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Comment The Manga Guide to Databases (Score 1) 106


The Manga Guide to Databases is the best introduction to (relational) databases I've come across. It provides an entertaining and thorough overview of database terminology and concepts. I've used this book for years with junior engineers and interns who have all loved it, and the DBAs I've loaned it to were impressed by how much ground the book covers.

Comment Re:more information here (Score 1) 156

It also seems that there is two classes of EPIRBS, the class I activates automatically and the class II which is a manual activated device. If it was a class II device and they went down in a hurry there might not have been time to activate it either. I have no clue which type of device they had onboard.

If anything, it is certainly is a reminder that the ocean is still a very dangerous place.

Comment more information here (Score 3, Interesting) 156

I just googled a bit for further information about the ship and came across a rather interesting thread: http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f121/schooner-nina-merged-3-threads-105498.html

It appears the ship is equipped with an EPIRB that hasn't been activated apparently. Perhaps they really are just offcourse and not lost.

Comment Free vs Less Free (Score 0) 43

In computer science, there is a saying, there are three states for an option, 0, 1, or infinite. This basically means, no option, the option for one, or the option for some number greater than one of which any limit will be artificial in nature and short lived because it will not enough for some customer.

Freedom is like this. You have either no freedom, a very clearly stated freedom, or an on going battle for freedoms. GPL is option (1). This proposed license is, by definition, unfair, poorly thought out, and lastly, doomed to fail.

Comment Java, what a waste (Score 1) 405

I never really liked Java, I liked the idea of java. I *really* liked the idea of optimized bytecodes that could be JITed. Java was full of promise. It may well have gotten a C++ interface.

I wanted java to do well. It could have been a great thing. Richard Stallman was right, I suspected he was right all along, but I was optimistic that Sun would do well. When Ass Hole Ellison (AHE for short) bought sun, I knew it would get worse.

The last two reasons for using Java are tomcat and Android, and Android "java" doesn't matter much because it isn't even java byte codes. I guess tomcat could be replaced by PHP.

Comment This is exactly what BBC should do (Score 1) 487

They report news, and do it well.

It is virtualy impossible to, 100% of the time to 100% of visitors, get the time right. The computers time can be wrong. A laptop set to EDT on a business trip tp LA will have the wrong time and the user won't adjust it because he's only going to be there a day or two. Besides, he or she may want to quickly see what time it is at home. How on earth could you adjust for that? IP addresses registered in one time zone may be servicing another, so geolocation of IPs doesn't work. What's left?

It *is* a tough problem and 100 days is probably right and I bet they still won't ever get to 100% of the time, general computers and laptops don't have the technology to maintain locationally accurate time. Removing the clock is a "simplification" that removes an unnessisary work load and no user will be harmed and the service will not be affected.

Comment Vigilante Justice (Score 4, Insightful) 156

This is something I am troubled by on a regular basis. It is increasingly clear that our government and legal system are stacked against common citizens.

At some point, it will occur to those being prosecuted for sharing some songs on the internet and being fined for more than they'll ever make in their lifetime, that the U.S. is a dictionary definition of a fascist state where government is intertwined with corporations and industry. The real problems are the corporate executives that can do this crap with no repercussions. There needs to be repercussions. If the legal system doesn't provide a way to bring the fight to the door of the powerful, then I fear that the our society will break down to the point where citizens must be vigilantes to get any sort of justice over the prosecutors, politicians, and the people who run the corporations.

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