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Will Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Stay With MySQL?

ianare Re:and so meanwhile... (245 comments)

I like Postgres in some ways, but it has some significant deviations from standard SQL syntax, and other idiosyncracies.

Strange you would mention that, one of the reasons I've switched to PostgreSQL (and never looked back) is because it more closesly follows the SQL standard and has many less "gotchas" and bugs than MySQL (boolean is actually an int field, reset counter on increment, etc).

When people complain about Postgres' "non-standard SQL", this usually comes from those that have only used MySQL and think it's the standard.

About the only technical advantage MySQL has over Postgres is an easier setup, and generally better performance out of the box (before any tuning).

1 year,8 days
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Egyptian Authorities Detain French "Spy" Bird Found With Tracker

ianare Re:Intelligence (110 comments)

The French revolution is probably the worst example for arguing violent overthrow of the governement. It goes something like this:

1. Overthrow the government, kill the royal family.
2. Kill a bunch of aristocrats, a bunch of priests, desecrate tombs
3. Kill a bunch of people that don't agree with all the killing
4. Put a Corsican in charge, eventually becoming an Emperor
5. More killing, war all over Europe
6. A couple heirs to the Emperor here and there
7. Put the kings back in place from time to time

... All in all, it took over 80 years for a real, permanent republic to be put in place (3rd time's the charm it seems), and THAT was mainly after the military defeat of the 1870's.

about a year ago
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Egyptian Authorities Detain French "Spy" Bird Found With Tracker

ianare Not unexpected (110 comments)

When you hear about the Western spying programs (US, UK, France, etc) all over the news, when a country is undergoing huge changes, and when said western powers have been meddling in the region for decades, it's not completly unexpected for this sort of thing to happen.

I just feel bad for the poor stork that is still locked up.

about a year ago
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Huge Canyon Discovered Under Greenland Ice

ianare Re:So just wondering... (137 comments)

You are describing glacial retreat caused by global warming, which is not the same thing. As temperatures rise, the ice melts and retreats higher in elevation where it is colder. Also as a result of the warming effect, plants are able to take up residence in land formerly occupied by the ice sheet. In areas with permafrost, some of it will melt, leading to sinking and fractures in infrastructure. Climate change can happen very quickly, as we are seeing.

An example of glacial rebound would be a fishing village in medieval times now being far from the coast, even though sea levels have risen since. Or of a sound being locked by rising land and turned into a lake. Rebound typically is not measurable within the frame of a single lifespan, more like hundreds to thousands of years. We are still experiencing effects from the melting of the last ice age.

about a year ago
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One-Way Ticket: Mars One Project Applicants Top 100,000

ianare Re:what happens if the chick get pregnant? (240 comments)

There is a major difference though: the Internet's population has increased by connecting the rest of humanity to it, not only by the children of the early Internet.

A better model would be communes, where people join on the basis of religion, philosphy or purpose. In many cases the children born in these communes stay and continue the exmple set forth by their parents.

about a year ago
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Pinch-To-Zoom Apple Patent Rejected By USPTO

ianare Finally, some good news (110 comments)

Apple seems to be losing much of the gains they made during the initial trial. Not even at appeal yet and already getting patents invalidaded.

Hopefully this is part of a trend, where these ridiculous patents get thrown out, or even better, never granted in the first place.

about a year ago
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Data Storage That Could Outlast the Human Race

ianare Re:Another "magic" storage tech. BS, as usual. (231 comments)

You must have missed the last sentence of the article:

"The team are now looking for industry partners to commercialise this ground-breaking new technology."

So they are thinking about finishing the product, and making it accessible outside the research field. I can see a company like IBM showing interest in this.

about a year ago
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Turkish PM: "To Me, Social Media Is the Worst Menace To Society."

ianare Re:American News Outlets... (418 comments)

Not sure if you're trolling, but Turkey absolutely is a secular state.

about a year ago
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Turkish PM: "To Me, Social Media Is the Worst Menace To Society."

ianare Re:American News Outlets... (418 comments)

I seriously doubt Turkey will be made into a bad guy. They're a NATO member and the only muslim majority country in the region with a healthy economy and political stability. They are also a needed conter-weight to Iran and are crucial in resolving the civil war in Syria. Never mind that Erdogan was democratically elected.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?

ianare Re:New Coke was a Flop? (786 comments)

Coke still has sugar and not HFCS in some other countries.

about a year ago
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France Demands Skype Register As a Telco

ianare Re:Then Leave (209 comments)

France's income tax is indeed usually lower than in the US, but that's not the whole picture.

You also have to look at sales tax (VAT), which is much higher in France at 19.6% vs around 7-8% in most US states.

Then there is the taxe d'habitation, which simply doesn't exist in the U.S. for renters.

