically unless you want it to get looted, stolen, and otherwise abused.


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