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Comment Re:He's got a couple keys to that kingdom, eh? (Score 1) 49

I regularly feel like the power of almighty Oracle is slightly overstated. SQL Server has a bad rap from around SQL Server 2000 and under but today it's pretty powerful right out of the box. With that said, I don't have any hard data to back it up, but my guess is its a lot of misconceptions and design flaws. Throw a giant team of people and a boatload of hardware at each solution and I bet you could get similar results, its just that people expect to spend a stupid amount of money on Oracle, not so much on SQL Server.

Comment Re:He's got a couple keys to that kingdom, eh? (Score 2) 49

Scope is important, however there is a common misconception that SQL Server can't handle anything bigger than a few Gigabytes. The largest single SQL Server database I've ever heard of is about 70TB. I'm sure 200TB would find it cramped but it also depends on how you're defining a database.
Technology

Ask Slashdot: Hacking Urban Noise? 474

b1tbkt writes "I live at the corner of one of the busiest intersections in my city (pop. 350k). Although I've replaced all windows, insulated, and caulked every square inch of the place, the fire trucks and cars with obnoxious stereos still regularly intrude on my home office. Most of the noise comes in through the windows. I'm considering mounting an oblong parabolic reflector in the ceiling above the windows with a steady feed of white or brownian noise directed into it (e.g., via a small speaker placed within the reflector) to create a 'wall' of sound that would act as a buffer to the outside world. Active noise cancellation would be nice, too, but that's probably more than I want to take on. I don't see any products on the market for this sort of thing. Does anyone have any experiences to share with similar homebrew noise remediation efforts?"

Comment Re:Paid for (Score 1) 398

>>>you could hit the start button and stat typing what you wanted

Typing??? What is this? The time before mouse inputs? You shouldn't need to ever use the keyboard just to open programs.

Don't worry, you can still do your click navigation.

Comment Re:Paid for (Score 5, Interesting) 398

Everybody keeps complaining about the interface. Really it's like it just opens the start menu on bootup. From there you can hang around the desktop all you want. I didn't like it at first but then once I realized that you could hit the start button and stat typing what you wanted, similar to the current start menu, who cares? PLEASE keep bitching about the same thing thinking it'll change. Thanks for your valuable input.
Music

Study Finds New Pop Music Does All Sound the Same 576

whoever57 writes "A study of music from the '50 to the present using the Million Song Dataset has concluded that modern music has less variation than older music and songs today are, on average, 9dB louder than 50 years ago. Almost all music uses just 10 chords, but the way these are used together has changed, leading to fewer types of transitions being used. Variation in timbre has also reduced over the past decades."

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