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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

glenebob Re:Criminals (1198 comments)

Execution is not about revenge.

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

glenebob Re:Assisted Suicide (1198 comments)

Oh, and I'm betting that we'd have so few criminals on death row after this went into effect, that we could simply abandon capital punishment altogether, ending this whole stupid ass debate for good.

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

glenebob Re:Really Stupid (1198 comments)

I dunno, I've deprived myself of oxygen before. Just breath in a bag for awhile. You'll go into full panic long before reaching the point of losing consciousness.

On the other hand, I've also cut the flow of blood to my brain by constricting my jugglers, and actually passed out a couple times doing it. I freaked a bunch of kids out in grade school doing it in class, actually. It's completely painless and doesn't trigger the slightest bit of panic. You can be pleasantly unconscious in 15 seconds that way. I suspect that bleeding to death is similar.

How long would it take to drain an inmate's circulatory system to the point of rapid unconsciousness? Guaranteed to kill, and no less humane than lethal injection.

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

glenebob Re:Assisted Suicide (1198 comments)

I LOVE this idea. Except, I would expand it make it a no-strings-attached option for anyone charged with any felony, maybe even any misdemeanor. Change the guilty plea to, "how do you plead, guilty, not guilty, or kill me now?" And, of course, the option should be extended to anyone currently service time. Our prisons would be nearly empty within a year.

about 5 months ago
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Gmail Goes HTTPS Only For All Connections

glenebob Re:Doesn't matter (141 comments)

Somebody mod this up. This is dead right.

Google can encrypt the data all they want, right down to encrypting it when it arrives, and leaving it encrypted for its lifetime on their servers, but the NSA can just say "gimme the data AND the keys to unlock it". The keys are just data, and obviously Google has access to them, therefore so does the NSA.

about 6 months ago
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Surrogate Database Key, Not Bitcoin Protocol Flaw, To Blame For Mt Gox Problems

glenebob Re:Not for MtGox but kinda agree (81 comments)

Pretty much this. There should be no way to change an ID. It's called an ID for a f***king reason.

And (amount, address, timestamp) as a key? That's funny sh*t right thar!

about 8 months ago
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Multidrug Resistance Gene Released By Chinese Wastewater Treatment Plants

glenebob So, resistance is (111 comments)

not futile?

about 9 months ago
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Clinton Grants $1 Million To Edible Insect Farmers

glenebob Re:Yecch! (277 comments)

I have absolutely no idea why people find them appealing.

Hint: They taste good.

1 year,5 days
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Clinton Grants $1 Million To Edible Insect Farmers

glenebob Re:Yecch! (277 comments)

I hope they start farming lobsters first. My favorite bug! Then crab, then shrimp... Mmm yummy bugs :D

1 year,5 days
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Google To Encrypt Cloud Storage Data By Default

glenebob Re:What is wrong with people? (217 comments)

Data might be the new oil, but the data of any one average person is worth almost exactly nothing. Should I charge Google almost exactly nothing for my data?

about a year ago
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New Thermocell Could Turn 'Waste Heat' Into Electricity

glenebob Re:Wrong problem (181 comments)

Yeah sure we can generate plenty of electricity. Just toss up another coal fired plant. Yay.

I'm thinking solar. If this technology, coupled with tracking solar concentrators, can be done more cost and radiation efficiently than current solar technologies, then it may be a huge win.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

glenebob Re:locking? (372 comments)

I stand corrected. And somewhat confused. I found the 6.5 release notes:

"Multi-version concurrency control(MVCC)

        This removes our old table-level locking, and replaces it with a locking system that is superior to most commercial database systems. In a traditional system, each row that is modified is locked until committed, preventing reads by other users. MVCC uses the natural multi-version nature of PostgreSQL to allow readers to continue reading consistent data during writer activity. Writers continue to use the compact pg_log transaction system. This is all performed without having to allocate a lock for every row like traditional database systems. So, basically, we no longer are restricted by simple table-level locking; we have something better than row-level locking."

That seems to imply that the "MV" existed, perhaps all along, but that the "CC" part was new in 6.5. Maybe that explains my confusion. Anyway, that was a long time ago. Thanks for whacking me with the clue stick :D

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

glenebob Re:Why Oracle? (372 comments)

I never had to. But that's beside the point :)

There was always a latent threat of switching to MSSQL, for the exact reasons presented and debunked above. It could easily have happened, and I like to think I did a decent job of being about as ready for such a shift as possible.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

glenebob Re:locking? (372 comments)

As far as I know, Postgres has had MVCC from the start. I started dabbling in it at 6.4 (before it was enterprise ready IMO), and it certainly had it then.

MSSQL has also had a variant of MVCC since, um, 2005 I think. Can't be bothered to go look :)

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

glenebob Re:Does Postgres do online backup? (372 comments)

I've had very few problems with Postgres that weren't actually a result of my own mistakes, and of course I handled them by fixing those mistakes. Any time I've actually needed to lean on someone else, the mailing lists have been very helpful, and very quick to respond. Not only that, but the mailing lists are frequented by the actual developers, so when you ask a question about some specific aspect of Postgres, there's a good chance you'll be answered by one of the people who actually built or at least maintains that piece of the code. As apposed to some clown reading from a script of trouble shooting bullshit who doesn't even know what language the software is written in. That, to me, is the very best kind of support there is.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

glenebob Re:Liability (372 comments)

How is any of that different with Postgres? Either way, you restore from back up and away you go. In neither case did blaming a software company get you out of trouble. That's why I say, it's a sham. You pay big money for something that, at the end of the day, isn't really worth a penny.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

glenebob Re:Liability (372 comments)

And the story of shifting liability is such a sham. Oracle isn't liable for anything. If you install Oracle and lose a bunch of data, you're still liable for it. And even if Oracle was liable, is that going to get your data back? No.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

glenebob Re:Why Oracle? (372 comments)

I wrote against Postgres for years and avoided stored procedures as much as possible for exactly the reason you describe; to avoid lock in. I never understood why so many people are perfectly happy to dive right into lockedinville. Avoiding lock in always served me and my company well.

about a year ago
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How Google Street View Keeps an Eye on Things Where There Are No Streets (Video)

glenebob Re:40 pounds carried? (52 comments)

This could also result in some really cool Street View footage.

about a year ago

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