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Comment: Stock inventory? (Score 1) 272

by biodata (#46703827) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?
Is this for your stock inventory project? If you want to do anything that involves keeping track of any goods or money or anything of value, then NoSQL is not necessarily the way to go. NoSQL is designed to keep track of value-less things like Twitter messages and Facebook postings, where it doesn't matter if you lose a few thousand transactions here or there. People keeping track of things with actual monetary value usually use SQL for the transactions, from what I've seen.

Comment: Re:Why not use GNU/Linux? (Score 2) 341

My guess is that the government cuts to the NHS have led to a situation where they do not have enough skilled engineers with time to support any change to the status quo. The current governing party is ideologically opposed to the NHS and is unlikely to support anything that would improve matters.

Comment: Re:Meat today - Soybeans tomorrow (Score 1) 545

by biodata (#46445481) Attached to: Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty
The thing is, it's very inefficient to outsource your diet to animals - have them eat plants and then eat them. If you just eat the plants yourself it take almost an order of magnitude less resources to feed you. We are used to a world where, when we need more resources to make food we just strip another load of primary forest, but there ain't much left any more. The population of the the world is only going upwards and the resources it takes to feed a person are becoming more of an issue. It only take one city to run out of food or water for a few days before we start to see how important this is.

Comment: Re:Animals only borrow water. (Score 2) 545

by biodata (#46445415) Attached to: Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty
No this is wrong thinking. Most of the water that is used to generate meat goes into growing the crops to feed the animals, and most of this is lost directly through respiration of the plants. The pee is neither here nor there. Outsourcing your diet by growing plants to feed animals and eating the animals is grossly inefficient on so many levels.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten