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Submission + - As Digg Struggles, VP Of Engineering Is Shown The ( 1

jamie writes: "Ever since Digg launched its new site design, it's been plagued with all kinds of trouble, not least of which is that it keeps going down. The problems with the new architecture are so bad that VP of Engineering John Quinn is now gone, we've confirmed with sources close to Digg. ... The new version of Digg, v4, is based on a distributed database called Cassandra, which replaced the MySQL database the site ran on before. Cassandra is very advanced — it is supposed to be faster and scale better—but perhaps it is still too experimental. Or maybe it'(TM)s just the way Digg implemented it (Twitter uses Cassandra, although not for its main data store, as does Facebook in places, but it obviously is not as battle-tested as it needs to be). Every engineer at Digg is currently just trying to keep the site up and running. Quinn was the main champion of moving over to Cassandra, say our sources. Now the site is taking a huge hit, at least in the short term, because of that decision and/or how it was implemented, and Quinn is paying for it with his job."

Comment IEFBR14 (Score 4, Interesting) 582

Mainframers have been using this most simple of all utilities for decades - literally. The Wikipedia entry on it has a good write-up about this (literal) do-nothing program. It's whole purpose is to provide a mechanisim to to exploit the various functions contained in JCL to create, delete, and otherwise manipulate datasets on mainframes.

The wikipedia entry is here:

Comment Re:When will people learn (Score 1) 155

> Even real MLMs are only just barely not scams


Some of them sell products that are only *theoretically* worth buying. Like those special juices that are supposed to be awesomely high in antioxidants (and therefore good for what ails you) because they're made from fruit that doesn't grow in North America. These are healthy, in the sense that, being fruit juice, they're much better for you than (say) pop; but they're sold at absurdly out-of-proportion prices that no honest sales pitch would convince anyone to pay. So yeah, they set off a lot of people's scam radar, even though they're technically legal (as long as the sales people don't make *concrete* fraudulent claims).

But there are also multilevel-marketed products that are quite good and markedly *superior* to what you can buy at the store. Not very many, mind you. But they exist. Tupperware is perhaps the best example. Sure, it costs more than competing brands, but it's also higher quality stuff. The lids fit better, go on easier, and stay on better. Also, until about ten years ago, all the major competing products were made from decidedly inferior plastics. (Lately the competition has improved considerably in that regard.)

Comment Stolen from Cryptogon: (Score 1) 13

You're probably sick of seeing this repeated on Cryptogon, over and over, but here it is again: An understanding of food is a gateway to potentially much better realities. In other words, there's no chance for a woowoo utopia, or anything approaching it, without understanding food. (And money, but that's a whole different can of worms.)

Everyone needs food. Only the dimmest bulbs on the strand aren't seeing that the industrial food system represents a clear and present danger to individuals and the environment. As the state stupidly tries to crush suppliers of delicious, nutritious and safe food, people become radicalized. For our purposes, radicalized means increasingly seeking out and paying cash or bartering for outlaw meat, raw milk, free range eggs, heirloom vegetables, etc.

Why does the state respond to people who sell homekilled meat in the same way that it responds to people who violently attack the state? If you think it has anything to do with public safety, you've already read too far. Stop now. Turn the TV back on.

It's because ubiquitous, small scale agriculture represents a greater threat to state power than armed resistance. Small scale and underground food economies defund the state's ability to kill and imprison people. Where's the state when you hand over cash, a bottle of homemade liquor, or some other fungible thing for your goods at a farmer's market or a farm gate? The state is far away, slowly dying as your network strengthens.

The person who feels empowered by supplying and/or consuming delicious, nutritious and safe food and then witnesses the state's fascist response, thinks, "If the state is my enemy when it comes to something as basic as food, in what other ways does the state threaten my security?"

That's it. Lesson learned. The floodgates are open.

Small scale agriculture is the foundation, the baseline requirement of any positive shift outside the useless political system. Small scale agriculture is netwar, and more effective at neutralizing fascism than violently attacking the state. So, start with food, and maybe some of the woowoo utopia stuff will follow. I wouldn't count on it, but I've been wrong before.

Comment Re:Quixotic business plan (Score 1) 401

How about let it compete on price. It would be extremely competitive if we stopped all subsidization of oil. And also recoup all subsidies to oil in the past 20 years. We can start with a tax to recoup the costs of the war in Iraq (I heard a figure of $420 billion but I am sure it is higher by now), and then once that is paid off we can work on others (epa regulation and cleanup costs, increased medical costs from smog, ect).

I know, its hard when your black and white world starts all looking a little grey.

Comment Re:And yet the public... (Score 1) 373

Ok, then one more point the environmental movement has:

Nuclear energy can not be regulated very well. On the other hand, wind and solar and everything else fluctuates _a lot_. So you have the permanent base supplied by nuclear, but just let the energy produced by e.g. stronger winds just go to waste? There are studies (the ones I know of are in German, sorry), that 24/7 energy is possible through using a broad array of different (renewable) energy sources, like wind, solar, water, biogas etc.
The advantage of water and biogas is that it is much better at adjusting to current demand.
So the way I see it, nuclear development would hinder the development of cleaner energy, as it would lead to certain amounts of it going unused, thus making it that much less profitable.

Yet this whole debate can hardly be held in slashdot comments, as it is much too complex.

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