Data repositories

MSIAC has a thoughtful analysis of data repositories for simulation, concluding that small, tightly controlled and focussed repositories are best. Current US practice is to require specific data repositories to be built and used for major military contracts. There are several excellent internet journals devoted to siimulation. The latest issue of the MSIAC Journal, has…

Gold farming

Accoridng to a BBC report, nearly half a million people derive their main income from making virtual goods in online games. The BBC report is based on an paper by Richard Heeks at Manchester Unviersity. The paper has a good historical survey of the spread of MMORPGs from the devloped world to Asia, and the…

Dumber is faster

Jeremy Zawodny provides evidence that old-style sequential searching can be faster than using SQL. He had to run queries involving over 100 million records and found that using conventional SQL took him several days, whereas performing minimal sorting and outputting a stream of tens of millions of records sequentially, to be analysed by code, took…