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Comment Re:Oh, really? (Score 3, Interesting) 1255

problem children are expelled

Which is great for the private school. but that just means the problem children end up at the public school. If the private school can cherry pick the students, they can probably provide them with a better education, but that doesn't remove the need for ALL students to be educated, problem or otherwise.

Comment Re:three words, one hyphen: (Score 1) 549

there was a regional grocery store chain where I used to live whose prices were consistently about 40% off of all major competing grocery stores in the area.

I call bullshit. Grocery stores run at about a 1 to 3 percent profit margin. Some individual items might be priced wildly differently, and a discontinued store (one getting rid of merchandise other stores can't sell) might be able to do a larger discount, but 40% off of standard goods just ain't gonna happen.

Comment Re:Not getting RDMS (Score 1) 283

It wasn't until some time later that the relational database was developed, with the idea that the database server would figure out the relations between data, rather than forcing the application to do that work.

That "some time later" was about 50 years ago. I think we can safely declare this "mature" technology that everyone can safely use...

Comment Re:Oracle = pain (Score 4, Insightful) 117

And before you ask - we're running the 6th busiest Oracle database in Europe - according to Oracle themselves - running across 4*128 SSD drive arrays at a cost of millions.. and for the 3 or 4 features we need to justify the licenses instead or designing our way out of the same problem, at times I really wonder about the hassle, especially when our data is so important and locked up into such a bloated closed up mess.

You might think such things as a fun fantasy, but you would be insane to actually do it. When it (say) turns out your home grown solution corrupts records spanning odd page boundaries, you will be quite sad as you and the one other guy who has a clue how your "clever hack" functions gets to work 24hour days trying to debug the problem, determine the extent of the damage, and try and figure out a solution. It is times like that when having thousands of consultants, and a major corporation with teams of dedicated programmers ready to jump on your problem (for a price, certainly for a price) is the only sane option. If you are really as big as you say, your data is WAY to valuable.

I may not be fond of Oracle either as a corporation or as a product, but there are reasons it rules in the enterprise DB niche.

Comment Re:The trouble is arrays, not strings. (Score 2) 594

Why was C so lame? Because it had to run on PDP-11 machines, which were weaker than PCs. On a PC, at least you had 640Kb. On a PDP-11, you had 64Kb of data space and (on the later PDP-11 models) 64Kb of code space, for each program.

Your relative comparisons are a bit off. The Altair from 1975 (the first versions of C were finished around 1973) had a whopping 1KB of memory. The mini computers of the day ran rings around what PCs there were, both in raw power and in memory.

Comment I read "Science" (Score 4, Informative) 337

I subscribe to the journal Science. While I admit the actual research articles might as well be written in Linear B, the news articles, and the in-depth sections in front are written assuming the reader is intelligent and educated, but just not an expert in the particular field. It is such a joy to read articles that aren't aimed at the lowest common denominator!

I'm sure Nature, or other similar quality journals, would work as well (I choose Science, mostly because I found a subscription card for them).

Comment Re:Things we've lost (Score 1) 662

We used to have variants of Pascal suitable for systems programming.

No. You might have used Pascal for systems programming, it was never suitable for it. C ate Pascal's lunch for really good reasons, and it has since drifted off into the irrelevancy it deserves. Google Kernighan's "Why Pascal is Not My Favorite Programming Language" as a start, the rest I leave as an exercise for the reader.

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