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Misc [Oct. 27th, 2004|09:07 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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San Francisco was fun. You can read Dina's post for details.

Monday, Tuesday, and today kinda kicked my ass. Dozens of things going in all directions and having to switch direction left and right.

The moon is pretty tonight. See Ellen's post for a pic.

Go Sox? I didn't watch the game. I used to collect baseball cards... when I was like 5. I had a lot of Wade Boggs cards in my Red Sox binder.

Took a SUSE AMD64 kernel and put it on Debian. Working with MySQL support to get a 64-bit MySQL that actually runs without hanging or segfaulting. I guess 64-bit ABI isn't worked out yet? *sigh*

I dropped off my ballot today. (Oregon votes by mail, but it's too late to mail them, so I took it to a drop site.) BE SURE TO VOTE. And please, if I have any influence on you at all, don't vote Bush. That lying, corrupt bastard needs to be kicked out. Under the Bush administration we've lost civil liberties, succumbed to fear, ran through all our government's money (and then some) terrorizing the Middle East, and the rest of the world hates us now. Kerry isn't necessarily the best answer, but he's the best alternative to Bush. Please, vote Kerry.

Flame on.

[User Picture]From: mountain_hiker
2004-10-27 09:20 pm (UTC)
Please, vote Kerry.

Amen to that.
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[User Picture]From: petey_hates_lj
2004-10-27 09:22 pm (UTC)
Holy shit, Sox won!

I never actually thought it would happen...

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[User Picture]From: koehlerk
2004-10-27 09:46 pm (UTC)


No flaming from me.
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2004-10-27 10:16 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kuteluvr
2004-10-27 10:18 pm (UTC)
No flame... just absolute, total agreement.
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[User Picture]From: terrajen
2004-10-27 10:40 pm (UTC)


And yeah, vote Kerry.
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[User Picture]From: separated
2004-10-27 11:07 pm (UTC)
I live in Oklahoma, and even I watched the game, you tard. What I'm trying to say is that the Sox won, and it was amazing.

Also yes, vote Kerry.
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[User Picture]From: eli
2004-10-27 11:42 pm (UTC)


The Disk Quota on my PicPix account somehow went from 1GB to 0. Hook me up, I want to post an eclipse shot :-)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-10-28 12:18 am (UTC)

Re: PicPix

brotha be hooked up.

Damn, yo, your pics are sexy.
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[User Picture]From: psaux
2004-10-28 10:34 am (UTC)

Re: PicPix

Agreed. Those pictures are simply breathtaking!
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[User Picture]From: avatraxiom
2004-10-28 03:51 am (UTC)
brad: Took a SUSE AMD64 kernel and put it on Debian.

Seems like at that point you might as well be using Fedora. :-) Maybe I'm biased, though. :-)

brad: Working with MySQL support to get a 64-bit MySQL that actually runs without hanging or segfaulting.

Some day, the whole world will thank you for this.

brad: I guess 64-bit ABI isn't worked out yet?

Oh, even more accurately: "I guess nothing really works right at all in 64-bit Linux yet?" :-) At least we have it, though, and it will all work wonderfully some day. But the number of strange problems that people report to me from 64-bit compiles of distros sometimes just leads me to that point that one reaches in Tech Support where one is like, "OK, this is the root of all evil. You have a problem? OK, it's multilib. Yep, that means we laugh now, and then cry. You still have a problem? OK, it's your... processor-motherboard-kernel-initrd-shell-program. Swap those out, and you should be all good."

brad: That lying, corrupt bastard needs to be kicked out.

Amen. Worst President that the USA has ever had.

Of course, I hear it might not be safe to talk about our President on LJ anymore... :-D

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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2004-10-28 04:44 pm (UTC)
It'd be trolling to point out that NetBSD functions identicaly on 64-bit hardware to the way it does on 32-bit hardware, runs MySQL just fine, and was at least one of the (if not The) first OS to support AMD64, right?


(In defense of my grand-standing, I was interning at Wasabi when that support began its existence on the simulator AMD very kindly provided. Note that Intel were a bunch of bitches about providing development support.)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-10-28 04:58 pm (UTC)
But performance and drivers?
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2004-10-28 06:08 pm (UTC)
It depends on what you want to perform and for what hardware you want drivers. If you want X to be pretty, you're fucked. If you want the fastes GigE drivers in OSS, Jason Thorpe had that covered for currently-available chipsets a year ago. SMP is... kind of a sore point. But 64-bit processing, NetBSD has been doing since inception on the most mature 64-bit platform out there (alpha).

Ease of administration is where NetBSD will burn you, not on server-side features. (It'll also burn you on workstations, but I'm a glutton for punishment.)

None of this is to suggest that anyone with a functional application on Linux would benefit in the least from changing: the pain wouldn't be worth it, and you probably wouldn't notice the different.
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[User Picture]From: feren
2004-10-28 05:51 am (UTC)
I tried doing the 64-bit thing on some of my gear (A Sun Ultra10, an Ultra2 and a SunBlade 1000) last year just for the hell of it. I thought it might be fun, but what I didn't realize was that I was embarking on an exercise in madness. Solaris ran fine in 64-bit, and has for years, so that wasn't a problem. What I ran into was the fact that no matter what compiler I used (Sun's commercial "SunONE" suite or gcc) or what options I tweaked I couldn't even get PHP and Apache2 to play nicely. Sure, they'd compile in 64-bit just fine. Sure, Apache2 would start, no problem, and even answer GET requests. But the minute I tried to load even a rudimentary PHP page everything would fall apart with an astonishing number of segfaults.

