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Comment Re:SQL Server is CPU bound? (Score 4, Informative) 217

Yep, that's why you would like to cache as much in RAM as possible. AMD can help you there. ...
The Opteron 6100 series offers up to 24 DIMMs slots, the Xeon is “limited” to 18. In many cases this allows the server buyer to achieve higher amount of memory with lower costs.


Submission + - A six-core desktop CPU? How many cores is enough? ( 2

Dr. Damage writes: Less than two years after introducing its quad-core Core i7 processors, Intel will soon unveil a six-core CPU for the desktop that works as a drop-in replacement for older Core i7-900-series parts. The first previews of the six-core "Gulftown" reveal a chip with 50% more cores and cache that fits into the silicon area and power/thermal envelope as the quad-core it replaces. Performance in multi-threaded applications scales up nicely, but clock speeds—and thus single-threaded performance--remain the same. Do we really need six cores on the desktop? That depends, it would seem, on what you do with your computer.

Comment Re:not really a ban (Score 1) 631

maybe we should instead focus the FDA on doing something about the "supplement" and "herbal remedy" market that is currently totally uncontrolled.

You're right that ephedrine containing products caused thousands of preventable deaths. However, you're not right to blame the FDA. Sure, the FDA has had numerous failures of science in the service of citizen protection in the past decade, but with regard to dietary supplements their hands are tied by actual legislation. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 was among the dubious legislative achievements of the Newt Gingrich's Congress. Call on your congress persons to repeal the law that categorizes such supplements as food products. This effectively places the burden of proof on the FDA to prove that an ingredient is unsafe, rather than on the manufacturer to prove than an ingredient is safe.

Read here: ...
For decades, the Food and Drug Administration regulated dietary supplements as foods, in most circumstances, to ensure that they were safe and wholesome, and that their labeling was truthful and not misleading. An important facet of ensuring safety was FDA's evaluation of the safety of all new ingredients, including those used in dietary supplements, under the 1958 Food Additive Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). However, with passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), Congress amended the FD&C Act to include several provisions that apply only to dietary supplements and dietary ingredients of dietary supplements. As a result of these provisions, dietary ingredients used in dietary supplements are no longer subject to the premarket safety evaluations required of other new food ingredients or for new uses of old food ingredients. They must, however, meet the requirements of other safety provisions. ...

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