Tuesday Links

  • DBAs Bar Door Against Big Bad .Net Wolf (eWeek)

    At the heart of the problem is T-SQL, a proprietary stored procedure language that SQL Server DBAs know like the back of their hands but that might as well be Greek to most .Net developers.

    With an integration gleam in its eye, Microsoft Corp. has set its sights on demolishing the wall between those two groups. In SQL Server 2005—due to ship in early November—for the first time, the company’s CLR (Common Language Runtime) will be integrated into the heart of the database.

  • WinFS Beta 1 ships (Channel 9)

  • Evolving Debate (On the Media) – Covering Intelligent Design

    DAVID KESTENBAUM: Well, I think there’s actually a nice little moment in that story. I’m talking to the intelligent design advocate and I say, so what’s like being an intelligent design guy at an academic university.

    BROOKE GLADSTONE: [LAUGHS]

    DAVID KESTENBAUM: And he goes, it’s pretty lonely. [LAUGHTER] And, you know, he sort of – he laid it out there. You didn’t need me to say, I’ve counted and there are ten million scientists on this side and five on the other. And I thought the real question behind this story, when you look at, as you mentioned, the case in Kansas, how the scientific community decided to deal with it or not deal with it. And in some ways.

  • Master Planned by H. ALLEN ORR (The New Yorker) referenced by the Covering Intelligent Design peice above.

    It’s true that when you confront biologists with a particular complex structure like the flagellum they sometimes have a hard time saying which part appeared before which other parts. But then it can be hard, with any complex historical process, to reconstruct the exact order in which events occurred, especially when, as in evolution, the addition of new parts encourages the modification of old ones. When you’re looking at a bustling urban street, for example, you probably can’t tell which shop went into business first. This is partly because many businesses now depend on each other and partly because new shops trigger changes in old ones (the new sushi place draws twenty-somethings who demand wireless Internet at the café next door). But it would be a little rash to conclude that all the shops must have begun business on the same day or that some Unseen Urban Planner had carefully determined just which business went where.

  • Watching What You Pay (On the Media)

    A little bit on paypal, or how a private company restricted the use of currency after they controlled it.

  • Museum Heist (On the Media)

    Podcast + Museum Audio = Much more intresting and engaging Museum experiences.

NPR: Court: Same-Sex Couples Must Provide Child Support

California’s Supreme Court rules that unmarried, same-sex couples are lawful parents and must provide for their children if they break up. The court ruled that if both same-sex partners intended to parent a child conceived by artificial insemination, then both partners have an equal right to child custody and child support, even if one partner has no genetic link.

Comparable Worth?

Slate explains the notion “Comparable Worth” after we find that at one point Roberts found it highly objectionable. The notion of gender based job segregation still doesn’t sit right with me although it’s more acceptable then some of the not getting equal pay in the same job type issues. However I find that I agree with the notion that the government shouldn’t be figuring out which jobs are worth what.

Larry Osterman explains the Layering Quality Gate

Larry Osterman recently explained the Windows Vista layering quality gate. There is a big poster in 26 that plots out all the components, what layer they live at and how they connect to lower layers. It’s amazing to look at.

Gideon Rose claims that the Bush Doctrine has colapsed

Mr. Rose of Foreign Affairs in a NyTimes Editorial “Get Real“ talks about the back and forth between idealists and realists, and claims that the pendilum has now swung back to the realist camp.

SEVEN months into George W. Bush’s second term, it is clear that whatever his expansive second Inaugural Address may have promised, American foreign policy has taken a decidedly pragmatic turn. In practice, the Bush administration has recently begun to pursue interests rather than ideals and conciliation rather than confrontation.

The real story is simpler: the Bush doctrine has collapsed, and the administration has consequently embraced realism, American foreign policy’s perennial hangover cure.