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Comment: Re:Thinly veiled stab at MySQL (Score 1) 287

by Lordrashmi (#42126367) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which OSS Database Project To Help?

Having a truly open source (and community developed) fork is one of the main reasons, however we actually have been developing features independent of what oracle does. Pretty much the entire MySQL optimizer team left Oracle and moved to the MariaDB project. They took the time to fix subqueries so they were actually usable and improve many other features. Take a look at the comparison:

Comment: Re:Marking items to 'keep'? (Score 1) 117

by Lordrashmi (#41390659) Attached to: Game Review: <em>Borderlands 2</em>
While there is no "sell all" feature, they have added a nice solution to your problem. You can now "star" or "x" items. There is no added functionality besides the visual indicator but it makes it easy when going through the vendor to quickly sell all your X'd items. I star my important, must keep items and then during downtime (waiting on co-op buddies) go through and X anything I want to sell.

Comment: GIS improvements already are in MariaDB (Score 4, Interesting) 316

by Lordrashmi (#38720572) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?
Disclaimer: I work for Monty Program Ab, the primary developers behind MariaDB.

MariaDB 5.3.3 (currently in RC status) has improved GIS functionality versus MySQL. While sponsoring new features could improve it even further what we are releasing right now might be enough for you. Please give it a try, and talk to us about how we could make it fit your needs better.

Comment: Re:which patents? (Score 1) 331

by Lordrashmi (#37617786) Attached to: Samsung Seeking Ban of iPhone 4S in Europe

Siri's entirely on the phone on the other hand.

Sorry, you are mistaken:

Speech recognition will work in English (UK, US and Australian), French and German in it’s beta release. A data connection is also required to work.

(about halfway through the article). That being said, Siri looks more advanced then the default voice recognition built into android, though some similar 3rd party apps exist for android.

Comment: Re:Officially they never enabled it anyway (Score 1) 207

by Lordrashmi (#36588604) Attached to: Apple Has Stopped iOS Downgrading

In 3.1 on my xoom they do a good job. On the desktop, when you long hold you can drag to a trash can that says "remove" and that simply removes it from the desktop. On the app list, long holding makes "Uninstall" button appear that you can drag too.

If I recall correctly, the next android phone version is supposed to bring a lot of improvements from the tablet version.

+ - Bin Laden reported Dead->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Various news outlets are reporting that Osama Bin Laden was killed by a "U.S. asset" in a mansion outside of Pakistan and that the United States is in possession of the body.

Let the speculation begin!

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US Embassy Categorizes Beijing Air Quality As 'Crazy Bad' 270

Posted by samzenpus
from the it-totally-sucks dept.
digitaldc writes "Pollution in Beijing was so bad Friday the US embassy, which has been independently monitoring air quality, ran out of conventional adjectives to describe it, at one point saying it was 'crazy bad.' The embassy later deleted the phrase, saying it was an 'incorrect' description and it would revise the language to use when the air quality index goes above 500, its highest point and a level considered hazardous for all people by US standards. The hazardous haze has forced schools to stop outdoor exercises, and health experts asked residents, especially those with respiratory problems, the elderly and children, to stay indoors."

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