[CentOS] ZFS

Mon Sep 15 22:54:01 UTC 2014
Paul Heinlein <heinlein at madboa.com>

On Mon, 15 Sep 2014, Valeri Galtsev wrote:

> On Mon, September 15, 2014 4:49 pm, Andrew Holway wrote:
>>> The SSD and second CPU core are not free.
>> Where I come from, the streets are paved with SLC
> Is it Salt Lake City that you are from?  (that is so reach with 
> Second Level Cache... That is what you actually meant I figure)
> Am I the only one who is tempted to say: people, could you kindly 
> start deciphering your abbreviations. I know, I know, computed 
> science uses _that_ abbreviation for years. But we definitely have 
> people without computer science degree (not me, I do have one ;-) on 
> the list who will be happier to learn terms and abbreviations if it 
> is mentioned what stands for what.

In defense of the OP ("original poster"), he mentioned "SLC" in

  1. a throw-away line meant as a joke,

  2. the clear context of SSD ("solid-state drive(s)"), where the
     distinction between MLC ("multi-level cell") and SLC
     ("single-level cell") technology has been widely discussed.

In this case, I'd give more weight to point number 1: I'd estimate 
that 493 out of 500 readers of this list would have immediately 
grasped he was making a joke. Even if they didn't get the SLC 
reference, they understood that jokes can be safely ignored without 
missing any important bits of the discussion.

In the case of point #2, I'd say that abuse is definitely in the eye 
of the beholder. Who is the arbiter of when an acronym is obvious or 
obscure? I mean that as a serious question. Who gets to say that USB 
is an acceptable acronym while SLC is not? If you know, how does one 
become that person?

Paul Heinlein
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