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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

jimmyharris Re:So what? 1Gig-E or 10Gig-E over Cat6a works gre (229 comments)

Pull in 10Gig to the neighborhood over fiber, connect 50 houses with 100m (330ft) of Cat6a UTP for Gigabit speeds.

It's not the fibre that's expensive - it's running new cabling of any type to the premises.

about 9 months ago

Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

jimmyharris Re:orly? (229 comments)

Luckily we don't have either squirrels or beavers here in Australia so our fibre network would be safe (if we had one).

about 9 months ago

Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

jimmyharris Re:Pragmatic choice (229 comments)

"Australia will NEVER be a catalyst for technical advancement, the population base is simply too small..." Yep, just like Israel and Sweden couldn't be either.

about 9 months ago

No More Need To Reboot Fedora w/ Ksplice

jimmyharris Re:Scary analogy (262 comments)

If your server only takes a few minutes to reboot, then I can see why you wouldn't be so concerned about having to reboot for kernel upgrades. We have Oracle and Sybase database servers that take over 90 minutes to start up all their services (these are 16 and 32 core machines) and not having to reboot them for kernel updates would be a huge win for us.

about 4 years ago

Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer

jimmyharris Re:May? (392 comments)

He's right and he's wrong at the same time.

Oracle calculates its licensing cost based on cores but then discounts that number depending on its calculation of the 'power' of the processor architecture. In the case of x86/x86_64, the discount is 50% meaning that two cores counts as one processor for licensing purposes. This of course means that a license for a quad-core CPU will cost you just as much as two dual-core CPUs.

As for charging you according to the amount of RAM in a server, that's just rubbish. We've just upgraded to 256GB per server in our main RAC and the licensing cost is no different than when we first rolled it out with 32GB in each node.

more than 4 years ago

How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?

jimmyharris Re:Ideas (533 comments)

Try Optimize Google instead. It's a far more actively maintained fork.

more than 4 years ago

Computer-Based System To Crack Down On Casino Card Counters

jimmyharris Re:Discipline (597 comments)

Can you explain what version of Blackjack you are playing when you can possibly have 3 x 10 value cards and not be bust?

more than 4 years ago

Reasonable Hardware For Home VM Experimentation?

jimmyharris Re:need special hardware? (272 comments)

One here and another here. Both are for older versions (3&4) of RHEL but the same principles apply.

As someone who works with Oracle RAC and RHEL regularly, I'd recommend skipping the shared physical disk completely and using NFS instead. You could (and we do in testing) run the NFS server virtualised as well.

more than 5 years ago

Why Mirroring Is Not a Backup Solution

jimmyharris Re:rdiff-backup (711 comments)

Or even better, Safekeep which uses rdiff-backup but adds easy per-server configurations without writing scripts, LVM snapshots, database dumps and SSH key configuration.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Attempts to Patent Pre-Existing Display Software Idea

jimmyharris Re:Fast User Switching Patent? (256 comments)

Fedora Core 9 has it and gives you access from the GUI to a full login session (at least under GNOME - I don't use KDE).

more than 5 years ago


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