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Work Progressing on Army's Future Combat Systems

Soulskill posted more than 6 years ago | from the enjoy-debugging-that dept.

Linux Business 217

El_Oscuro brings us a Washington Post update on the progress of Future Combat Systems, the U.S. Army's Linux-based operating environment that has been under development for several years. The project, which currently surpasses 63 million lines of code, has received criticism for having a scope greater than that which the Army can manage. Since the program's inception, integration of commercial applications has increased the amount of code, but has also saved the developers time and money. "Boeing and the Army said they chose not to use Microsoft's proprietary software because they didn't want to be beholden to the company. Instead, they chose to develop a Linux-based operating system based on publicly available code. Boeing's Schoen said that it is designing software so that if soldiers lose their connection, the software will automatically "heal itself," retrieving the information within seconds without rebooting."

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Zombie (3, Funny)

Krneki (1192201) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178610)

Damn, I was looking forward to zombie soldiers.

Re:Zombie (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178678)

it's okay, giant Linux penguin bots are almost as good. Btw did you mean "zombies" like infected Windows PC?
"General, your new Windows powered tank is rolling into battle but it keeps sending us something about Canadian pills"

Re:Zombie (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22179120)

Don't make me dick slap you

And Appropriately (5, Insightful)

AndGodSed (968378) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178618)

Yes. It does run Linux.

Re:And Appropriately (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22178716)

You guys would be appalled at the bad software that's in this thing. From a bizarrely dysfunctional display system to a completely unstable and ever changing target OS. Yes, it runs linux but Boeing has decided that linux isn't good enough and is rolling out their own operating environment that we're all forced to use.

Blecch. Blecch. Blechh.

Oh, and the whole thing hinges on futuristic radios that don't work.

Yeah, I think I've been working FCS for too long. Sigh...

Re:And Appropriately (5, Interesting)

cshotton (46965) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180096)

Be VERY afraid. FCS/SoSCOE (System of Systems Common Operating Environment) is your worst, worst nightmare. It all squats upon an antiquated CORBA infrastructure and is the most bloated, incredibly poorly engineered PoS that has ever been birthed by an aerospace contractor. And I should know. As chief architect for the Common Operating System component of DARPA's J-UCAS program, we fought Boeing long and hard over their insistence that this architecture form the basis of the J-UCAS software infrastructure. While the idea stems from the long-running quest within the DoD to develop a true cross-service network-centric software architecture, it was built by people who completely ignored the last 15 years of lessons learned about large scale distributed systems from the Internet. It has multiple single points of failure baked into the architecture, requires outrageous amounts of RAM and CPU power to run (making it incredibly unsuitable for embedded systems use), and is licensed in such a way as to make it virtually impossible to obtain and modify without Boeing's involvement.

Furthermore, Boeing has expressed in public on several occasions that they intend for SoSCOE to make them the "Microsoft" of military systems. They are purposefully engineering a system designed to cement their position as a sole provider of OS components for network centric platforms. Nice bastardization of the open source components they are using to say the least.

Having tried repeatedly to get 2 SoSCOE nodes to communicate, we subsequently replicated 100% of the functionality that J-UCAS required using less than 150,000 lines of code and $2M of budget. Makes you wonder how long we need to support the programmer welfare for Boeing's "software engineers" and their 60 million line monstrosity if it can all be done with 400 times less code than that?

Re:And Appropriately (3, Interesting)

Lord Lemur (993283) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180288)

You make a great set of points.
I would like to ask a question or two that you might have an answer for, and that is pretty f'ing relevant. Didn't anyone stop to think, that maybe it's not the best approach to allow our military logistical communications to be built on an infrastructure of Open-Source parts. Wouldn't that make finding holes much easier for our enemies? How do you classify and protect open-source code, even if you are just using components?

Re:And Appropriately (1)

powerlord (28156) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180388)

Well ... IANAL but ... technically with open source code, you only are expected to provide modifications to source, to your "customers". Correct?

In this case, the customers would probably be "the military" from Boeing's perspective.

