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Comment: Re:Compared to Azure (Score 1) 94

by bad-badtz-maru (#48021889) Attached to: Amazon Forced To Reboot EC2 To Patch Bug In Xen

You are right, I am failing to adequately communicate what I am saying. That a transaction can be retried is a byproduct of the atomicity requirement that a transaction fills. Retrying a transaction, because there is an ongoing problem with the database system dropping connections, is a sloppy hack.

Comment: Re:Legacy Systems. (Score 1) 144

I love this:

>> Searching for records first goes to the "safe" side. If no records found use legacy system. ...as if the system consists of a single query, so the solution is simply to scan the new system and then the old system. Versus the reality of ten bazillion queries and thousands of database tables.

Comment: Re:Not Qualified (Score 1) 113

by bad-badtz-maru (#47271079) Attached to: US Wants To Build 'Internet of Postal Things'

No, they are not qualified, and the project wouldn't be done internally. The USPS is a treasure trove of outsourced, poorly-implemented half-done years-late projects, such as Flats Sequencing System and eInduction. The whole entity looks like a gigantic money funnel to companies like Northrup and Accenture.

Comment: Re:The biggest problem with the Post Office can't (Score 1) 113

by bad-badtz-maru (#47270993) Attached to: US Wants To Build 'Internet of Postal Things'

And it's these 400 customers who demand delivery tracking. USPS performance is inconsistent across facilities and they are always pulling tricks like "unload incoming bulk mail and let sit for 2 days before doing an inbound scan". Those 400 customers want to know why a percentage of their multi-million-dollar bulk mailing arrived in the mailbox after the sale was over. That's what drives the tracking initiatives.

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