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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

greg1104 Re:OpenSSL OR... (279 comments)

It's not "simply" though. The interfaces in OpenSSL and GnuTLS are not swappable APIs. We went over this a few years ago for PostgreSQL, and one of the major issues was having too many OpenSSL-isms in our code to swap easily.

Those of us who dislike bad open source licenses have been trying to kick OpenSSL out of projects for years now, and it hasn't gone anywhere but upward in adoption. I've been amazed at how often I see its advertising clause in the credits of video games I play.

yesterday
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

greg1104 Re:Bitcoin (455 comments)

You're probably thinking of the 2011 Visa/Mastercard settlement, which explicitly allows variable prices based on form of payment. Not every state was involved in that lawsuit though, and there may very well be some that prohibit it.

about three weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

greg1104 Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

The option of a class action lawsuit is being removed here in the US as fast as companies can rewrite contracts to do so, in favor of forced arbitration

about three weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

greg1104 Re: Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

Coin locked carts have been at US stores before. Here in Baltimore, the BJ's I used to shop at had them in their lot around 5 years ago. It was interesting to watch that unfold as a new social dynamic. I tried to hand over my activated cart with the quarter in it to parents wrangling smaller children when I left.

about three weeks ago
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Python 3.4 Released

greg1104 Re:Parallel 2/3 didn't work in Windows until 3.3 (196 comments)

OK, it took until 3.3 before this was straighforward in Windows. Why is that still relevant today? Python 3.0 came out at the end of 2008, and several parts of the 2.X transition were still pretty rough then. A poster above made a nice comment about how that's played out: "Python 3.3 (or 3.4, as this article is about) is not 3.0 or 3.1. There is a lot of things that have been fixed along the way." Having an upgrade path that's possible to follow smoothly has been a design goal of 3.0 since its early days, but it wasn't quite there yet when 3.0 first shipped. That's history at this point though.

about a month ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

greg1104 Re:Time to fork Git? (710 comments)

EnterpriseDB is an important part of PostgreSQL development with several contributors, but they still work within the larger development community of contributors. There are other companies with just as many contributors, with one example being how 2ndQuadrant is adding logical replication features.

One way you can tell if an open source project has a real community is whether the project would go on even if the largest company contributing code disappeared. Linux would survive RedHat disappearing, and PostgreSQL would certainly survive EDB going out of business. That's not even a theoretical question, because the PostgreSQL community is informed by having seen it happen once already. A company named Great Bridge hired a good percentage of the PostgreSQL community once, and then failed after running out of VC cash.

about a month ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

greg1104 Re:Because... (794 comments)

Yes, you did miss the expose, there have been hundreds of lawsuits. They went to the supreme court. Farmers who don't use Monsanto's seeds can go out of business from the legal risk they take on. It's a classic protection money racket. You pays your tribute to buy our seeds, or something unfortunate might happen to your crop one day, when our lawyers come to break your kneecaps.

about a month and a half ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

greg1104 Re:Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

I'm so skeptical I'll even debunk your joke. The mainstream statistic you'll see quoted everywhere is that true celiac disease hits 1 in 133 people. The number of gluten free food shoppers is a multiple of that, because that doesn't count people with milder gluten intolerance; households where everyone eats GF because of one member; and the recent GF fad shoppers. The household ripple alone is so huge, even Betty Crocker runs around selling to this market because they believe "28 percent of consumers seek out gluten-free foods". And all that was going on before GF became mainstream as a dieting fad.

Meanwhile, diabetes hits 8.3% of the population and there isn't nearly as much of a ripple to household members.

about a month and a half ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

greg1104 Re: Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

I agree with your skepticism that celery derived bacon will have more nitrates. The nitrate amount in the final product is determined by the quantity of curing product used, and presuming that all celery based methods will result in more is impossible. You could surely game that by using more curing product than is strictly necessary on one side of the comparison.

But the reason you are not finding the hard numbers you want is that a simple celery based method doesn't have them, and never will. The amount of nitrate in a celery stalk varies based on how it was grown. You might be able to sample a given batch for its chemical properties, but you cannot predict them. To quote from an intro to meat curing: "There are absolutely no regulations or standards as to the amount of nitrate [celery] contains. Even if you use the same amount in every salami you make, you could quite easily be adding too much or too little nitrate to your cured meats."

