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Comment: Re:wait a minute here... (Score 2, Insightful) 346 346

The alternative is that capitalism works, but can take some time.

Microsoft has a lot of cash which is why it is still so strong. It's current products are coming under increasing pressure from open source, the web etc. So this may not last forever - unless of course they get a bailout.

Comment: Re:Normalization doesn't exist to save disk space (Score 1) 267 267

And, uh, I have the pleasure of working now with a huge data warehouse that hasn't normalized status codes, so instead of quickly searching for an integer, the queries run slow as hell scanning char fields. It's not good.

That's a problem that can easily be fixed. Replace the char fields with the int's you so crave, maybe adding any missing indexes (indices?)

Do it once and enjoy the results (and speed) forever.

Any programming language is at its best before it is implemented and used.