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Comment Re:Dynamic Relational [Re: That's not how it works (Score 1) 225

Yes, it can use joins. It can do just about anything one can do with typical SQL and even use SQL (with some minor adjustments in the way comparisons are done).

It's not a new query language, I would note, but more of a new data model for tables (or table-like things). While I'd prefer other query languages, SQL is good enough, as explained in a sister message per learning curves.

I'll assume your dev/null comment is intended as a joke, and file my reply under dev/null.

Comment Re:Dynamic Relational [Re: That's not how it works (Score 1) 225

Think of it as a prototyping tool.

Let me clarify that. The proposal is to allow for a "loose" initial style, but a database instance can gradually be tightened as the requirements settle by adding various existence, type, parsing and/or lookup constraints. It probably cannot be as "tight" as a traditional RDBMS, but perhaps close enough.

It can be "loose" and "medium tight". Few other tools/ideas can straddle even that much.

(Throwing features at it could perhaps allow a really tight database, but I suspect there would be side-effects, such as excess complexity, and/or performance problems.)

Comment Re:Bubble timing (Score 1) 378

Computer technology has always been boom and bust, and therefore fairly likely to pop again.

The "Sputnik scare" created a spark in the late 50's and 60's, and then a lull in the 70's. Late 70's sparked again by microcomputers and Star Wars enthusiasm. Then the "game crash" in 1983/84 (remember ET-Cartridge-gate?) Windows/GUI's/desktop-publishing then sparked it in the early 1990's, and then the dot-com mega-spike, which burst nastily in 2000/2001. Now we are in the Mobile Boom. I expect it to either pop, or at least hit a lull.

Comment The ballad of Solyndra (Score 4, Interesting) 157

Solar power is showing a nice pattern of gradual gains and is becoming quite competitive with fossil fuel. As much as conservatives complained about the bungling of Solyndra, the govt's general investment in multiple solar companies sparked the industry and made solar cheaper.

China's gov't jumped into the field also, creating a kind of solar "space race", which cranked up the rate of R&D. It's a good "fight". (China was later caught under-pricing their solar products to drive out foreign competitors, but that's another story. I took a nasty stock hit due to that.)

Thus, even though Solyndra was a lost battle, it seems Obama won the solar war. Over-focusing on the failures has made many conservatives miss the bigger picture.

Solyndra was a really cool idea: paint the roof white and use regularly spaced solar-collecting tubes. It was especially useful for low sun angles, resulting in fairly even power throughout all seasons . It just didn't pan out because flat panels eventually got fairly cheap due to flat panel R&D such that flat panel INefficiency at low sun angles mattered less.

Comment Enterprise & custom hardware [Re:Good Riddance (Score 1) 160

It's not the they sell "bureaucracy", it's that they lock you in and charge too much.

Their products are indeed targeted toward "enterprise" applications, where you want stability and reliability, which is sometimes called "bureaucracy". If you are a smallish risk-taking start-up, then Oracle products are probably not for you.

However, Oracle's problem in the enterprise arena is that they gradually trick you into paying an arm and leg over the longer run. Now that MS-SQL-Server is focusing more on the high-end, and there are open-source products like PostgreSQL and MariaDB, customers are migrating to alternatives, at least their low/mid-sized systems. Oracle will bleed customers if they continue their vice grip ways.

I thought DB-centric hardware was a potential growth industry for them: custom-built database servers that are optimized for Oracle databases potentially could kick the competition's rear ends, kind of like how custom/dedicated neural net (AI) hardware is now "big".

But for some reason it didn't pan out and they are laying off DB hardware people. Any server hardware experts out there who can explain why AI-dedicated hardware is paying off BUT NOT dedicated database hardware?

Why can neural net custom/dedicated hardware kick generic server arse while DB hardware cannot? Is it something about RDBMS's in general, or does Oracle simply suck at hardware?

Comment Re:Whaaa! We don't want those jobs. (Score 3, Insightful) 288

If manufacturing jobs inherently made countries great (at all), then China and southeast Asia would be The Best. What made America great during the golden years of blue-collar workers wasn't manufacturing per-se, it was in finding productive use of a workforce which happened to be manufacturing at the time. Today, the economy is more focused on services than products[1], and we should be focusing on how to expand service jobs rather than easily outsourced and automated manufacturing jobs.

By the way, unemployment is below 5%[2], which is quite healthy. More important than jobs is that wages for all jobs are above a subsistence level so that people actually have discretionary funds at the end of the day. We don't necessarily need more jobs (although there's nothing wrong with having them), but we *do* need better wages. Adding jobs (and demand for labor) is one way of achieving that, but it's not the only way. Minimum wage is another. Capping CEO and executive total compensation as a multiple of company-average pay is another. And for what it's worth, I'm not someone who needs better wages, but I recognize that it's important nonetheless.


Comment Re:Of course... (Score 1) 78

I'm no mechanical engineer, but the S5 was both waterproof (IP67) and had an easily-swapped battery.

S7 feels about the same in-hand, though a bit heavier, has a glass back and a non-serviceable battery, but is rated IP68.

I have both of them in front of me. They're both great. But I'd prefer the S5's tradeoffs with regards to battery and water ingress.

Comment Re:For comparison (Score 1) 166

Fair enough but it is worth remembering that something like that usage comparison will be true at some point of whatever search does dethrone Google in the end.

The good thing about a search engine is that it is a tool that works equally well regardless of whether others have adopted it or not. This is quite distinct from tools that gain their value through some sort of interaction with data created by other users of the tool.


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