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Comment: Re:Rose colored glasses (Score 1) 208

by mattcasters (#48669467) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart

Continuous improvement is what you and many others strive for. It's also what the statistics show. However, this continuous slow improvement over a large period of time (sure: combined with incorrect media coverage) leads to our world view being largely incorrect. I still thought the whole of Africa was one long hopeless story of poverty, starvation, violence and disease. When I saw the actual figures it completely took me by surprise. The world is in many aspects a lot better than we think it is.
Now obviously good news doesn't sell so I guess we'll have to learn to live with the corresponding increase of BS in the news.

Comment: Re: Hadoop (Score 2) 147

by mattcasters (#48339759) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

And yet, data warehouse data off-load and outright replacement is one of the more popular Big Data applications right now.
The main driver is the prohibitively expensive storage, user license and "per core" cost of traditional databases.

There's also a fundamental questions hidden underneath the big data vs BI dilemma: how do you model against requirements (Kimball) when you don't have the requirements yet and you still want to keep all options open? Another one is how you can successfully open up PBs to end-users without breaking the bank and without a query taking weeks to complete?

Comment: Re:Hadoop (Score 1) 147

by mattcasters (#48339735) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

And if you want visual drag and drop ETL development and orchestration, use Pentaho Data Integration (a.k.a. Kettle). Comes in open source with an Apache license or professionally supported. Supports visual Map/Reduce development, integration with pig, scoop, oozie, ...
For SQL you can use Hive but try one of the alternative engines like Impala as well.

Comment: Re: Why at a place of learning? (Score 3, Insightful) 1007

by mattcasters (#48247407) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

It's a common misconception but fortunately you're wrong. Scientists do their utmost best and make careers out of proving other scientists wrong.
The scientific method of not trusting others and even more importantly not trusting ourselves to be right about anything has proven to work very well to better our understanding of our universe, better than anything else we've tried in the history of mankind.

Comment: Re:Wake me up when they release a new 1.x (Score 1) 100

by mattcasters (#40994957) Attached to: Amarok 2.6 Music Player Released

I disagree. You can still easily search your collection and adding to a playlist has become much better than it was in the 1.x days. The rest of the "monster" features you mentioned so trollfully are configurable, easy to disable with 2 clicks of the mouse.
I'm still on Amarok 2.5.0 but I'm looking forward to 2.6.

Comment: Re:Thank god we have the EU here in Belgium (Score 1) 130

As for Telenet is concerned: you can prie that 100Mb/s connection out of my cold dead hands. It's great value at a good price. Every time I go abroad (US & EU mainly ) I'm shocked at the bad performance of the networks compared to Telenet. I'm sure you're advocating more oversight and more competition and I sure don't dissagree with that. Just don't exagerate like that, it's not all that bad, trust me.

Also, fellow "Belgian", the EU laws mentioned in TFA are planned to be implemented as law at the end of this month (says the newspapers). The slow adoption is blamed on the slow formation of the Belgian government. So if you want to blame somebody, blame your socialist friends for fscking up your country, not NVA.

Comment: Re:Beginning of the end for KDE? (Score 3) 356

by mattcasters (#38951937) Attached to: Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

This has very little to do with KDE or the quality of KDE. I think Canonical simply sees too many people migrate from Unity to KDE so they distance themselves since it's not where they want to go.
I'll follow KDE to another distribution but I already have Ubuntu ppa's installed to automatically upgrade KDE to the latest stable versions so I don't know what the big deal is. When Canonical starts to actively block inclusion of packages like kde-desktop then I'll start to worry. In the worst case scenario I have a few hundred MB of worthless Unity/Gnome crap on my disk. I'll live.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe