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Kernel Builders Appeal For Open Source Drivers

pilbender Re:I don't understand nVidia (336 comments)

All modern video cards already have EEPROMs on them. In fact, that's precisely how both nvidia and ati differentiate their "professional" cards from their "consumer" cards. Ease of 'hacking' apparently isn't much of a concern because cards from both vendors have been 'upgradeable' in this manner for more than a decade.

I thought this was a little bit of a stretch. But a little Googling popped up some interesting results. I haven't had a chance to look at this card but check this out: http://www.guru3d.com/guide/quadro-modify/

Seriously, this is so cool and I never thought about it before. Thanks for the tip!

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Best Architecture for Massive Database Scalability

pilbender pilbender writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pilbender writes "I work for a company that uses Oracle. We are having trouble meeting our End User License Agreements which were set up prior to most of the IT staff being hired. This project was acquired from another entity and we are being asked to make it perform over 90% of its transactions in under 2 seconds. One of the issues we face is that these transactions search through large amounts of data, more like a data mining application, but are required to finish in a very short amount of time. It seems to us that these types of operations are mutually exclusive and these concerns have been explained to the current leadership.

I would like to know what the best architecture is for scalability. Is it simply the Oracle 10g grid on cheap Linux servers? Is it better to go to IBM blades? We are using the P570 with Oracle 9i right now and it appears well rated on http://www.tpc.org/. Are there any other sites/resources that provide unbiased information on platform performance and database performance?

We feel we have exhausted options like tuning our queries, bringing in consultants, and fixing the I/O bottleneck. We have moved to a SAN storage array and it has not helped. I would like suggestions from the community on what would best increase performance and future scalability from a hardware perspective. We need to scale the system 20 times what it is now, which is currently around 60k transactions/month. Switching relational databases is almost out of the question, but those suggestions like massive scaling of Postgres would be welcome."

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Been spending time using another account.

pilbender pilbender writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I've switched jobs. Usual gripes with the old programming shop. Nothing new, earth shattering or insightful. I sometimes wonder if I'm in the right field. I like programming, but I've talked with so many people who have quit and I don't see much regret from any of them.

Funny thing is, I like playing around and doing my own thing when it comes to technology. But I hate working on other people's garbage. I also hate producing more garbage on top of it. A little discouraged today. Everyone has those days.

I've spent the last few months using another Slashdot account. It was fun for a while but sometimes this place wears me out. Too many extreme points of view. I get all upset when I see poor thinking and judgement. I don't mean trolls either. I mean the people who are dedicated and serious. It bothers me. I've found I'm much happier being productive doing my own thing.

*sigh* Not one of my more insightful posts. Sometimes a little self honesty cleans the soul. Tomorrow is a new day.

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Addicted

pilbender pilbender writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I'm addicted to Slashdot. I go through these periods of having to visit several times a day just to make sure I haven't missed anything. I'm in one of those periods now. I've been sucking on the firehose lately too.

Then I go through other periods where I don't visit for months. I don't understand why I go through these violent swings of interest and disinterest.

I've been tweaking my friends and foe list now for a while and I think I finally have things set so I can enjoy reading discussions. I don't really see people I don't want to see here anymore. Once I configured the filtering like this, this place is pretty nice to visit and the comments are pleasant. It's taken months to get to this point.

I'm thinking about paring down my friends list so I stop getting the chronic posters. You know, the ones you see post on every story, every time with nothing to say but group think or some dumb wise crack. I haven't done it yet to anyone because once in a while my "friends" say something interesting even if they're noisy. That's how they made my "friends" list.

I have my friends modded +6, friends of friends +3 (so I see them if they have good karma), foes of friends -3, and foes -6. Then I set my threshold to 4. That seems to work well for me but Slashdot doesn't do a good job of arranging comments for higher thresholds. A lot of people seem to understand this so they quote what they are reponding to. This helps a lot but Slashdot needs to fix this formatting issue. Formatting nested only seems to work for threshold -1.

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Friends and Foes

pilbender pilbender writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Friends are not necessarily people that I endorse. Foes are not necessarily people I don't like.

I add to my friends list when I see someone post something meaningful so I can easily pick them out the next time I come across that user. I expect consistency in quality comments. When someone posts something I can't swallow, I remove them from my friends list or add that user to my Foe list.

I add to my foe list when I want to flag a user who posts something trollish, extremist, flamish, stupid, or maybe just someone I want to keep track of because I don't like the viewpoint or the way the viewpoint was communicated. I remove people from my foe list when I see they have things to say that are useful. Maybe they simply had a bad post and I need to reconsider, so I do.

Friends and Foes are a way for me to track people with similar philosophies or academically valid arguments. My lists are not a way to gauge whether those individuals are good or bad, left wing or right wing, smart or dumb, etc.

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