7th Continent – Upping my pledge

I am not a millionaire. However I am not poor or “just about managing” either. If I had to classify my financial situation I’d call it “comfortably well off”. Now if you look at my hobby, games in general, the cost of games is usually in the tens or hundreds of dollars/euros. Which means that the purchase of even an expensive game or a somewhat exaggerated, unnecessary game purchase isn’t going to cause me any financial hardship. There are occasions where spending more is a reasonable option for me, even if I wouldn’t recommend it for everybody. All this to say that I just upped my pledge for the 7th Continent second Kickstarter project from $49 to $200. Why?

Well, it started with me packing a suitcase for a week of holidays with my wife. We like our holidays to be a mix of visiting things and relaxing, so we always take some entertainment with us. And I was hesitating to take the box of the 7th Continent game I got from the previous Kickstarter. I really want to play this, but what if it gets damaged or the airline loses my baggage and the game is gone? You can’t buy the 7th Continent anywhere, it is only available during Kickstarter projects, and they don’t happen all that often (about every 2 years).

And then I realized that because there is currently the second Kickstarter project ongoing (I had already pledged to get the next expansion), I could up my pledge and get a second base game too for $129. Throw in a bit more money for optional purchases like expansions (which also aren’t available anywhere else) and I upped my pledge to $200. Worst case scenario is that I end up with one extra box I’ll never open. Best case scenario is that I’ll have a shiny second edition box with lots of expansions at home, and the peace of mind that allows me to take the original box with me on holidays without being stressed about damaging or losing it. Not something I would do for a game that can easily be replaced, but for the 7th Continent I considered it worth the money.

The current Kickstarter project ends in 5 days, so if you still want to join you need to hurry. The projects already has over 33,000 backers and is over 10,000% funded. That is not a typo, they asked for $40,000 and got $4.5 million. As a “second edition” the risk of not getting the product you paid for is much reduced, although it probably will be late again. Great success of a Kickstarter project brings its own logistics problems, and this second run got 3 times the backers and 4 times the money of the first run. The game has raving reviews on BoardGameGeek (Rank #56 out of 96,000 games) and elsewhere. And unlike Gloomhaven you can’t just buy the 7th Continent on Amazon. You can get just the base game, in English or French, for $80, but another $49 also gets you the big expansion “What Goes Up, Must Come Down” and the many stretch goals. Or if you are like me you can go all out and get pretty much everything for $200.

MongoDB overView with Installation_procEss: SQL – Where all to UsE ?

MongoDB


MongoDB (from humongous) is a free and open-source cross-platform document-oriented database program. Classified as a NoSQL database program, MongoDB uses JSON-like documents with schemas. MongoDB is developed by MongoDB Inc. and is free and open-source, published under a combination of the GNU Affero General Public License and the Apache License. Any relational database has a typical schema design that shows number of tables and the relationship between these tables. While in MongoDB, there is no concept of relationship.

Document Database

A record in MongoDB is a document, which is a data structure composed of field and value pairs. MongoDB documents are similar to JSON objects. The values of fields may include other documents, arrays, and arrays of documents. Following is the example of MongoDB document 

MongoDB database document


Following are some advantages of using document database

  • Documents correspond to native data types in many programming languages.
  • Embedded documents and arrays reduce need for expensive joins.
  • Dynamic schema supports fluent Polymorphism.
Following are the features of MongoDB
  • MongoDB provides high performance data persistence.
  • MongoDB supports a rich query language to support read and write operations.
  • Extremely faster than RDBMS
  • It is easy to use and lightweight.
Lets see advantages of MongoDB over RDBMS
In recent days, MongoDB is a new and popularly used database. It is a document based, non relational database provider.
  • MongoDB is schema less. It is a document database in which one collection holds different documents.
  • Structure of a single object is clear in MongoDB.
  • There are no complex joins in MongoDB.
  • Uses internal memory for storing the (windowed) working set, enabling faster access of data.
  • MongoDB is easy to scale.
  • Conversion/mapping of application objects to database objects not needed.
Where MongoDB should be used?
  • Big and complex data
  • Mobile and social infrastructure
  • Content management and delivery
  • User data management
  • Data hub
Lets see how to install MongoDB on windows
Setp 1: Download MongoDB for Windows
Download the latest production release of MongoDB.
To find which version of Windows you are running, enter the following commands in the Command Prompt or Powershell:


Step 2: Install MongoDB
In Window explorer, locate the downloaded MongoDB msi file, double click on that file and follow the instructions appears on the screen. These instructions will guide you to complete the installation process.

Step3: Setup MongoDB Environment
MongoDB requires a data folder to store its files. The default location for the MongoDB data directory is c:datadb. So you need to create this folder using the Command Prompt.

Start If you want to start MongoDB, run mongod.exe or You can do it from command prompt by using following command
C:Program FilesMongoDBServer3.4binmongod.exe

This will start the mongoDB database process. If you get a message “waiting for connection” in the console output, it indicates that the mongodb.exe process is running successfully.
If you will get following error 
mongod error
then click here and follow the steps.

