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MySpace Sale Underscores the Risks of Exuberant Digital Investments

The decision by News Corp. to dump MySpace once again reveals the risks of over exuberance toward digital companies that do not have a proven business model or long-term customer loyalty.There are plenty of digital investments that meet those requirements, but a number of the most hyped firms moving toward IPOs and acquisitions do not. They need to be considered with hard headed pragmatism.MySpace was launched 2003 and rapidly became...

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Everything You Never Wanted To Know About DLLs

I've recently had cause to investigate how dynamic linking is implemented on Windows. This post is basically a brain dump of everything I've learnt on the issue. This is mostly for my future reference, but I hope it will be useful to others too as I'm going to bring together lots of information you would otherwise have to hunt around for. Without further ado, here we go: Export and import directories The Windows executable loader is...

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Cassandra Query Plans

I’ve had a few conversations about query performance on wide rows recently, so it seemed about time to dig into how the different slice queries work. Lots-o-garbage Clearly lots of garbage in an SSTable in the form of deleted, expired, overwritten or tombstoned columns will have an impact on reads. As they increase the amount of data that will be read, examined and then discarded. Like any database one part of query evaluation...

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LinkedIn's Kafka Project: Moving to Apache?

We speak to Principle Software Engineer at LinkedIn, about Kafka’s proposed move. After starting life at LinkedIn and being open sourced earlier this year, the Kafka messaging system has now been proposed as a new Apache Incubator project. But what makes Kafka different to other messaging systems? And how relevant is Kafka beyond LinkedIn? JAXenter spoke to Principle Software Engineer at LinkedIn, Jun...

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No, A Bigger Stimulus Would Not Have Worked Either

Paul Krugman writes (citing Noah Smith) that he agrees with the empirical findings in my critique of the revival of Keynesian activism in the 2000s (the stimulus packages of 2001, 2008 and 2009). In particular, he writes that “it’s far from clear that the ARRA actually led to much of a rise in government spending, while the tax cuts that made up much of the stimulus were probably largely saved.” But he then goes on to say that...