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3:31 AM
    OPS Mode. Output is in operations per second.
    File size set to 104857600 kB
    Record Size 4 kB
    Record Size 128 kB
    Record Size 4096 kB
    Command line used: /root/iozone3_430/src/current/iozone -O -s 100g -r 4k -r 128k -r 4m -b /root/results.xls
    Time Resolution = 0.000001 seconds.
    Processor cache size set to 1024 kBytes.
    Processor cache line size set to 32 bytes.
    File stride size set to 17 * record size.
                                                          random    random     bkwd    record    stride
@allquixotic ^
first set of 3 is with compression off, second is with compression lz4
4:05 AM
Hmm, I'm wondering how bans are going to work if I use websockets as a proxy between the web browser and some UDP game servers..
4:51 AM
Very tempted to move from 8.1 to Win 10 Technical preview
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6:27 AM
@JourneymanGeek What was the name of the botnet that compromised your BuyVM node?
7:19 AM
@HackToHell: errrr
@HackToHell: Oddly enough, I think I have a copy of the entire filesystem of that system somewhere
Q: Purpose of breadboard "studs" on base off micro breadboards?

KolbanI recently bought some micro breadboards on Ebay. Extremely useful little things. However each have two awkward studs on their bases. See the attached photo. What I'm curious about is their purpose? What might these "plugin" to or be used for? I think I'm going to file them off.

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10:22 AM
@Bob are you saying I should turn it on? :P and what kind of data is it reading/writing, anyway? random data? if it's random, lz4 should not compress it well at all (high entropy)
10:42 AM
@allquixotic default is compressible
not sure what ratio though
see the -+w option
and the dedup var => iozone.org/src/current/iozone.c
can't seem to find the default though
@JourneymanGeek Aha
Gonna include that in my post on security policies (and why we should enable SSH keys) in my company wiki
In fact... dunno if I'm reading this correctly, but is dedup set at all when -+w isn't passed?
@Bob the problem is, unless they're putting in some kind of good "representative" data (of what? English text? WAV files? MP3s? H265 data? gigabytes of zeroes?) it's hard to know what kind of result we should expect
and you can pretty much tailor the results to what you want them to be - which is only meaningful if your actual data is like that.
most of my data, by bulk, is going to be already highly compressed
LZ4 will only slow it down
11:01 AM
@allquixotic I'm not looking for real-world results here. Partially because I don't know what my data will be, and partially because my data will be so varied that it would be at least somewhat compressible.
I'm primarily interested in the no-compression and incompressible cases (=> currently rerunning incompressible on lz4)
@allquixotic No. It would only 'slow it down' if your CPU is completely saturated.
You're still constrained by disk speed, and lz4 won't increase the size of incompressible data (at least, not to any extent you'd notice... hopefully)
Overall? Still worth enabling, if only to compress, say, the Windows OS in your VM.
> Performance on modern CPUs often exceeds 500 MB/s on compression and over 1.5 GB/s on decompression and incompressible data (per single CPU core).
Since the ARC is always uncompressed, the only time you'd ever experience a potential slowdown is while hitting your HW RAID cache.
But since it's only 1 GB, even that would be minor.
Still, it's unnecessary CPU cycles being used - ones that could be used for the likely scenario of having some kind of simulation game running on the server.
> These numbers were obtained using a development build on an HP MicroServer with a 1.3 GHz dual-core 64-bit Athlon II processor with 8GB of RAM.
Many simulation games don't deal with a huge amount of I/O (they reference a third-party database, which does its own compression) but they use a lot of CPU cycles, and if they reach saturation because the FS is using more cycles than it should, you can get saturation where you might not get it otherwise
or worse saturation if it's unavoidable
the things I need compressed can be compressed at the application layer.
11:17 AM
Somehow, I get the feeling that time spent on compression in a 2014 Xeon CPU would be absolutely negligible.
also consider that I might want to use some other compression algorithm, depending on the specific workload of the program, that might do better than LZ4
Considering they apparently went over 500 MB/s on that puny CPU.
for infrequent compression I could use LZMA2 (if I don't frequently update the data)
or I could use Speedy if performance is even more critical than LZ4
The point of compression is to improve overall performance by reducing disk accesses.
or if lossy is okay (media), I can use a lossy algorithm
11:18 AM
But you can set (or disable) compression on a per-dataset basis anyway.
lz4 just makes a good catchall algorithm
@Bob It's physically impossible for a compression algorithm to not add some size to data it has compressed, even if it is able to do better than Zip (which is notoriously awful at making compressed data huge) - if all the data that counts is already compressed, how many disk accesses is it actually saving?
sure, it might make startup marginally faster since the binaries of core system files aren't compressed (ELF doesn't support it AFAIK, unless you upx everything), but they sit more or less permanently either mapped into RAM by processes or ARC mere seconds after system bootup
(Generously) assuming your HDDs manage 200MB/s, that might produce a load of 0.03 on your CPU (out-of-my-arse number from the AthlonII throughput and CPU benchmarks).
@allquixotic It could be as simple as flagging a specific file (or block) as incompressible in the FS metadata.
other than that, I'll have huge collections of MP3s and/or video that do not benefit at all from being LZ4'ed, and probably a pgsql database that's been compressed
Not saying that they do that, but they probably already considered that case.
Whoops, 0.36.
I'll give it a try, but I doubt it provides any real benefit in my use cases, and might actively hurt some things depending on how smart their incompressible detection is
0.36 is a lot
11:25 AM
Yea, miscalc'd.
@allquixotic You can always do a real-world benchmark (use dd to simulate copying a compressed file? and look at the CPU load)
Though, I'm not sure if dd on a single thread is sufficient :P
Make sure you compare with compression off
I'd do the test myself, but I'm already running a bench. I'll try it later if you haven't.
@HackToHell glad to be a negative example ;p
@HackToHell: Another advantage is you can give access to an account (say root) to more than one person, and delete the key if they leave. (and someone will let me and know you know if this is a horribad idea ;p)
yay, got the good ending of dishonoured.
Yep, horribad describes it nicely.
Now... I can kill everyone.
11:31 AM
Give someone root and they could install any manner of backdoors.
I wrote no one's supposed to login as root
And no sudo to anyone :P
@HackToHell: admins may need it
Except them of course :P
11:32 AM
sudo might be a better idea than root.
And keys anyway ;p
Apparently I'm role-playing Gordon Freeman now.
(Just spent an afternoon knocking down drywall with a crowbar.)
I'm pretty darn sure this is outdated
Q: XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase?

