On the price we all pay for SEO

SEO is an attempt to influence an algorithm for ranking and displaying data entered into search systems. Google and other search engines perform many calculations to try to return “meaningful” results. Well, they use a particular definition of meaningful. One that involves what they considered to be a consensus … if a page has lots of links to it from many other pages, then it must have meaning.
This may have been true once. I don’t think it can be said to be true now. Unfortunately, the law of unintended consequences has reared its ugly head relative to this definition. In the form of search engine optimization.
A.k.a. gaming other peoples systems.

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The rise of the 'new' issues: Data Motion

I’ve been talking about data motion (moving data between place “a” and “b”) as a problem for a long time now.
You can summarize it easily in a very simple equation, and use that to explain what is going wrong, and estimate how much we are going to suffer going forward. In a nutshell, data motion is measurable in the time it takes to copy a chunk of data between ‘places’. What defines a ‘place’ is flexible, and you can use this for modeling many things as it turns out.
Ok, without further ado … here it is …
T(data motion) = L(access) + S(data)/B*(interface)
Where

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Press release from day job … 96TB and Flash/SSD based JackRabbits!

c.f. this link
CANTON, MI – June 4, 2009 UTC – Scalable Informatics, a High Performance Computing solutions provider known for innovation, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of several new, low cost, high performance, high capacity, tightly coupled storage and processing systems.
Scalable Informatics JackRabbit??? systems provide low cost, highly reliable RAID storage, with performance of 700 MB/s on low end systems, to in excess of 1.5 GB/s to disk using RAID 6 for midrange systems. With industry leading densities of up to 19.2 TB/U, JackRabbit systems are offered in configurations from 12 to 48 SATA II or SAS drives, 8 to 24 processors, 16 to 256 GB RAM, 1 to 4 RAID controllers (with battery-backed cache), 4 to 14 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 0 to 4 InfiniBand SDR/DDR/QDR ports, 0 to 4 ports for 10 Gigabit Ethernet, with IPMI 2.0 and KVM over IP built in for lights out management. All units can ship with Intel Nehalem (Xeon 5500 series), AMD Shanghai, or AMD Istanbul processors (Opteron 2300/8300 or 2400/8400 series).
New models include JR2-24Tn, JR3-32Tn, JR4-48Tn, and JR5-96Tn which provide 24TB, 32TB, 48TB, and 96TB high performance hardware accelerated RAID storage, respectively. All of these units are competitively priced at under $1,000 USD/TB.

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Its official … we have sold our first 96TB JR5 unit

Waaaa hooooo!!!! This is also our first big Nehalem JackRabbit sale. For those who don’t know, JackRabbit is a cost effective, very fast, very powerful storage and integrated processing system. Units go from 2 to 5 rack units, with capacities from 9TB through 96TB, and cost starting well under $1/GB. Raw performance, performance density, and … Read moreIts official … we have sold our first 96TB JR5 unit

Weee! A new wordpress attack in the wild … or is this an attack? Or something worse? SPAM mebbe?

Sitting here, drinking coffee, preparing for the short ride into work (probably have to stop off at Meijer to pick up some turnovers … mmmmm turnovers!) when I noticed this on my wordpress logs tail

[Wed Jun 3 08:23:31 2009] [error] WordPress database error Illegal mix of collations (ascii_bin,IMPLICIT) and (latin1_swedish_ci,COERCIBLE) for operation ‘=’ for query SELECT comment_ID FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_ID = ‘1559’ AND ( comment_author = ‘Tanushkaa’ OR comment_author_email = ‘verterder18@gmail.com’ ) AND comment_content = ‘\xd0\xa1\xd0\xbf\xd0\xb0\xd1\x81\xd0\xb8\xd0\xb1\xd0\xbe, \xd0\xbf\xd0\xbe\xd1\x81\xd1\x82 \xd0\xb4\xd0\xb5\xd0\xb9\xd1\x81\xd1\x82 … \xd1\x82\xd1\x8c.’ LIMIT 1 made by wp_new_comment, wp_allow_comment

Hey … someone is trying to hack us. Cool.
But what does this say?

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