[rescue] ECC [was: Re: WOT: Ebay changes to IBM from Sun E10Kservers?]

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Jul 10 12:01:31 CDT 2003

On Thursday, July 10, 2003, at 12:15 PM, Frank Van Damme wrote:
>>    I think the real difference is that most PC users tolerate hardware
>> failures.
> Yup. They like it. A computer that crashes is a normal computer. Just
> reinstall it ;)

   Sigh, yes.  Thanks, Microsoft.  Thanks, PC industry.

>>    Properly-implemented ECC is the right thing to do.  Yes, it's more
>> expensive, but it's the right thing to do.  A memory error that would
>> otherwise bring a system to its knees will simply cause an entry into
>> an error log with ECC...turning unexpected downtime into scheduled
>> downtime.
> What home user cares about that?

   Uhhhh, people who do real things with their computers rather than 
just playing games?

>>    With this "I like my stuff to work all the time" attitude, am I 
>> just
>> being too intolerant?
> For certain. Users are more bothered with their wallet then with some 
> obscure
> rare problem they never heard about. If it makes the pc 10 percent 
> cheaper
> it's a good deal. ecc is considered overkill for normal fault-tolerant 
> users.

   These people are morons, and they get what they've got coming to them.

   "My computer crashed, and I lost <xxxx>, can you help?"  NO.


Dave McGuire             "I've grown hair again, just
St. Petersburg, FL           for the occasion."       -Doc Shipley

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