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1951 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

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Re: Isn't it funny...

No. It's all about budgets. NASA always gets the short end of the stick. They are lucky if they can keep the lights on. This is in stark contrast to the military that has an entire political party near dedicated to the prospect of giving the Pentagon anything it wants.

The armed services can fund a rocket program with the spare change from the couch.

NASA is lucky to have a couch.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Re: Organic vs non.

> Fact is, GMO foods have many benefits over non-GMO

No, not really.

The only advantage that Megacorp GMO crops have is an enhanced resistance to farm chemicals. They have rather obvious names like "Roundup Ready". Industrial GMO seeds are bred to tolerate more herbicide. They aren't bred to be "better" in any other way.

Don't conflate the goals of some megacorp that would grind you into crackers with some monk or university professor.

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Re: misses the point

> a) I can't imagine vegetables being sufficiently contaminated

Find someone with a better than average sense of smell and start juicing vegetables. The contaminants can be readily detectable to them. We found this out when we tried the latest iteration of the juicing fad. The bionic nose could tell.

That was just "normal" stuff though. We don't go out of our way to buy organic unless it is the bulk packaging from the local warehouse store. Then that's just a matter of buying what the warehouse sells because it's cheap either way.

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Re: In other news...

> Have you tried tofu fried in bacon fat, though?

It doesn't matter what it tastes like. I'm not Japanese. So I don't have a Japanese tolerance to glutamates. So if I go whole hog with the Asian cookery, I will end up with an itchy reaction.

My aversion to the stuff (tofu) is probably instinctive. Just like they wouldn't eat dairy cheese.

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Re: Agenda here?

Omnivores "attacking" vegans? Really? We couldn't care less actually.

It only comes up when vegans and the somewhat less extreme types are obnoxious in their declarations. Why would someone who is not a food zealot care one way or the other really? It makes zero sense.

On the other hand, it makes a lot of sense that a Zealot would tend to be obnoxious.

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Dish and DirecTV deal: Damned if they merge, damned if they don't

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Re: One flaw in the analysis

A larger land line cable company has more power to abuse upstream service providers and streaming based alternatives. They can influence the market for everyone much in the way that Walmart does. THAT is the problem with consolidation of local land line monopolies.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Ubuntu Metro

>> "Previously the windows would show a yellow box indicating its size as you dragged, but it didn't re-draw itself in real time."

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> Risc OS 3 achieved this feat in 1991. Have I misread today's date?

In case you haven't been paying attention lately, Ubuntu has been deploy a "less is more" approach to the GUI. The things that Unity can't/won't do cannot be generalized to Linux interfaces in general.

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Re: Head to head

>> "What's the migration cost of moving from XP to Windows 8?"

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> A lot less than Windows to Linux as you're not going to have to change all your applications.

Nope. The migration from XP to Win8 will also create a lot of application level churn and might even cause MORE disruption than a migration to Linux.

That's Microsoft's dirty little secret.

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Re: Head to head

> What's the migration cost of moving from XP to Windows 8?

It's the costs associated with lots of hardware being thrown against the nearest wall as end users rebel in frustration.

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Re: Head to head

Windows in it's current form has long time Windows users wanting to use something ELSE.

Oddly enough, it's precisely because of the same kind of nonsense that Ubuntu is pushing here.

Metro and Unity are birds of a feather.

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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Re: Nope

> But how long before someone comes along with a little application to add these easily?

It's been too long already. On the other hand, this is something that should be in the base product. The fact that it isn't is just blatant disrespect for the actual users. It's a big fat FU from the developers to the rest of us.

It's little wonder that no one has chose to "showcase" this.

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Judge throws out lawsuit lobbed at Facebook for using kids' pics in targeted ads

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Re: re: minors cant sign contracts

> It's California. The law of England and Wales doesn't apply.

Except at one point the were the same law. Chances are that the relevant principles have not changed since that time.

Yes Virginia, there are legal precedents taught in American law schools that predate Columbus or any American jurisdiction. That's a nice feature of our joint legal heritage (the precedent).

Now France vs. California is an entirely different kettle of fish.

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Re: Read the T&Cs of the web site

No. The problem with a TOS is the fact that no minor is able to consent to a contract.

No legal consent can be given. So the whole "but you signed a contract" argument goes up in a puff of smoke. The judge should know better.

