PostgreSQL has allowed functions to be written in plenty of programming languages for at least 10 years.
Also, with Oracle it was possible to use Java in addition to PL/SQL since 2002. I don't know about Sybase but I guess it probably got
Perhaps you failed to notice, but 2002 is only just shy of 12 years ago. The word "decades" (note the fact that this is the plural not the singular) implies at least 20 years. So, the poster you replied to was exactly correct, they did not have this "decades ago".
Rather they had a better grip on how distance is really measured
Only if you were asking about some place that they went to on a regular basis (and then only if you were departing from a place they went to that place from). One of the interesting things about different parts of the U.S. is that I live in an area where, when asked how far some place is from some other place, the overwhelming majority answer by giving a time, not a number of miles. Most other parts of the country answer that question by giving a number of miles. Where I live how long it takes to get somewhere depends very much on which direction you are going (15 miles in one direction will take 15-30 minutes, 15 miles in another direction will take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on time of day).
In the case of Iran, the purpose of sanctions is NOT to help one segment of the population overcome the oppression of the government. The purpose of the sanctions is to reduce the economic capability of the government to develop a nuclear weapon, and in the process cause so much economic pain to the country of Iran that it gives up the idea of doing so.
There are so many facts we do not know that it is hard to form a solid opinion about it. I do not have particular sympathy for the owner of the car (although if certain facts come to light, that could easily change). On the other hand, my inclination is to suspect that the police officer was abusing his authority (I can think of numerous things that might come to light to change that, although that would require more than what would be required for me to start sympathizing with the owner of the car).
You accuse me of short term thinking because I try to point out a fact about the way the world is. It appears to me that you are guilty of not thinking at all.
reduction in biodiversity is always at a net cost to humanity.
Really? In what way does the extinction of the small pox virus cost humanity? Most people consider THAT reduction in biodiversity to be a net gain to humanity.