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Intel Removes "Free" Overclocking From Standard Haswell CPUs

HellKnite Re:why would you OC enterprise CPU's? (339 comments)

I think this is precisely they point. This is a business decision to prevent people from buying cheap unlocked desktop CPUs with VT-d, overclocking them, and say, using them to run their dev/test QA VM environments - hell, even production environments if you're really pinching pennies. If you want to get really "out there", it's possible that there was pressure from hypervisor vendors for Intel to lock this down so that they didn't have to support the random failures that can occur with overclocking.

Intel (backed potentially by hypervisor vendors) is basically saying "You can either buy a desktop CPU and run VMs on it, but no overclocking that stuff for free performance / headache causing problems"

about a year and a half ago

Does Antimatter Fall Up?

HellKnite Most important question... (255 comments)

If antimatter interacts with gravity in such a way that it "falls" up or pushes against the force like magnetic fields pushing against each other, does this mean that antimatter would make anti-gravity platforms possible?

I'm a science plebe who watches/reads too much sci-fi, this was the first thing that came to my mind.

about 2 years ago

Parrot Drives Robotic Buggy

HellKnite Re:NOT a robot (182 comments)

It has sensors to detect when it has bumped into something and automatically retreats. It senses when it is approaching a wall and prevents forward movement. When the parrot was removed it used its camera to locate the "docking station" and navigate its own way there.

Sure, it can be controlled, but it does its own thing too.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

HellKnite Started with Slack (867 comments)

Slackware was the first disto I used in the mid-late 90s. Then:

RedHat for work
Experimenting at home, Gentoo, Debian
RHEL/CentOS for work
Ubuntu/Lubuntu/Fedora at home.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Not Linux For Security?

HellKnite Re:Wonderful Support... (627 comments)

I'll echo this sentiment with my personal anecdote:

Working for a large Canadian telecom, preparing to launch a new service, I was reviewing the infrastructure at the behest of my manager after a sysadmin had moved into another role. I discovered, with no more than 2 weeks until this high profile service was to launch, that our clustered SQL instance would behave fine while sitting there or under minimal testing load, but as soon as you piled it on, the system would outright fall over.

Long story short, this led to a 36 hour phone call with Microsoft where I was escalated to SQL engineers and Windows engineers who in turn managed to pull strings at HP to get driver engineers on the phone leading to the discovery that the HBA drivers for our servers were crapping out under said load.

I'm a proponent of Linux, I use it where appropriate, I get support from RedHat on stuff that I need support on, and I generally loathe the generic issues that come along with running Windows. That said, when it comes to "Somebody is going to lose their job if I don't get this fixed" there are few organizations I'd rather have backing me up than Microsoft.

more than 2 years ago

West Virginia Buys $22K Routers With Stimulus, Puts Them In Small Schools

HellKnite Re:Someone needs to be flogged. (295 comments)

While both of your points can be valid depending on the situation, I think it's stepping around the key point of the article. It doesn't really matter whether you choose a slightly less expensive Juniper system or if you home brew something, if at the end of the day you spec out a $15,000 server to host that router distribution, you're still paying *way* too much for routing services at a site that hosts less than 10 devices.

I've dealt with the exact same challenges that this Gianato says he was trying to avoid by simply buying the same model for everywhere. It's a ludicrous strategy, especially when choosing the 3945 as your standard. Using 1900 series Cisco gear would still be overkill for most of these sites, and would cost 10%.

Finally - it seems to me like the government is paying full list for their gear. Even small businesses get SOME discount from Cisco and their resellers, who the hell actually pays list? We're not even a big shop and our discount is at least 30-40% depending on what we're purchasing.

Pretty sad, really.

more than 2 years ago

Netflix CEO Accuses Comcast of Not Practicing Net Neutrality

HellKnite Re:Unicast vs. Multicast (272 comments)

Multicast only works as a bandwidth savings device when you're streaming the same content at the same time to multiple devices. I'm not familiar with the Comcast Xfinity service, but to be able to glean any reasonable measure of savings you'd have to watch Xfinity like you do regular TV - shows scheduled at a certain time, not streamed on demand.

more than 2 years ago

Flying Car Makes Successful Maiden Flight

HellKnite Video (249 comments)

As the linked article is basically a wall of text, here's the website which has a video of the maiden flight on the front page:


more than 2 years ago

Paypal Forces E-Book Publisher To Censor Erotic Content

HellKnite Re:Wouldn't that include the Game of Thrones books (301 comments)

The Song of Ice and Fire series is fine, because it's not "non-related adults acting out incest fantasies" ... it's actual incest!

more than 2 years ago

Man Ordered To Apologize To Wife On Facebook

HellKnite Re:Here is something.. (400 comments)

What I find deeply disturbing is the number of people willing to pile on against the woman when TFA isn't even available. As pointed out in the link wbr1 provides, there was a court order for him to not abuse her, and he crossed the line. I don't want to be hyperbolic, but whenever there appears to be an article about a woman on /., the comments on said article indicate that /. has become some sort of tech hangout for MRAs. If I had mod points today I'd have blown them all down voting some of the hateful and/or sexist stuff in this thread.

There are many comments here which are no less disgusting than those in the recent situation involving Jennifer Hepler over on Reddit, and if you thought she got what she deserved you're only proving my point.

more than 2 years ago

Canadian SOPA Could Target YouTube

HellKnite Actual article website (231 comments)

Can we link to Michael Geist's actual article rather than that horrid looking ActivePolitic website?


about 3 years ago

Solar Cells Made From a Spreadable Nanoparticle Paste

HellKnite Re:slightly less toxic? (66 comments)

What's next, mercury funtime playsets?

Actually, that's not next, it's already happened. My dad often tells stories about playing with mercury as a kid. Then we learned how that was a bad idea...

more than 3 years ago

Firefox Too Big To Link On 32-bit Windows

HellKnite Last paragraph in the TFA is... confusing (753 comments)

"First tests indicate that, for example, moving parts of the WebGL implementation to one side could save 300 KB. In a test run, the newer version of Visual Studio required less memory than the one that was previously used, and 64-bit Windows offers 4 GB of address space."

So, first of all, saving 300KB on WebGL seems like a pittance. Then, there's what appears to be the blatantly incorrect statement of 64-bit windows offering 4GB of address space - shouldn't that be way bigger, or am I stupid?

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Low-Cost Tools To Track Employees' Web Use?

HellKnite DansGuardian (384 comments)

DansGuardian with a proxy like squid should give you a basic websense-alike system - but even with all ports closed at the firewall except 80 and 443, bittorrent will likely still get through.

If you're truly worried about litigation, it seems like you could find a little money to deal with the issue. Take a look at Palo Alto Networks firewalls, especially the up and coming low-end model the PA-200.

more than 3 years ago

EVE Online Answers Your Questions

HellKnite Re:I quit Eve (249 comments)

Perhaps removing your head from your rectum is in order... a single Sabre BPO did NOT magically turn the tides for BoB's industrial machine and grant them ISK beyond measure. The rest of the BPOs that he spawned for himself were even less important than the Sabre, and likely all they did was save pilots in BoB from going out and buying that ammo. Honestly, with BoB's size, this has more of an impact on other producers of the ammo not having their product purchased than it gives an "advantage" to BoB.

I'm glad you quit, one less imbecile in a game I still think is the best around with one of the best companies backing them. Have fun playing WoW.

more than 7 years ago


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