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AMD: Why we had to evacuate 276TB from Oracle DB to Hadoop

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Re: @intrigid

> "276 TB is small in the database world."

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> I'd wager that more than 99.9% of databases in existence are smaller than 276 TB

That just means there's been a proliferation of a lot of small databases as the technology has become cheaper to use. The big jobs continue to get bigger all the time and people aren't terribly impressed when you start throwing around non-trivial numbers.

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Re: sounds like

I also found the remark about the 100K result set limit quite odd.

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SECRET Apple-Comcast CONFAB BLAB: Movies streamed to TV? – report

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Re: "because the iPhone was so far ahead of its early competitors"

> Are you one of those people who think that the success of the iPhone was due to "Apple marketing lies" and "stupid consumers"?

Based on the iPod and it's competitors, that's not such a big stretch really.

Apple has it's own perfect example of how the better product doesn't necessarily win the market.

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Re: Last thing you want to do...

Either you're into it or not. In the Soviet Union, there was no economic value to being an engineer. You were actually shat on pretty hard really. So you didn't enter that profession unless you were really into it and simply didn't want to another sort of (manual labor) job.

IT today in the West is the same way. It's something you do because you are into it and that will make up for the crap you have to take.

Try to work against this and people will just flee the profession as soon as they realize they've been conned.

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Re: Missed the point?

Nah. There's plenty of room in IT for drooling mouth breathers. Just work for a larger company where they seek to make any task something that can be accomplished by a trained monkey. Get pigeon holed into a position that neither requires nor offers any real technical challenge apart from reading off of a script.

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Re: Cool Joke

They need to take the Law & Order approach. Present "beautiful people" as practicing the profession. Then after a few years you will see a glut of people who look like that flooding the field. At least it worked for law.

Applying to their sense of "glamour" may be chauvanistic and dirty pool but it's probably what it takes.

This "problem" has very little to do with what goes on in tech or academia.

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Re: Open your fucking eyes.

Why should he have to "really look". Isn't the whole point about these campaigns is that they grab the attention of people? You don't do that by hiding your message in a file cabinet in the basement.

If you have to "really look" for it then it's a total crap advertising campaign now isn't it?

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Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 early code: First look

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Usual marketing propaganda.

If you've got a job that's so unworthy that you can get no budget for anything then that's just going to be a problem generally. SQL Server isn't exactly free either. Real hardware is going to cost money and so will licenses to go with it. Although if your project is really that small and worthless there are cheaper and free Oracle options.

Although at that point you can probably just manage with mysql or postgres.

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Apple rakes in 60% of profits in still-surging smartphone market

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Specs are irrelevant until they're not.

Smart watches an Apple product? Linux freaks did that one first a LONG time ago. It's funny how suddenly this is an over hyped idea now that there is some implication that Apple is considering it.

Although it's funny seeing a fanboy drone on a about "specs". I thought that was something that only the the "irrelevant geeky types" cared about? Of course that raises the obvious question of what number crunching you're expecting to do with your phone exactly.

It's the functionality, not the marketing propaganda. If you're not interested in the Walled Garden and ONLY the Walled Garden, then an Apple product probably isn't suitable for you. Doesn't matter how much faster the latest iDevice is.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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Re: Services

No. Being smug is no threat. Linux or any Unix is less likely to subject you to the stupidity of your software vendor. Needless Internet facing services will not be on by default. The system will not be engineered to muddle the boundary between code and data. The apps won't insist on running strange executables from strangers.

If you want to do harm to yourself you will have to work at it.

It helps to know WHY some vendors are more of a problem than everyone else rather than hysterically declaring that you can't do any better than the crap monopoly vendor.

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Not so sweet for the Lemmings really...

This "virus" or whatever you want to call it seems to feed entirely off of swiped credentials. It doesn't infect systems in the usual Windows-y way. You kind of have to invite it in first.

The real harm of this thing is that it feeds weaker malware to Windows machines.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

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Trying to hard...

This is just fanboys trying too hard to kid themselves. Apple lost the platform wars of the 80s. That's over and done with. They even formally abdicated to all of that by focusing on consumer electronics. Apple isn't even holding onto this delusion. Sure, Apple gained a little over the Jobs years but not much really. Not enough to really change things. The Mac remains an great demonstration of the idea that you can do everything right and have the better product and still fail in the marketplace.

