Sep 032020
 

The astronomy community is on edge. The growing number of satellites streaming through low Earth orbit is making it almost impossible to get a clear view of the sky.  The true threat these mega-constellations pose to the astronomy community is only just beginning to be understood. A report released last week by the American Astronomical Society concluded that they will “fundamentally change astronomical observing” for optical and near-infrared investigations moving forward. “Nighttime images without the passage…

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Sep 032020
 

On September 1, U.S. District Court Judge John G. Koeltl, a Clinton appointee, refused to enjoin the new, more severe definition of a qualified party that was created in New York in April 2020. The old vote test was that a group had to poll 50,000 vote for Governor. The new test, effective in November 2020, is that it must poll the greater of 2% or 130,000 votes for the office at the top of…

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Sep 032020
 

Vacuum is one of the most important features for reclaiming deleted tuples in tables and indexes. Without vacuum, tables and indexes would continue to grow in size without bounds. This blog post describes the PARALLEL option for VACUUM command, which is newly introduced to PostgreSQL13.  Vacuum Processing Phases Before discussing the new option in depth […]

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Sep 032020
 

Enlarge (credit: Page Light Studios) Federal courts in the Chicago area have three times rejected government applications for warrants to force Google to produce a list of smartphones near two particular commercial establishments during one of three 45-minute intervals. The most recent ruling was handed down last week and was recently made public. The decisions are significant because Google has reported massive growth in law enforcement use of such “geofence” searches. Google says there was…

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Sep 032020
 

Enlarge / An Amazon Flex driver delivers an armload of packages in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec. 18, 2018. (credit: Pat Greenhouse | The Boston Globe | Getty Images) Amazon is working extremely hard to counter both internal unionization efforts and external bad press even as working conditions for its Flex drivers seem to get ever more desperate amid the persistent pandemic, a set of new reports reveals. The Internet’s biggest everything store has been busy…

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