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The State of ZFS On Linux

the_humeister Re: Unfamiliar (366 comments)

The main huge feature of filesystems like zfs and btrfs is check summing of the filesystem for enhanced data integrity. Snapshots, data deduplication, etc. are also nice features, but without the check summing, any file system issues will be multiplied (eg wrong bits would be propagated through the snapshots).

5 days ago

AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

the_humeister Re: Not really 8 cores... (98 comments)

Somewhat analogous to P4 but not quite in that Bulldozer IPC is about at Phenom II levels. See here: fully loaded, IPC is equivalent to Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge but single-threaded it's about at Phenom II IPC.

AMD's original goal was to get Bulldozer to have similar IPC as Phenom II. Basically, Piledriver is what Bulldozer should have been.

about two weeks ago

Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

the_humeister Re: not now, but it certainly did in the past. (161 comments)

Intel has had several RISC chips (eg i960), but Itanium is VLIW (ie not RISC or CISC).

Certainly it can be argued that it's AMD's fault for the current dominance of x86, but it's also true that none of the other architectures were cheap enough for the general populace to adopt, hence the abundance of ARM nowadays and POWER, SPARC, and currently on life support

about three weeks ago

Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

the_humeister Re: isn't x86 RISC by now? (161 comments)

Actually, Nexgen was the first to do x86 -> RISC. Then Intel with Pentium Pro. Then AMD with K5. As far as I recall, Cyrix never did x86 -> RISC back then until they were acquired by VIA (ie, Cyrix M series chips executed x86 directly, but VIA Epia and later translate).

about three weeks ago

Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

the_humeister Re: so why is intel's 14nm haswell still at 3.5 wa (161 comments)

No relation to energy used. It's in the article: Haswell will get it's work done faster and use about the same energy as the slower chips that take longer. What matters is architecture, not ISA (Atom is lower power than Haswell at the same process node).

about three weeks ago

OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

the_humeister Re:Why not systemd? (71 comments)

Someone mod the parent post up. Linux 2.6 is bigger than Linux 2.4. systemd is also much larger than init.

From my router:

root@Linksys E1200 v1:/sbin# ls -Fsl init
        12 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 12635 May 27 2013 init*

12KB for init vs. 1.3MB for systemd. systemd privides no tangible benefit over init for a router (or at least to justify its size increase).

about 2 months ago

Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

the_humeister But more importantly (131 comments)

there are no games!!! What's the point of a corporate social network if users can't grow virtual crops and live stock???

about 2 months ago

Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

the_humeister Re: Is it locked to the Amazon app store like... (192 comments)

There's always going to be a flaw such that a new ROM can be installed. It's just a matter if whether there are enough interested technical people to figure it out. The Kindle Fires are rootable and have Cyanogenmod ROMs.

about 3 months ago

Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

the_humeister Re: Holy crap that's expensive (192 comments)

How so? LG G2 has a similar processor as the S5 (Snapdragon 800 vs 801) but a larger screen and similar camera. Plus all carrier variants of the G2 are rootable now. That's not the case for the S5.

about 3 months ago

Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

the_humeister Re: Anyone else think Neo900 is too little, too la (192 comments)

I ran into this issue since I'm on AT&T. Originally bought a Samsung Galaxy
  S 5 and promptly returned it because it's currently not rootable. So then I bought an HTC One M8 when I found out there's manufacturer support for rooting. You can also wait for the Cyanogemod Official phone (looks pretty nice too)

about 3 months ago

Man Who Issued Securities For Bitcoins Settles With SEC

the_humeister Re:His brother Jason, though... (56 comments)

You don't have to run fast, just faster than the other guy.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Over Skype

the_humeister English to German is relatively easy (169 comments)

It's impressive but relatively speaking, still easy. Now if they can do English to Japanese and vice versa, that would be taking it to 11.

about 4 months ago

New Semiconductor Could Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy By 10 Percent

the_humeister Re:You know what else increases fuel economy? (119 comments)

The problem with diesel cars in the USA is that they're more expensive than current hybrids (particularly the Prius) and diesel fuel is on average more expensive at the pump than 87 octane gasoline.

about 4 months ago

New Semiconductor Could Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy By 10 Percent

the_humeister Re:You know what else increases fuel economy? (119 comments)

Also driving slower, not driving full throttle and hard braking to a stop light/sign, etc.

I used to have an 2008 MkV Jetta with the 2.5L gasoline engine. The government said I should be getting 21/29mpg city/highway. My best was 46 mpg driving from Sacramento to San Diego. Now I have a Prius V, and I get better gas mileage than that without even trying.

about 4 months ago



And the geeks shall inherit the Earth (for now).

the_humeister the_humeister writes  |  more than 5 years ago

the_humeister (922869) writes "There's a new piece on CNN about geek as chic in pop culture now:

In the 25 years since "Revenge of the Nerds" debuted at movie theaters, geek chic has grabbed hold and catapulted the brilliant, yet often socially inept, into the realm of — dare it be said — the hip and the cool. "It is definitely hot right now in pop culture," said Benjamin Nugent, author of the "American Nerd: The Story of My People."

Even Slashdot gets a mention:

Rob Malda, creator-director for the site SlashDot, which bills itself as providing "news for nerds," said society couldn't help but take notice after "the nerds of the '70s and '80s became the driving influencers of technology in the '90s."

"Some of those nerds got rich, others gained tremendous influence, and some became household names," said Malda, who embraces being a nerd. "So I don't know if it 'fascinates' people, but the mainstream became aware of them because in many ways, a small number of them hijacked the means of communication and business. It's hard to ignore that."


School presidents want to lower drinking age.

the_humeister the_humeister writes  |  about 6 years ago

the_humeister (922869) writes "Looks like there's a contigent of college presidents who think it's a good idea to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. It's one of those things that never made much sense to me: you can die for your country, smoke cigarettes, buy porn, vote, etc. at age 18 but can't drink alcohol."
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New Jersey bans sex offenders from using internet

the_humeister the_humeister writes  |  more than 6 years ago

the_humeister (922869) writes "According to the AP, New Jersey has just enacted a new law restricting internet access to sex offenders. Now this wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing save for the fact that "sex offender" now covers such a wide range of actions such that getting caught urinating in public can get you such a label."


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