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  • Feb 1st, 2019 @ 3:19pm

    Re: “the world's most popular open-source SQL database”

    Yeah I think it's probably true that in sheer volume of data throughput, or in terms of where the most important/valuable data in the world stores and passes through, MySQL (particularly if you include MariaDB, which IMHO people should be running instead) is the most popular database software in existence right now, while in sheer number of unique instances SQLite is probably the holder of the crown.

    (Folks will tell ya that PostgreSQL is the best one out there, and they may well be right; I don't personally know, I inherited a MySQL setup at my work, and have just kept that the same, although I've upgraded/migrated to MariaDB specifically at this point. Meanwhile, the actual software product we sell relies on at its core---you guessed it---SQLite.)

  • Jan 24th, 2019 @ 1:53pm

    We could still use a new WikiLeaks

    > DDoS differs from WikiLeaks in that it doesn’t solicit direct leaks of unpublished data—its focus is on compiling, organizing, and curating leaks that have already appeared somewhere in public.

    In that case though, we still need a high-profile organization that can securely receive and vet important leaks that *haven't* already appeared somewhere in public. While this endeavour does sound somewhat useful, in a practical sense it's far less primary. And the lack of this is the biggest reason WikiLeaks's breakdown over the past years has been so lamentable.

  • Jan 23rd, 2019 @ 12:57pm

    As their masthead says,

    Democracy Dies in expired Domain registration! I never understood it until now.

  • Dec 14th, 2018 @ 6:35pm

    Ah yes, the wonderful irony of the PS3 hack

    The 360 was hacked so that people could (with some effort) run arbitrary code on the hardware long before the PS3 was. I'm sure someone would have hacked the PS3 eventually, but it's very notable to me that the PS3 went a long while being safe from things like people playing pirated games on it, and then barely a breath after they took away the ability of folks to run Linux on it people finally got around to hacking it!

    And the result was even better than before, since now more of the hardware was available to Linux, but of course it was also worse for Sony since in the process of hacking the PS3 to be able to still run Linux on it, it opened up a big enough crack for people to also play pirated games on it. Which at very least wouldn't have happened as early as it did if Sony hadn't rescinded the OtherOS functionality.

    Delicious, delicious karma.

  • Dec 10th, 2018 @ 5:23pm


    I've said it before, I'll say it again: police culture is too toxic for anything to work short of firing all of them and starting again from scratch. I've yet to see any proof otherwise.

  • Dec 7th, 2018 @ 5:18pm

    Re: Can't fix this from the inside

    Fire them all. Start from scratch. Anything short of that, and the toxic culture will persist.

  • Nov 14th, 2018 @ 6:17pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: technicians running wild

    Yeah, pretty much. I mean they have "ethics" classes which literally teach how to justify immoral behaviour by putting it inside a justification framework.

  • Nov 13th, 2018 @ 4:18pm

    Re: Re: Re: technicians running wild

    MBAs really are the worst.

    Source: my father, who spent literally decades as a Prof teaching MBA students.

  • Nov 2nd, 2018 @ 3:20pm

    Re: And tomorrow's headline...

    That would be an exceptionally idiotic move by Google PR-wise, particularly as they're fighting desperately these days to not be seen as being (or at least becoming) the bad guys.

  • Nov 2nd, 2018 @ 3:19pm


    A largely meaningless label. If you believe you're on the "left", the "right" is everyone you disagree with, and vice versa. Details don't matter, just root for your team.

    While that's true in the abstract, I feel like the self-identified "right" is worse about this than those who self-identify as other political designations, however. In particular, the recurring meme in American political thought lately of "the left is, and always has been the real fascists!" and such is just so hilarious and ahistorical that if I didn't know better I'd think there was something in the water.

    But yeah, compressing the multidimensional and multirelational facets of human society down to a single one-dimensional continuum is already a nearly psychotically oversimplified way to see the world, and then to further compress that down to a binary value of just two options . . . it's a mindblowingly dumb approach, and yet somehow it's almost taken as a given in much of (certainly American, but even elsewhere) discourse about politics and society.

    Everything collapsed down to us-vs-them, the home team versus the visiting team, the good guys fighting valiantly against the bad guys in an uncomplicated narrative of heroism and black-and-white morality, with any of the shared assumptions unquestioned but the differences blown up to mythological proportions. (For instance: The "left" side of American politics offers a system where the government arranges a somewhat-regulated health insurance market as if that's anything near a real solution rather than just a band-aid . . . but then anyways the "right" side of the publicly-acknowledged debate decries this minor arrangement of for-profit companies as overt socialism?)

