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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

_damnit_ Re:Given that... (1521 comments)

I could have sworn in between the case mod stories there were stories of overclocking to reach 1Ghz using assorted cooling techniques.

about 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

_damnit_ Re:Given that... (1521 comments)

Get off my lawn!!

about 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

_damnit_ Re:Hemos Says: "So Long, and Thanks For All The Fi (1521 comments)

Yes and originally you could just post with your chosen nickname with the registration hassle. That led to a few obvious problem when people started impersonating people or trolling with MEEPT! and such. I think I waited on the order of weeks to sign up.

about 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

_damnit_ Re:Hemos Says: "So Long, and Thanks For All The Fi (1521 comments)

I think it's fair to say that the average uid in the comments on this post will be the lowest in the last few years... possibly the last decade.

Yes, quite likely. It's nice to come back to someplace where we all spent so much time contributing in big and little ways. Many of us are a bit older and rounder than when /. started but the ride has been fun. I still remember grabbing a tshirt from Rob at some Linux conference in the San Jose Convention center. It was in the 1990s I'm sure because I still have Alpha Linux swag as well. Thanks CmdrTaco for the fun times.

I don't really miss the juvenile flames and obligatory nitpicks but I do recall fondly some of the lamer aspects: hot grits, Natalie Portman, MEEPT, first post, endless discussion of whether Jackson would ruin the LOTR movies, "I hate JarJar", whining about poll choices, vi vs emacs, etc. Maybe I'll look to see if there's a BSD fan around here and start a flame war for old time's sake.

about 3 years ago

Data Storage Capacity Mostly Wasted In Data Center

_damnit_ Re:Let's play the odds: (165 comments)

Of course this is the case. This study is as exciting as news that George Michael is gay. There have been plenty of studies to this effect. My company makes tons of money consulting on better storage utilization. [Some Fortune 500 companies I've visited run below 40% utilization.] EMC, IBM, HDS, NetApp and the rest have no real interest in selling you less drives. They all make vague, glossy statements about saving storage money but in reality you need to be wasteful if you want to protect your ass. Think of the things we spend $ on just to get another 9 on the uptime digits: UPS, generators, clustering, DR systems/networks that sit idle, dark fibre between datacenters, RAID 1(+0), RAID 6, tapes, VTLs, Storage Arrays, redundant Fibre Channel SANs, . . .

From a human perspective, fuzzyfungus is right. Over-engineering is less likely to cost your job than failure. Plus, over-engineering is easy to justify.

Some things are just known to cost money if you MUST ensure that business is not subject to fallibility in hw and sw. The fact that there are 50 TBs unused out of your 200 TB of usable storage really might not mean too much. [Some of the numbers quoted could point to the mirrored side of RAID 1 stripes as wasted. It's a cheap gimmick to make the numbers look worse but still true to a certain extent if the performance difference between R5 and R1 is not needed.] Of course, there are usually low hanging fruit that can be attacked to save real money and prevent cascading costs on the other cost centers mentioned above but there will always be waste. It's the cost of five 9's.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Wants To Fund Space Taxis

_damnit_ Re:Plans (136 comments)

"Mail Order Monsters" would be nice please. Much better than UFC or WWE.

about 5 years ago

When Digital TV broadcasts kick in in earnest ...

_damnit_ You don't have an HDTV yet? (352 comments)

I would guess most most people on this site have an ATSC compatible TV already. Heck, a lot of us ordered tuner cards prior to that "do not record" bit crap the FCC mandated.

I haven't seen snow on a tube in years.

more than 5 years ago



Is Cisco's New Announced Router Really Enough?

_damnit_ _damnit_ writes  |  more than 4 years ago

_damnit_ (1143) writes "With 100mbps home internet service being promised by nearly every consumer provider in the coming years and with Google floating the idea of 1Gbps trials, is Cisco's newly announced product really enough to satisfy the bandwidth needs of the coming internet? With talk of the CRS-3 having a capacity of 322Tbps and 100Gbps fibre trials at AT&T it sounds like it unless the ISPs deliver faster speeds quickly and the "Next Big Thing" comes along to gobble bandwidth. Are there good sites out there which show the current and projected utilization of the backbones? Are we all destined to be sitting on 1Gbps pipes to the home/office with backhauls that can't come close to handling the traffic as we see now with some wireless providers?"

Blackberry mail down again!

_damnit_ _damnit_ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

_damnit_ (1143) writes "RIM has had another "severe event" which has taken down users across North America. The problem apparently started around 3:30PM EST. RIM has not given an expected resolution time."

Sun changes stock symbol to JAVA

_damnit_ _damnit_ writes  |  about 7 years ago

_damnit_ (1143) writes "The wounded ship that was once SUNW is now JAVA. CEO Jonathan Schwartz announced on his blog that they will change their NASDAQ stock symbol to try and capitalize on the success (?) of Java. For a long time people have been waiting for Sun to monetize Java. Having JAVA as one of NASDAQ's most active doesn't really address that issue but Jonathan is thinking outside the box I guess. Now if they could just gain revenue they could stop laying off staff."

_damnit_ _damnit_ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

_damnit_ (1143) writes "After over 40 years of selling records, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs, movies and magazines Tower Records was sold to a liquidator who will commence selling assets. The Sunset Blvd store in Hollywood will disappear leaving a gaping hole in the fabric of LA music as I remember it. Tower was known for a deep selection of music including separate Classical sections. They will be missed as music sales increasingly move online and to big box retailers."



_damnit_ _damnit_ writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Winter wasn't too bad. Not really any snow this year to talk about. Spring has arrived and the bulbs are really popping around town. My wife is looking forward to the tulips opening next week.


St Louis is damn hot

_damnit_ _damnit_ writes  |  more than 10 years ago

It's been better the last couple of days, but 98 degrees F and 50% humidity is pretty rough. I'm told August is even better!
Thank God for cold beer and refrigeration.


_damnit_ _damnit_ writes  |  more than 11 years ago

12k's are fine as long as you don't move them. Then they get really temperamental! Add that to crappy Veritas software and you've got a nightmare brewing.


_damnit_ _damnit_ writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Settting up another 4 node Sunc Cluster 3.0 with RAQ 9i... oh boy! If it weren't for the sketchy SCI setups around here, I could just script this and go to sleep.


_damnit_ _damnit_ writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I think the slashcode guys have way too much time. Who the hell needs a journal on slashdot? Anyway, the SunCluster3.0 class is kinda boring right now. Anyone really want to listen to a 1 hour lecture on setting up a terminal concentrator?

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