I'm willing to be corrected here, but I understand CONNECT BY was Oracle's way of making recursive queries before the SQL standard invented them. Oracle and PostgreSQL (and presumably others) support standard recursion now.
Postgres also has default function parameters, and extensions which sorta kinda but not really approximate Oracle's packages.
Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Washington Post reports that the army has brought twenty-two new charges — including the Article 104 offence of "aiding the enemy" that carries a potential death sentence — against Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, a former intelligence analyst accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy Web site WikiLeaks. The new charges, filed under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, include wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet, knowing that it will be accessed by the enemy, that US officials have asserted could put soldiers and civilians at risk. However the prosecution has notified Manning's attorneys that it will not recommend the death penalty and the charge sheet, like the original set of accusations, contains no mention by name of the enemy to which the US military is referring. Manning's supporters reacted to the new charges with dismay. "I'm shocked that the military opted to charge Pfc. Bradley Manning today with the capital offense of 'aiding the enemy,' " says Jeff Paterson, project director of Courage to Resist, which has raised money for Manning's defense. "It's beyond ironic that leaked US State Department cables have contributed to revolution and revolt" in the Middle East, "yet an American may be executed, or at best face life in prison, for being the primary whistleblower.""
wan9xu writes: "This is a real Orwellian development. Purportedly to help alleviate Beijing's traffic congestion, the new initiative, literally translated as "Platform for Citizen Movement Information" proposes to track individual citizen's movement in real time via cell phone signals. Cell phones will be automatically registered at cell towers as soon as they are switched on. The rest is just like the phone tracking you see every week on CSI." Link to Original Source
Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Conventional post-mortem examinations require cutting open the body so the vital organs can be inspected, a procedure that can be distressing for the family and is opposed by some communities on religious grounds. Now BBC reports that a team at the the University of Leicester has developed a non-surgical autopsy technique which could remove the need to open up the body to determine a cause of death. The process involves making a small incision in the neck, so that a catheter can be fed down towards the coronary arteries. First air, and then a white dye, are injected, and the CT scanner used again to look for detailed evidence of heart disease. ""We were the first Unit in the world to our knowledge to propose targeted angiography as the way forward, and are now the first to describe the development, methodology and protocols involved for cadaver cardiac CT angiography," says Professor Guy Rutty, Chief Forensic Pathologist to the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit. "Other groups have done whole body angiography which is time consuming and expensive and is unlikely to be implemented in the UK for everyday autopsies""
An anonymous reader writes: Today News Corporation‘s owner Rupert Murdoch announced that his company has attained their goal of becoming carbon neutral. The company took a top to bottom account of its environmental impact and has achieved laudable victories, such as energy efficiency measures companywide and multiple green energy installations. The initiative which was first laid out in 2007 has saved the company millions of dollars and help to address Mr. Murdoch’s concerns that “Climate change poses clear, catastrophic threats. We may not agree on the extent, but we certainly can’t afford the risk of inaction.” Link to Original Source
hapworth writes: "The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has submitted a report on the top 40 countries guilty of piracy to The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), which is preparing for its annual “Special 301” report. This report describes the adequacy and effectiveness of US trading partners’ protection of intellectual property rights. Among the 40 countries suggested by the IIPA for the watch list, 13 were recommended for placement on the USTR's "Priority Watch List." These countries include Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Spain, Ukraine, and Vietnam. While previous reports have focused on physical piracy, this year's emphasizes cracking down on online piracy." Link to Original Source
1sockchuck writes: Data centers are designed to house servers, not people. This has often meant trade-offs for data center staffers, who brave 100-degree hot aisles and perform their work at laptop carts. But some data center developers are rethinking this approach and designing people-friendly data centers with Class-A offices and amenities for staff and visitors. Is this the future of data center design? Link to Original Source
universegeek writes: "The CMS experiment at the LHC has published their first results from the 2010 data showing no evidence (yet) of the Higgs boson. They have ruled out a surprisingly large mass range for candidate Higgs — 144-207GeV/c — with 95% certainty." Link to Original Source
gabbo529 writes: "Recognizing the evolution of video games, Nintendo is taking a more social approach to its upcoming 3DS game system.
"Nintendo 3DS will be the most connected Nintendo device ever, with its ability to link people via local wireless connections, while at the same time connecting them to people and content worldwide via hotspot connectivity," Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said 25th annual Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco.
Nintendo announced it will do this primarily by making 10,000 WiFi hotspots available for 3DS gamers to connect, play games and view content. The WiFi will be available in selected airports, cafes and restaurants. Subsequently, it also announced a deal with Netflix, where members will be able to stream movies and other content on their Nintendo 3DS systems." Link to Original Source
snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Ted Samson raises several challenging questions in the wake of HBGary, first and foremost being, should the cyber vigilante acts of 'hacktivists' such as Anonymous be embraced? No doubt the alleged HBGary plot is troubling, Samson writes, 'but also troubling is how quickly some members of Congress seek to use illegally acquired information to further their own political agenda.' The underlying message seems to be that cyber vigilantes may have more leeway than those who engage in equally illegal, though decidedly nontechnical methods to expose their targets." Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: A beam of helium atoms has been shown to have properties similar to a laser light beam, according to Australian scientists who have confirmed — for atoms — a theory first developed for light nearly 50 years ago. Link to Original Source
itwbennett writes: "Taiwan's Asus has a novel idea to cut down on shipping waste: What if the shipping container became the PC case? That's the idea behind a box the company will begin using to ship one of its Mini ATX motherboards. It holds the motherboard snug for shipping and is constructed so additional components required to make a PC can be added, said Debby Lee, a spokeswoman for the Taipei-based company. An example of the box is showing at this week's Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany." Link to Original Source