All in all, you wind up paying more in France. The value, however, is much better in France, given all the various services and aid which are provided.

about a year and a half ago
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Curiosity Finds Evidence of Ancient Surface Water

ianare Re:Rounded edge grains (79 comments)

So we can expect an imminent Apple lawsuit then?

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam

ianare Re:Why would you want to game on Linux (332 comments)

I'm not a big gamer, but the ones I do play, mainly 0Ad, Oil Rush, & Civ5 all work fine on my Q6600 (no overclock).

But mainly I enjoy having a bunch of applications open all at the same time without any problems: Netbeans, postgreSql admin & server, Gimp, LibreOffice, Firefox with a bunch of tabs, etc... and being able to play a quick game of 0ad without closing out of anything. Not bad for a 6 year old proc & mobo.

I've added memory, and updated the video card twice, it's an AMD 5350 now, but the most measurable upgrade was actually the SSD drive. Running Enlightenement DE also helps, at least when compared to Gnome3 or Unity, maybe only a little better or the same as Gnome2.

about 2 years ago
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GIF Becomes Word of the Year 2012

ianare Re:But how does it sound? (315 comments)

English is a mix of languages, essentially of Germanic origin (mainly Anglo-Saxon) and of Latin origin (mainly French). Germanic is the core of the language, the grammar is derived from it, as is the "basic" vocabulary. French and in some cases Latin directly were added later on, and most of the "extended" vocabulary derives from it, or in some cases, from Greek.

The pronunciation of the "G" is therefore largely dictated by the etymology of the word. You'll see that in the most common words: girl, get, together, gift, etc. the "G" is always hard. However, for words borrowed from French, Latin and Greek (often technical, scientific, legal, etc), the "G" follows the French pronunciation: in front of the vowels "e", "i", and "y" it is soft, otherwise it is hard:

giant (French "géant")
gentle (French "gentil")
gymnasium (Latin)
engine (French "engin")
vagina (Latin)
gyroscope (French from Greek words)
-ogy and -gist (French / Latin): biology, biologist, archeology, archaeologist, etc
-gyn- (meaning "woman", from Greek): misogyny, androgyny, gynoid, etc

Exceptions:
gynecologist, gibbon ...and a favorite topic of debate: giga-, where the logical (heh there's another one from French) pronunciation is "jiga", however the hard version is heard more often.

Back to GIF: both ways of pronouncing it are correct, and indeed I have heard both styles. Although anecdotally, the soft version is used more often by people over 35-40.

about 2 years ago
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Foxconn Sees New Source of Cheap Labor: The United States

ianare Re:Partly (430 comments)

Middle class families in the US don't have the same level of financial assistance from the government in case of layoffs as in Europe. Even for someone with a good position, losing a job is going to be a major problem much sooner than "within a year". More like a 2-3 months at best.

about 2 years ago
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Sharp Warns That It Might Collapse

ianare Re:They just need to... (284 comments)

Perri-air, fresh from Druidia, will always be the best.

about 2 years ago
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Now That It's Here, Is There a Place For Windows RT?

ianare Re:I remember (287 comments)

WindowsQT exists, in a way...

about 2 years ago
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The Most Detailed Images of Uranus' Atmosphere Ever

ianare Re:Name Change (105 comments)

No change needed, the short "a" version is an accepted prononciation of the name, and in fact is closer to the original Latin.

about 2 years ago

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New Evidence Supporting a Martian Origin of Life

ianare ianare writes  |  about a year ago

ianare (1132971) writes "New research supports an idea that the Red Planet was a better place to kick-start biology billions of years ago than the early Earth was. Scientists believe that when life first appeared on Earth our planet was completely submerged in water and very low in dioxygen.
A theory outlined by Prof Steven Benner concludes life couldn't have originated under these conditions because borate and molybdate, two crucial catalysts to the formation of RNA, would have been extremely rare.
Borate minerals help simple organic molecules form carbohydrate rings, and molybdenum then rearranges these rings to form ribose, a crucial building block of RNA. "What’s quite clear is that boron, as an element, is quite scarce in Earth’s crust," Prof Benner says, “but Mars has been drier than Earth and more oxidising, so if Earth is not suitable for the chemistry, Mars might be."
An extremophile bacteria surviving the trip to Earth inside a meteorite isn't as far-fetched as it may seem. "We spend much time on 'planetary protection' so that a launch to Mars does not carry Earth bacteria to forward contaminate Mars, but we find that many bacteria (like radiodurans) can survive the trip, especially if tucked inside of the craft (or, by analogy, within the meteorite)"."

