Fabian Pascal

The Costly Illusion of Denormalization for Performance

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dbdebunker
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Re: Good enough?
dbdebunker   11/1/2016 6:06:17 PM
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Actually it is much worse than that.

One of the intended consequence of automating everything is to stop intellectual development such that people no longer acquire knowledge and ability to reason critically and independently. In such circumstances it is increasingly impossible to know, understand and appreciate the difference between science and the pretense of science. If you try to make people aware of the difference you're gonna be dismissed as "pedantic", "purist", "dinosaur", or some such.

It's pretty distressing to see people actually DEFENDING unsound products and practices as solutions to problems and ATTACKING sound ones (see, for example, here:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12739632

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12437389

This is where the speed comes in: by the time the consequences materialize -- for which others pay -- their authors/promoters have already produced and probably sold more of the same. Those responsible never pay -- in fact the system rewards them. And those who end up paying are no longer able to figure out what's the source of their troubles.

Check and mate.

 

 

SethBreedlove
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Re: Good enough?
SethBreedlove   11/1/2016 5:45:51 PM
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I was going to mention that point as well, most of us have no idea if the data were are pulling is really correct or not unless we understand how it was coded or we are so familiar with the field that we know something is off.

dbdebunker
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Re: Good enough?
dbdebunker   10/31/2016 11:52:58 PM
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Of course. Except that today speed overrides correctness. What is more, there is not enough education, knowledge and reasoning ability to comprehend that correctness is not automatic -- it's assumed that you always get the correct result independent of the backbox from which you get it. Hey, computers!

SethBreedlove
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Good enough?
SethBreedlove   10/31/2016 9:06:38 PM
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Call me niave but I always thought it was about getting the right answers and not about getting the wrong answers more quickly; unless you have a situation where close enough is good enough.

 

 

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