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Interviews: Ask Rachel Sussman About Photography and the Oldest Living Things

jpkunst Cheating (35 comments)

Saying that colonial organism like corals are tens of thousands years old is cheating IMO. The colony may be that old but the individual polyps are not.

You might as well say that the city of Rome is a 2500 year old "organism".

about 2 months ago

Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

jpkunst Re:Consumers are fickle (242 comments)

Smarter people don't really care about a watch looking "classy" since that's just a euphemism for an embarrassing show of wealth

"Classy" only equals "expensive" for people who don't have class.

about 7 months ago

New Evidence For Oceans of Water Deep In the Earth

jpkunst Stephen Baxter (190 comments)

The plot of the SF novels "Flood" and "Ark" by Stephen Baxter is that huge water reservoirs beneath the earth's crust get released to the surface, which raises the ocean levels until all land is under water.

about 7 months ago

Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters

jpkunst Re: Land of the Free! (370 comments)

we have kind of killed off most of the natural predators.

A good thing that there is still one natural predator left: ourselves. PETA is unwilling to understand that humans are the current top predator.

1 year,22 days

1.8 Million-Year-Old Skull Suggests Three Early Human Species Were One

jpkunst Re:Surprise (168 comments)

There's this great myth in science, perhaps promulgated by the likes of Popper, that science is a series of revolutions terminating periods of retrenchment and even inactivity.

That's Kuhn, not Popper.

about a year ago

The Old Reader Will Stay Open To the Public Thanks To US Corporation

jpkunst Too late (61 comments)

Too late, I don't trust them anymore. I switched to Digg Reader and I'm not going back.

about a year and a half ago

Kick-started Remake of Leisure Suit Larry Now On Sale

jpkunst Re:Wonderful game (113 comments)

I don't know. I feel the narrator is trying a bit too hard to be funny.

about a year and a half ago

Physicists Attempting To Test 'Time Crystals'

jpkunst Re:Yuck (231 comments)

Score all "Funny" mods at -1 and Slashdot becomes a lot more interesting all of a sudden.

about a year and a half ago

Why Trolls Win With Toxic Comments

jpkunst Re:Why do they have comments on news sites? (298 comments)

Agreed. Comment sections on news sites quickly become playgrounds for internet psychopaths. My solution is to put CSS rules in my userContent.css to set comment sections on news sites I visit often to { display: none !important; }.

about 2 years ago

Walk or Run: Are We Built To Be Lazy?

jpkunst Re:Looking around me... (189 comments)

There's actually a hunting technique that's been used called exhaustion hunting, where people chased a deer or whatever until it collapsed from exhaustion and then ran up to it and killed it.

Still in use: Human mammal, human hunter.

about 2 years ago

Fedora 19 Nixing MySQL in Favor of MariaDB

jpkunst Re:Postgresql (116 comments)

You know what? These "just use Postgresql" posts in every MySQL-related story are about as interesting as GNAA or goatse. The mere mention of Postgresql is making me sick at this point. Is that the goal here? Are these posts actually part of an anti-Postgresql astroturfing campaign?

about 2 years ago

Bill Clinton Backs 100 Year Starship

jpkunst Re:100 YSS project is more than just a spaceship (299 comments)

They will have to breed, researchers looking into how many people did it take to originally populate north american continent (answer was about 70)

If I remember correctly, there is a Stephen Baxter story about a multi-generation starship in which newer generations come to believe that there is not really dangerous empty space behind the walls, that is just fabricated mythology to keep the rulers in power (or something like that). Perhaps it was "Ark".

more than 2 years ago

Sci-fi Author Harry Harrison Dies at 87

jpkunst Re:Don't eat the biscuits at the funeral.... (91 comments)

Note that the "Soylent Green is people" meme is from the film, not the book. In the book there is no cannibalism angle at all.

more than 2 years ago

The Games Programmers Play

jpkunst No games (163 comments)

I'm a developer, and I don't play any games. Total waste of time.

more than 3 years ago

Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts

jpkunst Re:That's not the professional term (487 comments)

Each city marker in the land of Limburg has the Dutch name, and the Limburgish name of the city.

This isn't the case in Limburg. Were you thinking of Frisia?

Individuals are also guaranteed the right to speak Limburgish with an interpreter for access to government.

Not sure if this is true. However, if it is, it's purely symbolic. There are probably a few very elderly native Dutch people in the Netherlands who don't speak standard Dutch, but the numbers will be so small as to be negligable. And I'm sure all of them will at least understand standard Dutch.

more than 4 years ago

Julian Assange Faces Rape Investigation In Sweden — Updated

jpkunst Re:Rape? In Sweden? (1017 comments)

You're assuming the point of rape is to fulfill sexual desire -- it's not, it's about wielding power over someone else..

That's the feminist/social sciences dogma. See Palmer & Thornhill, A Natural History of Rape for a different point of view.

more than 4 years ago



Are Relational Databases Obsolete?

jpkunst jpkunst writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jpkunst (612360) writes "Computerworld reports that Michael Stonebraker, who co-created the Ingres and Postgres technology as a researcher at UC Berkeley in the early 1970s, argues in The Database Column that the current major relational DBMSs (DB2, SQLserver, Oracle) "should be considered legacy technology, more than a quarter of century in age and 'long in the tooth'.". His prediction is "that column stores will take over the warehouse market over time, completely displacing row stores"."


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