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Copyright claim thwarts North Korea

ianare ianare writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ianare (1132971) writes "A propaganda video from the North Korean authorities has been removed from YouTube following a copyright claim by games maker Activision. It shows a space craft flying around the world and eventually over a city resembling New York. The buildings are then seen crumbling amid fires and missile attacks. However, the dramatic images were soon recognised as having been lifted from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. By Tuesday, the video had been blocked, with a message notifying users of Activision's complaint shown in its place."
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State Senate Candidate Under Fire for Playing World of Warcraft

ianare ianare writes  |  about 2 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "The gaming hobby of a political candidate has become an issue in a state senate race in Maine. Colleen Lachowicz's liking for back-stabbing and poison in WoW raise questions about her "fitness for office", Republicans claim. They've also detailed some of the comments Ms Lachowicz has made while talking about her orc rogue, in particular highlighting her affection for the ability to stab things and kill people without suffering a jail sentence.
"I think it's weird that I'm being targeted for playing online games," said Ms Lachowicz in a statement. "Apparently I'm in good company since there are 183 million other Americans who also enjoy online games."

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Did ants invent the internet?

ianare ianare writes  |  about 2 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "Ask who invented the Internet and you’ll spark off an argument with everyone championed from DARPA to Nikola Tesla. However, two Stanford scientists claim that the inventor may have had six legs, antennae and a taste for disrupting picnics. Professor of biology Deborah Gordon and professor of computer science Balaji Prabhakar say that red harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex barbatus) use the same Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) in foraging that the internet uses to manage data transmissions – making a sort of “Anternet”."
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Science and Math Enrollments Reach New High

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "There has been a continued increase in the number of students taking A-level science and maths subjects. Physics has been especially popular. A growing fascination with science and teacher support schemes seem to be improving the teaching of maths and physics in UK state schools."
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Demise of Early Megafauna Caused by Both Humans and Climate Change

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "Research provides new insights about what caused the extinction of many of the world's big animals over the last 100,000 years. By conducting a statistical analysis using both the climatic information and the timing of arrival of modern humans, researchers were able to determine the most likely cause of extinction. They concluded that it was a combination of both the arrival of man (probably through hunting or habitat alteration) as well as climate change."
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Sceptical climate scientists concede Earth has war

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "A group of scientists known for their skepticism about climate change has reanalyzed two centuries' worth of global temperature records. Their study largely confirms previous ones: it finds strong evidence that Earth is getting hotter.
"The valid issues raised by [climate] sceptics, when addressed fully and in detail, do not significantly change the answer," says lead author Richard Muller. In a testimony to the US Congress earlier this year, Muller questioned whether global temperature records showed a significant warming during the 20th century."

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Russia launches largest telescope ever made

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "A Russian space telescope conceived during the Cold War successfully blasted into orbit from Baikonur earlier this week. At 10 meters, RadioAstron's antenna is small compared to Earth's largest radio telescopes, which can span more than 100 m. But by combining signals with ground based telescopes using interferometry, the resulting observations will be the sharpest ever produced, with an "eye" larger than the Earth. Over the course of the telescope's five-year mission, the moon's gravity will tug the telescope up to 390,000 km from Earth."
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Weather Satellites Lose Funding

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "Federal budget cuts are threatening to leave the U.S. without some critical satellites, and that could mean less accurate warnings about events like tornadoes and blizzards. In particular, officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are concerned about satellites that orbit over the earth's poles rather than remaining over a fixed spot along the equator."
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European Court of Justice rejects stem-cell patent

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "The European Court of Justice today issued a preliminary opinion that procedures involving human embryonic stem cells are not patentable — even if the process in question does not involve the direct destruction of embryos — because they are tantamount to making industrial use of human embryos, which "would be contrary to ethics and public policy"."
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A Flying Motorcycle By 2011?

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "It is safe to bet that a flying motorcycle will never be a practical transportation option, but that has not stopped Samson Motorworks, a small engineering firm in northern California's Sierra Nevada foothills, from playing the long odds. The company is building a prototype of its Switchblade Multi Mode Vehicle, or flying motorcycle, and hopes to sell a $60,000 do-it-yourself kit as early as 2011 (engine and avionics are sold separately). The Switchblade might even have "green" appeal. The engines suitable for the craft all use ordinary unleaded gas and meet California emissions standards, which are stricter than those issued by the U.S."
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OLPC XO laptop for every pupil in Uruguay

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "Uruguay has become the first country to provide a laptop for every child attending state primary school. The project is being promoted as an achievement of the Tabaré Vázquez government. Over the last two years 362,000 pupils and 18,000 teachers have been involved in the programme, which has cost the state $260 per child (less than 5% of the country's education budget). The annual cost of maintaining the programme, including an information portal for pupils and teachers, will be $21.The laptops use the Sugar interface running on Linux , though blind children are being taught on MS Windows. There are plans to extend the scheme to secondary schools and pre-school children next year."
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Web tools oversee Afghan election

