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Comment Re:Larry Ellison Doesn't BS (Score 1) 133

For example, a DBA should keep up with how much diskspace each database is taking. Warnings will show up on an Oracle DB when it reaches the limit. MS SQL just allows the DB to grow automatically. That seems more management friendly until the entire disk fills up (with no warning). Then it's more complicated to solve.

You're doing it wrong.

MS Support isn't great. From my experience (and your mileage may vary), though we had Enterprise Support, they were often slow to respond. It would sometimes take a week for them to acknowledge that they received and understood our problems. And often they offered no real solution. For example, one night the SQL Server went down for no reason. The server didn't go down, but the SQL server stopped responding until we rebooted the whole server. When I left I don't think they ever figured out why it would randomly shut down.

Really? We logged a ticket with Oracle about a problem with their 10g OLEDB components, where it was giving the wrong DefinedSize for NCHARs. Initially they said it wasn't a problem, but 18 months later when my manager escalated the issue (on their advise!) they finally admitted they had an issue. Sadly, we were told that they couldn't implement the fix in 10g because it was outside of their fix lifecycle. But remember: we reported the issue 18 months ago, when 11g had only been on the market for a short time.

I've seen nothing but bad support from Oracle, and I'm not the only one. Oracle support sucks balls. MS Support, on the other hand, has been nothing but excellent for us when we have issues with SQL Server.

Comment Re:No kidding (Score 1) 378

An innovative product is something that is new and different. It is something that people didn't think about before but now go "Oooo, I see a use for that." For example the microwave was an innovative product. It cooked food in a completely different way, using a different technology.

The Microwave oven was invented when Percy Spencer realised that his active radar set was melting his chocolate bar. Radar was discovered independently by eight different powers, but was based on the invention of the radio. The radio was invented by Thomas Edison when he noticed high frequency electromagnetic waves while experimenting with his Acoustic telegraph. The acoustic telegraph could not have been invented without the pioneering discovery of Heinrich Hertz, who was the first to discover the photoelectric effect, and later developed the first dipole receiver. Hertz could not have made this discovery without the work of Michael Faraday, who discovered electromechanical induction. Without the work of Simon Ohm on the discovery of electromotive force, he probably wouldn't have got that far, but only after Wilhelm Weber improved upon Johann Schweigger's newly invented galvanometer. Probably skipping a few steps up the chain, but these developments could not have occured without the discovery by Alessandro Volta of the electric battery. William Watson and Benjamin Franklin discovered electrical potentials, without which none of the preceding could have occurred. In fact, you can go right back to Gerolamo Cardano who was the first to have really discovered electricity in the 16th Century.

My point here, is that all inventions and innovation is built on work that proceeds it. That includes the iPhone. That innovation is something that is so totally original and isolated from all other inventions is ridiculous, as I think that my potted history of the Microwave Oven shows. Thus, the iPhone, which builds on and brings together a lot of different technologies, is a truly innovative device.

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