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Comment RDBMS is a golden hammer (Score 2, Insightful) 272

The reason that NoSQL is necessary is that ACID is not the only thing that developers need to think about. RDBMS was an innovative solution to the limitations of mainframe hierarchical databases circa 1970. Since then it has been the only game in town (At least for most enterprise software. Some of us do other things occasionally.)

It turns out that there are reasons to do things other ways, and having other options allows you to consider trade-offs. For many applications eventually consistent data scales just fine. For some applications, both big and small, an enterprise RDBMS is overkill. Why not just persist objects to a document store? Or even the file system?

The research is interesting, although I agree that we already knew we could scale the ACID paradigm. The conclusion is ridiculous. NoSQL has nothing to do with ACID, and it brings a richness to the conversation that has been missing for far too long. Like the Perl folks say, TMTOWTDI.

Comment Re:It's not that surprising (Score 1) 328


Here is the about page from the site you linked to. Essentially they publish anything from anyone.

The cause of Parkinson's is unknown. Furthermore, several of the details about Mr. Ali's brain anatomy described in the article could only be determined by dissection. AFAIK, an autopsy has never been performed on the *still living* former boxer.

Wikipedia has a list of famous Parkinson's sufferers here. You'll note that Mohammed Ail is not only the only boxer on the list but one of the few athletes. Most of the famous sufferers are artists, scientists, or politicians.

Comment Re:Can I get a Duh? (Score 1) 717

The interesting thing to me is that they avoided oversight even though they didn't need to. No one can cite a case where the NSA asked the FISA court to let it do something and was rejected. No one can cite it because it never happened. The Bush Administration didn't circumvent this oversight because they had to, they did it because they actually believed that the laws shouldn't apply to them.

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