The individual soldiers are not the customer, so they don't get the source, just pre-compiled binaries installed on the systems they are using. The military itself can then decide that its employees should respect that code as Trade Secret (perhaps, although things like "National Security get bandied about a bit), and penalize anyone who tells other people about its workings (since SOMEONE within the Military will want/need to look at the code, probably in a tech support/services branch).

note: the "other people" mentioned above are not customers using the system, and therefore are NOT required to have access to the Source Code, even according to the GPL, and thats not even counting the fact that apps running on a stock kernel could be licensed under a different license (while the above discussion about GPL changes would still apply to kernel changes).

Re:And Appropriately (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22180538)

SoSCOE will probably be what brings FCS down. (Locally, whenever someone complains about something not working in it, the reaction is generally "what's new?") Along with the sheer number of different companies working on the thing trying to keep things away from each other because they're competitors.

And I, personally, feel like FCS would replace this [fas.org], not Blue Force. But more likely, features that were supposed to go into FCS will get sucked into AFATDS instead.

Re:And Appropriately (1)

casi0qv (1184909) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178840)

Why put intelligence and effort into "future combat systems" when that same intelligence and effort could be used to work on preventing future combat?

Re:And Appropriately (5, Insightful)

dave1791 (315728) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179012)

The job of the army is not to "prevent" future combat, but to prepare for it and execute if if needed. The diplomatic job of preventing it falls to... well, diplomats and politicians.

And I hate to say it, but we do live in a Bismarkian world where military strength, like economic clout, is an asset on the scorecard of diplomatic maneuver. If you are poor and weak, nobody will listen to you. If you are rich and weak or poor and strong, people might listen. If you are rich and strong, your diplomats carry the most clout.

Re:And Appropriately (5, Insightful)

casi0qv (1184909) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179144)

I'm not worried about our diplomats carrying insufficient clout. I am worried about the victims of our numerous pointless wars in the past and present. I do not see the world as a giant game of monopoly where we are endlessly seeking to increase our power and wealth. The world is full of people who all share a common desire to live a happy and fulfilling life, yet millions die for the pointless greedy ambitions of a few powerful men. As people gifted with technical skills we cannot let ourselves be blinded to what is going on in the world, for an opportunity to play with expensive toys and use our skills to develop weapons that kill innocent people. We cannot afford to have a frail grasp on how our actions fit into the bigger picture when a few lines of code can be part of a machine used to murder for political ambition.

Re:And Appropriately (3, Insightful)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180082)

I do not see the world as a giant game of monopoly where we are endlessly seeking to increase our power and wealth.
That's your own problem. Why should the government let your naiveté influence policy? If you want to stick your head in the dirt and ignore the rest of the world, fine, but the rest of us will go on seeking to constantly increase our knowledge, wealth, productivity, and power. Maybe you've got some metaphysical touchy-feely answer as to what the purpose of life is, but for me, and billions like me, it's achieving as much as I possibly can today, and improving as much as I possibly can tomorrow.

The world is full of people who all share a common desire to live a happy and fulfilling life, yet millions die for the pointless greedy ambitions of a few powerful men.
That's because the world is also full of people who all share a common desire to be the alpha-male, and control what everyone else does, says, reads, eats, fucks, and even thinks. And those people would put a serious hurtin' on sheep like you if you didn't have a military and police force to protect you. Whether you like it or not, it IS a dog-eat-dog world out there. Playing ostrich isn't going to change that fact.

Re:And Appropriately (2, Informative)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180404)

Whether you like it or not, it IS a dog-eat-dog world out there. Playing ostrich isn't going to change that fact.
M-M-Metaphor police!

Dogs are actually afraid of ostriches.

Re:And Appropriately (3, Insightful)

casi0qv (1184909) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179174)

The United States has a corrupt government, where people are lied to and brainwashed into supporting wars for the personal ambitions of a few wealthy men, not the benefit or defense of the nation. We are ALL responsible for letting this happen, and have a responsibility to stop it. Not just the corrupt diplomats and politicians, as we are electing them and allowing them to do this.

