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Comment: Re:Partial consistency is... inconsistency! (Score 1) 198

by joss (#47869859) Attached to: UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

Consistency is easy when there is a single non-distributed database. That's not always possible and even if when it is possible its not always desirable because it is an inherent bottleneck. I agree many many companies pretend that they're facebook and end up with NoSQL for stupid reasons (hey, if my website ends up with a 100,000,000 active users then a single db won't cut it...) but there are situations where availability is more important than consistency. Funnily enough, one of them is banking.

Comment: Re: Are you fucking serious? Tell me you aren't! (Score 1) 198

by joss (#47869813) Attached to: UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

> How could these not be important for banking is beyond me.

It's not that they're not important, its just that they are not the *most* important thing. Banks care about making money for themselves more than they care about anything else:

http://highscalability.com/blo...

Comment: Re:English isn't my native language, but... (Score 1) 134

by glwtta (#47750159) Attached to: 13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees
English is a naturally ambiguous language

What an odd thing to say. It's not any more or less ambiguous than almost any other language.

You do, however, need to apply a modicum of effort to make sure that whatever word slop you just barfed on the page is readable to others. Slashdot "editors" notoriously refuse to do so, though.

Comment: This is pretty damn silly (Score 3, Interesting) 115

by glwtta (#47634225) Attached to: Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?

This mission will put a new spotlight on Pluto and its âoedwarf planetâ status, potentially highlighting its current classification as a woefully inadequate description of such a dynamic and interesting binary system.

Ok, so it's a "binary dwarf planet" - can we tone down the prose now?

Comment: Re:Might not be as profitable as they think (Score 1) 322

by joss (#47624747) Attached to: With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

> That is the nature of competition.

In a situation with dozen's or hundreds of competitors it is, but without government enforcement cartels develop naturally and quickly (unless one company thinks it can bankrupt the others and become a monopoly). It's far more likely Nicaragua and Panama will come to an agreement.

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