Richard Feynman videos. Facebook shares some secrets on making MySQL scale — Cloud Computing News. When you’re storing every transaction for 800 million users and handling more than 60 million queries per second, your database environment had better be something special.
Many readers might see these numbers and think NoSQL, but Facebook held a Tech Talk on Monday night explaining how it built a MySQL (s orcl) environment capable of handling everything the company needs in terms of scale, performance and availability. Over the summer, I reported on Michael Stonebraker’s stance that Facebook is trapped in a MySQL “fate worse than death” because of its reliance on an outdated database paired with a complex sharding and caching strategy (read the comments and this follow-up post for a bevy of opinions on the validity of Stonebraker’s stance on SQL).
Facebook declined an official comment at the time, but last night’s night talk proved to me that Stonebraker (and I) might have been wrong. Keeping up with performance Keeping up with scale With all this growth, why MySQL? Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth. Less is the New More: Making the Most of Small Spaces. Good Design For Living in Small ApartmentsAs people migrate to smaller spaces, good design helps a lot.
This is something they figured out in Europe long ago, that if you don't have a lot of horizontal room you can go vertical. Tumidei in Italy makes some of the nicest stuff, like this unit with lots of storage under the bed. This unit just raises the floor high enough for beds to slide under. This one looks a bit clinical, but has two single beds plus a pull-out double bed in between.
When you read in the New York Times that professional couples with children are moving into small one-bedroom apartments in Manhattan and sleeping in closets, perhaps this stuff could be useful. Video: Perhaps the Best HD View of Earth from Space Ever - Alexis Madrigal - Technology. TEDxIsfeld Eoin Finn Hammock Enlightenment. Quantum levitation demo proves floating cars are on the way.
The dream of riding in floating cars like The Jetsons is one of the oldest dreams presented in science fiction movies, but now a group of researchers have unveiled a demonstration that makes such a reality seem tantalizingly close.
Researchers from Tel-Aviv University recently showed off their Quantum Levitation project at the ASTC Annual Conference, and the performance is simply stunning. The group coated a thin superconductor layer on a sapphire wafer which is then penetrated by discrete flux tubes. The superconductor strongly pins these tubes, allowing the wafer to float, or achieve "quantum levitation. " The coolest part of the demo is when the wafer is set on a track and propelled smoothly around it, floating in midair, while mist trails behind it! You can check out the video of the demo below. Nancy Sinatra Bang Bang. Ant Superhighway. 60seconds.jpg (JPEG Image, 1191x842 pixels) - Scaled (99%) Rotundus. Success Is… Drawing on World Issues: These Make You Think. Frightening Proximity of the Past WWII Photo Collages by Sergey Larenkov.
Sergey Larenkov is a talented Russian photographer that took some old WWII pictures and combined them with perspective-matching photos that were taken nowadays. This simple technique brings awesome results by creating original time portals that help us to see the World War II from the different angle. Here you’ll see some absolutely legendary photos that are contextually mixed up with the present days captured in one single composition. At first it looks like WWII ghosts appeared at the streets of St. Petersburg, Vienna, Berlin and other cities. But if we take a closer look we can see that these photos are bringing us to another reality without any time limits and those are not ghosts. Read more about Frightening Proximity of the Past – WWII Photo Collages by Sergey Larenkov | DesignFloat Blog by null. Table of Contents. Carl Sagan quotes. Kensho. Noetic Sciences - Noetic Science.
What is Noetic Science? It will soon have millions of followers, so it pays to have it on your radar. The Institute of Noetic Sciences defines it this way: The word “noetic” comes from the ancient Greek nous, for which there is no exact equivalent in English. It refers to “inner knowing,” a kind of intuitive consciousness—direct and immediate access to knowledge beyond what is available to our normal senses and the power of reason. What are ‘Noetic Sciences’? If that is too wordy, here is a “typical person” trying to describe it: Noetic science? So I came across ‘noetic science’ for the first time in the new Dan Brown novel and thought to expand my knowledge of this obscure branch of science by googling it…. A quick answer to the question: “Now tell me, how do you measure prayer and/or its efficacy thereof?” Or you can understand what is actually happening when people pray, as demonstrated in these two videos: As you can see, prayer is a superstition, nothing more.
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