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Comment Re:There would be no need... (Score 1) 337

And in Austria you need a reflective vest for every passenger. And if this wasn't silly enough, then in Russia and Ukraine, as I suspect in most ex-Soviet countries, also a fire extinguisher. In the Czech Republic a year or so ago they changed the requirements for the first aid kit, thus screwing anyone who didn't buy the new version. Cops love to check all of this too if they're bored or aren't reaching their quotas otherwise, so be prepared to unload everything from the trunk to demonstrate that you do, in fact, have all of this crap.

Shit's getting ridiculous, really, soon I'll be going for Sunday drives with a surgeon riding shotgun, just in case.

Comment That's a weirdly specific topic to post on /. (Score 3, Informative) 68

But nevertheless quite interesting. The idea of updatable views is certainly a good one, but it seems that the current limitations make this feature more or less useless for now:

  • The view must have exactly one entry in its FROM, which must be a table or another updatable view.
  • The view definition must not contain WITH, DISTINCT, GROUP BY, HAVING, LIMIT, or OFFSET clauses at the top level.
  • The view definition must not contain set operations (UNION, INTERSECT or EXCEPT) at the top level.
  • All columns in the viewâ(TM)s select list must be simple references to columns of the underlying relation. They cannot be expressions, literals or functions. System columns cannot be referenced, either.
  • No column of the underlying relation can appear more than once in the viewâ(TM)s select list.
  • The view must not have the security_barrier property.

O'Reilly Discounts Every eBook By 50% 108

destinyland writes "O'Reilly and Associates just announced that they're offering a 50% discount on every ebook they publish for Cyber Monday. Use the code CYBERDAY when checking out to claim the discount (which expires at midnight). Amazon has also discounted their Kindle Fire tablets to just $129. Due to a production snafu, they've already sold out of the new Kindle Paperwhite, and won't be able to ship any more until December 21"

Comment Re:eBay... (Score 3, Insightful) 291

First: Hold onto them until they're actually worth something. Sometime in the middle of the DDR4 lifecycle, it will become nearly impossible to find new 4GB DDR3 sticks, so people will have to turn to used sticks if they want to upgrade their machines from 8GB (4x2GB or 2x4GB) to 16 GB (4x4GB).

History tells us that they will be valued at at least twice the original market rate. So sell now and get ~$7.5k, or wait 2-3 years and likely get $15-20k. I'd wait.

That's a good point. I just had to RMA a module of extended-warranty DDR2 RAM. Ignoring for a moment the fact that they asked me to send the whole kit instead of just the faulty module, more importantly instead of replacing it, they refunded me the money instead. Which is just slightly less money than what new (and slower!) DDR2 memory costs. Oops.

In the end I managed to find the last few identical kits in some weird online store, but another year or two and I'd be completely fucked.

Comment Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (Score 0) 820

"So fucking what?"

People die from everything all the time, including boring crap like water. And I don't mean by drowning, just by drinking too much of perfectly fine water. But speaking of water, swimming pools are more dangerous for children than guns, and when are those getting banned?

Somebody somewhere is definitely making millions off those, yet they were responsible for 550 children drowning in 1997, if you RTFA. So?

Comment Re:stupid (Score 1) 652

Science is not a zero-sum game. Scientific discoveries enrich everybody, regardless of which country they're made in.

You state your unsubstantiated opinion as fact. Are you sure you are qualified to talk about "science"?

Have you ever heard of the '60s? The "race to the moon" was important, and the space race was most assuredly focused on firsts by country.

But I'm sure you have some reasoning on how that's irrelevant to now.

Yes, the race to the moon was an expensive political dickwaving contest which Kennedy got into "because communists!!!". I don't see how that is relevant today.

Comment TCC (Score 1) 386

TinyCC doesn't require anything else to run, is small, fast, and has enough functionality for hobby-level stuff. For an IDE, just use notepad or something.

However, if you get fired for this, it's going to be your own fault for knowingly violating the rules. Brining your own laptop might not be acceptable either, depending on the environment, but that would be the best possibility so it's definitely worth checking out. Another possibility is to use remote desktop or ssh or something to connect to your home box running whatever IDE you'll want, but again, check with your managers. If they don't allow it, just read a book about programming instead.

Comment Re:Being distracted while driving is dangerous. (Score 1) 217

"Failure to signal" is what cops use to justify stopping a black dri^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hsuspicious vehicle. They will follow until the driver makes an illegal turn or lane change and then light him up.

Otherwise, getting stopped for not signalling is as rare as getting stopped for going 3mph over the speed limit.

This was exactly my point, though I didn't feel it was necessary to spell out. Not signaling might be illegal, but when was the last time anyone was stopped for it, lawmakers were making a big fuss about it, or you read about it in the news?

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