Re:And Appropriately (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22179918)

The Free Software Foundation has a corrupt leadership, where people are lied to and brainwashed into supporting viral licenses for the personal ambitions of a few controlly men, not the benefit or freedom of developers or users. We at Slashdot are ALL responsible for letting this happen, and have a responsibility to stop it. Not just the Stallmans and Moglens, as we are elevating them to fame and allowing them to do this.

Agreed.

Re:And Appropriately (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179936)

Pretty much all politicians are only in it for their personal gain, so how is voting differently going to solve anything there? It's an illusion of choice.. I hear a lot of 'republican' this, 'democrat' that, how is a choice between 2 political groups going to give you a say on specific subjects? Writing and protesting would accomplish more than voting in this situation (IMO of course)..

Re:And Appropriately (3, Insightful)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180032)

The United States has a corrupt government
As opposed to what nation? North Korea? China?

This "corrupt government" nonsense really gets to me. The US government is quite possibly one of the least corrupt governments on the planet, yet you act as if you're currently under the boot of the Fourth Reich. Give your head a shake!

Re:And Appropriately (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180428)

The United States has a corrupt government, where people are lied to and brainwashed into supporting wars for the personal ambitions of a few wealthy men, not the benefit or defense of the nation.
Yeah, no doubt. But apart from a few things like the coup in Chile, recognizing the PRC or abandoning South Vietnam ( basically most of what Nixon and Kissinger did) I think they did the right things anyway.

Re:And Appropriately (2, Insightful)

kong74 (840524) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179248)

I agree with the first, that it's simply not the job of the army to prevent combat. But if "military strength, like economic clout, is an asset on the scorecard of diplomatic maneuver" maybe it's got something to do with what diplomacy is about? I mean the world is not "Bismarkian" by itself and it simply can't be true that every state is just concerned that people are listening to him. They have their causes for war and they are always prepared, because it's the same causes they have in peace, the only difference is the means. And these causes are: controlling the homeland, be the exclusive force there to use the people by law - force them to produce money. And: controlling other powers, force them to be useful for the very own money-production. It is that simple, and everybody knows about it: the main concern in every nation is "the growth" - how good does the nation produce more money with the money it has. The truth, of course, is that not the money produces the money, they just account their success by comparing money-sums. You need work under the command of capital to do growth, an that antagonism is the reason why an exclusive force is needed in the homeland ... And it gets very complicated until some diplomats are walking around on coktailpartys and testing the mood. So although the cause is very simple, it gets a complicated thing there someone might look at and just be not able to see what it is all about - like Go, very simple rules, but if you look at a game of masters in Go, it's a big riddle.

Re:And Appropriately (1)

casi0qv (1184909) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179304)

When did economic growth become more important than human lives? Money is a tool that humans invented to serve them, not the other way around. In fact, I think that the merits of continuous growth should be called into question. No rate of growth can be sustained forever. Here is an article from Physics Today that shows the mathematics of why growth cannot be sustained: http://fire.pppl.gov/energy_population_pt_0704.pdf [pppl.gov]

If economic growth will end eventually, and doesn't really increase our happiness why has it become a goal worth killing for?

Re:And Appropriately (3, Insightful)

kong74 (840524) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179608)

