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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

knwny Reasons why Oracle rules the roost... (102 comments)

...in big-scale implementations:

1. The existing high-profile customer base across industry domains which demonstrate high-availability, security, scalability and all the other attributes that organizations look for when choosing a database

2. Vendor lock-in due to the myriad Oracle-owner applications that are strewn across an organization's IT landscape

3. IT implementers who keep pushing technologies offered by the big-ticket ERP vendors such as SAP and Oracle

4. The technical support that Oracle provides for its installations

about two weeks ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

knwny Probably a false document (276 comments)

From the quoted article: "One reason the parchments have languished since then is their idiosyncrasy. They tell of people and places absent not just from Polo’s narrative but from known history. And they’re an awkward fit for the era’s known map styles—Portolan sailing charts, the grids and projections of Ptolemy, and the medieval schematics known as mappae mundi" Looks like this too will ultimately be attributed to bored late-Medieval period pranksters.

about 1 month ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

knwny Re:Maybe the aliens are just as religious (534 comments)

Adding more to the complexity that Hinduism already is: In many cases it is difficult to separate religious services from cultural occasions. For example, Hindu festivals such as Diwali and Holi have their origins in religion and in more traditional families they are celebrated with associated religious rituals. But most Hindus celebrate them merely as cultural occasions with Indians from other religions often joining in.

about 2 months ago
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Mangalyaan Successfully Put Into Mars Orbit

knwny Re:Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (173 comments)

So I still contend: it's not very fair to gloat about ISRO making it on the first try *now* vs other first-failures, when the other first-failures were so long ago.

What about Yinghuo-1 and Nozomi? They were pretty recent missions which failed, 2011 and 2003 respectively.

about 2 months ago
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Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

knwny Re: Why waste the opportunity? (68 comments)

And why not split it into a few more fragments for other terrorist/militant/organised crime/separatist groups across the world. There would be some collateral damage. But then who cares as long our countries are safe, eh?

about 3 months ago
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It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords

knwny Too many rules.... (116 comments)

Why cannot we force all websites and services to comply with a common password complexity rule? There is a wide variation in the rules that phone companies, banks, utilities and various online services enforce when I create passwords. As a consequence, it becomes difficult to decide on a password-generating algorithm to create and remember passwords across these websites/services. So, coming back to the question, can we not have a standard password complexity rule which every website/service has to stick to? Instead of those irritating, little info boxes near the password field listing different passwords rules for different websites, we could have a URL pointing to the standard password rules which in turn would be maintained by an independent organisation. Obligatory: https://xkcd.com/927/

about 7 months ago
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Ask Team Trying To Return 36-Year-Old Spacecraft From Space About Their Project

knwny Re:Never tell me the odds! (53 comments)

6. Send commands to fire engine.

What propels the spacecraft(please excuse my ignorance but then I am not a rocketeer) and how do we know that we have enough of the stuff to complete its manoeuvres? Also, what happens if the results of Step#5 do not turn out to be too positive. Do you have any alternate plans of using it for some other purpose...maybe crash-land it into the nearest planet/comet/moon while it keeps transmitting atmospheric measurements?

about 7 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

knwny Bhut Jolokia is a common ingredient... (285 comments)

..of many dishes from the north-eastern part of India. Contrary to the cuisines from other parts of India which are rich in spices and condiments, food preparations in the north-eastern states are generally low on spices and one of the ways to counter this is to include generous amounts of Bhut Jolokia. Having had my share of many of these fiery tastes, I prefer my peppers the Bhut Jolokia way.

about 8 months ago
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California Sends a Cease and Desist Order To the Bitcoin Foundation

knwny Satoshi Nakamoto foresaw this (396 comments)

This is precisely the reason why we will never know who Satoshi Nakamoto is.

about a year and a half ago

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Mangalyaan successfully put into Mars orbit

knwny knwny writes  |  about 2 months ago

knwny (2940129) writes "India's Mars satellite Mangalyaan was successfully placed into orbit around Mars early on Wednesday following a 10-month journey from Earth. India thus joins the U.S., the European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union in having successfully completed a Mars mission. It is however the only one to have done so on the first attempt. Headed by the Indian space agency ISRO, Mangalyaan was made in 15 months at a cost of just around 70 million USD crore — the cheapest inter-planetary mission ever to be undertaken."
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Plans to introduce FTTH in top 20 Indian cities

knwny knwny writes  |  about 2 months ago

knwny (2940129) writes "Sterlite Industries are finalising the 'proof of concept' of a project to provide fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services to urban households across the top 20 Indian cities. The company claims that the network and services to end consumers would be similar to the Google Fibre project but the major difference lies in its plans to tie up with mobile operators for last-mile connectivity. Sterlite Industries is initially looking to hook up a million homes by 2016 across Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Chennai but the proposed speeds of 20 to 50 Mbps are definitely a long way off from the 1 Gbit/s speeds that Google Fibre provides."
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The debate ends - Siphons work due to gravity and not atmospheric pressure

knwny knwny writes  |  about 7 months ago

knwny (2940129) writes "Peeved by the widespread misconception that siphons work because of atmospheric pressure, physics lecturer Dr. Stephen Hughes, wrote a mail to the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary(OED) pointing out the error. To back his claim, Dr.Hughes tested a siphon inside a hypobaric chamber to check if changes in atmospheric pressure had any effect on the siphon and demonstrated that gravity and not atmospheric pressure was the driving principle. The paper detailing his experiment was published in Nature. The OED spokesperson responded saying that his suggestions would be taken into account during the next rewrite."
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Indian government continues censoring online content

knwny knwny writes  |  about a year ago

knwny (2940129) writes "The Indian government continues to curb internet freedom in the country by censoring access to online content and this time it is targeting porn sites. The Department of Telecom(DoT) has issued an order directing ISPs to block access to 40-odd websites which host pornographic content. The blocked sites include some file and image hosting sites which primarily host non-pornographic content. The move reeks of high-handedness since the DoT has not specified any reason or law under which the order was issued."
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Nationwide snooping system launched in India

knwny knwny writes  |  about a year and a half ago

knwny (2940129) writes "The Times of India reports:
India has launched a wide-ranging surveillance program that will give its security agencies and even income tax officials the ability to tap directly into e-mails and phone calls without oversight by courts or parliament, several sources said."

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Indian FOSS evangelist Atul Chitnis dead at 51

knwny knwny writes  |  about a year and a half ago

knwny (2940129) writes "Atul Chitnis, the man who popularized open software in India died on 3rd June of intestinal cancer. As a technology mentor, writer and public speaker he promoted Linux and FOSS since the late 1980s through his association with various tech magazines and conferences. He introduced Linux to thousands of PC Quest magazine readers by convincing them to carry the first ever Linux distribution in India on its cover CD in 1996."
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