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PostgreSQL 9.2 Out with Greatly Improved Scalability

Jay L Re:Postgres-Curious (146 comments)

Greg Smith's book "High-Performance SQL" is a good start.

about 2 years ago
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Commodore 64 turns 30

Jay L Re:BAH. Younguns. VIC-20 FTW. (218 comments)

80x24 even on a C64 was painful; the best one I saw was VIPTerm from SoftLaw, but there's only so much you can do with a 4x8 pixel grid.

more than 2 years ago
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Commodore 64 turns 30

Jay L Re:Yes it was a market leader (218 comments)

As I recall, the move that secured the C64's place in market history was the price drop. It originally sold for $595, but in 1984 a combination price drop (to $299) and a $100 trade-in rebate for your videogame console meant you could buy it for $200 at Toys-R-Us. That was the magic number.

more than 2 years ago
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Commodore 64 turns 30

Jay L Re:LOAD "*",8,1 (218 comments)

You really wanted to LOAD "0:*",8,1, though, because if you left off the "0:" you'd trigger a bug in the 1541 ROMs that would eventually cause you to corrupt a program if you used save-and-replace. (The 0: indicated drive 0 of a dual drive; IIRC those were only produced for earlier PET/CBM computers with an IEEE-488 bus, and not for Commodores - though we did eventually see Lt. Kernal hard drives with partitions 0-9.)

more than 2 years ago
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Student Creates World's Fastest Shoe With a Printer

Jay L Re:Just think! (144 comments)

On a similar note.. growing up I had a scooter that would do 22mph with one rider, and 5mph with two.

I figure if I'd been able to fit seven people on it, I could go 80mph backwards.

more than 2 years ago
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The History of the CompSci Degree

Jay L Re:Interesting but... (126 comments)

No, you misunderstood the reasoning. The United States takes up more space than England.

more than 2 years ago
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The Cybercrime Wave That Wasn't

Jay L Re:Feature, not Bug (85 comments)

Remember, the people funding this research have a vested interest and a strong desire to have the numbers come out the way they want them to and, no surprise, they generally do.

Yep. I worked on a cybercrime startup idea for a while, and every single "cost of cybercrime" calculation I found - even from government agencies - was based on the same estimate from MarkMonitor. After a few years, MM was able to cite the more "official" sources with a circular reference.

more than 2 years ago
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Hanging Out at Sun Studio, Where Rock and Roll Was Born (Video)

Jay L Re:Luxury (102 comments)

If nothing else, because the sounds you (the musician) hear on overdubs will affect the sounds you sing and play. Late binding and lazy evaluation is not always a feature in music production.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Buys 800 AOL Patents For $1 Billion

Jay L Re:Treading water... (103 comments)

GIF patent was on the compression used by GIF, not GIF itself. The patent was held by UNISYS, not AOL/CompuServe.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Buys 800 AOL Patents For $1 Billion

Jay L Re:AOL patents on networked systems (103 comments)

Oh, we were... I remember trying (and failing) to convince Cisco that they should make some type of load balancer. They didn't see the need.

more than 2 years ago
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GreenSQL is a Database Security Solution, says CTO David Maman (Video)

Jay L Performance vs. security (108 comments)

Others have commented on the security benefits of prepared statements, but one problem with them, at least on Postgres: Since you're planning the query before executing it, the planner doesn't have as much information as it will at execution time, and it might not pick the optimal plan - especially if the database changes significantly between PREPARE and EXECUTE.

OTOH, I suppose you could take every statement and turn it into a group of PREPARE/EXECUTE/DEALLOCATE. Not sure if there are performance implications with that, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Aviation Security Debate: Bruce Schneier V. Kip Hawley (Former TSA Boss)

Jay L Re:I stopped flying. (291 comments)

As George Carlin pointed out, you probably could beat a guy to death with the Sunday New York Times.

What's a New York Times?

more than 2 years ago
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ICANN Ethical Conflicts Are Worse Than They Seem

Jay L Re:From ICANN's past... (26 comments)

I was just thinking "Hasn't Karl Auerback been trying to get the world to realize this for a decade?" Thanks.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Law Enforcement Starts Seizing Music Blogs

Jay L Re:Is that a real thing? (310 comments)

They work with the SAS - that's Super Army Soldiers!

more than 2 years ago
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Erasing Neuronal Memories May Help Control Chronic Pain

Jay L Re:Dianetics (80 comments)

So was L. Ron Hubbard right about "engrams" causing PTSD?

Page 194.

Dianetics.

more than 2 years ago
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Followup: Ultraviolet Vision After Cataract Surgery

Jay L Re:Cataract will fluoresce green (311 comments)

Thanks; I'll check my vitamins for lutein and zeaxanthin. I'm a vegetarian, but a bad one - I'm really more of a pastafarian - so I probably don't get enough anything from dietary intake! FWIW, the silicone hydrogels allegedly let in far more oxygen than hydrogels, although at the moment all the data I'm finding is a physics model saying that's not true and some very strong marketing from hydrogels claiming it doesn't matter.

more than 2 years ago
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Followup: Ultraviolet Vision After Cataract Surgery

Jay L Re:Cataract will fluoresce green (311 comments)

I've been sleeping in my extended wear lenses as well, and I've worried I'm taking a theoretical risk. Were these modern disposable silicone hydrogels, or the older extended-wear kind? As I understand it, cataracts arose as a side effect of microbial keratitis, and the risks of a severe infection are lower with silicone hydrogels (as well as with disposables in general).

What sort of eye nutrition do you recommend?

more than 2 years ago
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Europe's 'Right To Be Forgotten' Threatens Online Free Speech

Jay L Re:Eraser to the Mind (410 comments)

They couldn't verify my high school GPA. Not surprising, I graduated 40 years ago.

Suuure, you did. In Kenya.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Hasn't Forgiven GoDaddy

Jay L Re:And this costs GoDaddy what, $2.95? (190 comments)

Network Solutions is, in fact, a horrible registrar for corporate domains. This winter we changed our DNS from NetSol to Amazon Route 53. When NetSol repoints domains, it *immediately* starts serving generic "parking page" A records from the old DNS server. Combine this with the fact that many ISPs ignore the SOA TTL record, and you have a domain that's down for over a day for your customers at BellSouth, Cox, RCN, and probably others. We did get them on the phone, and was told "that's the way it works".

more than 2 years ago

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