Money is not a physical thing, it's a political, or a social thing. And that's why physical thoughts on growth don't help with your question. Second: money was not "invented", and it doesn't serve the humans. How comes the money when it was not invented? I try a very short explanation: Money is the inevitable result of a special social relation, the private property. How that comes to be the basis of every social relation, the dominant thing in what humans have to do with each other, is a question far beyond the scope of an internet-forum, it's the whole history. But the important thing to understand is that private property is not the thing that you own, but the relation to others enclosed in that you own the thing: the thing is exclusively under your command, what you want rules the thing, and that you own it excludes everybody else from using it without your accordance. Where everything is the property of someone, the individuals walk around and behave like their volitions living in the things, it's their relation to exclude each other that appears to be the things attribute to be the property of someone else. But that's not the end of the story, because humans need to exchange things, they are not stand-alone systems. And it's not at the beginning of the history, that they begin to compare different amounts of different things under one aspect: what is their value? In other words: what, of the same, are these different things? or: how much property of mine is the same as how much property of yours? Value is the extent of property, regardless of what one ones: shoes, computers, tables, etc. And these things are really the same only in one respect, and that respect becomes effective behind the consciousness of the humans: they are an amount of averaged social, abstract work (or do you say labor? - I'm not native English-speaking). This extend emerges as a result of competition, everything gets compared to everything, always interested to give as few as possible and get as much as possible. But nobody can see any amount of averaged social, abstract work, it's a social amplitude, not a physical thing. Nobody is conscious of that amplitude but everybody is interested in things owned by someone else and has only the means of what he owns himself to get these things. Everybody is interested in setting some things he owns the same as some things someone else owns. So they compare it to a third thing: weed for example. Mine is 2 weed, yours is 4 weed, I give mine for half of yours. That's the beginning of money, in very short terms. And money doesn't serve the humans, most humans know it the other way round: as prices they can't pay

Re:And Appropriately (5, Insightful)

vbraga (228124) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179802)

When the only thing you have is an army, all problems looks like wars.

Call me utopian, but if you - and the biggest player of our democracy game - keeps acting in a Machiavellian (or Bismarkian, as you say) our future has no space for peace. If you don't keep your ideals in sight, the only thing you're left is the (international) politics game.

Yes, I understand your pragmatism and having people like you is an asset at any negotiation. But, please, just remember that "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is an unalienable rights of man, as your Declaration of Independence states, not a right of the americans, but of man. So, let the other countries do it too.

The only winning move is not to play. Not to play the Bismarkian game.

Re:And Appropriately (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22179810)

Well, if the Army is being shot at or bombed, why should they not consider it a war?

Re:And Appropriately (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22179886)

But where are they being shot and bombed? Their own turf?

Re:And Appropriately tsarkon reports (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22178862)

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$YodaBSD: src/release/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/yodanotes/9stepprocess.sgml,v 4.03.0 2004/06/17 14:15:45 tsarkon Exp $
  1. Defecate. Preferably after eating senna, ex lax, prunes, cabbage, pickled eggs, and Vietnamese chili garlic sauce. Defecation could be performed in the Return of the Jedi wastebasket for added pleasure. [homestead.com]
  2. Wipe ass with witch hazel, soothes horrific burns. (Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda can use witch-hazel on mouth to soothe the horrific burns from performing so much analingus.)
  3. Prime anus with anal ease. [dimout.com] (Now Cherry Flavored for those butthole lick-o-phillic amongst you - very popular with 99% of the Slashdotting public!)
  4. Slather richly a considerable amount of Vaseline and/or other anal lubricants into your rectum at least until the bend and also take your Yoda Doll [starwars-rpg.net] , Yoda Shampoo bottle [homestead.com] or Yoda soap-on-a-rope [homestead.com] and liberally apply the lubricants to the Doll/Shampoo/Soap-on-a-rope.
  5. Pucker your balloon knot several times actuating the sphincter muscle in order to work it in.
  6. Put a nigger do-rag [firstlinemfg.com] on Yoda's head so the ears don't stick out like daggers!
  7. Make sure to have a mechanism by which to fish Yoda out of your rectum, the soap on the rope is especially useful because the retrieval mechanism is built in. [homestead.com]
  8. Slowly rest yourself onto your Yoda figurine. Be careful, he's big! [starwars-rpg.net]
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Re:And Appropriately (2, Funny)

VON-MAN (621853) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178944)

Damn right, and just as my linux computer here it can heal its connection withing seconds without booting! Anybody here use Windows? Loosers!!!

Now, let's read the article.

Loose tha Connexn (1)

Web Goddess (133348) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179002)

"Boeing's Schoen said that it is designing software so that if soldiers lose their connection, the software will automatically "heal itself," retrieving the information within seconds without rebooting."