    And then when trying to go "beyond" that, we mostly just get "bipartisanship" or, on the more critical end, lamentations about "both sides"; even the critiques of the status quo implicitly presume the reality of a binary possibility space for all of organized human endeavors. It's an astonishingly unimaginative worldview, and all the more depressing for its ubiquity, and how it shackles our democratic institutions.

    Here in Canada, for instance, the Ontario government just prematurely killed an experiment in Universal Basic Income; can't even let the other side gather data about possible programs, never mind the idea of letting people decide what to do with money (rather than the government directly spending it themselves) sounds pretty right-wing to begin with, this is a program started by the Liberal government so the Conservatives will be damned if they let it even have a chance of succeeding in any way . . .

    But hey, I'm getting off topic, and TGIF right?

    [sobs uncontrollably]

  • Oct 31st, 2018 @ 4:17pm


    Yeah, it's definitely hit-and-miss, but with some minor reformatting there are some gems. Example:

    "Threes and fours, mostly rejects;
    He questioned all of the suspects.
    A particular bank,
    A cylindrical tank,
    Affirmed in all other respects."

  • Oct 31st, 2018 @ 4:16pm

    Re-publishing and archiving

    In terms of PACER, I think the main effort has been ?

    And yeah, I was thinking, someone should definitely coordinate this. I'd certainly run a CRON job on one of my systems to pull down another 500 downloads per day, orchestrated to avoid duplication of effort by some central server like how bitcoin mining pools work.

  • Sep 27th, 2018 @ 2:04pm

    (untitled comment)

    I see one correction already on the Buzzfeed article; wouldn't hurt them to add another.

  • Aug 29th, 2018 @ 3:09pm

    Re: Re: Libertarians

    Yeah I read the article on RSS and popped in here to say, saying in regards to conservatives and libertarians that

    Silicon Valley is a very liberal place that doesn't always reflect their norms or values

    seems quite a lot more applicable to one than the other. While there are some ways in which Silicon Valley has (at least performatively) a progressive set of norms and values, in many respects (particularly economically and about broad structural questions) the mindset seems profoundly, often myopically, libertarian.

  • Jul 31st, 2018 @ 1:51pm

    Abolishing ICE isn't even enough

    And to think, the Democratic establishment thinks Abolish ICE is too radical of a position to entertain as a policy position. Frankly, I think we should abolish the agency and lock up the now-former members of ICE in their old detention centers, and pass firm laws preventing any such agency from ever existing again. Merely abolishing the agency, that's the centrist compromise.

  • Jun 24th, 2018 @ 12:21am

    Re: Meet Professor F@CK YOUR LIFE Finklestein

    Is your spacebar broken?

  • Jun 24th, 2018 @ 12:13am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    A better analogy than the "intellectual dark web" for Ayn Rand and now Peterson and others similar to him is probably the "intellectual Maevel Cinematic Universe"—shiny and well-constructed while you're following along, complete nonsense when you reflect back afterwards.

  • Jun 22nd, 2018 @ 4:06pm

    Re: left vs. right

    Yeah, as someone who *is* on the far-left side of things (inasmuch as something like a linear continuum can ever make any sort of sense for a topic as multidimensional as politics), it's constantly darkly amusing how right-wing voices are constantly decrying how downtrodden they are even as they increasingly get everything they want that's actually practically possible, while those same people they decry as terribly far left like Nancy Pelosi are actually inveterate defenders of the status quo who are engaged in an almost outright overt campaign of repression against even moderately left-wing voices within the Democratic party.

    I mean hell, since Canada is part of the conversation here, as a dual-citizen living in Canada it's always so baffling to me that the single-payer option is talked about by establishment Democrats in the U.S. like it's a pie-in-the-sky impossibility, as if it doesn't exist on the northern side of the border. And any Democrat speaking vocally about single-payer is liable to be ostracized by the DCCC.

  • Jun 22nd, 2018 @ 3:55pm


    Wait, WLU spreads Marxism? Shit, man, I clearly went to the wrong Canadian university, I really could have gone for some outright Marxism. Hell at my university I even got docked marks on a short essay once because I assumed passing familiarity with Marxism (specifically the philosophical lineage it's in regarding Hegel), and the philosophy TA didn't know what I was talking about at all!

  • Jun 15th, 2018 @ 2:12pm

    Wait, Vine?


    Err, isn't Vine long dead at this point? Seems like a bad sign in terms of how well they've thought this through, if their attention to detail is so bad they're citing social networks that don't even exist anymore.

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