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "Attempts to rig or interfere with Afghanistan's election could be caught by a system that allows anyone to record incidents via text message. The text messages are collected via an open source platform known as FrontlineSMS, which has been used to monitor elections in Nigeria. It has now been combined with a "crowd-sourced, crisis-mapping" tool known as Ushahidi, also open source, and which plots the reports on a freely-accessible map. Together they allow reports to be gathered from any part of the country with mobile phone coverage. Even though it costs the same amount of money to send an SMS as it costs to buy bread for your family, some people have said that they will be willing not to eat that evening in order to tell the international community what is going on in the country."
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Hydrogen car to be open source

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "The manufacturer of a hydrogen car unveiled in London on Tuesday will make its designs available online so the cars can be built and improved locally. The Riversimple car can go 80km/hr (50mph) and travels 322km (200mi) per re-fuelling, with an efficiency equivalent to 300 miles to the gallon. The cars will be leased with fuel and repair costs included, at an estimated £200 ($315) per month. The company asserts that in the leasing model, the vested interest for the manufacturer is in producing long-lasting, fuel-efficient, high-quality products, since it bears the cost of both hydrogen and repairs. The agreement will be such that if the designs are improved by a local manufacturer, those improvements will be sent back, so that what the company refers to as its "network of manufacturers" can contribute to the overall development of the product line."
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Smallest terrestrial exoplanet detected

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "COROT has found the smallest terrestrial planet ever detected outside the Solar System. The amazing planet is less than twice the size of Earth and orbits a Sun-like star. It is located very close to its parent star, and has a high temperature, between 1000 and 1500C. This discovery is significant because recent measurements have indicated the existence of planets of small masses but their size remained undetermined until now. "For the first time, we have unambiguously detected a planet that is 'rocky' in the same sense as our own Earth.", said Malcolm Fridlund, ESA's COROT Project Scientist."
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Debian & Android Together on G1

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "A few days ago someone found a serious flaw in the Android firmware that allowed root access. Unfortunately, once there, it's difficult to accomplish anything given Google's overly simplistic busybox replacement, toolbox. What is really needed is a complete Unix userland.

Jay Freeman was able to install the ARM distribution of Debian with the ability to add almost all applications available. He has posted full instructions that explain how to create and load a custom image on an SD card. In the end, both Android and Debian will co-exist happily on the device. Note that the bug which allows this process has been patched by Google, so get this done while you still can!"

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Bridging Brazil's digital divide

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "There are an estimated 45m PCs in Brazil, but 59% of Brazilians have never accessed the internet or used a computer. However, measures are underway to change all that. 56,000 public schools are presently being fitted with broadband internet, with an aim to have all of the urban public schools in the country connected by 2010. The Brazilian government is also trialling a number of laptop projects, including the OLPC, Intel's Classmate, and Encore's Simputer. Children in Brazil only spend between four or five hours at school, so being able to take the laptop home extends the time that they have to learn. The Brazilian government has a profound conviction that free software is the way to go, and is demanding that there be a whole suite of free and open-source software installed in these computers."
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Cuba lifts ban on home computers

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "The first legalised home computers have gone on sale in Cuba, the latest in a series of restrictions on daily life which President Raul Castro has lifted in recent weeks. The desktop computers cost almost $800, in a country where the average wage is under $20 a month, but some Cubans do have access to extra income. Internet access remains restricted to certain workplaces, schools and universities on the island which the government claims is due to low bandwidth availability. Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is laying a new cable under the Caribbean, but it remains unclear whether once the connection is completed, the authorities will allow unrestricted access to the internet."
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MS opens Office binary specs and translator

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "Microsoft has released the specifications of its Office binary formats (Office 97-2007: .doc, .xls, .ppt, drawing) under the MS Open Specification Promise, a program under which Microsoft promises not to sue developers who use the specifications. They are available for direct download as PDF or XPS documents, previously, it was necessary to contact Microsoft to receive the documentation.
Secondly, Microsoft addressed translating from binary formats into the Open XML formats, and concluded that the best option was to create an open source translation project to achieve this. The project has now launched, and is released under the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) license. Although it is still in early stages of development, a first result is expected for April 1st, with the final Word translator (and more) due on June 30th.
These changes are aimed at alleviating criticisms related to the Open XML specifications, specifically the use of undocumented legacy document rendering compatibility tags."

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Aboriginal archive uses new DRM

ianare ianare writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ianare (1132971) writes "A new method of digital rights management which relies on a user's profile has been pioneered by Aboriginal Australians for a multimedia archive. The need to create profiles based on a user's name, age, sex and standing within their community come from traditions over what can and cannot be seen. For example, men cannot view women's rituals, and people from one community cannot view material from another without first seeking permission. Meanwhile images of the deceased cannot be viewed by their families. This threw up issues surrounding how the material could be archived, as it was not only about preserving the information into a database in a traditional sense, but also how people would access it depending on their gender, their relationship to other people and where they were situated."
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