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[2021-02-26 01:35:33] <Z-Man> Lucifer_arma: The raspi no, but who knows where cloud servers really are? https://xkcd.com/908/
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[2021-02-26 17:13:12] <Lucifer_arma> the first node has arrived for my supercomputer :)
[2021-02-26 17:13:39] <Lucifer_arma> the gigabit switch is in my RV (it was one of the things the thief left behind), so I still need to retrieve it.
[2021-02-26 17:14:11] <Lucifer_arma> I'm starting by putting the db on a raspberry pi 4 4GB.  It was the cheapest way to get a faster filesystem than my laptop.
[2021-02-26 17:14:17] <Lucifer_arma> I'll call it Landru.  :)
[2021-02-26 17:16:04] <Lucifer_arma> if it performs reasonably well, I'm probably going to put my son's laptop for the media machine and grab that pi (which is also a 4GB) as the second node
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[2021-02-26 21:41:13] <Lucifer_arma> that's disappointing.  The Pi was DOA.
[2021-02-26 22:38:25] <luke-jr> https://ownyourbits.com/2019/02/02/whats-wrong-with-the-raspberry-pi/
[2021-02-26 23:22:14] <Lucifer_arma> luke-jr: that's interesting.  Some of it is out of date.  Specifically, the USB/Gigabit Ethernet problem is fixed in the Pi 4.  At least, the speed problem is, I don't know about whether or not USB and ethernet are competing for bandwidth
[2021-02-26 23:23:04] <Lucifer_arma> that's not an issue for me, right now, though, because I'm not going to be using the USB bus.  I need the gigabit ethernet, and I need the fast sd card reader for the database
[2021-02-26 23:23:32] <Lucifer_arma> the bit about the GPU running its own kernel that controls everything is real interesting, and obviously problematic
[2021-02-26 23:24:05] <Lucifer_arma> it does seem more like the old-school BIOS, though, and it's just being run by the GPU instead of some other microcontroller for space/power reasons
[2021-02-26 23:24:17] <Lucifer_arma> of course, the fact that the BIOS continues to be a closed source blob is problematic
[2021-02-26 23:25:01] <Lucifer_arma> the power complaints definitely were more oriented around people simply not understanding how to power their Pis, and as a result, using substandard gear
[2021-02-26 23:26:39] <Lucifer_arma> I'm a little surprised he didn't call out the wifi antenna problem.  If you get a decent aluminum case, the wifi antenna doesn't work, so you may as well not have wifi.
[2021-02-26 23:27:10] <Lucifer_arma> I haven't had any luck with bluetooth, either, but I don't need either of those.
[2021-02-26 23:27:53] <Lucifer_arma> I also shopped around looking for an alternative that was in the same price range, same physical size (preferably the same form factor), and I just couldn't find anything
[2021-02-26 23:28:06] <Lucifer_arma> if I loosen up budget and size requirements, there's plenty of mini-itx stuff out there
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