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Comment: SQL for Smarties by Joe Celko (Score 1) 517

by SamuraiMike (#26215677) Attached to: Your Favorite Tech / Eng. / CS Books?

This was a pretty awesome book showing some of the cool things that you can do with set-based programming and SQL databases: medians, efficient tree-storage, and even string parsing!

The edition I read had a lot of typos, but they are generally pretty obvious. The author is also rather active in newsgroups, so there is a lot of supplemental information and the ability to ask questions.

Comment: Re:The hearty handshake (apologies to W C Fields) (Score 2, Informative) 91

by spevack (#25865673) Attached to: Red Hat's Max Spevack On Defending Linux Freedom

Expecting volunteers to carry 2/3 of the load for Fedora seems a bit much.

We don't *expect* volunteers to maintain 2/3 of Fedora's packages. That is just what the numbers ended up being, and they flux often as different people either adopt or orphan packages depending on their circumstances.

Comment: a bit of context (Score 4, Informative) 91

by spevack (#25865359) Attached to: Red Hat's Max Spevack On Defending Linux Freedom

I was thinking "I'll just check Slashdot and see what's new today" and all of a sudden I saw my name on the front page. I thought "what on earth am I doing on the front page of Slashdot? I haven't given an interview in quite a long time."

I realized that the interview was from Linux Format UK (at the end of the article), and checking my records, I can see that it a summary of an interview I gave at LUG Radio Live back in July.

Comment: Moore's Law: 16x in 8 years (Score 2, Informative) 169

by SamuraiMike (#25859625) Attached to: Bush Administration's E-Mail Deluge May Overload Archive System
It's been eight years since the Clinton administration. This is 4x the doubling period based on Moore's Law. While Moore's Law relates to transistor density, Wikipedia says that it's roughly similar to gains in disk storage. So in the last eight years, we could estimate disk storage gains of 2^4 = 16x. This doesn't get you all the way to 50x, but it cuts out a big chunk of the gains.
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+ - Fedora 8 (Werewolf) released

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Max Spevack writes: "The Fedora Project announced the release of Fedora 8 (Werewolf) today. This version includes GNOME and KDE live images (for CDs or USB keys), a general workstation version available on DVD, as well as Games, Developer, and Electronics Lab live images. The distro includes all the latest from various upstreams. Release notes are available, along with various downloading options."

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."