Monolith

I have been tidying up, both my mind and mailboxes. Last month I was looking at a database technology selection problem and was indirectly pointed at “A visual guide to NoSQL”, or at least the picture. I have updated my wiki page on NoSQL, to include the reference and the image. The massive number of post relational systems available today reminded me of Stonebreaker’s article, The End of an Architectural Era (It’s Time for a Complete Rewrite), in which he first suggested that the monolithic poly-functional database’s day was over. Alternatively you can access it and some of his subsequent work here, at highscalability.com.

 

Monolith

Suppression

That’s odd, the post and comments about not holding a Leadership nomination meeting in Lewisham Deptford Labour Party have been removed from their Facebook page. A member asked about the absence of a meeting, and was replied to by Dale Campbell Sharpe who while not being present at the Executive Committee meeting which made the decision stated he supported the decision on primarily financial grounds. His thread, caused me to write the following, which I was going to post as a comment.

This is a provocation. While I have some sympathy with the practical side of organising such a large, (over 2000 would have been invited) all members’ nomination meeting at such short notice and that the constraints placed on the EC by the NEC made it even more difficult and potentially worthless, cost is at the bottom of the list. Personally I was waiting for the minutes to be published before we discussed this but to claim that our EC voted not to have a nomination meeting for practical reasons alone, when we now know that Labour First were attempting to suppress the Corbyn campaign and the membership’s voice, is treating us as idiots.

I first dealt with this originally here.

Suppression

Consultation

With respect to the GMB’s all members consultation on the Labour Leadership nomination, I have posted to Facebook asking under which rule was the all members consultation authorised, there is no mention of such a process in the rules and under which rule does the decision of the ballot become a mandate for the Union, its CEC and its full timers; the rules reserve such power for Congress and the CEC could have called a Special Congress for that purpose.

Consultation

Collectivism

Jeremy Corbyn has proposed as one of his 10 pledges to establish a free “National Education Service” and while as a policy I think it needs to be given more shape, for instance it is insufficiently detailed about the FE sector, skills acquisition & maintenance and life long access, its key value is that it states that the goal of world class education system is a public goal and today’s problems can be solved collectively and that the market can’t. The Tories desire and actions to privatise Education is an abandonment of quality in state education.

Collectivism

Research & Brexit

In most cases it’s too early to determine and gauge IT tech and its customer’s response to the UK’s Brexit vote. The sudden change in economic expectations and the reduction in concrete business opportunity has taken me by surprise as both sales opportunities are reduced and investment plans are re-evaluated and at the best postponed. The cause is thought to be uncertainty, both the uncertainty around the UK’s short term economic performance which last week’s Bank of England response, they reduce interest rates to .25% shows the seriousness and uncertainty around the long term end-state of the possible reconfiguration of the UK’s EU membership agreement. I am personally not convinced the UK will actually leave and we certainly don’t know if the alternative is an associate agreement or reliance on the WTO terms.

One further very visible indicator of short term disadvantage is that we are beginning to see UK scientists being excluded from the EU R&D budget grants; again this is premature but people are playing it safe; if the UK Universities and companies fail to form or participate in syndicates in the current bid process this will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. We should consider that the multiplier effect in basic & applied research is higher than investment in plant, and probably even the arts, the programme is designed to create massive leverage and any loss is forever!

Research & Brexit

2nd Referendum

I am absolutely of the view that when the terms of Brexit are known, there should be a 2nd Referendum. The current so-called mandate was issued without knowing the end-game and is therefore useless. These terms of exit must be negotiated in good faith, which only the Tories can do. This is a principled reason enough for Labour and the other pro-EU parties to vote against an early election. They broke it, they can fix it.

2nd Referendum

Irrational

The Labour Party NEC won their appeal for the right to define “precise eligibility” and a “freeze date”. The ruling is here…. To take some emotion out if it, I think they are right in that the NEC has the right to define precise eligibility and a freeze date. However, given the statement on the new membership web page that new members would be allowed to vote in the Leadership election, I can’t see how it is anything other than arbitrary, capricious, perverse and irrational to exclude 25% of the membership, who have been promised a vote from voting for the leadership. The Court of Appeal stated that,

We consider that a power constrained by requirements of absence of arbitrariness, capriciousness, perversity and irrationality is extremely unlikely to produce an unreasonable result.

and yet it did and they, the Judges, let it happen. I see no mention of the promise to permit the vote or why, since it must have been authorised by the NEC or through its delegated powers, they are allowed to use their powers, under the rules, to revoke a previously made promise.

 

Irrational