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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Cheeze Re:Streaming devices (394 comments)

This causes so many more problems though. The nature of cable/air broadcast is the broadcast part. The signal is sent one to many. More people watching does not create any extra load on the system.

With a network-based solution though, the more people the more load, and I highly doubt most internet providers would be able to keep up. They are already complaining about Netflix, and that still has a small share of the home media viewing market.

about 7 months ago

SpaceX Landing Video Cleanup Making Progress

Cheeze cheap webcam (54 comments)

looks like they tried to use video conference software over a dialup modem with a webcam from 2001.

about 8 months ago

Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?

Cheeze Work from home (187 comments)

companies are starting to get smart and letting their employees work from home.

about a year ago

Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Cheeze All alone (480 comments)

What do you foresee happening to GNU in the next 20, 50, and 100 years?

about a year ago

FreeNAS Switching From FreeBSD To Debian Linux

Cheeze Re:Huh? (206 comments)

He could be creating a deb that could be installed that installs and configures various services to make a debian-based system look like the old FreeNAS. I've used FreeNAS and there is really no reason to have a dedicated system for services that it provides. Many of the people that already use it either use FreeBSD or Linux on another system. If those systems could also run the easy configuration of FreeNAS, they could consolidate systems in their environment.

That's all guessing though. I really hope it ends up being an apt-get package in a repository some where. I like FreeNAS, but I would rather dedicate hardware resources to something else that is more utilitarian, even if that means I have to configure every service myself.

more than 5 years ago

Asus Releases Desktop-Sized Supercomputer

Cheeze Re:Facts etc. (260 comments)

I don't think the goal was CPU processing.

Also, the article says "supercomputer" not server.

more than 5 years ago

RAID's Days May Be Numbered

Cheeze Re:ZFS, Anyone? (444 comments)

I ran ZFS/FUSE on Ubuntu 64-bit for about 3 months. Aside from some performance issues, it worked great up until about 20-30 reading and writing threads, when it crashed. It was easy enough to restart the file system, but I also had to restart the 15 VMs I had running on it. It would crash predictably though, so that's something.

ZFS under FreeBSD or Solaris is so much nicer. The performance even on the same hardware is many times better in straight reading and writing throughput.

more than 5 years ago

Want a PC With 192 GB of RAM?

Cheeze Re:Got that? (353 comments)

truthfully, once you pass the barrier where you are swapping, the benefits of additional ram diminish significantly.

more than 5 years ago

Senator Prods Microsoft On H-1B Visas After Layoff Plans

Cheeze Re:Republican? (574 comments)

Wasn't it Microsoft that went before a senate committee asking for more H-1B visas because they could not find enough qualified workers?

At that instant, Microsoft's H-1B visa workers became an issue with the senate.

about 6 years ago

MIT Moves Away From Massive Lecture Halls

Cheeze Re:Social learning is key (317 comments)

sadly, when they get into the corporate world, most of them will want to converse about intelligent topics, but will be met with blank stares and "did you see that football game last night!"

about 6 years ago

Nvidia 480-Core Graphics Card Approaches 2 Teraflops

Cheeze Re:Tell me how big it is. (261 comments)

I don't think the purpose of a card like that is gaming. Sure, games will work very nicely with it, but paying several thousand dollars for a video card like this when your game is only going to use 10% of the available power is VERY wasteful.

about 6 years ago

OpenSolaris From a Linux Admin and User Perspective

Cheeze Re:From an experienced Admin's perspective (370 comments)

ZFS - Are you really using your server for data storage? SAN or NAS should be a better option depending on your price point
SMF - while nice, i have experienced many different kinds of errors. If one of the dependencies has a problem, the chain breaks and it is a pain to discover the problem.
FMA - if hardware is broken, i would rather the machine be fully broken and out of service. Running on degraded hardware is too much of a risk. if a few bits get switched or some data is not written correctly, you could corrupt data.
Zones - I still have yet to see a reason to use this except for dedicated virtualization servers.
binary compatibility - if you are running custom code without the source, sounds like you have a setup for failure.
rcapd - ulimit can do this per process, and there are also multiple 3rd party open source resource limiters.
processor sets, cpu shares, fair share scheduler - Yes, there are.

I've been in many different places with Solaris, Linux, and a few other random UNIX environments. In almost every case, the Solaris and other random unix environments could be replaced with Linux at 1/10th the cost.

I manage some HPUX servers right now and just the hardware maintenance on each of the servers is more than a few brand new Linux servers each year.

more than 6 years ago

Feds Say They're Ready For Monday's IPv6 Deadline

Cheeze Re:IPV6 here we come... (120 comments)

You go through several NAT devices because that is what your government wants. With IPV6, you would go through the same networks, you would just have a longer NAT ip address.

IPV6 will not make the routing table that IPV4 enforces go away, it will just give it the ability to have QOS and a few other features. If your government wants to limit your access, they will still have that ability.

more than 5 years ago



Cheeze Cheeze writes  |  about 8 years ago

Cheeze (12756) writes "As I am sure some of you know, Daylight Saving Time is slated to change this year thanks to The Energy Policy Act of 2005. This means nothing to the large majority of the population except they will either sleep late one day or have to commute in the dark. To a select few, this is a crunch time akin to the y2k fiasco, only there has been almost zero publicity recently. These select few are the ones responsible for updating the millions of computers, both servers and workstations, with the new time zone information. For newer servers, this usually means just install a patch and reboot (which is slightly more than mildly inconvenient). For older servers, this is basically an "End of Life" declaration. Servers running software for which no patch is available will be unable to update their own clocks. This doesn't seem like such a big deal until you realize Microsoft is only offering patches for WindowsXP and newer and Sun is not supporting Solaris 7 and older. That should knock a large percentage of the computers 1 hour off for a few weeks this spring. What are you doing in your datacenter to prepare?"


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