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'Catastrophic' server disk-destroying glitch menaced Google cloud

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Re: Mixed feelings

+1 for having this serious data destroying but right after they discounted their cloud storage prices.

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Target IGNORED hacker alarms as crooks took 40m credit cards – claim

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Re: Minor correction

It's a department store. It has departments. It's just not as prissy as Herods of London.

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Re: someone (or several someones) at Target's HQ should be fired

It's not even "pro russian" versus "not pro russian". It's ETHNIC russian. It's about what country are your grandparents from. That's an issue entirely orthogonal from what particular political option you are for or against.

Even if you conflate the two, you still have the problem of a very large ethnic minority (or a group of them). It is likely not as simple as some people like to make it out.

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Re: someone (or several someones) at Target's HQ should be fired

> Crimea want to secede to Russia. It is what the majority of people living there want

Yeah. Like you're such an authority on what a bunch of people in a different country across the continent want.

The whole situation is fishy. Hooligans are running amok. The Russian army is running amok. Enough nonsense is going on that you can't trust a thing that's going on right now. It doesn't help that their parliment was overrun by hooligans.

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Meh. Meh I say.

This was a retailer during the holiday rush. This typically involves a change freeze that starts a number of months earlier. You're not going to see much of anything new going on in IT at a retailer once summer ends.

Mucking around with anything will likely require more authority than your typical boffin has.

Just imagine going to your PHB and announcing to him that you've got to go all Andromeda Strain with your point of sale systems right before Xmas.

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Re: Nelson

Arapaho might not even be a completely dead language. So new words might get added to it even now. It happens with less obscure languages so why not Arapaho too?

There may even be an Arapaho term for "plasma conduit".

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FANBOIS' EYES ONLY: United Airlines offers FREE MOVIES on iOS kit

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Re: Android

> Yay! A fandroid trots out the 'choice' canard!

It's not "choice". It's ownership. I can put my stuff on any device I like. That could be an iPhone. That could be an Android. That could even by the 500G Archos I take on long trips.

Oddly enough, this is supposed to be the same kind of stuff that the the whole iTunes model should be able to accommodate. So beyond the whole "mine's bigger than yours" thing, it's not something that should be particular to Android at all.

You're trying far too hard to avoid taking advantage of everything that the tech has to offer.

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Re: Android

Yes. Because if it's not Apple then it's pirated.

YAWN.

You fools need to troll harder.

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Re: Android

50 movies sounds about like what I could fit on my phone right now.

Except that's going to be 50 movies of my choosing.

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: I don't get it

The default version of Ubuntu is SPYbuntu.

That by itself is enough of a turnoff to keep some people away. Far better to start out with the Debian net installer and work your way up from there rather than worry about what things you didn't remove from a distribution that's run off the rails.

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Who loves office space? Dell does: Virtualization to banish workstations from under desks

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Re: Oddly content free

> That's the thing though isn't it? Your network infrastructure should be built to provide the services you need to use. If your commodity network doesn't perform suitably, it needs upgrading to something that does.

...which is an entirely new level of pain and cost and complexity for a gain that is dubious at best.

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Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

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It's just just about playing nice with PCs.

It's a hybrid device. It's not just a Thunderbolt device.

The article said that this allows you to connect it to both Macs and PCs but that's somewhat misleading. This allows you to connect it to both NEW Macs and OLD Macs. It's not just a Mac vs PC thing. If you are taking advantage of that whole "Macs are more reliable and last longer" thing, then you probably have Macs with no TB ports.

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Traditional RAID is outdated and dying on its feet

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Re: Eh?

> Internet commenting is always entertaining,

Yes they are. You see plenty of handwaving and eager attempts to make things as complicated as possible but no real feasible explanation of how 4TB of missing data is going to get itself rebuilt in a few minutes.

It sounds like the best you can do is just ignore the situation and pretend that it's not really a problem.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?

> 2007? a 7 year old machine? So you'd expect a machine bought in 2000 to run the Vista in 2007 or a machine bought in 1993 to run Windows 2000 in 2000 or a machine bought in 1986 to run Windows 3.11 in 1993 or a...

These orphaned Macs will run newer versions of Linux and Windows just fine.

Why are you trying to apply "PC standards" to this? Aren't Apple products supposed to be better than that?

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The obvious double standard.

