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May 15, 2014

there are 12.7 million lines of code in MySQL

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there are 12.7 million lines of code in MySQL
j: Daily reminder: There are 12.7 million lines of code in MySQL

c: but is each covered in a test?

j: One big test

j: run by every user

As the kids say, "hue".

sslcacertfile > fingerprint on disk

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sslcacertfile > fingerprint on disk

You may be tempted like myself to just slam down the Gmail certificate fingerprint in your offlineimaprc configuration, but just don't. Instead, review this bad boy and perform the relevant actions yourself to get a Certificate Authority bundle installed on your OS X machine.

You'll need to point the cacertfile directive in your ~/.offlineimaprc file to /usr/share/curl/ca-bundle.crt (or wherever you've chosen to stick it). After that, offlineimap stopped complaining about the fingerprint for the Gmail servers wobbling all over the place.

import the sweet, export the crude

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import the sweet, export the crude

On Tuesday, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said that some of the surging production from domestic shale plays such as the Bakken in North Dakota isn’t suited for U.S. refineries. That could indicate the administration is willing to consider exports of lighter-grade oil from areas such as the Bakken, even as it continues to import heavier grades of crude for processing at U.S. refineries. - Loren Steffy

This "export the junk, import the good stuff" model works really well for the US. We offload our computer garbage to China, whose hand-pickers bring down the wrath of exponential cell growth on themselves (if they manage to avoid poisoning themselves with the heavy metals in our low-end garbage computers), and whose government imposes the burden of heavy metal particulate in the air on everyone in the name of endless economic growth. In return we get…the heavy metals back in elegant laptop chassis form. Or, take the biodiesel tankers plying between Brazil and the States - they ship us their top-grade biodiesel, and we ship them our not-quite-top-grade biodiesel.

Imagine: whole oil tankers passing each other in the night containing more or less the exact same stuff, but the EPA claims the stuff we're shipping to the "developing world" is just so nasty and pollutive. Solution? Ship it to the brown people, who in turn will ship us their fancy, low-pollution biodiesels! Our government agents convince themselves they're doing good in the world by reducing pollution, and the developing world gets cheap "oil". Awesome!

greece imposing 33% tax on their saviors

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greece imposing 33% tax on their saviors

The tax imposed on such capital gains is 33% for legal entities and 20% for individuals. - Anna-Maria Widrig Giallouraki

Greece issued many bonds a few years ago while struggling to remain a going concern. Governments typically don't tax the earnings on the increase in value of the bonds, the notion being that not taxing those gains makes them a more attractive investment for certain classes of investors. Amusingly, this retroactive taxation only applies to foreign nationals or "non-resident legal entities".

Greece has reneged on this commitment, and is extending the time window when these taxes are viable backwards in time to ruin the profits of everyone who offered them succor when they looked ready to fall over for lack of lending. Isn't it entertaining to watch the Eurozone shudder apart under the inertia of its own bad decisions?

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