When you connect to the MongoDB through the mongo.exe shell, you should follow these steps:
1. Open another command prompt.
2. At the time of connecting, specify the data directory if necessary.

If you use the default data directory while MongoDB installation, there is no need to specify the data directory.
For example:
C:mongodbbinmongo.exe 
If you use the different data directory while MongoDB installation, specify the directory when connecting.
For example:
C:mongodbbinmongod.exe– dbpath d:testmongodbdata  

If you have spaces in your path, enclose the entire path in double space.
For example:
C:mongodbbinmongod.exe– dbpath  “d: testmongodbdata”
This will show that MongoDB is installed and run successfully.

MongoDB Help
To get a list of commands, type db.help() in MongoDB client. This will give you a list of commands.

MongoDB Statistics
To get stats about MongoDB server, type the command db.stats() in MongoDB client. This will show the database name, number of collection and documents in the database.

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Pharmaceutical Company Billionaire and Wife Found Dead in ‘Suspicious’ Circumstances

Bodies of Barry Sherman, the founder of Canadian firm Apotex, and his wife Honey were found in their Toronto mansion.

The founder and chairman of Apotex, Bernard Sherman, and his wife Honey were found dead inside their North York mansion, in Toronto, Canada, on Friday. The couple recently put up their home up …

 

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Don’t want to battle for Azeroth

World of Warcraft announced a 7th expansion called Battle for Azeroth. At this point in time I don’t feel any interest in that expansion. If it came out today, I wouldn’t buy it. As it is coming out in a year, there is still time for me to change my mind. But there is a greater than zero probability that this will be the first World of Warcraft expansion I’m opting out of.

USDA Gives in to Big ‘Organic’ Poultry, Moves to Withdraw New Animal Welfare Rules

The Obama-era rules were meant to establish stronger, more enforceable animal welfare requirements for certified organic producers.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) formally proposed withdrawing a set of rules finalized at the end of the Obama administration that establish stronger, more enforceable animal welfare requirements for certified organic producers.

The rules, titled the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule, are the product of more than a decade of collaboration and coordination among the organic community, including consumers, farmers, veterinarians, environmentalists and animal welfare groups. Unfortunately, a few large-scale egg producers fear the new rules will expose their less-than-organic practices and put pressure on USDA and Congress to stop the rule.

“The new rules are vital for protecting animal welfare, organic consumers, and the thousands of farmers that opt-in to organic certification,” said Cameron Harsh, senior manager for Organic & Animal Policy at the Center for Food Safety.

The rules, which have been delayed from implementation three separate times since being finalized in January 2017, provide needed clarity on organic animal care, including prohibiting several painful alterations. In particular, the rules require all animals to have real access to the outdoors, which must include contact with soil and vegetation, and outline minimum spacing requirements for poultry. This is, in fact, what consumers already expect from the organic poultry and eggs they buy in stores. But the largest poultry producers have so far been able to consider small, cement, fenced-in areas as outdoor access and have not been required to abide by specific spacing limitations.

“The rules would hold all certified producers to the high standard of animal care that consumers expect and that the drafters of the organic law intended. If they are withdrawn, the steadily growing organic market and consumer trust in the organic seal will be at risk,” added Harsh.

Center for Food Safety has submitted extensive comments in support of the rules. While the rules are not perfect, they are a substantial step toward ensuring all organic animals are provided a consistent level of care. The small but vocal opposition against the rules have misrepresented the realities of the rules in order to continue business-as-usual.

The proposal to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule is open for public comment until Jan. 17, 2018.

 

 

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Reportedly Face New Financial Disclosures Lawsuit

The couple allegedly made significant omissions on their disclosure forms.

President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner were hit with a new lawsuit on Sunday alleging they made significant omissions on their federal financial disclosure forms.

Politico reported Sunday night that Washington lawyer Jeffrey Lovitky filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Washington alleging that the two White House aides neglected to share information about some 30 investment funds in which they are invested. They also are accused of hiding the value of two investment vehicles in which they’re involved as well as income derived from them.

A large number of the holdings Kushner did report, the complaint states, are not listed in full detail due to “prior confidentiality agreements.”

However, Lovitky’s complaint said these agreements do not apply under the Ethics in Government Act (EIGA).

“The [Ethics in Government Act] does not allow a reporting individual to refuse to disclose the underlying assets of an investment vehicle, on the basis that such disclosure would violate a pre-existing confidentiality agreement. Nor does the EIGA allow a reporting individual to refuse to disclose the amount of income derived from any underlying asset of an investment vehicle, on the basis that such disclosure would violate a pre-existing confidentiality agreement,” said the suit.

Politico’s Josh Gerstein described Lovitky as “a health care finance lawyer who sometimes files civil rights cases.” He filed a similar suit against Pres. Trump himself earlier this year.

Kushner and Ms. Trump have been hit with repeated accusations of hiding information from federal regulators including charges that they failed to disclose millions of dollars of art in their possession. Kushner has had to revise his reports of meetings with foreign operatives and Russian banking officials multiple times, adding “more than 100 names” to the list last July.

