2005/09/21 – Wednesday Links

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.

Links continue

Tuesday Morning Links

  • The lame duck session of congress gives us an Intelligence Overhaul.
  • Reality seems to continue marching in Iraq, although not everyone agrees.
  • Here is a pretty detailed article about the status of Nuclear Weapons and Iran. Things that stand out to me is that the civilian program issues is still a two year timeframe, alligations of military programs especially related to two sites, Parchin and Lavisan II, an Iranian opposition terroist group that is helping supply the intelligence called the National Council of Resistance and a shopping list of dual use items that have been bought.
  • Here is a warning that the 1996 telecommunications bill need some updating.
  • In the NyTimes opinion seciton is Red Diaper Babies, getting the government out of industry advertising and Updating the U.N.
  • Krugman has some fun: My favorite example of their three-card-monte logic goes like this: first, they insist that the Social Security system’s current surplus and the trust fund it has been accumulating with that surplus are meaningless. Social Security, they say, isn’t really an independent entity – it’s just part of the federal government. If the trust fund is meaningless, by the way, that Greenspan-sponsored tax increase in the 1980’s was nothing but an exercise in class warfare: taxes on working-class Americans went up, taxes on the affluent went down, and the workers have nothing to show for their sacrifice. But never mind: the same people who claim that Social Security isn’t an independent entity when it runs surpluses also insist that late next decade, when the benefit payments start to exceed the payroll tax receipts, this will represent a crisis – you see, Social Security has its own dedicated financing, and therefore must stand on its own.

Friday 12/6/2004

Oops, This didn’t get posted on friday.

Thursday

Safety SecondThe New York Times Has An A Hrefhttpwwwnytimescomimagepages20040807opinion20040808opa

Safety SecondThe New York Times has an Op-Chart that shows what a differently focused administration could have done with the money we spent on Iraq.

Kerry And IraqSlate Does A Good Job Of Walking Through Kerrys

Kerry and IraqSlate does a good job of walking through Kerry’s Iraq statements (as suggested by an RNC attack ad) to find his stable position.