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Comment: Postgres to Netezza (Score -1) 147

by dankasak (#48339859) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?
I'd push Postgresql to its limits, with an "impressively spec'd" machine ( ie > 100GB RAM, SSDs ) before purchasing anything else. This is more than enough for most people who think they need a data warehouse appliance. From there, I'd switch to Netezza, for a number of reasons, including Netezza being based on Postgresql ( so the porting effort is not *too* large ). It's also a LOT cheaper than other data warehouse appliances. The hardware is very impressive, and it's very simple to use and optimise. As for ETL tools, I avoid pre-packaged ETL tools like the plague. Roll something yourself - it's not that hard. If you're after some professional consultants, I work in this field. My blog: ... which has details of getting the ( free ) Netezza emulator VM working on Linux. My employer: ... we have an ETL framework that targets Netezza ( amongst other DBs ).

Comment: Perl + Gtk3, baby :) (Score -1) 281

I've been building open-source classes for Forms, Datasheets, and Reports for many years now. Check out my stuff on CPAN: I primarily use Gtk+ and Perl. The libraries on CPAN use Gtk2, but I've got Gtk3 ports ready to release now. The amazing advantage to moving to Gtk3 for me is the 'broadway' HTML5 backend. Email me @ and I'd be happy to work with you on this.

Comment: Wrong in so many ways (Score -1) 337

by dankasak (#44852897) Attached to: Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole
- We live in a 4-dimensional universe, NOT a 3-dimensional one. Perhaps someone is forgetting time??? - A hypersphere is a 4-dimensional sphere, not a 3-dimensional one. Also the idea that 'space is expanding' is absurd ( and this study perpetuates this idea by claiming they've discovered an explanation for it ). Space is not absolute; it's relative. To say that space is 'expanding' in this context means nothing. The RELATIVE distances of objects to each other may be changing. This is not the same thing as space expanding. Is there something *beyond* the furthest reach of space, that space is now approaching? It's a ridiculous thing to say.

Comment: Re:Not looking for organic produce to be better (Score 0, Interesting) 305

Why the hell would anyone buy organic produce from China? People who choose organic are also usually choosing local produce, for similar reasons ( environmental impact ). Certainly I only buy local ( when I can't source the food from my own organic garden ).

Comment: Re:We can learn from the termites how to fix Socie (Score -1) 158

by dankasak (#40785977) Attached to: "Exploding" Termite Species Discovered
It's a good question, and unfortunately for you, the answer that is in the US, there is a very strong culture of competition, accompanied with a disdain for helping others. Think 'reds under the bed'. Also note the stupid wank who posted 'fucking communist'. People like that are EVERYWHERE in the US - the whole social structure is decaying. Many people still buy the whole 'if we just remove all restrains on corporations and taxes, everything will be roses and lollypops'. It will take some very severe shocks to shake people out of this mentality ... and frankly ... very severe shocks is precisely what the US deserves. Let's see round 2 of the internetional financial market collapse ...

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