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@mixdev I know about ARM Linux distros, I have a Raspberry Pi sitting on my desk. :-) I also used to work in the field of supercomputer clusters, and I think ARM is less likely to find a home there than in the big Web-server-farm space, simply because the raw CPU power requirements are a lot different for cluster compute nodes than for ordinary servers. (However, those clusters also don't tend to involve as many physical servers...hundreds of nodes, maybe thousands, at the most, not hundreds of thousands as with the big Web companies.)
8 months ago on A Lot of Lead Bullets: A Blistering Response to the NYT on Data Center Efficiency
@mixdev You said it yourself, "All major internet companies will gradually switch to ARM processors. " This won't happen overnight. Even when ARM server configurations become generally available (and I don't know if that's true yet or not), they will have to be tested and evaluated running the major companies' software before they're deployed in numbers significant enough to cause a noticeable drop in the power consumption curve.
Even when that happens, you don't suppose that all the old servers those new ARM servers will be replacing are just going to become so much E-waste, do you? No, they're going to get put on eBay (or equivalent) and sold to other companies, probably smaller ones, looking to deploy servers of their own. So they'll still be running and drawing power somewhere...and the overall power usage of "the industry" (whatever that means) will continue to trend upward. Just remember what has been said by a number of people: behind every unit of economic output is a unit of energy. This still holds even for industries that push around nothing more substantial than bytes.
@Bsloppy It was Will Rogers who said, "It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for." Unfortunately, these days, we ARE getting more of the government we're paying for. And we're getting it GOOD AND HARD. It's not surprising that there are people like Saverin who want an "opt out." Few of us have the means he does to get one, though.
I'd rank "bailouts of banksters who've committed fraud upon the public" as higher on the list of "things I disagree with" than any example cited so far, myself.
1 year ago on What Eduardo Saverin Owes America (Hint: Nearly Everything)
Okay, Mr. Manjoo, let's hand YOU 4 gigabucks on a silver platter and see what YOU decide to do with it. Do you gladly hand over Uncle Sam's "share"? Or do you do like Saverin, and take the money and run?
Just remember, if you let the Feds have those millions of dollars, you then become responsible for anything they decide to DO with all that money...including things you disagree with, perhaps vehemently (e.g. waterboarding terrorists or funding abortions for teenagers--take your pick, depending on what your personal views are).