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TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

Posted by samzenpus
from the security-theater dept.
3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.

Comment: Re:Steve and his FUD (Score 1) 514

by DoChEx (#32949318) Attached to: Nokia and RIM Respond To Apple's Antenna Claims

The point of Antennagate is spin, to try and include all smartphones that had a demonstrable antenna problem into the same category thereby removing Apple from the spotlight and the story; moving the focus to a more general antenna issue. They're now trying to gain control over the propaganda war and the publics' perception of the problem. Even using '-gate' is part of it, it's such a cliché, it give the whole thing a more boring appearance, since everything these days now end's in '-gate'.

The problem is people want Apple's blood for some reason???

Comment: Some genereal rules (Score 1) 291

by DoChEx (#32849254) Attached to: Good Database Design Books?

The smaller the data set the more Normalize the database can be structured without a noticeable loss in performance. Large data, (what large is depends on the DB software) lets say 10+ million, then the less normalization the better.

Come up with a naming convention and stick to it. Include a description of the table/fields use in the data dictionary, helps to keep stuff documented.

All tables should have a unique primary key.

Only use a single field as the primary key so table join are fast. Reverse order number PK indexes if the DB supports them.

Only add indexes based off real SELECT statements and not just for the sake of it.

Store the data and indexes on different drives, the same with the undo files or archive logs. This will help load balance IO performance.

Archiving is the key to keeping large data sets manageable.

Figure out the average size of a record in a table then configure the block storage to hold the most amount of them without creating fragmented records. Meaning a record stored in 2 db blocks is very cost to look up when it should be stored in just one. You also want to minimize the white space in a DB block so it doesn’t waist space.

Rebuild indexes regularly for tables that change a lot

Indexes on fields with low cardinality doesn't help much, unless you have bitmap indexes.

Comment: Laptop Sleep Cause Flash to hange in FF (Score 1) 261

by DoChEx (#32662102) Attached to: Firefox 3.6.4 Released With Out-of-Process Plugins

I've been running FF 3.6.4 for a 2 week now, download a beta, now the release one and on my laptop when I have a couple of YouTube videos open, if I put my laptop into sleep mode and when I come back all the pauses videos have frozen, they loop 4 frames.

Don't know if this is Flash or FF as both updated around the same time! It's very annoying

Comment: The end of Ubisoft (Score 1) 377

by DoChEx (#28849713) Attached to: Ubisoft Working On a New Anti-Piracy Tool

.. I won't shed a tear. As pointed out not, they have no games of worth. I enjoyed Assassin's Creed enough that'll I get the squeal. But they have no other titles of worth. Stop making games for the PC if you're worried about Piracy. But it's your lack of a good product that will be the death of you not the cold steal of the Pirate.

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