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Comment Re:Sanctions lifted ... (Score 1, Interesting) 229

The Chevy Malibu is a good example: the 2010 model was as good as any in its class and better for North American driving conditions than most of its European- and Japan-optimized competitors. I haven't seen the 2016 yet but early reviews are that is it substantially improved over the 2009-2011 type. There are many very good Big 2.5 designed and built models on the market that are competitive with anything (particularly in North America). Also some not-so-great models - which is also true of Mazda, Toyota, Nissan, etc (not even getting into the VW cult/mess). Toyota automatic transmissions? Woah, there's a great design ;-(


Comment Re:I don't know which I hate worse? (Score 1) 122

- - - - - I get that for high-traffic websites need a better scalable solutions than the traditional databases, and I get that you have to sacrifice some of the features of those traditional databases to do so. - - - - -

Whenever I read something similar to this as related to a database I immediately think that what is being sacrificed is transaction integrity and multi-user contested performance/scaleability, but that's just me.


Comment Re:Database of the year? (Score 1) 122

- - - - - Oracle is such a pile of shite it does not actually work unless you have a support contract. and even then, the features you use are likely to be abandoned without warning unless you are a major first world government (and probably even then, but I cant speak from experience on that).

That's funny. I learned Oracle when I inherited a midrange ERP/WMS system at a small manufacturing company that used a vendor-supplied 8i as the base. It pretty much just ran for two years under heavy load with just the basic DBA maintenance instructions provided by the ERP vendor in a 1-hour training. Meanwhile our peers in the software user group reported crashes, lockups, lost transactions, and extremely poor reporting performance on their MS SQL Server installations of the same package.

Over that two years as my staff and I taught ourselves Oracle, good performant SQL practices, and good reporting practices my respect for the DBMS and its fundamental design grew. I'm very, very skeptical about software and its vendors in general but by the time we upgraded to 9i I was (and remain) a very strong Oracle RDBMS supporter.

I do find that people who have self-trained on databases via Excel, MS Access, and MySQL have a very hard time with Oracle (and presumably also PostgSQL and DB2). I also have seen a lot of really bad, transaction-unsafe, non-performant MS SQL Server code. So YMMV.


Comment Re:Respect (Score 4, Insightful) 123

= = = Uber offers point-to-point route service without having to wait 30 minutes. = = =

Uber also routinely breaks numerous law put in place to protect consumers and citizens, often as a result of hard-won experience. Not sure what the legal or moral justification for that is, other than "I wanna".


Comment Respect (Score 2, Insightful) 123

That's a bit disingenuous. The motto of the "disruption" crowd is explicitly 'better to have your lawyers fight for dismissal than ask for permission', particularly when it comes to the structure of laws and regulations that have been put in place to protect the general population from damage and exploitation. How about a commitment by the technology-pushers to obey the law to start with?


Comment Re:You mean (Score 2) 128

= = = You're an idiot. If you're a Carrier network or large Enterprise, you have two options- Juniper or Cisco. Nobody else makes hardware that even comes close when you're talking routing and switching. = = =

A bit of an exaggeration, but reasonably correct.

= = =IF Cisco (or Juniper) were as insecure as you claim, the entire internet would have been completely owned long ago.= = =

I think at this point we have to accept that the entire Internet being owned is a fact, and probably has been since the first malicious sniffer was found on the backbone (around 1994 IIRC, although the memory is a bit dim). It seems reasonable to think that all the world's major sigint agencies have operatives/moles deep inside the major equipment and software providers and that all core infrastructure is cracked and spewing our information.


Comment Re:Long term: diesel is needed (Score 1) 313

Yeah, I'm pretty well aware of the geography and population census of the United States / North America. I'm also aware of the total fraction of the US/North American population that lives there (very small) and the questions that have been raised over the last 30 years as to whether it is possible to maintain human habitation there for anything other than specialized purposes such as mining towns ( ). Whether or not it is ecologically or economically possible to maintain the use of personal transit vehicles is entirely separate from the question of whether people live in certain areas of North America or prefer to live there.

But sure: some pure diesel vehicles as well. Heavy construction and heavy delivery vehicles will presumably remain diesel, and some passenger vehicles as well. As originally noted diesel can be manufactured from non-fossil sources which means it will be with us for a long time.


Comment Long term: diesel is needed (Score 1) 313

If we continue to have personal transportation vehicles (a big if), in the long run they will be a combination of pure electric (Nissan Leaf) and extended-range electric (Chevy Volt) - because that's the only sustainable set of transportable energy sources. However, the engine in the extended-range vehicle will need to be diesel rather than gas since we can manufacture diesel fuel from non-fossil sources. Therefore long run we really need better diesels with good efficiency and emissions controls. Volkswagen has managed to set this process back a decade. Thanks Merkel.


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