Of course. As soon as the "better quality" and "enhanced longevity" is brought into question by actual real world problems experienced by actual end users, suddenly the fanboys will make excuses about how kit is old or how other vendors do things.

This right here is where the rubber really hits the road. A genuine luxury brand would have the extended support. These Intel Macs would not be orphans. Even PPC Macs would not be orphans.

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NO WONDER Big Blue dropped it: IBM server biz BOMBED in Q4

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Re: I do not think that Lenovo are fools.

Lenovo is slowly just becoming IBM.

I always saw the first sale to Lenovo as problematic because it eliminated an entry point for IBM customers. Previously you had an IBM that was a "one stop shop" for everything. Getting rid of the first part of their PC biz subverted that.

Now Lenovo is slowly coming that, minus the fancy trademark.

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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Re: Brilliant

> More bits also mean more registers. More registers means doing things in less cycles.

The two are entirely independent of each other.

That's just the path that Intel chose. The same is not necessarily true of ARM.

ARM doesn't necessarily have the same cruft that x86 did. Probably doesn't in fact. The x86 was ugly and primitive compared to a lot of it's contemporaries.

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Re: Brilliant

> Just because they don't understand the benefits that it brings doesn't mean they should switch back to a 32 bit processor from 2003.

The benefits you are blithering about have actually little to do with the "bit-ness" of the CPU. A lot of that advantage comes from the original crapulence of the x86 CPUs when compared to their competitors 30 years ago. Those aren't exactly qualities you can expect to be relevant in an entirely different architecture from a different manufacturer.

Chances are that an ARM from 2003 doesn't suffer from those problems.

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Re: "Apple has to be the first smartphone manufacturer anyone considers."

> You must love poor service, tacky plastic cheapness and spending hours of forums looking for help with some intermittent error code.

Can't say that I've ever had that problem.

Apple products are nothing special.

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Re: The Big Question

One thing to get me to upgrade would be increased storage capacity. The first 128G mSD card was just announced. That's something that can get my attention. It might even get me to upgrade to the latest Galaxy.

...beyond that you do have to seriously figure out what you expect to get out of the upgrade.

"Its a this season's model" is just not a good enough answer.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Re: Wii failed

Sour grapes. That's all you people trying to hate on the Wii have, Sour Grapes. It didn't pander to your personal tastes so you want to try and pretend that it was a failure when it really wasn't.

The problem isn't that the Wii failed. The Wii succeeded and completely reshaped console gaming.

The problem is that the followup console was not nearly as interesting by comparison.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: Really?

I watched them back to back and I found neo-Khan to be not such a bad thing really. It's a more modern interpretation of the character. Montalban looks like a cheesey scenery chewer by comparison.

Some elements of Abrams Trek seem more sophisticated and thought out. Much of that stems from the benefit of 40 years to examine and contemplate the material.

Kirk "trying" to fist fight with Khan is a good example of this.

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Re: Oooo, the shiny!

> It's cheaper than anything in the PC world; it's not even possible to build an equivalent machine.

The problem with the bleeding edge is that you end up with diminishing returns. Once you get past a certain sweet spot with hardware, marginal improvements become drastically more expensive. The advantage of all other PCs is that you aren't playing an all or nothing game of trying to clone Apple's bad decisions.

The value of the marginal improvements is disputable despite fanboy attempts to mischaracterize corporate culture when it comes to spending money.

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

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Re: Space

"Building gcc very often" is a batch job, not something to drive the spec of a box. Even so, there are plenty of single cores that will be quite respectable for that kind of workload. Even some older hardware (like my Hex core) would be respectable for that sort of thing.

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Re: Lateral approach

> There is no loft and there is no space in the cupboard.

Virtualization is no silver bullet. It doesn't matter what tech you are using. This applies even to high end Unix server systems. If you have high performance and responsiveness requirements, decoupling two competiing operating systems is a better way to go. There are plenty of viable options here. The Intel NUC has been all over the "blogosphere" lately. There's also the Brix. That has plenty of power.

It's pretty easy to have a "CPU-in-can" setup similar to the new Mac Pro. Just put a suitable CPU on a mITX board and put it in as small of an enclosure as you want. If you don't care about the GPU in a Linux box you can make a LOT of compromises.

I would tend to avoid virtualization for anything compute heavy or IO heavy that's bound to come in contention with other VMs or the host OS.

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