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MariaDB 10 Released, Now With NoSQL Support

Amadodd Re:NoSQL is just a vague term (103 comments)

Case well made for NoSQL - it's a great fit for 0.001% of use cases.

about 9 months ago

Plasmonic Nanostructures Could Prove a Boon To Solar Cell Technology

Amadodd I will believe it when I can buy it (107 comments)

If I had a dollar for every time a uni came up with a new solar cell. The reality is that most of what you can buy is stil monocrystalline silicone, same as 50 years ago. Why is nothing commercialised?

about a year ago

Oracle Claims Dramatic MySQL Performance Improvements

Amadodd MySQL in-memory speed (168 comments)

Slightly off-topic, but I recently had the oppurtunity to test the speed of a MySQL in-memory database. I have some frequently queried read-only data that simply would not handle the load in MS SQL and was looking for an in-memory solution. MySQL provided the simplest implementation - simply tell the table to use memory storage and configure the server to allow the amount of data you want to host (~250MB in this case). You also have to remember to reload the data from normal InnoDB tables every time you restart the server. I used the same table structures, keys indexes and stored procedures (almost the same) to query the data and linked it through MS SQL so that my applications never new the difference. On exactly the same hardware the speed increase was at least 50X over MS SQL.

more than 2 years ago

Radar Beats GPS In Court — Or Does It?

Amadodd GPS speed not accurate 100% of the time (369 comments)

How the court can even consider comparing stationary technology that operates up to a few hundred meters with something that is 20,000 kilometers away traveling at 14,000 km/h is beyond me. GPS accuracy is effected by builings, mountains, etc.

more than 5 years ago

$18M Contract For Transparency Website Released — But Blacked Out

Amadodd From the contract... (384 comments)

...compelling data visualizations and tools for customizable visualizations and widgets...we have rich expertise in knowing how users can best view and comprehend data...codify the incoming data-stream into cohesive, relevant data points...and they are building it on Sharepoint. I guess the USA will get a lot of web 2.0 stats, etc. but will you be able to see who got that contract for fitting the golden faucets in the governor's loo, and how much they were paid?

more than 5 years ago

Linux-Friendly Label Printer Recomendations?

Amadodd Re:Zebra (188 comments)

The Zebra printers have built in barcode fonts, no need to buy another printer or seperate fonts. A typical line of EPL code looks like [font],[position],[texttoprint], where the font can be any number of barcode fonts built into the printer firmware. Printing a barcode ends up using about 30bytes, much faster than sending the barcode as raster image, and works the same on any OS.

more than 5 years ago

Average User Only Runs 2 Apps, So Microsoft Will Charge For More

Amadodd Re:Solitaire (842 comments)

They already fsckd up Freecell in Vista. Luckily you can still copy the older version over from XP. Probably violated their license agreement doing that as well.

more than 5 years ago

Phantom OS, the 21st Century OS?

Amadodd WinFS all over again? (553 comments)

Isn't this what Microsoft wanted to do with WinFS? Bold idea, but little difficult to implement?

more than 5 years ago

Bionic Hand Makes it to Market

Amadodd Re:Uh-oh (159 comments)

Why does everything these days have to be prefixed with an i?

more than 7 years ago



Satellites track Mexican kidnap victims with chips

Amadodd Amadodd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Amadodd (620353) writes "Reuters is currently running a story about Mexicans being duped into believing under-the-skin RFID implants will allow them to be tracked by satellite: Wealthy Mexicans, terrified of soaring kidnapping rates, are spending thousands of dollars to implant tiny transmitters under their skin so satellites can help find them tied up in a safe house or stuffed in the trunk of a car.. High-tech snakeoil salesmen."


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