OK I read the article, which btw annoyingly requires javascript to view subsequent pages. I run a webserver, I know more than diddly squat about connections, wireless and otherwise. So I say with some authority,

WTF

Lose what connection? Heal itself sounds like medical buzzwords. Retrieve what information from where.

Increasingly it seems that communication with the masses involves comforting phrases, rather than meaningful content.

Wendy the discontent.

Re:Loose tha Connexn (2, Insightful)

starsky51 (959750) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179310)

By the sounds of it, i'd say this was written by someone who sat in on a "Future Combat Systems for Dummies" presentation. I'd imagine the "healing" process is equivalent to services restarting themselves when they fail.

Re:Loose tha Connexn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22179754)

You probably aren't too far off. Ever make a "quad" for DoD? Million dollar research project summarized in a single ppt slide...

Re:Loose tha Connexn (1)

Jonner (189691) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179934)

I think it's more likely the "healing" refers to reconnecting to the main network when a connection is lost.

Re:And Appropriately (1)

zanybrainy941 (972076) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179836)

OK so this is based on source code licensed such that we can demand to see their source code and have access to any special software required to compile it, and they'll just hand it over, right? ... right?

Re:And Appropriately tsarkon reports (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22180136)

Tsarkon Reports 9 Step Yoda Grease 9 steps to greasing your anus for Yoda Doll Insertion!
v 4.50.1
$YodaBSD: src/release/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/yodanotes/9stepprocess.sgml,v 4.50.1 2008/01/25 04:40:45 tsarkon Exp $
  1. Defecate. Preferably after eating senna, ex lax, prunes, cabbage, pickled eggs, and Vietnamese chili garlic sauce. To better enhance the pleasure of this whole process, defecation should be performed in the Return of the Jedi wastebasket for added pleasure. [homestead.com]
  2. Wipe ass with witch hazel, which soothes horrific burns. (Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda certifies that his lips, raw like beaten flank steak from nearly continuous analingus with dogs, are greatly soothed by witch hazel.)
  3. Prime anus with anal ease. [zee-best.com] (Now Cherry Flavored for those butthole lick-o-phillic amongst you - very popular with 99% of the Slashdotting public!)
  4. Slather richly a considerable amount of Vaseline and/or other anal lubricants into your rectum at least until the bend and also take your Yoda Doll [theswca.com] , Yoda Shampoo bottle [homestead.com] or Yoda soap-on-a-rope [homestead.com] and liberally apply the lubricants to the Doll/Shampoo/Soap-on-a-rope.
  5. Put a nigger do-rag [firstlinemfg.com] on Yoda's head so the ears don't stick out like daggers!
  6. Make sure to have a mechanism by which to fish Yoda out of your rectum, the soap on the rope is especially useful because the retrieval mechanism is built in. [homestead.com]
  7. Pucker and relax your balloon knot several times actuating the sphincter muscle in order to prepare for what is to come.
  8. Slowly rest yourself onto your Yoda figurine. Be careful, he's probably bigger than the dicks normally being shoved up your ass! [thegreenhead.com]
  9. Gyrate gleefully in your computer chair while your fat sexless geek nerd loser fat shit self enjoys the prostate massage you'll be getting. Think about snoodling [urbandictionary.com] with the Sarlaac pit. Read Slashdot. Masturbate to anime. Email one of the editors hoping they will honor you with a reply. Join several more dating services - this time, you don't select the (desired - speaks English) and (desired - literate). You figure you might get a chance then. Order some fucking crap from Think Geek. Get Linux to boot on a Black and Decker Appliance. Wish you could afford a new computer. Argue that cheap-ass discount bin hardware works 'just as well' as the quality and premium hardware because you can't afford the real stuff. Make claims about how Linux rules. Compile a kernel on your 486SX. Claim to hate Windows but use it for World of Warcraft. Admire Ghyslain's courage in making that wonderful Star Wars movie. Officially convert to the Jedi religion. Talk about how cool Mega Tokyo is. Try and make sure you do your regular 50 story submissions to Slashdot, all of which get rejected because people who aren't fatter than CowboyNeal can't submit. Fondle shrimpy penis while making a Yoda voice and saying, use the force [toysrgus.com], padawan, feeel the foooorce [toysrgus.com], hurgm. Yes. Yes. When 900 years you reach [lemonparty.org], a dick half as big you will not have. [toysrgus.com]
All in a days work with a Yoda figurine rammed up your ass.

