Thursday, July 14

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Zambezled

According to this handy chart, AMD's new FX-8170P CPU (Order Orochi, Family Zambezi) will have 8 cores running at 4.2GHz base speed, 4.7GHz in turbo mode.

That looks like a worthwhile upgrade for my current 2.4GHz quad core.  Well over three times the compute power.  And because AMD has maintained a sensible continuity in their platform, I can build a system now with the latest AM3+ socket, drop my current AM3 CPU into it, swap in the octocore goodness when it lands, and use the spare CPU to upgrade my AM2 Linux box.  With Intel  you'd be faced with three different pin counts.

I really want to see the server versions of these chips now.  We're building a cluster of AMD-based servers at my day job, and we're using the cheapest current CPUs with the plan to swap them out for the newer models when they arrive.  I was expecting more cores but a slower clock speed, but based on what they've achieved on the desktop I could get more cores and a higher clock speed.  That would be very nice.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 12:55 PM | Comments (30) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Pixy,

FIX YOUR COMMENTS!!!  I know you're just from Australia, but that's no excuse for delivering a sloppy product.

Your comments have become an embarrassment on the .mu.nu stream.  FIX!!!!

Posted by: Kevin at Thursday, July 14 2011 09:46 PM (N/Uf7)

2 Thanks for the advice.  Would you care to be a little more specific?

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, July 14 2011 11:49 PM (PiXy!)

3 "Would you care to be a little more specific? "

Only if I can capitalize words from time to time.  Fix ALL of Ace's comment threads.  Every one of them devolves into spam.  The Jawa's aren't as bad, but it's because they don't use your comment system.  That should tell you something.

Look, I LOVE Australians as much as the next guy.  Especially female Australians (before you get all hot and bothered, I should mention that they don't always love me smile ).  But this spam thing is un Australian, I'm guessing.  It sure as HELL is unAmerican.  It will not be tolerated.  You speak English, so you are held to a higher standard.  FIX IT!

Is that specific enough?  Because I could go on... smile

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, July 15 2011 01:24 AM (N/Uf7)

4 Okay, yes.  I've just deleted 200,000 spam comments, and I'm implementing a new filter.

I have a brilliant new Bayesian/Markovian spam filter that's smarter than I am, but I won't get a chance to deploy it until I stop having to work 80 hours a week at my day job.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 15 2011 02:01 AM (PiXy!)

5 You're not serious about this, are you, Pixy.  I get that from your name.  It's rather girly.

Still, it must be resolved, girly name or not.  200k is not enough.  Remove EVERY spam.  You know, like all others do.  To do less is to admit defeat.

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, July 15 2011 02:23 AM (N/Uf7)

6 Like all others...  Well, I won't disparage other people's attempts to fight spam.  It's an ongoing battle, and it's not easy.  We block millions of spams every week.  I know that's not enough, and far too many still get through, and I'm not giving up.

Yes, eliminating all spam is my goal.  Yes, I'm serious about this.  My other goal is eliminating jerks from my sites.  Don't be a jerk.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 15 2011 02:35 AM (PiXy!)

7  I always hated self-important assholes when they wrote to me demanding I do certain things, out of some sort of sense of entitlement. Kevin is giving me flashbacks to the bad old days.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, July 15 2011 02:57 AM (+rSRq)

8 Insulting the engineer you're asking a favour from always struck me as counter-productive.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 15 2011 03:02 AM (PiXy!)

9 Spam is a tough problem anyhow. Look at the mee.nu (without ai) - heuristics cannot keep up without manual correction once in a while. I resorted to disabling comments on any post that's older than a certain period.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Friday, July 15 2011 03:30 AM (9KseV)

10 Yep.  The latest heuristic I've applied is to track the age of posts by commenter, and auto-ban people who only (or mostly) comment on old stuff.  That's almost always spammers.

The new spam filter I've built is really neat - it does Bayesian analysis of a Markovian analysis of the text and metadata and the relative differences and similarities between the post and the comments.  Basically, every piece of data and metadata, and every O(n) heuristic I could think of got thrown in to a general-purpose Bayesian filter.

