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Peter Boylan: New maternity hospital should not be given to Sisters of Charity
I do not believe that ownership of the €300 million, state-of-the-art National Maternity Hospital should be gifted to the Sisters of Charity. A lot of other people appear to share my view.
Secondly, a properly independent board needs to oversee the running of the new hospital.
The Minister has the power to intervene to protect both the medical interests of women and their infants and the financial interests of the Irish taxpayer. He must now do so.


Dr Peter Boylan is chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a former master of the National Maternity Hospital. Nobody is more qualified on this
peter-boylan  law  ireland  maternity  hospitals  nuns  state 
april 2017 by jm
When Boring is Awesome: Building a scalable time-series database on PostgreSQL
Nice. we built something along these lines atop MySQL before -- partitioning by timestamp is the key. (via Nelson)
database  postgresql  postgres  timeseries  tsd  storage  state  via:nelson 
april 2017 by jm
Charity Majors responds to the CleverTap Mongo outage war story
This is a great blog post, spot on:
You can’t just go “dudes it’s faster” and jump off a cliff.  This shit is basic.  Test real production workloads. Have a rollback plan.  (Not for *10 days* … try a month or two.)


The only thing I'd nitpick on is that it's all very well to say "buy my book" or "come see me talk at Blahcon", but a good blog post or webpage would be thousands of times more useful.
databases  stateful-services  services  ops  mongodb  charity-majors  rollback  state  storage  testing  dba 
october 2016 by jm
Uber Goes Unconventional: Using Driver Phones as a Backup Datacenter - High Scalability
Initially I thought they were just tracking client state on the phone, but it actually sounds like they're replicating other users' state, too. Mad stuff! Must cost a fortune in additional data transfer costs...
scalability  failover  multi-dc  uber  replication  state  crdts 
september 2015 by jm
Beating the CAP Theorem Checklist
'Your ( ) tweet ( ) blog post ( ) marketing material ( ) online comment
advocates a way to beat the CAP theorem. Your idea will not work. Here is why
it won't work:'

lovely stuff, via Bill De hOra
via:dehora  funny  cap  cs  distributed-systems  distcomp  networking  partitions  state  checklists 
august 2013 by jm
How A 'Deviant' Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut - Forbes
Palantir -- the free-market state-surveillance data-retention nightmare. At the end of this slightly overenthusiastic puff piece we get to:
Katz-Lacabe wasn’t impressed. Palantir’s software, he points out, has no default time limits -- all information remains searchable for as long as it’s stored on the customer’s servers. And its auditing function? “I don’t think it means a damn thing,” he says. “Logs aren’t useful unless someone is looking at them.” [...]

What if Palantir’s audit logs -- its central safeguard against abuse -- are simply ignored? Karp responds that the logs are intended to be read by a third party. In the case of government agencies, he suggests an oversight body that reviews all surveillance -- an institution that is purely theoretical at the moment. “Something like this will exist,” Karp insists. “Societies will build it, precisely because the alternative is letting terrorism happen or losing all our liberties.”

Palantir’s critics, unsurprisingly, aren’t reassured by Karp’s hypothetical court. Electronic Privacy Information Center activist Amie Stepanovich calls Palantir “naive” to expect the government to start policing its own use of technology. The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Lee Tien derides Karp’s argument that privacy safeguards can be added to surveillance systems after the fact. “You should think about what to do with the toxic waste while you’re building the nuclear power plant,” he argues, “not some day in the future.”
palantir  data-retention  privacy  surveillance  state  cia  forbes  andy-greenberg  eff  epic  snooping 
august 2013 by jm
How The Copyright Industry Pushed For Internet Surveillance | TorrentFreak
Rick Falkvinge with a good point:
The reason for the copyright industry to push for surveillance is simple: any digital communications channel can be used for private conversation, but it can also be used to share culture and knowledge that is under copyright monopoly. In order to tell which communications is which, you must sort all of it – and to do that, you must look at all of it. In other words, if enforcing the copyright monopoly is your priority, you need to kill privacy, and specifically anonymity and secrecy of correspondence.


This was exactly my biggest worry -- a side-effect of effective copyright filtering is the creation of infrastructure for online oppression by the state.
copyright  privacy  state  data-protection  rick-falkvinge  copyfight  internet  filtering  surveillance  anonymity 
july 2013 by jm
_Bolt-On Causal Consistency_ [slides]
SIGMOD 2013 presentation from Peter Bailis, Ali Ghodsi, Joseph M. Hellerstein, Ion Stoica -- adding consistency to an eventually-consistent store by tracking dependencies
eventual-consistency  state  cap-theorem  storage  peter-bailis 
june 2013 by jm

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