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Comment Counterfeit Intel NIC? Apparently not. (Score 4, Interesting) 137

I'm glad Mr. Kielhofner contacted Intel about this issue and had Intel confirm the bug.

Some years ago I had been diagnosing similar server NIC issues, and after many hours digging, Intel was able to determine the fault was due to the four-port server NIC being counterfeit. Damn good looking counterfeit part! I couldn't tell the difference between a real Intel NIC and counterfeit in front of me. Only with Intel's document specifying the very minor outward differences between a real and known counterfeit could I tell them apart.

Intel NIC debugging step #1 = verify it's a real Intel NIC!

Comment Re:All hail the new pay as you breathe model (Score 1) 182

Salesforce don't like the whole pay for it once and keep it model. They like the pay once a month (SaaS) model. They are also pretty shitty at giving data back when you want it. You can have it but it's a bastard to get it out.

Salesforce makes SQL access difficult (or impossible). They can switch to Postgres without changing their web platform and then open the DBs for reporting, read replication, and sell write access. SQL is still the power-tool of enterprise integration.

False. Salesforce has one of, if not the best, API for any cloud solution. Using their API, SOQL (not pure SQL) is easy and straight forward.

I'm not affiliated with Salesforce, other than a delighted customer where my company of 20k employees utilize their service. In fact, I've personally developed SQL table replication* using SOQL, and it isn't that hard.

* Not "true" database replication, but functionally the same.

Comment Re:But...but...I upgraded my own GPU! (Score 1) 417

Great Apple, give us a reason to consider upgrading our hardware. But there is just one problem...

Even though my 2006 Mac Pro 1,1 is still working great, I might be very interested in a new Mac Pro for power savings (RDRAM anyone?), a better I/O bus, and just an overall speed bump. However, Apple's latest Mac Pro refresh is pathetic and doesn't offer much more hardware than my current Mac Pro. Apple, please give me a real Mac Pro upgrade, and I just might actually buy a hardware refresh!

Is it any wonder my last computer purchase was a PC? If it wasn't for Apple's Aperture software, I might ditch the Mac entirely. Presently there is no real competitor to Apple's Aperture software, and even though Adobe's Lightroom is available on the PC, it just doesn't compare once you've been spoiled by Aperture.

Comment Re:that's on purpose (Score 3, Insightful) 310

G+ fits my desire for social-networking perfectly: I hardly have to spend any time on it to get what I want out of it. I spend no time whatsoever on the other systems, because they're more cumbersome and demand my time in ways I'm not comfortable with. G+ is the only system that lets me contribute the little amount of time I'm willing to contribute, without being useless. So maybe its users *do* use it for fewer minutes a month -- but isn't that okay? Is there not a market for that? Lots of people probably watch crappy TV -- should we judge other channels based on the fact that they have a few, well-targeted shows, that a segment of the population watches (but nothing else)? Maybe it should be our goal to use these systems less, not more! In that respect, G+ represents an increase in efficiency -- which is a driver of GNP. So it's a good thing. Go G+!

Right on. Just measuring time spent on something doesn't determine it's value, that's the wrong metric.

Comment Re:$1,000/year per CPU for non-Oracle hardware (Score 2) 224

I don't know where people are getting this $1000/socket bullsh*t. Maybe that's some ridiculous list price, but unless you're a moron, you won't pay anywhere close to that for full HW and OS support on Sun/Oracle hardware.

The $1000/socket/year is straight off of Oracle's website. As a small shop, Oracle hasn't been willing to cut us a deal or negotiate, and only offers us what's on their website. Too bad, I used to use and really like OpenSolaris.

Since the acquisition I had somewhat lost hope in Solaris with Oracle as the overlord, however, I've recently found OpenIndiana. It looks very promising!

Comment Re:No ZFS? (Score 2) 320

Go read that "new" Oracle license and you'll realize Solaris isn't nearly as free as it once was.

Too bad, Solaris was gaining more momentum while it was available for free for any purpose, not just "...only for the purpose of developing, testing, prototyping and demonstrating your applications, and not for any other purpose."

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