We’re pretty happy with SQLite and not urgently interested in a fancier DBMS

Every once in a while, someone suggests that beets should use a “real database.” I think this means storing music metadata in PostgreSQL or MySQL as an alternative to our current SQLite database. The idea is that a more complicated DBMS should be faster, especially for huge music libraries.

The pseudo-official position of the beets project is that supporting a new DBMS is probably not worth your time. If you’re interested in performance, please consider helping to optimize our database queries instead.

There are three reasons I’m unenthusiastic about alternative DBMSes: I’m skeptical that they will actually help performance; it’s a clear case of premature optimization; and SQLite is unbeatably convenient for desktop applications like beets.


Many people assume that Postgres or MySQL must be faster than SQLite. But performance depends on the workload, and SQLite is a great match for the beets workload.

Specifically, serious client–server DBMSes are great for web applications, where

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GNU Screen v.4.4.0

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Amadeusz Sławiński


GNU Screen v.4.4.0


Sun, 19 Jun 2016 22:52:10 +0200
Hello everyone,

I’m announcing availability of GNU Screen v.4.4.0

Do note that there was fix to screen message structure field
responsible for $TERM handling, which makes it impossible to attach to
older versions (hence minor version bump).

* Support up to 24 function keys
* ‘logfile’ command, starts logging into new file upon changing
* Fix runtime issues

For full ist of changes see

For more information about GNU screen visit:

Release is available for download at:
or your closest mirror (may have some delay)

Please report any bugs or regressions.

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Ethereum Debate Marred By Second Digital Currency Heist

Thursday’s new of a $50 million heist of digital currency at Ethereum. was followed today be reports of a second heist from the DAO, according to the Bitcoin News Service — this one for just 22 Ether. “It appears this is just someone who wanted to test the exploit and see if they could use it to their advantage… ” Slashdot reader Patrick O’Neill writes:
The currency’s community is currently debating a course forward for a currency who is built on the idea that it is governed by software and not human beings. One option is to fork the code, another is to do absolutely nothing at all.”

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, posted Sunday that “Over the last day with the community’s help we have crowdsourced a list of all of the major bugs with smart contracts on Ethereum so far, including both the DAO as well as various

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An Open Letter (The DAO Attacker)

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To the DAO and the Ethereum community,

I have carefully examined the code of The DAO and decided to participate after finding the feature where splitting is rewarded with additional ether. I have made use of this feature and have rightfully claimed 3,641,694 ether, and would like to thank the DAO for this reward. It is my understanding that the DAO code contains this feature to promote decentralization and encourage the creation of “child DAOs”.

I am disappointed by those who are characterizing the use of this intentional feature as “theft”. I am making use of this explicitly coded feature as per the smart contract terms and my law firm has advised me that my action is fully compliant with United States criminal and tort law. For

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Simple Contracts are Better Contracts: the Meltdown of the DAO

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Delete Or Update All Adobe Flash Player Instances, Experts Warn

An anonymous reader quotes an article from BankInfoSecurity:
Security experts are once again warning enterprises to immediately update — or delete — all instances of the Adobe Flash Player they may have installed on any system in the wake of reports that a zero-day flaw in the web browser plug-in is being targeted by an advanced persistent threat group…. The bug exists in Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions — running on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS — and “successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.”

Thursday Adobe released an updated version of Flash patching 36 separate vulnerabilities, including the critical vulnerability which “if exploited would allow malicious native-code to execute, potentially without a user being aware.” While applauding Adobe’s quick response, researchers at Kaspersky Lab say it’s already been exploited in Russia, Nepal, South Korea, China, India, Kuwait

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