I think it's smarter than I am.

But I still have to train it on a good data set before it can go live, and I haven't had a chance to do that yet.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 15 2011 04:23 AM (PiXy!)

11 Hahah! I love how you brought out a Stehpen Den Beste quote.  He's the Den Bestest!  But it doesn't change anything.  Haloscan (or whatever they've become) can do it, blogspot can do it... Heck, even Wordpress can block spam.  Why can't you, Pixy?

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, July 15 2011 04:51 AM (N/Uf7)

12 Wait, what?  You're an engineer?  Are you pretty sure?

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, July 15 2011 04:58 AM (N/Uf7)

13 I can see that I'm coming on too strong for an ordinary Australian.  Please accept my apologies.  Fix the spam though.

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, July 15 2011 05:00 AM (N/Uf7)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 15 2011 05:41 AM (PiXy!)

15 An engineer though!  C'mon smile .  I'm BSChemE, and even _I_ don't refer to myself as an engineer when fixing computer problems.  You shouldn't either.  Way to belittle the brand.

"Honey, this dos box won't close.  Let's call an engineer to fix it!"  Sheesh.

Also, fix the spam.  Thanks in advance!

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, July 15 2011 05:58 AM (N/Uf7)

16 Am I coming on too strong again?  I'm an engineer for Christ's sake.  You know how we are.  We can't help it.  FIX THE SPAM!

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, July 15 2011 06:13 AM (N/Uf7)

17 Kevin will be taking a short timeout while he learns not to be an asshole.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 15 2011 06:20 AM (PiXy!)

18 You know, he reminds me of the undergrad who posted so many "clever" little comments on my blog that I disabled access from an entire class C network at University of Arkansas for a few years.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at Friday, July 15 2011 06:21 AM (fpXGN)

19 Does he think you posted a quote from me under my name? Sheesh...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, July 15 2011 07:19 AM (+rSRq)

20 Will he be taking some time out? Are you pretty sure? No, Stephen, I have nothing but respect for you. I'm sure pixy feels the same way. I'm done here though. FIX THE SPAM. That's all I have to say. What a pain in the butt it is busting through someone's spamwall. I won't bother to do it again.

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, July 15 2011 10:35 AM (HUKED)

21 I almost want to say "don't fix the spam just to tick off Kevin," but he's probably a spammer trying to provoke exactly that response. ;p

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Friday, July 15 2011 11:18 AM (pWQz4)

22 That actually hurts. Have I come across as that big of an asshole? I'm not ok with that.

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, July 15 2011 11:26 AM (HUKED)

23

Have I come across as that big of an asshole?

Yes.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, July 15 2011 11:38 AM (+rSRq)

24 I like his new IP hash though.  That made it all worth it.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 15 2011 12:02 PM (PiXy!)

25 Damn. To be shunned by one of the Godfathers of the internet. Damn. I hide my head in shame.

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, July 15 2011 02:08 PM (HUKED)

26 Also, please remove me from whatever list you have me on. It's making it somewhat hard to read ace.mu.nu. Thanks in advance! (and if you get the time, fix the spam!)

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, July 15 2011 02:16 PM (HUKED)

27 Since you asked somewhat nicely, I've unblocked you.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 15 2011 02:41 PM (PiXy!)

28 Thanks much. I know I come on strong. It is certainly not my intention. Thanks for unblocking me.

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, July 15 2011 03:50 PM (HUKED)

29 FWIW, I'm quite sorry that I pissed you off.  And I'm simply horrified that I pissed Steven Den Beste off.  That's like pissing off the Instapundit!

I'll say no more about this. Please accept my apologies.  And if you guys want to fix the spam, well, more power to y... Oh yeah, I promised to say no more about it.

Posted by: Kevin at Friday, July 15 2011 04:17 PM (N/Uf7)

30 Apology accepted; spammers must die.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 15 2011 06:15 PM (PiXy!)

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