Read the full report here.

 

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Deal: Misfit Vapor gets a $60 price cut on Amazon to $140

The Misfit Vapor finally went on sale in late October, after the Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch was supposed to launch sometime in the late summer of 2017. The price for the smartwatch was $199.99, but now Amazon has cut the price down for the Vapor to just $139.59. That’s over $60 off for a product that first launched less than two months ago.

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That may be a clue that sales of the Vapor may not be doing as well as Misfit thought, or it could just be a holiday sales promotion. In any case, getting such a big price cut for this smartwatch makes it more attractive. It has a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 4 GB of internal storage, a 44 mm satin-finished stainless steel casing, and a touch-enabled bezel that lets you access the UI without using the touchscreen.

Unfortunately, the Misfit Vapor does not have a dedicated GPS chip inside, which was something the company said would originally be included with this smartwatch. It also lacks an NFC chip, so you can’t use it to buy stuff in stores via Android Pay without a phone. However, it does have an optical heart rate sensor and a water resistance rating of up to 50 meters, which means you can use it while swimming. Android Wear 2.0 support means you also get access to Google Assistant, along with customizable watch faces and access to all the new Google Fit features.

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Former Fox News Analyst Tamara Holder Shares Explicit Details of Sexual Assault

She spoke out after claiming Rupert Murdoch violated the terms of her settlement.

Former Fox News analyst Tamara Holder publicly revealed the details of her workplace sexual assault to CNN, because she believes Rupert Murdoch violated the terms of her settlement agreement in an interview where he described sexual misconduct allegations at Fox News as “nonsense.”

“Fox News ruined people’s lives,” Holder said. “He [Murdoch] ruined my life. I don’t have a job in TV anymore because the place that he has secured down like Fort Knox allowed abusive predators to work.”

She excoriated Murdoch for trying to downplay the pervasive culture of sexual predation at Fox News and dismiss some accounts as being “flirting.”

“Let me be clear. I had a man pull out his penis in his office and shove my head on it. That was not flirting, that was criminal. That was not sexual harassment,” Holder explained.

She said she expects to be sued for speaking out about the culture of sexual misconduct at Fox News, but believes she hasn’t violated the terms of her settlement.

“What Mr. Murdoch said, in my opinion as a lawyer, not as a victim or a survivor, as a lawyer, is that this gives me a legal right to respond,” she said. “And I’m responding not for myself, but on behalf of every woman in America who has been abused.”

Watch the full segment below.

 

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Deal: Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are $50-$75 off at the Google Store, up to $550 off at Target

Both Google and Verizon Wireless are making a last minute holiday sales push for the recently launched Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Over at the Google Store, you can get the 64 GB version Pixel 2 for $599 unlocked, or $699 for the 128 GB model, which is a $50 discount from its normal price. Pixel 2 XL buyers can get the 64 GB version for $774, or for $874 for the 128 GB version, which knocks off $75 from its normal price. There’s no word on how long this sales promotion will last.

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If you want to save even more money and don’t mind being locked into one carrier, Target is selling the Verizon version of the 64 GB Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, or the 128 GB Just Black version of the 2 XL, for an even bigger discount. From now until December 24, you can get a free $250 Target gift card when you purchase the Verizon version of those phones from the retailer. The gift card is for customers who are either activating a new line or service or upgrading an current line with Verizon on a payment plan. In addition, you can also get $300 off all those Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL phones from Target until December 31, which will be applied as a monthly credit over 24 months.

Target and Verizon are also offering a $200 gift card for the purchase of the original 32 GB Google Pixel until December 24, if you’d rather go for last year’s flagship.

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Latest Razer Phone update delivers camera and audio improvements

We noted in our Razer Phone review that the photography performance was garbage. The 12 MP dual camera itself was adequate, but it was let down by poor processing, slow shutter speeds, and weak colors. Thankfully, Razer vowed to address some of these camera problems via software updates last month, and today we’ve come across one such OTA.

As reported by GSMArena, Razer is now rolling out a ~97 MB update which brings fixes several welcome improvements to the camera and audio technologies — check out the patch notes below.

Camera improvements:

  • Improved shutter speed in low light and when using HDR
  • Reduced noise and clearer shadows
  • Improved picture quality and better color cast
  • Crushed bugs and performance improvements

Audio improvements:

  • “Tweaked the knobs” for greater clarity during playback
  • Improved call quality for HD Audio
  • Fixed some issues with Dolby Audio

Meanwhile, Razer also lists a “smoothed out” auto-brightness luminosity, updated “Arrival theme icons to a dark style,” and other bug fixes in its list of optimizations. The handset remains on Android 7.1.1 Nougat for the time being, however, with the October security level.

These are much-needed improvements for the Razer Phone, and though we can’t yet attest to the effectiveness of this latest patch (we haven’t seen the update ourselves and it’s not clear which regions it’s currently rolling out in), we’ll be sure to investigate the situation once we do.

What are your thoughts on the Razer Phone? Is it worth the money? Let us know in the comments.