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Comment Re:Lower costs? (Score 1) 316

The problem, as I see it, is that the original poster is comparing the wrong things; namely, he's looking at MySQL for some odd reason, when several other people have here already pointed out that the de-facto OSS solution to this is PostgreSQL and PostGIS. Sounds pretty much like a drop-in solution to me.

2nd on the PostgreSQL and PostGIS. The OP should also consider using the google maps as a base map through their API

Comment Re:Engineering (Score 1) 643

So in other words, you're an idiot that doesn't do any research on the products you buy. If people refuse to buy unsafe cars *gasp* then no businessman in his right mind would make them. Smarten up, dummy.

You know that the auto companies fought vociferously against seat belts,safety glass and air bags right?

Comment Re:Canon or Nikon (Score 1) 569

He said "I don't mean that in the sense of photography as a hobby or a profession, but simply as a method for taking images" and you recommend an SLR? Seriously?

Have you dealt with the shutter lag on a point and shoot? They are largely useless if you want to take a photo of anything that moves faster than a grandmother.

Comment Re:Department of Agriculture (Score 2) 287

Here's an idea, why don't we just shut down 20 of the 21 sections of the Department of Agriculture so they only have one email system?

We can keep food safety inspections, at least until an adequate private inspection regime is in place (like the one that inspects food and facilities for Kosher and Halal dietary requirements).

The last time "food safety inspections", was privatized, the outcome was detailed in "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. A rollicking read, but not something that I would like to return to.

Comment Re:Poor Libraries (Score 4, Insightful) 191

I think this librarian is just upset because he/she is realizing how irrelevant the idea of a library is anymore. Seriously, when was the last time any of you actually used a library?

This week. I never understood why they are not utilized even more than they are in these economic times. Your taxes have already paid for the books on the shelves, why buy another copy?

Comment Re:Normally (Score 1) 811

You got modded insightful, which shows the mods are as ignorant as you are. Rich people buy more things and more expensive things a sales tax is the only fair tax there is.

Not necessarily. Warren Buffett has always stated his secretary pays more taxes as a percentage of income than he does. Also a poor person by definition lives from paycheck to paycheck, spending 100% of any take home pay, which is then taxed. A rich person, may save 20% of their take home salary, negating any sales taxes collected on the portion saved.

Comment Re:They still owe texas money. (Score 2) 811

Yes, but Amazon will no longer have a physical presence in the state, thus Texas will not be able to collect on any future sales tax. Texas needs to cut some sort of compromise deal with Amazon or they will lose out in the long run, but in lost revenue from jobs and physical infrastructure, as well as potential future sales tax.

See the problem is Amazon did not collect sales tax for Texas from those past sales, thus this money has to come out of their bottom line, instead of literally just taking money from the state population and giving it to the state government when sales tax is tacked on as normal.

They should put a lien on the property and the physical assets for the full amount of the taxes due. Wake them latte drinkin' Internet types up real quick.

Submission + - Scientology being investigated by the FBI (

An anonymous reader writes: An insider's tell all article in the New Yorker reveals that the FBI has been investigating Scientology on suspicion of human trafficking for more than a year, and the alleged use of adherents forced to do manual labor for $50 a week. Also being investigated is Scientology's diminutive leader David Miscavige for his profligate spending habits.

Submission + - Xtext/TS - a Typesystem Framework for Xtext ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Since the release of version 1.0, it has become feasible to build complex expression languages in Xtext. However, once you have expressions, you typically also need a type system. In this article Markus Völter describes a framework for specifying type systems for expression languages built using Xtext.

Submission + - LG To Show World’s First 3D Smartphone Next (

jhernik writes: LG will introduce the world’s first smartphone with a glasses-free 3D display at Mobile World Congress

LG has announced it will introduce what it calls the first smartphone with a glasses-free 3D display at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next week.

The move follows on from LG’s announcement of the Optimus 2X, the first dual-core smartphone, and the Optimus Black, which includes a super-bright LCD screen. Both devices run Google’s Linux-based Android operating system.

Dual-lens camera
The Optimus 3D will include a dual-lens camera for 3D recording, a LCD panel capable of displaying 3D images that can be viewed without special eyewear, and connectivity options including HDMI and DLNA for sharing 3D content, according to LG.

Rumours published on the website Mobile Smug said the smartphone will use a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and an eight-megapixel camera with autofocus, stereoscopic support and geo-tagging.

The device will run Android 2.3 “Gingerbread”, according to the same report. LG also distributed a video of the 3D device.

The device will debut on the networks 3 and Vodafone in the UK, according to rumours.

LG is also planning to display a 3D-capable, Android-based tablet at Mobile World Congress, according to widely circulated rumours.

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