August 27th, 2008


Obama: not his brother's keeper

A British newspaper has found Barack Obama's half-brother, George, living on less than a dollar a month in a tin shack. Interesting in view of his citation of "Inasmuch as ye have done it for the least of my brothers, ye have done it unto me."

Of course, that's perfectly in line with the Democratic Party: ostentatiously "doing good", but only with other people's money.
  • Current Music
    "Ca tu dis ca tu fais sont pas pareils", Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

Need for speed

I remember the first time I ran memtest86 on a PClone I owned. A coworker at the time and I marveled at the speed with which data was moved around to and from the Level 1 cache... .heck, it was a gigabyte per second! Of course, Level 2 cache was slower, and main memory slower still, but even so--wow! A gigabyte per second!

Cut to recently, when for some reason I no longer remember I  ran memtest86 on my current PClone. It's nothing much by today's standards: just a 2.8 GHz Athlon 64 X2 with 4 GB of DDR2 RAM that's nowhere near the fastest  these days. (I'm sighing at not having gone for AM2+ socket and PCI Express 2.0.)

Anyway.... main memory throughput was over three gigabytes per second.
Level 2 cache, four point something.

Level 1 cache? Over 22 gigabytes per second!
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    impressed impressed

TV watching dilemma

Rufus Sewell was a very good villain in A Knight's Tale, and must have felt deja vu in Tristan + Isolde (another scene visiting someone in a dungeon?). I'm happy to see that he's the protagonist in what appears to be an Americanization of a British TV show, The Eleventh Hour...

But from the teasers, the plot sounds like the same old pandering Luddite crap. "When science goes bad..." Feh!
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    aggravated aggravated