Until Whole Foods publishes exactly what their manufacturing QA process is, we can't know how it compares to the well documented "pink salt" formula. I can offer a logical argument that there are probably more nitrates in the end result though. The downsides to using too much curing product are excessive nitrates in the result and too much "salt" flavor. The downside to using too little could be botulism, and inspection may reject it. If you're manufacturing food and the incoming strength of the nitrate is unpredictable, the case with celery, the obvious way to navigate that risk/reward tradeoff is to err toward using more than you strictly need. Then even if that celery batch absorbed a bit less nitrogen than average, you'll still be safe. But the average nitrate of that approach will be higher than a more predictable process.

about a month and a half ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

greg1104 Re: Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

No, the GF "twits" are the ones who have no allergy issues at all; that's why they're twits for eating this way. If someone is avoiding gluten based on the perception of a food intolerance or allergy--but without test results to back it up--that's not well accepted by mainstream medicine. But no one is suggesting they belong in the group that's being openly mocked here.

about a month and a half ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

greg1104 Re:Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

The GF section of your average Whole Foods hasn't grown that much since the products became a mainstream fad, you probably just weren't paying attention to it until recently. They've always had a large section for them, and they pushed into that market hard with their own "GlutenFree Bakehouse®" products ten years ago. That was based on the observation that almost 1% of people in the US has celiac disease, and those people heavily sway food purchases for their entire house/family.

about a month and a half ago
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25% of Charter Schools Owe Their Soul To the Walmart Store

greg1104 Re:Why? (233 comments)

There's a similar loop around government regulation, what's called the "revolving door". Hire people who used to be government regulators with a fat paycheck; tell existing regulators they'll earn more that way than their government job pays; use profits from unregulated activities to hire more regulators. This is how financial companies in the US cracked regulation by the SEC, food manufacturers avoid the FDA, etc.

It's hilarious how an AC thought your history lesson here was a plan for the future.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

greg1104 Re:Tempest in a teapot (2219 comments)

Slashdot isn't a news site, it's a debate site.

No it isn't.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

greg1104 Re:Time to leave, Slashdot is dead. (2219 comments)

No, because modding down the bullshit is an essential part of what the user community being ignored by beta does. If you want there to be some impact from a boycott, let Dice see what happens when the moderators go away.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

greg1104 Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (2219 comments)

The Beta design team doesn't need a UX lead. It needs some cranky, low UID asshole who has complete and utter veto power over everyone else. My suggested test for whether someone is qualified is to look at their moderation history and note how much of it is bashing down the goddamn trolls. No UI redesign is going to matter one bit if you drive that crowd off.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

greg1104 Re:50 cent (361 comments)

Wanting to get paid for consuming news release propaganda and sometimes crapping out some truth is what ruined blogging.

about 2 months ago
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The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

greg1104 Re:What was the state of server side progamming? (209 comments)

His point was that any number of language+library stacks give such similar abstractions for everything from HTTP to database persistence, it doesn't even matter which one you pick.

about 3 months ago
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Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

greg1104 Re:Meh. fud spam. (237 comments)

Reallocated sectors indicate things are starting to go wrong with the drive, and those skyrocket starting at only 100TB of writes.. Admittedly they're busy servers, but I do have systems on SSD I've measured hitting 75TB of writes in only a year of heavy use. And while extremely heavy on writes, this test rig is pretty simple compared to the mess real world drives go through. As my parent post pointed out, there's more to TLC wear than just writes, and it's not hard at all to imagine workloads that will start hitting reallocations in a small number of years. Any amount of reallocation is scary when one potential outcome from wear is forgetting your data.

about 3 months ago
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Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

greg1104 Re:Meh. fud spam. (237 comments)

Recent reliability testing has been downright horrifying for the TLC based drives. I predict a whole lot of people buying Samsung 840 drives because they're cheap are going to regret that.

about 3 months ago

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PostgreSQL 9.0 released

greg1104 greg1104 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

greg1104 writes "PostgreSQL 9.0 has been released today, including a pile of new features (with example usage for many). The biggest pair of features now included with the database allow near real-time asynchronous binary replication to slave nodes, along with the ability to run queries against them. Packages such as pgpool-II 3.0 have already been updated to build clusters using that feature, allowing transparent application load-balancing across multiple nodes for scaling read-heavy loads."
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Solaris support? Only on matching hardware.

greg1104 greg1104 writes  |  about 4 years ago

greg1104 writes "After already tightening down on free Solaris Licenses with a 90 day limit for some situations, an Oracle/Sun account manager has been quoted saying that all future Solaris support will now be available only on Oracle/Sun hardware. Having a smooth transition available between generic systems running OpenSolaris and commercial Solaris looks flat out dead now, and this likely puts OpenSolaris driver support for non-Sun hardware completely in the hands of open-source developers moving forward."
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PostgreSQL publishes first real benchmark

greg1104 greg1104 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

greg1104 writes "The current version of PostgreSQL now has its first real benchmark, a SPECjAppServer2004 submission from Sun Microsystems. The results required substantial tuning of many performance-related PostgreSQL parameters, some of which are set to extremely low values in the default configuration — a known issue that contributes to why many untuned PostgreSQL installations appear sluggish compared to its rivals. The speed result is close but slightly faster than an earlier Sun submission using MySQL 5 (with enough hardware differences to make a direct comparison of those results unfair), and comes close to keeping up with Oracle on similarly priced hardware — but with a large software savings. Having a published result on the level playing field of an industry-standard benchmark like SPECjAppServer2004, with documentation on all the tuning required to reach that performance level, should make PostgreSQL an easier sell to corporate customers who are wary of adopting open-source applications for their critical databases."
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