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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

tubs Re:Do you need a database? (272 comments)

When I read the post the first thought that came to me was "log files" - you mention date & time, a "number" of fields and "few" fields for reporting. It still sounds like a log file from everything that is said. Indeed, just change from POST to GET and you can use the web server logs :-)

But, why not build into the design that you may change the "backend" database without having to worry about what is at the backend?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

tubs Do you need a database? (272 comments)

Do you need a database to do what you're trying to do? Why not just write the information to a text file (csv or tab seperated?), and use other programs to query the data?

about two weeks ago
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Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

tubs The Peter Principal (312 comments)

This sounds more like the Peter Principal effect, people are being promoted on their pas performance, rather than on what they will do. You're a good engineer, you'll make a good manager ...

about 2 months ago
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UK Benefits System In Deeper Trouble?

tubs Re:Really??? (266 comments)

Is your real name Ian Duncan Smith? That's his argument - they're not budgeting correctly.

It seems that the argument "Food banks are available so people use them" is as tortuous an argument as any other.

But that's okay, it sounds like you're in the "I'm alright, Jack" crowd, so you're alright. As long as you're alright that's fine, well done and good luck.

about 3 months ago
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UK Benefits System In Deeper Trouble?

tubs Re:Really??? (266 comments)

Yes, you would have thought that "education and retraining" should be the fundamental part of unemployment. But it's not, it's on job seeking.

Lets say you were a "coal worker" and you've been doing that for 25 years. When your pit closes the only thing you're good at is coal minining, but no other pits are open, so you now have a defunct skill set. Yet you still need to eat, pay rent, support a familiy so you no longer have a chance of retraining, but as you started working at 15 you don't have an education.

As your skill set is not transferable, the only jobs you can get are less robust ones - which means you'll be in and out of employment for the next 20 years until you retire, stacking shelves, picking fruit or whatever else you can get.

And capitalism itself needs a % of unemployment - if that unemployment isn't there then there is no opportunity to get new people in place.

Maybe you can wait until the people 10 years older than you retire - excepct there is no enforced retirement now so those positions that would have been forced open are no longer there, and even ifthey are why would someone employ an ex coal miner when they could get a straight out of school graduate that is at the same level as you ...

about 3 months ago
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UK Benefits System In Deeper Trouble?

tubs Re:Really??? (266 comments)

So what you're saying, is that the only reason food banks are used, is that they are there?

Maybe the other way is more true? There was a need for food banks, so charities intorduced them, as more people need them, charities are introducing more?

Oh, and most food banks require a "voucher" that is given to the person from Drs, social workers etc, you can't just walk up yo a food bank and demand food.

about 3 months ago
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UK Benefits System In Deeper Trouble?

tubs Re:Lets not hope it's like the NHS IT disaster (266 comments)

> required the input of five (was it only five?) major contracting companies

I worked in the NHS at this time, and there were originally 9 companies I think all working on the same thing, but working in different geographical areas - the idea was that the failure of any single company would not cause a major problem - indeed it was accepted that it would probably whittle down to 5. Of course that also fell to 2 companies doing it, which in the end weren't actually doing anything other than sucking up large sums of taxpayer money.

These system though were replacing all of the hospital MIS systems, so they were having to compete with systems that had been in place for years and had improvements and improvements, and didn't actually do a lot of things that users wanted - so they were having to run dual systems. I worked in a trust that was two merged trusts - and they had a different MIS in each hospital site.

about 3 months ago
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Open Source 'Wasn't Available' Two Years Ago, Says UK Gov't IT Project Chief

tubs Re:WTF? (113 comments)

There are words for this as well :homogeneous and heterogeneous.

And in their simplest forms... homogeneous simplifies commications, with the negative of locking you into one system. Heterogeneous makes it easier pick and choose "best" for each job, but you spend as much on effective interoperability as on each part of the system.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

tubs Re:To hire specific people (465 comments)

And you know it's been done over the phone when they ask for "sequel server".

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft May Finally Put Windows RT Out To Pasture

tubs RT vs Android vs iPad (293 comments)

From a personal point of view :

At the highest end, we have Apple iPads, which aren't compatible with anything, but have the "cool" factor.

And all other bases are covered with android, from smaller chepaer tablets, through the Nexus Range and the Samsungs.

Now there is RT, which only benefit is that it runs office, where as the other two don't.

If the RT had been completely compatible with Windows (7) then there would have been a more compelling reason to have one.

