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I updated the script link which was broken so the comment can be removed.
Also, some of the settings it suggests to change in my.cnf strike me as odd. I'm no performance expert, but 800 max connections seems a bit much for a 500 mb system. max_connect_errors is also way too high... I don't feel I'm enough of an expert to arbitrarily change things, though.