Is ExaData an "Appliance"

My boss, Sam Lucido, raised the following question on the Everything Oracle at EMC website:

Appliances such as microwave ovens, refrigerators, iPods, iPads and TVs are excellent examples of the ease-of-use approach. Bringing the inherently complex world of Oracle databases together with the ease-of-use approach of appliances is challenging. By definition if Oracle Exadata is an appliance then its use should be simple, require relatively little maintenance and like a refrigerator do its job which in this case is run databases at extreme performance levels. If Oracle Exadata isn’t an appliance than what is it?

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Most Ridiculous Password

I encountered a website yesterday that required a complex password.  It's password rules were: at least 9 characters must include a capitol letter must include three digits must not repeat a letter, but can repeat a number must include one "special" character above a number [!@#$%^&*()] can not include "special" characters that is not above a number can not start with a capitol letter can not


These are general-interest articles about computer hardware, software, and the internet. You know what kind of nerd I must be when I have separate sections for Science and Technology... and multiple subsections for each.