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Comment: Re:What now? 1 billion! (Score 1) 285

by SDrag0n (#46781085) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?
Honestly, you don't keep up with current events. I don't care for Excel but it has supported a million rows since at least 2007 but hey, let's pretend make statements from outdated data. 40 Mb of hard drive space is huge!

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/excel-specifications-and-limits-HP010073849.aspx

Comment: Re:So what (Score 1) 321

by SDrag0n (#45525769) Attached to: BBC: Amazon Workers Face "Increased Risk of Mental Illness"
I don't know why I took the bait in my previous reply (A bit of a rough morning I suppose). The point I wanted to make in the original post and did poorly at is this: The guy seems to feel dehumanized that he got a scanner which told him what to do and had an expected minimum rate at which to work. I don't know the specifics of Amazon, but in warehouses this is standard. You don't sit down and have a conversation over each item that needs to get shipped, you go get it and ship it out. While having an expected rate isn't always exciting, especially if you are feeling sick etc., typically the software telling you what to get is having you move around in some kind of efficient manner.

At the warehouse I was at, the system knew where I was (based off the last location I scanned) and would send me to my next location based on priority and proximity. What I'm suggesting is that nothing abnormal is going on. I'm sure hundreds of thousands of people around the globe work in similar positions. While it's not intellectually stimulating, I don't know if I would consider it dehumanizing.

Comment: Re:So what (Score 1) 321

by SDrag0n (#45525653) Attached to: BBC: Amazon Workers Face "Increased Risk of Mental Illness"
Way to throw out some racist bullshit. Am I white and male, sure. Am I privileged? Not particularly anymore than others in Indiana. I worked that crap job for 9 years, and I would have kept working it as long as necessary to support my family. Sorry I wasn't able to pick where I was born and my race so I could have the privilege of being unprivileged.

Comment: So what (Score 2, Interesting) 321

by SDrag0n (#45518313) Attached to: BBC: Amazon Workers Face "Increased Risk of Mental Illness"
I worked at a factory for 9 years. It sucked. A lot of people were "lifers" and would be there their entire life. In the warehouse we had a job almost exactly like that.

In a 12 hour shift you would walk around a giant stretch of belts and racks and throw things weighing between 2-40 pounds a piece on a moving belt. I would only throw things on the belt that had a LED indicator next to them with a number because *shock and fucking awe here* that was what was ordered. It was ridiculously hot in the summer (no air conditioning and the belt system was about 30 feet off the ground and heat rises), you walked several miles over the course of the shift in steel toes.

I didn't really like it because it tore up my feet but some people actually preferred to do that most nights. I didn't like working there at all so I put in a lot of effort outside of work and got a job in databases which I love. My point being: boo hoo. If you can't handle it, grow a pair or find a different job. I'm sure the special reporter snowflake felt very dehumanized because no one cares about you very much unless you show you are going to be around for a while and he obviously probably wasn't.

Comment: Re: READ THE MANUAL FFS (Score 3, Insightful) 372

by SDrag0n (#44267739) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?
There is such a thing as a database developer. You know why stored procedures are awesome? It's because letting a database engine use relational math properly can make thing wildly fast. The real problem is most application devs think they know all there is to know about databases but typically they barely even understand how an RDBMS work at a high level. With that though, don't let me stop you from running some query, copying a bunch of data across a network to load and process by an application, and then send some response back across the network to run another query to do something simple.

Comment: Oracle is a huge waste of money (Score 1) 372

by SDrag0n (#44267611) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?
I'm not very familiar with PostgreSQL but I can tell you that Oracle is a giant money machine. To do anything with Oracle is complex and so it takes "experts". Usually people who talk about how Oracle is the one and only true solution are people who have spent their life making a lot money off of "solving" complex solutions that didn't really need to be that way to begin with. My advice is to stay as far away from Oracle as possible.

Almost all of the junk they sell to execs is designed to sound fancy but is usually a lie. Guess what a "personal Oracle cloud" is? A machine that sits in your server room that everyone else calls a server. It's just junk designed to cost more money.
Censorship

Swedish Pirate Party Threatened for Hosting the Pirate Bay 164

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the protected-political-speech dept.
New submitter BetterThanCaesar writes "The Swedish Pirate Party and their ISP Serious Tubes have received a letter from 'The Rights Alliance' (formerly Antipiratbyrån, The Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau), demanding they cease supplying Internet access to The Pirate Bay. Referring to the final sentence on the four Pirate Bay profiles, they threaten with legal action if access is not removed by February 26. On her blog, party leader Anna Troberg calls the letter 'extortion,' pointing out that (translated from Swedish) '[i]t is not illegal to provide The Pirate Bay with Internet access. There is no list of illegal sites that ISPs cannot provide access to.' (google translation to English)." The letter sent (in Swedish). Update: 02/20 14:58 GMT by U L : richie2000 notes that hosting isn't quite right; they're just routing traffic to TPB: "We're not hosting TPB, we're just routing traffic to them. Just like an ISP. Serious Tubes routes traffic to the Pirate Party, so they're even more removed. But, last night, Portlane, one of the ISPs that routes traffic to Serious Tubes, was pressured into cutting their transit to ST, even if they were just a provider to a provider to a provider to TPB."

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