From a works point of view

Well, the RT isn't domain compatible, so I might as well buy any of the others - whichever it's going to make and take a lot of work to integrate, so I might as well look at a solution that covers all.

about 5 months ago
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Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

tubs Re:They should upgrade the warning ... (526 comments)

Simple citation, that I linked to earlier, showing Ford complaining that 1973 proposal was too soon. This was only a requirement for federal government cars, not all cars.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2199&dat=19700602&id=tcQxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=EOYFAAAAIBAJ&pg=7132,4036595

Hence, the reason why GM designed and produced a fleet of cars with air bags to sell to the government in 1973 with Airbags.

about 5 months ago
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Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

tubs Re:They should upgrade the warning ... (526 comments)

Sorry, I'll disagree again - the FG requirement for air bags was before 1970 (1969 I believe), to be in place for 1973.

The article that I linked to, that which is a newspaper article from 1970, has Ford saying that "it (Ford) sees no way it can comply in time with a federal government proposal that all 1973 cars be equipped with airbags."

I would argue that an experimental fleet was just that, an experiment. It wasn't for sale to anyone, and a bit more research seems to suggest this.

I would suggest that without the Federal Governments requirements, there would have been no Air Bags in cars in 1971, 72, 73 - and indeed it would suggest that as what happened in Europe it wouldn't have been until 1980 + that they would have been introduced.

about 5 months ago
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Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

tubs Re:They should upgrade the warning ... (526 comments)

You said Government should have no credit for any safety improvements. That's your comment. Thats what you said. You then implied it was consumer pressure that produced safety measures (by metioning the ford Pinto)

I pointed out that you should look at federal government(FG form now as I don't want to type it) introducing mandatory airbags. To elaborate on that, it was the FG that mandated that all the cars the FG bought from 1973 must have airbags. Thats the year, those are the facts. I was not specific and I should have been, but I was not talking about the 199X consumer laws.

It seems you don't see the link between the FG mandating airbags in 1973, GM and Ford testing them in 1970 to meet the deadline, and making them available because of the FG demanded it.

The FG may not have "made" the airbags, but the made the motor companies go down that route, by telling them it must be - the article in 1970 that I've linked to makes that obvious - the FG mandated airbags in the cars it bought before the technology was mature enough to go into any cars, forcing the makers to accelerate developing and testing airbags.

I, at no point said that the FG made airbags.

about 5 months ago
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Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

tubs Re:They should upgrade the warning ... (526 comments)

There were no cars with Air Bags being sold in the US before 1973, and the only reason that Ford & GM (And I's suspect other) were developing Airbags in 1970 were to meed the federal requirements that every car sold to the federal government had to have air bags. the following news article alludes to that fact.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2199&dat=19700602&id=tcQxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=EOYFAAAAIBAJ&pg=7132,4036595

If you cannot see this link, that the reason Ford and GM were developing Airbags in 1970 was for because the government required it. There were no other cars, there was no competition on airbags.

According to Mercedes, it wasn't until 1980 that they felt they were ready to introduce airbags, 7 years after the federally mandated requirement that Ford and GM were trying to meet in 1970 and introduced in 1973.

> All of these things were already working and being sold in Japanese and German made cars.

There were no cars with airbags before 1973. GM & Ford introduced cars in 1973 to sell to the federal government that had air bags. Seven years later Mercedes thought they were ready, and introduced it. To my mind 1973 comes before 1980.

about 5 months ago
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Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

tubs Re:They should upgrade the warning ... (526 comments)

> I vehemently deny that the Government did anything that improved the technology or shortened development time. That was happening at Mercedes, BMW, Volvo, etc.. so the US had to compete.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2199&dat=19700602&id=tcQxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=EOYFAAAAIBAJ&pg=7132,4036595 [google.com]

You may disagree, but the news story above shows that you are wrong. The federal government made it a requirement that in 1973 that all cars it buys must have an airbag, which pushed the US car makers to develop it. It would not have happened without the Governments involvement, ie the car makers would not have voluntarily have made any cars in 1973 that had airbags.

about 5 months ago
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Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

tubs Re:They should upgrade the warning ... (526 comments)

They never used to be, hence why they didn't bother with them. Until it became a selling point. They were not interested in safety, and with out government "nudging" in the 1970s then it wouldn't have happened.

about 5 months ago
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Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

tubs Re:They should upgrade the warning ... (526 comments)

> As to the auto makers wanting to have people pay for air-bags, I agree with your point to an extent. However, you continue to present > the argument as though air-bags didn't exist before Government regulation. That is factually incorrect!

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2199&dat=19700602&id=tcQxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=EOYFAAAAIBAJ&pg=7132,4036595

From 1970, there was a requirement for them to be available in 1973. In 1970 they were still being tested to meet that deadline.

I think to state that air bags didn't really exist in cars before government regulation isn't that far from a factually correct statement.

about 5 months ago
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Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

tubs Re:They should upgrade the warning ... (526 comments)

And one of the arguments offered by ford "When it goes off it'll damage the cars interior".

about 5 months ago

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