Terry Jones’ Barbarians: An Alternative Roman History by Alan Ereira is the writeup to the BBC series “Terry Jones’ Barbarians”.
Conan, The Barbarian by Robert E. Howard is a collection of all Conan stories.
Heaven’s River is the fourth part of the Bobiverse Trilogy, in which the original Bob finds a decaying alien megastructure, and investigates.
Peter Godfrey-Smith writes Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life, a book about the body, the mind and the life of Octopi.
Children of Ruin is the second part of Children of Time by english Sci-Fi author Adrian Tchaikovsky.
Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner is the story of the two Johns: Carmack and Romero, and the early video game culture and the genre of the 3D first person shooter.
The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy by Peter Temin analyzes the economical and political structure of the USA. Temin does this through the lens of the “Dual Economy” Model.
In ALTER TABLE for UUID we discuss currently proper way to store and handle UUID in MySQL. Currently it works, even in a performant way, but it still hurts. It should not.
(based on a find by Ruud van Tol, and several Twitter contributions)
(based on a conversation with a colleague, and a bit of Twitter)
Where I work, we are using MySQL a lot. The databases are being organized in replication hierarchies, and each hierarchy is a tree topology with a single primary and a number of intermediate replicas.
»If at all possible, we build databases so that the working set of the database fits into memory.« What does that even mean?
Das Kind möchte ein Programm zum Üben von Rechenaufgaben sehen. Nun gut. Hier ist eine Version in PyQt5.
When you insert data into a database and run COMMIT you expect things to be there: Atomically, Consistent, Isolated and Durable, like Codd commanded us 40 years ago, but also quickly. There is a surprising amount of sophistication being poured into this, but since I do not want to shame MongoDB and Redis developers in this post, I am not going to talk about that much in this place.
Where I work, we try to run databases in a memory saturated way. That is, we try to provide so much memory that the working set of the database is memory resident, or in other words, the number of disk reads after an initial warmup is no longer dependent on the database load.
The DBA experience at work suggests that every single schema at some point in its lifecycle holds a queue table. These are tables in which some processes (the “producers”) put rows, which a swarm of other processes (the “consumers”) lock and consume.
When people ask for my mail address, they usually get a personalized address from me. That is particularly true for all commercial email. So you don’t get to send mail to my main account, but to firstname.lastname@example.org, and that will end up going into INBOX.special.yourbusiness. At least until it leaks, receives spam or is otherwise burned. In which case I will short it out and route all incoming mail on that address to /dev/null. Here is how it is done.
Deutschland ist im Lockdown, die Schulen sind endlich geschlossen und es wird remote unterrichtet. Weil es Deutschland ist, passiert das in jedem Bundesland anders und uneinheitlich. In Baden-Württemberg verwendet man Moodle. Wer sich da drunter nichts vorstellen kann, kann es sich hier ansehen.
My son wants labyrinths. Ok, let’s make them like it’s the first semester.
Heise writes an introduction to bash programming (in german):