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Comment Re:Wha? (Score 4, Interesting) 217

The customers don't benefit when the entire industry is harmed. Imagine Comcast and Time Warner metering Netflix to 1 GB/month while letting you use their own video services without metering. Netflix would basically cease to exist, and take their programming along with them.

This is why net neutrality as a concept exists - so that the delivery companies don't get to decide which content providers are allowed to exist.

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:invite more people in? (Score 1) 547

because they don't integrate. Even politicians have to admit that multiculturalism failed.

This seems to suggest a misunderstanding of what multiculturalism is. The clue is in the name, it doesn't presuppose integration, at least in the sense you seem to be using it, (that would be a monoculture), rather the side by side existence of multiple cultures.

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:So, the credit card company needs to sue? (Score 1) 138

They might be able to sue, but maybe not. The credit card company is going to have a pretty thorough contract with the retailer that accepts payments via that credit network. It probably covers this type of situation with specified recourse, whether it's a fine, arbitration, liability, etc.

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