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asciilifeform: trinque: iirc the 'unmatched' came up last yr in a thread -- it's rk-level box -- but priced (new) like the princely 32core vintage opterons i've racked
asciilifeform: the other possib. choice, afaik, is 'now i have editor, compiler, kernel, that'll run for so long as my stash of opterons lasts, oughta be good for 40yrs' and 'let's design new irons'
asciilifeform: arguably not so interesting given as 'coreboot' traditionally has simply 'ret' in its smm handler; and afaik on all opterons where can connect 'sage', can emplace 'coreboot' in place of heathen bios.
asciilifeform: BingoBoingo: for instance, i bought 4 fg , wrapped in opterons, for 22m. jurov meanwhile bought 4 fg wrapped in cellophane for 40m. why not occurred to jurov to buy the former and offer BingoBoingo 1m to detach fg and have the remainder pissed on & set on fire... ?
asciilifeform: hypothetically, a pc mobo designed for classic opterons, w/ a heavy aluminum ground layer , designed to be sat down on top of a 1x1metre hedgehog, would do the job. but of course dun exist presently.
asciilifeform: at any rate, currently 'workstation' to me means at least 2 pre-2013 opterons. and swappable nics , as cards. and expandable ecc ram.
asciilifeform: the classic opterons included 0 oddball on-die periphs (nics, remote managers, etc) unlike the newer, and have published init code. so hard to picture of what would consist an effective mine in'em
dllud: Did someone do it for the Opterons?
dllud: Yes. But I can argue the same about the old Opterons, can't I?

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