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Comment Huh? (Score 1) 96

I don't get what an "economy" has to do with this. It's a single player game and just how they calculated item costs. And that's it... nothing new and sure as heck not an economy. You'll note tons of games, multiplayer or not have static prices for items and this sounds like just another way of calculating those prices. It's not an economy.

Comment Comcast vs Netflix (Score 1) 343

I honestly don't get this. So Netflix was using other network providers and hoping they'd get their traffic to Comcast customers in a timely manner and they were not. So Netflix works out a peering arrangement with Comcast to deliver traffic directly to Comcasts network and this is somehow bad? This is how the net has always been.

Think about it, if Netflix decided their sole connection would be to some ISP in Bulgaria, and their traffic was slow to Comcast customers how would that be Comcasts fault? You want rapid delivery, you pay for it. So now Netflix pays to directly connect to Comcasts network instead of using third parties. That's you know, normal.

Comment BMW E85 Z4's (Score 1) 437

2003-2005 models that didn't come with fog lights also didn't 'come with' heated mirrors although the hardware is in place. With the right software and cable (or pay a dealership into doing it) you can enable fog lights and that will enable the heated mirrors. It's the only instance that I personally know of where the hardware is already there but disabled in software, but I'm sure there's others.

And of course you can enable/disable/customize all sorts of other features of your car that are just outright software based. A few which were country specific or were never factory options (and can't even be enabled by your dealership) like digital speedometer. Kind of like how setting the power window function when ignition off to ec (European) instead of us enables use of the power windows when the car is off.

I've enabled 'features' on friends BMW's such as passing lights, exterior light flash when lock/unlock, interior lights on when trunk opened, power windows with car off, closing of car with key fob (top, or windows and sunroof), fog lights as cornering lights, daytime running lights, the little red clown nose under the rear view mirror to flash after the car has been locked for 10 seconds even though the car doesn't even have an alarm, instant mpg, etc. And of course the heated mirrors by enabling fog lights...

Comment Re:good (Score 1) 783

You mean article 2 from the European Convention on Human Rights? Since you bright it up I pasted it below, since it has more to say on the matter than just that education is a right.


No person shall be denied the right to education. In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and to teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religions and philosophical convictions.

Comment Video is FUD? (Score 5, Informative) 287

Pretty much all the test cases from that video fail on MySQL if the sql-mode is set to traditional. MySQL will throw an error when data would be truncated, throws an error when you try to insert a NULL value in a NOT NULL column, refuses to alter a table if the existing data would be truncated, throws an error on an invalid date, on select only returns a warning for division by 0 but throws an error on an insert of division by 0, throws an error if you try to insert a string into a numeric column and so on.

I understand of course that the strict modes aren't enabled by default but they're easy enough to enable if you choose to. Via my.cnf, the command line when mysqld is started up or while connected to the mysql server itself (for just that session, or globally for all sessions).

I didn't run through all their examples, but mostly because I got bored and all their examples that I did try were throwing errors (except the select 1/0 one, which issued a warning) with the sql-mode set to traditional on MySQL (postgresql is also a sql-mode option but I didn't play with that one since I've never used it before).

Comment Re:All Edison's fault (Score 1) 1080

7 lines with Verizon ($453.98, cousins iPhone 4S, brothers iPhone 4S, my iPhone 5, my Vaio Z, sons iPhone 4, sons netbook, daughters iPhone 4), 2 lines with AT&T ($135, mothers iPhone 4 and sisters iPhone 4). Cable is $367.75 (Comcast, all channels + sports package, 2 anyrooms, DVR, 105/20Mbs, home security and phone).

So no, that number was about right.

Comment Re:All Edison's fault (Score 1) 1080

I can tell you why I don't replace my lighting. It'd cost me $2100 to replace every bulb in my home (not including the 8 flood lamps). I also rent, so naturally I'd like to take them with me when I move and there's that little catch where when I move out all bulbs in the home must be in working order (same as they were when I moved in) so that would (eventually) mean purchasing a whole mess of CFLs (or figuring out how to store 40+ incandescent bulbs safely until I move).

As an aside my home runs on gas so my winter time (when lighting would most factor in) electricity bill only runs about $40 a month. It will hit $90 a month during the summer but that's my A/C's fault. Therefore electricity bills aren't a huge concern of mine (especially if compared to my cable and cell phone bill which together hit over $800 a month).

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