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Comment: Re:My father is a retired corporate pilot . . . (Score 1) 108

by pigiron (#47930549) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

A problem the much safer Lockheed L-1011 solved by only putting the air intake on the leading edge of the rear stabilizer and putting the third engine down in the fuselage and more in-plane with the two wing engines.

The DC-10's name was changed to the MD-11 in order to distance itself from the hugely bad reputation the DC-10 had earned.

The safety statistics quoted above are bogus as they count a single death the same as this infamous one of Flight 191 which killed everyone on board when an engine fell off the plane during takeoff from O'Hare:

http://www.super70s.com/Super7...

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

by pigiron (#47872725) Attached to: UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

"There are plenty of use cases where ACID compliance is ridiculous, such as most banking transactions."

I (and my minions) have been applying relational transaction solutions to banking problems for 35 years and your statement is total and utter nonsense. Almost all banking transactions require rigorous application of ACID in order to ensure that there is no double accounting for the same transaction.

You don't know WTF you are talking about.

Comment: And the winner will still be... (Score 1) 105

by pigiron (#47857307) Attached to: Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

the architecture that can achieve the fastest speed on complex relational joins.

You remember normalized tables and joins of course because they aren't going away since they are the only program constructs that are remotely built on the solid foundation of real math set theory

AND they aren't even Turing machines!!! LOL.

Comment: Re:Pick a different job. (Score 2) 548

by pigiron (#47722941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

"Programming isn't a profession like law or medicine. It's a skilled trade like plumbing, masonry, or electrical work."

I worked under the impression that it would be something akin to being a skilled tool & die maker when I learned to code Fortran, circa 1973, for an upper division class for statistical analysis of econ data. I was subsequently proved right when I started working professionally as a financial analyst in 1980 using Fortran, SAS, and an early relational database management system.

I made a ton more money in my career than any tool & die maker ever did though I moved around a lot like a professional welder might.

As for the OP's original question, my first big mistake was not modularizing my early long Fortran programs into subroutines. Fave languages are fully functional interpreters with dynamic typing and code that in itself can create immediately executable code like a LISP 1. PS - HTML are really just a special case of S-expressions and rows in relational normalized tables map pretty easily to lists too.

Get hold of portable property. -- Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"

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