Saturday, March 21, 2015

Weekly Update

1. Quote of the Week
I'm not sure why you think integrity constraints are purely logical. Primary keys are physical constraints. They enforce that the primary key remains unique. Here's an example of SQL that creates a physical foreign key constraint.
ALTER TABLE FactInventoryCollections
   REFERENCES ViewCubeDimClient(ClientPK);
Physical constraints allow the database engine to return an error if an operation attempts to insert a row that violates any defined constraints.

2. To Laugh or Cry?
When One Data Model Just Won't Do: Polyglot Persistence

3. Online Debunkings

4. Interesting Elsewhere

David McGoveran has been working on a book tentatively titled LOGIC FOR SERIOUS DATABASE FOLKS intended to set some matters straight regarding the formal, set-theoretic and logic foundations of the RDM which have been misinterpreted. While he is not ready to publish yet, I asked and he agreed to post at his site a draft of a chapter on view updating which I consider a must read (together with the Introduction), particularly since it exposes the thinking behind the Principle of Orthogonal Design rejected by Date and Darwen.
David invites comments.

5. New Links

Added the following to the LINKS page:

6. And now for something completely different

Demis Hassabis, Founder of DeepMind Technologies and Artificial-Intelligence Wunderkind at Google, Wants Machines to Think Like Us | MIT Technology Review Demis Hassabis, Founder of DeepMind Technologies and ... The man behind a startup acquired by Google for $628 million plans to build a revolutionary new artificial intelligence ... At Harrah’s Casino on the shores of Lake Tahoe, DeepMind researchers showed off software that had learned to play classic Atari games including Space Invaders and Pong better than any human.
Can't get deeper than this!

The PostWest
In my native tongue there is a saying: "If somebody pees on you, don't pretend it's raining". Hard to tell the super- from the third rate power, ain't it?

The oldest hatred
Upside down and backwards: It's not the  US that wreaks havoc in the ME via Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, Lybia and IRAN, no, it's--you guessed--Israel that causes chaos! Anti-semitism is a blinding sickness.
Middle East Reality Check

This week's video
Self-Organization: Turing & Darwin

This week's book
The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope

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