I HAVE A GREASED UP YODA DOLL SHOVED UP MY ASS!

GO LINUX!!

Tux is the result after trimming Yoda's ears off so that Lunix people don't rip themselves a new Asshole

What you can do with you ass after sitting on a GREASED UP YODA DOLL. [theadultpress.com]


y______________________________YODA_ANUS__- [hotlinkfiles.com]
o_________________.'_:__`.________________y [hotlinkfiles.com]
d____________.-.'`.__;___.'`.-.___________o [hotlinkfiles.com]
a___________/_:____\_;__/____;_\__________d [hotlinkfiles.com]
s_,'__""--.:__;".-.";:_:".-.":__;.--""__`,a [hotlinkfiles.com]
e_:'_`.t""--.._'/@.`;___',@\`_..--""j.'_`;s [hotlinkfiles.com]
x______`:-.._J_'-.-'L___`--_'_L_..-;'_____e [hotlinkfiles.com]
________"-.___;__.-"__"-.__:___.-"________x [hotlinkfiles.com]
y____________L_'_/.------.\_'_J___________y [hotlinkfiles.com]
o_____________"-.___"--"___.-"____________o [hotlinkfiles.com]
d______________.l"-:_TR_;-";._____________d [hotlinkfiles.com]
a_________.-j/'.;__;""""__/_.'\"-.________a [hotlinkfiles.com]
s_______v.'_/:`._"-.:_____.-"_.';__`.v____s [hotlinkfiles.com]
e____.-"__/_;__"-._"-..-"_.-"__:____"-.___e [hotlinkfiles.com]
x_.+"-.__:_:______"-.__.-"______;-.____\__x [hotlinkfiles.com]
_v;_\__`.;_; I Yoda Have A _____:_:_"+._;__ [hotlinkfiles.com]
y_:__;___;_;_Greased Up ME In __:_;__:_\:_y [hotlinkfiles.com]
o_;__:___;_:_MY ASS! This Goes__;:___;__:_o [hotlinkfiles.com]
d:_\__;__:__; On FOREVER!______:_;__/__::_d [hotlinkfiles.com]

Ground Control to Yoda Doll Ballad : "Soddity"

Synopsis: --Major Tom goes to the bathroom and shoves a Yoda doll up his ass, and then gimps back to his desk to post AC Trolls on Slashdot. -Yoda Doll to Major Tom. - Yoda Doll to Major Tom. - Take your ex-lax bars and put my do-rag on. - Yoda Doll to Major Tom. - Commencing countdown, rope is on. - Begin insertion and may Goatse's love be with you. -- This is Yoda Doll to Major Tom, - You've rectally been flayed! - And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear. - Now it's time to leave the crapper if you dare. -- This is Major Tom to Yoda Doll, - I'm stepping through the door. - And I'm farting in a most peculiar way! - And my ass looks very different today. - For here... - Am I shitting in the tincan? - Far...too busy posting trolls. -- Slashdot censors you... and there's nothing I can do. -- Uploading one hundred thousand files, - I'm feeling very ill. - I don't think my feces know which way to go. - I can't tell my intestines from spaghetti- - code. Yoda Doll to Major Tom, your prostate's dead, there's something wrong, - Can you hear me, Major Tom? - Can you hear me, Major Tom? - Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear... Am I shitting in the tincan? - My ass like a baboon's - Slashdot censors you - and there's nothing I can do.