Now I admit that this experiment was over a year ago, so maybe things have changed in the long months since I gave up in utter disgust. With that being said.... it seems to me that no matter how incredibly long 64-bit processors and their operating systems have been available, most of the rest of the software out there just isn't cooked for it yet. Some of it probably never will be (For example, HP has told me that they have no plans to ever write a 64-bit version of OpenView, which is one of those suites that would benefit immensely from a move to 64-bit). I hope the popularity of Linux and the relatively cheap (compared to Sun, for example) new 64-bit hardware that is appearing will help resolve some of that.
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[User Picture]From: krow
2004-10-28 06:11 am (UTC)
I haven't read the support notice yet (what is the ticket number?). Are you using one of our binaries?

We will start creating debs pretty soon for our binaries.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-10-28 08:46 am (UTC)

Tried your binaries, Debian's binaries, support-compiled static binaries, ....
nothing works.
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[User Picture]From: krow
2004-10-29 06:32 am (UTC)
Well, from what I can see there may be an issue with the custom binary that we did for you.

I checked with one of the biggest customers I know who use AMD 64, and for distribution they are using Redhat AS 3.x. I suspect Suse would just be fine.
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[User Picture]From: hawk
2004-10-28 08:49 am (UTC)
Eminem certainly agrees. And really, who am I to argue with Eminem?
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From: pinterface
2004-10-28 11:53 am (UTC)
we've lost civil liberties

Via, for instance, HR 3162 (PATRIOT), which Kerry and damn near everyone else in the Senate voted for? :P (Woo! I managed to pick an example that's probably horribly overused. Oh well.) I'm not fond of Bush either, but he is by no means the only guilty party.

Really, the entire elected federal government could use a personnel overhaul. Maybe enough people will vote for third-party candidates that they'll be forced to realize it doesn't have to be a two-party system, much less a choice between levels of suckitude? Not likely, but a guy can dream.

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[User Picture]From: scsi
2004-10-28 02:03 pm (UTC)
How about having a non career politician be president? Ya know, not someone who basically gives us a verbal handjob but never actually finishes.
I know everyone makes fun of california getting arnold, but at least he wont whore out his own mother for a vote... He's actually a half decent governor (so far, even though he veto'd the ferret legalization bill which im sorta bitter about).
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From: pinterface
2004-10-28 03:18 pm (UTC)

I could certainly go for that!

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[User Picture]From: mega
2004-10-28 01:33 pm (UTC)
Seeing that both of them were in that Skull and Bones thing at Yale, I am not sure where this country is heading. I do agree though, Bush needs to go, and although Kerry isn't what I'd call the best possible candidate, it's not as though there are any other real options right now. I fear this country is slipping into a progressive dictatorship, but then again I am also starting to believe Bush senior is responsible for much of what is bad in this country ever since at least Vietnam (if not sooner).
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[User Picture]From: avatraxiom
2004-10-28 06:08 pm (UTC)
Actually, a shocking majority of US Presidents went to Yale, so the coincidence of any two presidents both being involved at something at Yale isn't too unlikely.

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[User Picture]From: rly
2004-10-28 03:46 pm (UTC)
Kerry isn't necessarily the best answer, but he's the best alternative that actually has any sort of chance at winning.


I'd be more pro-Kerry if it weren't for all the propaganda Rolling Stone keeps printing. I've become rather resentful of it. Not that my theoretical vote counts anyways, what with me being a foreigner and all.

p.s. hay brad i'm back ^_^ sup
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-10-28 04:57 pm (UTC)
p.s. hay brad i'm back ^_^ sup
Welcome back!
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2004-10-28 04:39 pm (UTC)

I'm from St. Louis, you insenstive clod!

But I'm the first to point out that St. Louis sports teams have the reliable ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, so this didn't really come as much of a surprise... I used that history to reassure people of the Red Sox's eminent breaking of their curse last week.

I do sort of wish it hadn't been a sweep, but oh well.
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[User Picture]From: noogz
2004-10-28 11:58 pm (UTC)
nader totally visted my campus a few weeks ago. People were lined up around the block to get into the auditorium to hear him.

It made me totally mad. I don't know much about nader, but I don't understand how people can vote independant on such a big vote.

I agree, Kerry isn't the best answer, but any vote otherwise, is a vote for Busy.

Glad you enjoyed SF. Was it sunny while you were here? It was bloody HOT a few weeks ago. like... sweaty hot. gwoff.
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[User Picture]From: bdinger
2004-10-29 06:53 am (UTC)

Could we put that on LJ's Homepage? And every single other page you can?

Seriously. This is one election where your vote really does matter! I know in the podunk state of Nebraska the Nebraska Democrat Party is trying really hard to get people to vote. Last election we had a 70% voter turnout (+ or - 5%), and right now we have about a 200,000 person difference between registered Republicans and registered Democrats. While everyone is calling Nebraska for Bush already, if there are enough voters that come out of the woodwork, maybe not! We can hope, right?

Also, remember to root for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Since 1936, the winner of the last Redskins home game before a Presidential election has chosen the President. If the Redskins manage to win Sunday - that favors the incumbent.

Plus, you know, we're set. The Redskins suck ass.
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