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Comment Re:I hope this doesn't compromise overall performa (Score 1) 83

A more typical usage is where there are many smaller queries.

Typical usage of what? If I have an OLTP system, for a transactional web based system, sure i'd agree. But if I am operating a data warehouse with fact tables housing hundreds of millions of rows, or trying to run largish reports on top of my OLTP system (say for state/fed reporting, or financial reporting), my "typical usage" is not many smaller queries.

The last two projects I have been on, turning on auto-parrallism in Oracle has made huge performance gains. Not just for reads, but also when enabled for DML, we saw a lot of our bulk inserts and merges ran significantly faster. And this was on SQL that didn't change at all, just our DBAs making a few parameter changes on the DB.

Comment Re:Antares: an outsourced rocket (Score 2) 85

Instead, we are likely to see Aerojet and possibly Rocketdyne merging with one of the smaller builders and then building a tug/depot, or perhaps their own form of a land-able launch system.

Not sure if you were implying that Aerojet or Rocketdyne merging independetly with a small builder, or if you meant the combined Aerojet/Rocketdyne merging with a small builder. Aerojet (parent company Gencrop) is actually in the process of closing on the purchase of Rocketdyne.

The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Submission + - Jury misconduct issue in Apple v. Samsung is over in 83 sec (

kupan787 writes: The Apple vs Samsung case has been covered in depth here, and the jury foreman's actions have been questioned. From Fortune:
If Groklawâ(TM)s readers were expecting Samsungâ(TM)s charge of jury misconduct to be the dramatic highlight of Thursdayâ(TM)s big post-trial hearing, they will be disappointed.

The issue did come up, but it was dispensed with, according to The Vergeâ(TM)s excellent live blog, in 83 seconds.

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Canadian Grad Student releases open source Star Trek Tricorder (

upontheturtlesback writes: "Another example of Star Trek technology becoming a reality. In light of the recent Tricorder X-Prize announcement, Dr. Peter Jansen has openly released the designs for a series of Science Tricorders that he developed while a graduate student at McMaster University. The Science Tricorders are capable of sensing a variety of atmospheric, electromagnetic, and spatial phenomena. Where the Science Tricorder Mark 1 is a relatively easy-to-build proof of concept, the Science Tricorder Mark 2 runs linux and resembles a cross between a Nintendo DS and scientific instrument with dual OLED touch displays. An exciting video shows them in action, and describes the project goal of creating general scientific tools for learning about and visualizing the world, as well as their importance for science education by helping kids ground abstract concepts like magnetism or polarization visually. The hardware schematics, board layouts, and firmware source are freely available on the Tricorder project website under various open licenses."

Submission + - Swedish teleco firms looking into block VoIP claiming losses in earnings (

An anonymous reader writes: Telia, a Swedish telecommunications company is now looking into possible solutions to block free VoIP services like Skype and Vibr, claiming the losses are beginning to take its toll on the total earnings. Critics are saying the companies have wrongly implemented outdated pricing models, the act could threaten net transparency and independance. In a new report from the EU body of European phone market, [url=]Berec[/url] , shows that more and more telecommunications companies will block their subscribers from using free services. The European Commission is investigating whether it is possible to prohibit the blocking of legal services online. (© AP)

Comment 6/10/4... (Score 1) 1055

At my work we have a choice between straight 8s, or 6/10/4 schedule. Personally, I like the 6/10/4, as I come in at noon on Mondays (working 12:00-6:00pm), and leave at 11:00am on Fridays (working 7:00-11:00am). Tuesday-Thurs I work 10 hours (7:00-6:00pm), for a total of 40 hours a week. Plus, if I ever want to have a three day weekend, I only have to use 4 vacation hours, instead of the traditional 8.

Submission + - How much does it matter where you go to college?

omission9 writes: "I am a software engineer with a decade of experience in the field. I went to a public
university. At various points in my career I have worked with people
that have gone to Ivy League schools as well as similar "good schools" such as Johns Hopkins and MIT. I know this because they enjoyed discussing this. Based on how few they are in
relation to the number of people with at least a Bachelor's degree I
would say the representation was proportional.
We had the same job, same skills and knowledge, made the same money.
So, I am wondering just what the advantage they had was? I suppose the
old saw about "ivy league connections" could be true but I have plenty of great connections just from being a nice smart guy that gets along
with people!
Seriously, are there some avenues in life that I simply don't know about
because I didn't go to the right school and are forever shut off to me?
If so, what are they?"

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