“[Tabloids] exist to break down the barriers of access that keep social elites at a remove from ordinary people. The tabloids, throughout history, on both sides of the Atlantic, have been predicated on chipping away at that division. They play a fundamental role in democratic cultures, especially in societies characterized by the pull between the demands of a mass society and the persistence of social and economic inequality.”—Ryan Linkof, a friend with some sharp analysis and historical context on the NotW scandal in today’s New York Times.
Staircar’s performance was beyond our expectations and very consistent, with average response times per request at or under 5ms, even during peak traffic. Extensive benchmarking showed Staircar was able to handle roughly 30,000 requests a second per server.
Blake made your notifications an order of magnitude faster and more reliable, and I bet you didn’t even notice (which is exactly the way we like it).
“In college, Bachmann was a Democrat and campaigned for Jimmy Carter. Her political conversion came when she was on a train, reading Gore Vidal’s Burr, a “snotty novel” that she said attacked and mocked the Founding Fathers. Suddenly she realised she was a Republican.”—