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Comment: Re:Damned if you do, Damned if you don't (Score 2, Informative) 242

by Duke of URL (#26485973) Attached to: Coffee Can Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's

No matter what your mother-in-law says, you're not an insect. It is an insecticide of sorts and is a useful way for the plant to prevent insect problems. Caffeine has very different effects on humans.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffiene

And better yet, read: The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug

Comment: Re:Good Thing? (Score 1) 76

by Duke of URL (#15271347) Attached to: Oracle Patch Day Becoming Irrelevant
I'm not convinced that Oracle is doing a good (enough) job of testing their patches, or more accurately, they are not _able_ to do to a good job no matter how hard they try. Their support matrixes are huge, with many Oracle packages interacting with other Oracle software, along with the OS, and other vendors software. We caught a bug with a patch set, the first customors to find it. An older yet supported software version didn't want to play nice with a newer oracle application. I ment horrible service and a lot of downtime for our users. Unfortunately the problem only showed up under huge loads that we weren't able to reproduce in our test environments. Maybe Oracle should have more publicly available benchmarking software.. but maybe the marketing dept. nixed such ideas.

I wish Oracle would trim down their support list, and dump older versions of software from support. Oracle would be able to better test for strange and arcane interactions. Who knows, maybe they'd spend more time fixing security issues across their whole code base rather than in the one app a security advisory was published on.

If I have not seen so far it is because I stood in giant's footsteps.

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