Regarding distributed Transactions, so far the only half-decent book
I've found is the Jim Gray/Andreas Reuter tome _Transaction Processing_.
Rohit has recommended two books by Nancy Lynch: _Distributed Algorithms_
and _Atomic Transactions_; anyone else have any transaction book
In a completely unrelated topic (but still conforming to the subject,
Rohi), a friend of mine asked why everyone pays taxes on the same day,
rather than stagger it to make life easier for the accountants and
IRS folks. Anyone have a good explanation of this?