Billy ONealHow accurate is this XKCD comic from August 10, 2011? I've always been an advocate of long rather than complex passwords, but most security people (at least the ones that I've talked to) are against me on that one. However, XKCD's analysis seems spot on to me. Am I missing something or is th...

I need a good strong password link hmm
For single use passwords, I tend to generate them here fourmilab.ch/hotbits
Site uses Java :O :O
naw, it works without it
wierdly, java is for sound
12:10 PM
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1:22 PM
Oh wow.
I was just asked if one should replace an ATI Radeon HD 4350 with an Nvidia GeForce GT 210.
Yes. ATI.
Yes. 210.
Yes, worse than Ivy Bridge iGPU (and probably Sandy too)
Blah Azure's VNet implementation is driving me mad
What's the actual system?
@JourneymanGeek The one with the ancient GPUs?
@JourneymanGeek I believe it's a c2d. Some Dell Studio line machine.
1:36 PM
That might make sense in some cases
Granted I went with a 450
@JourneymanGeek I told them to stick with the ATI.
Benchmark scores are close enough and the most graphics-intensive activity is probably watching videos.
@Bob: If it fails tho...
@JourneymanGeek ?
oh, I mean, if it has no integrated GPU and the existing video card failed, it might be a decent replacement
@JourneymanGeek Sure, but it's not worth replacing at the moment.
1:45 PM
Okay I don't understand IpSec, openswan or any of this shit
Site to Site vpn through openvpn it is then
Right now i need to figure out how to do that, it's been years since I touched openvpn
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5:45 PM
@Bob it's incredible what old crap beater machines people have laying around, and then they act insulted when you say their hardware is horrible and they need to upgrade
"What? It's only 8 years old!" - as if their PC should last as long as an aircraft carrier
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7:07 PM
USWNT made it to the finals again.
I don't normally follow association football, but there's a good shot US will make it this time around in the Women's World Cup.
Four years ago, the US lost to Japan on penalty kicks.
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8:55 PM
nuuu @jou approving a suggested edit on spam :( superuser.com/review/suggested-edits/175319
no bones for a week!
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10:04 PM
Oh man this brings back memories.
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11:10 PM
Reddit is falling apart.
It's likely mods and admins were bribed with at least several hundred thousand dollars to remove certain content causing censorship to occur (most notably TPP-related matters)
How can we outmuscle Big Media...
This bribery is probably under NDA so we might never see an official explanation. The mods and admins are forced to stay silent about it lest they lose the money and risk getting sued.
11:34 PM
@DragonLord I was under the impression that mods were poise against the admins and the Reddit corporation
are you saying they are in league with them?
@allquixotic Not all, but /r/news and /r/worldnews seem to have tainted mods; most others seem to be okay
11:59 PM
I've just stopped using reddit.
I don't even care anymore.

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