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Will Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Stay With MySQL?

rml1997 Re:How do you get cheaper than free? (245 comments)

Hell, it's not even cost effective to switch to another SQL database like PostgreSQL.

Can you imagine the downtime required to export Facebook from MySQL and to re-import it to another database? The users would go ballistic!

I don't expect any "earth shattering" movement by any of the big users in the near future.

I'm involved in a project that involves moving databases. We write each transaction to both the old and new structure using our data access layer, then export historic data and eventually, once we've verified the new system is working as expected, remove the old structure from the data access layer. This is the main reason data access layers are used.

about a year ago
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Windows 7 Sets Direction of Low-Power CPU Market

rml1997 Re:Might wait to see if this turns out to be true (369 comments)

Sounds like what intel have been doing to processors for years. If its cheaper to make millions of 1 better processor than more models but less volume of each, you need to differentiate on price to keep profit high and allow the people who would use the cheaper models still able to afford it. So they cripple some of the processors and sell them at reduced price. Its just the company taking advantage of economies of scale. If they couldn't, theyd have to increase the price of the lowest models to design them from scratch with reduced performance or reduce profits!

more than 5 years ago
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12 Small Windmills Put To the Test In Holland

rml1997 Simple (510 comments)

I'm an electronic engineer and I could have told you that the relationship between blade length and efficiency is non-linear. We learnt that at uni. People really need to get over their attitudes against the sight of large wind turbines. It is the only efficient way of doing this. Being a brit, large wind farms over here are a more difficult sell as we are quite limited for space, however several projects are being undertaken. In the states, you have the desert which seems a perfect area to locate your wind farms, dependant on wind levels. Get your hands off the oil :p

more than 5 years ago
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UK To Train Pro-West Islamic Groups To Game Google

rml1997 Definition of God (469 comments)

I'm writing a book on social provocation amongst other things. I personally use the word god a lot like UFO. By definition if I cannot identify a flying object, it is a UFO. Once it is identified, it is not a UFO any more. Using the definition of god as a system beyond our scientific grasp of reality, then I believe in god. A discussion of god providing further clarity and definition can then begin and change with the advancement of science. As a scientist and engineer, a common basic understanding between parties is necessary to prevent non-constructive argument. I believe this has led to a lot of the difficulties in the past, creating contradictory views. Stop it please.

more than 5 years ago
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Ubuntu Download Speeds Beat Windows XP's

rml1997 Re:Dual Booting - Speeds I logged (515 comments)

A Windows 7 beta comparison would be interesting. I bet windows is caching the file. As an extension to the experiment, I suggest plotting size of files would be nice to see, or alternatively, turn off the pc and see which you can recover the most data from.

more than 5 years ago
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New Font Uses Holes To Cut Ink Use

rml1997 Printing cost (540 comments)

Over the lifetime of the printer, the transistors will have to switch much more often, causing them to fail sooner and to use more power. Think of the children!!!

about 6 years ago
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Qantas Blames Wireless For Aircraft Incidents

rml1997 Re:Mythbusters anyone? (773 comments)

Depends on the frequency of the broadcast along with the power. Also depends on the shielding. I recommend using optical communications and Faraday cages around equipment. Prevents all electrical interference. That would make me happy.

more than 6 years ago
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T-Mobile Launches £2 Per Day Mobile Broadband

rml1997 Re:Expensive (184 comments)

You can get a similar deal here for around 10/15 pounds a month from most operators. The difference here is you are paying for a single day's usage.

more than 6 years ago

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