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Comment: Are you sure its Big Data? (Score 1) 147

by g8oz (#48340635) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

Don't confuse a regular data warehouse with Big Data. If Big Data is a "thing" your company wants to get into, it probably does not apply to you.

As for your data warehouse, MS SQL Server and is a good enough base to start with. IBM's DB2 is another underrated platform. Don't feed Oracle please.

Comment: Did black Africans reach America before Columbus? (Score 1) 276

by g8oz (#48073181) Attached to: Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

"While in Egypt, Musa explained the way that he had inherited the throne after the abdication of the previous ruler. He explained that in 1310, the emperor financed the building of 200 vessels of men and another 200 of supplies to explore the limits of the sea "

The story suggests that 13th century Malian emperor Abu Bakr II led an expedition that reached the mouth of the Amazon river before disappearing forever into the rain forest.

Comment: Re:If you have the opportunity (Score 1) 433

by g8oz (#47070537) Attached to: U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

Shame on you for believing the simplistic islamaphobic narrative......The jihadists have not got Islam right with their selective theology.
You're supporting their claim to the ownership of the religion...funny how hate can collaborate across enemy lines. The hundreds of millions of devout Muslims living peaceful lives - who are you to say that their faith practice is inauthentic?

Every theological argument that the jihadists have used from the Quran and Sunnah to justify mass murder can and has been refuted with the same sources. Religion is what you make it.

Comment: Re:Taking one course solves a "shortage"? (Score 1) 147

by g8oz (#46466017) Attached to: How St. Louis Is Bootstrapping Hundreds of Programmers

>>There is a 57.67% cost of living difference between here and the west coast. What people see is that we offer $40K starting where as the coast will offer $63K. Yet, they are the same amount as far as cost of living goes.

How is that rationalization working out for you?

Comment: Dominates in exotic places (Score 1) 280

by g8oz (#46323625) Attached to: Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

In countries like Rwanda, Pakistan and India it rules the roost. I'm sure many others too. The Internet is bigger than than U.S millenials. Their strategy of being on so many platforms (iOS,Android, Blackberry, Nokia Symbian, J2ME for dumb phones) really helped with the "network effect".

And don't underestimate the international angle. It's a globalized world, many people have contacts across borders, and they want to use their phones to talk.

For those talking about free SMS being a replacement, the killer user story here is the persistent group chats, with seamless picture sharing.

Frictionless signup (it just uses your phone number and automagically fills in your contacts) certainly helped too.

The behind the scenes story is that they extended XMPP to make it mobile friendly with proprietary customizations. I'd like to see a similar effort with the open standard itself. Then I'd like to see a mobile XMPP client open source project that makes quality execution on all platforms a priority. The Internet is being balkanized and the fight for standards based mobile messaging is the new battlefield.

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