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Comment Re:Did you type this on a manual typewriter? (Score 1) 776 776

Nope, he means 70 mph (113 km/h), and yes, you just gotta pull out of a T junction and go; no merging lane, no on-ramp. That's a dual carriageway, characterised by two lanes and a central barrier (single carriageways are usually national speed limit, i.e. 60 mph). Bear in mind that as with everywhere else, most people are travelling 10 - 20 mph over the indicated speed limit (and thus probably travelling around 75-80 real mph). Underpowered automatics are death traps. That said I drive a BMW 330D (straight 6 3L diesel) manual, which probably would be fine as an automatic.
Databases

Submission + - Object/relational mapping: just like Vietnam

An anonymous reader writes: Are relational databases the best solution for storing data created with object-oriented programs? Enterprise software developer, consultant, and 2007 JavaOne speaker Ted Neward addressed that very issue in a paper published last year entitled "The Vietnam of Computer Science." This "Vietnam" article was discussed heavily in the Java development community, which raised enough post-publication issues to warrant a follow-up piece. Today the second "Vietnam" article is available on ODBMS.org. In this interview, both Ted and db4objects CEO Christof Wittig discuss the problems presented by object/relational mapping, some potential solutions to those problems, and offer explanations for why programmers continue to make the same database mistakes despite the quagmire frequently presented by ORM.
Television

Submission + - Popular Mechanics: Top 10 HDTV Myths Explained

monkeyboythom writes: "Popular Mechanics has an article titled, "Top 10 HDTV Myths: Fact vs. Fiction, Hi-Def Style," explaining such things as the differences between 1080i and 1080p and why not all flat panel TVs are really HDTV ready. One of the biggest misnomers I've seen on some boards is this idea that HD cannot be recorded on regular DVDs. Gee, with all these myths put to rest, what's there left to argue about?"
Intel

Submission + - Intel Unveils P35 with DDR3 and 45nm CPU Support

bigwophh writes: Intel is officially unleashing their newest mainstream desktop chipset today, the P35, a member of the formerly codenamed "Bearlake" family. In addition to a new ICH9 Southbridge, the P35 chipset ushers in support for DDR3 system memory for the desktop. It also supports legacy DDR2 memory, depending on the motherboard's DIMM slot configuration. Here is a performance evaluation on a pair of P35-based motherboards from Asus with both DDR2 and DDR3 memory installed. As you'll note, thanks to some relatively high latencies currently, DDR3 doesn't affect performance all that much currently. It does show serious promise though, with the ability to hit speeds in excess of 1700MHz DDR.
The Internet

Submission + - MySpace agrees to share sex offender data

mikesd81 writes: "Seattle Times has an article about MySpace providing a number of state attorneys general with data on registered sex offenders who use the popular social networking Web site.

Attorneys general from eight states demanded last week that the company provide data on how many registered sex offenders are using the site and where they live. MySpace obtained the data from Sentinel Tech Holding Corp., which the company partnered with in December to build a database with information on sex offenders. Attorneys general in North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania asked for the Sentinel data last week."
Businesses

Bezos and O'Reilly 2.0 16 16

theodp writes "Looks like Jeff Bezos and Tim O'Reilly are investing together again, and this time it has nothing to do with patent reform. In Bezos Goes Web 2.0 Wild, Private Equity Week's Alexander Haislip reports that Explore Holdings, which as of late has been doing business as Bezos Expeditions, is one of 19 investors that have pumped $34.3M into O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures."

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