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Heiko Mischer
One must still have chaos in oneself, to give birth to a dancing star.
One must still have chaos in oneself, to give birth to a dancing star.

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Noch sieben Tage, um an der EU-Konsultation zur Netzneutralität mitzumachen: Warum? Darum:

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"Gay marriage: the database engineering perspective." Das ist jetzt 7 Jahre alt, und relevanter als je zuvor.


Looking back on this article, it seems to me that there is a more important message.

No matter how advanced and flexible your table structure, it will always be possible to create data which cannot fit into it. At that time, you will need to change your database. And the longer it's been since you did, the less pleasant that's going to be.

The lesson is not "prepare for every possible eventuality". The lesson is to become comfortable and confident in modifying your schemata without losing data, and rolling back botched changes. Do this regularly, so that it becomes second nature. The lesson is to get used to change.

And what is true of our databases is also true of our world views. The future is vast and humans are creative. Things are going to happen which nobody could predict. It's going to be fun!«

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Deutsche Telekom warnt vor "staatlich diktiertem Einheitsnetz"! Und meint Netzneutralität. Und will nur "wenige Prozent Umsatzbeteiligung" für eine Überholspur. Blöd, wenn sowas leakt.

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Understanding Net Neutrality: What if your kitchen appliances only worked with one power company? New column on Privacy News.

In the US, the regulation on Net Neutrality is coming to a showdown on February 26. For such a boring name, it has enormous implications, and well beyond the internet. Imagine that your electric kitchen appliances only worked with one particular power company? That’s what you get without net neutrality – or grid neutrality, as it would be in that case.

To understand why the absence of neutrality is bad, let’s look at the example with electricity. If your power company did vertical bundling, you’d have to buy everything that ran on electricity from them. They’d provide kitchen appliances, lamps, electric engines, everything that ran on electricity, and quite often remind you about how innovative they were, providing you with this great selection.

The lock-in effects would be enormous. If you wanted to change your power company, you’d have to replace every piece of powered hardware.

This is the situation that Team Cable & Telco is salivating over. They see the potential for lock-in by giving preferential access to their preferred services, creating an artificial Walled Garden, and locking out or degrading competing services on the Internet. But this doesn’t just go against the entire concept of the Internet – that everybody’s an equal online; it also creates an enormous economic harm to all of society, and it puts Team Cable & Telco in a gatekeeper position to determine who gets access to market at all.
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