The Yoda Pledge

I pledge Allegiance to the Doll
of the Greased Up States of Yodarica
and to the Republic for which it shoves,
one nation under Yoda, rectal intrusion,
with anal lube and ass grease for all.


hello.mpg lyrics.
I'm doin' this tonight ,
You're probably gonna start a fight .
I know this can't be right .
Hey baby come on,
I loved you endlessly ,
When you weren't there for me.
So now it's time to leave and make it alone .
I know that I can't take no more
It ain't no lie
I wanna see you out that door
Baby , bye, bye, bye...

A picture of your ass after YODA. [bmezine.com]

Oh please... (3, Funny)

drDugan (219551) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178632)

software will automatically "heal itself," retrieving the information

Anthropomorphizing technology is rather misleading... especially in this case, "when death is on the line!"

Re:Oh please... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22178666)

Truly you have a dizzying intellect.

Re:Oh please... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22178728)

To top it off, this news comes from a group who actually DID start a land war in Asia.

BSOD tradeoff. (5, Funny)

bobdotorg (598873) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178634)

So by avoiding Windows, no BSOD on the battlefield. But instead we risk a Colonel Panic? (sorry)

How often does your compter 'go down'? (1)

Web Goddess (133348) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179076)

"How many times does your computer system go down in a week?" said Jim Currie, a retired Army reserve colonel, military historian and professor at the National Defense University.

Far less than once per week. Linux server? Reboot every six months whether I need it or not, to the consternation of my hot-shot sysadmin. Mac OS-X on my MacBook Pro? Perhaps every three weeks.

Somewhat alarming is the implicit assumtion that computer systems "go down" (and not in the yummy sensual sense" many times per week, per day. That does seem to be the common perception, no doubt rooted in the lamentably widespread useage of Microsofft.

Re:How often does your compter 'go down'? (1)

SgtChaireBourne (457691) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179912)

Somewhat alarming is the implicit assumtion that computer systems "go down" (and not in the yummy sensual sense" many times per week, per day. That does seem to be the common perception, no doubt rooted in the lamentably widespread useage of Microsofft.

If history recognizes Gates for anything, it will be for making bad engineering acceptable.

However, the problem has an impact far outside of engineering circles. Pretty much everyone uses desktop computers and have been worn down into not just accepting but even expecting that tasks and tools do not work efficiently or even properly. Often that ends up causing a crisis-management state where everything is left until it becomes a crisis and crises pre-empt each other. Another way it ends up is in complacency and a lethargic apathy where the MS victims perceive, incorrectly, that all technology is equally poor and there is no use in taking a professional interest in the tools used in their jobs. Then, people being people, they apply that outlook on their work tools to the rest of life around them and voilà : the Microsoft effect.

Maybe that was the final drop what tipped the economy over the edge.

Re:BSOD tradeoff. (1)

Cannelloni (969195) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179154)

That joke is still funny, but not for much longer. I expect soldiers to be court-martialed for it soon. Also, I still think Mac OS X has a better-looking Colonel Panic than most other UNIX-based operating system. ;)

Game (1)

Traa (158207) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178652)

Would you like to play a game of Global Thermonuclear War?

Re:Game (4, Interesting)

drDugan (219551) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178688)

As I recall, the computer very much wanted to play chess, not war. In a beautiful commentary on human stupidity and aggression it was the person who forced the computer to play war. It was the point of the movie.

Uptime? (0)

cobaltnova (1188515) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178670)

"How many times does your computer system go down in a week?"
On Linux?

uptime
02:08:53 up 36 days, 13:58, 0 users, load average: 0.59, 0.59, 0.50
But this is, of course, no indication of what can be seen in the military: they won't be updating their kernel every couple of months and rebooting.

Re:Uptime? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22178750)

I'm just curious how you ran uptime with no users logged in?

That's clever.

Re:Uptime? (4, Informative)

ianezz (31449) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178792)

I'm just curious how you ran uptime with no users logged in?

Just ssh user@host uptime.

SSH does not perform a real "login" (in the sense of allocating a pty and writing in utmp) when specifying a remote command to execute. Thus, havin zero users loggged in is normal in that case. Try it yourself.

Born to Kill (5, Funny)

clarkn0va (807617) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178720)

So are we going to see an official logo featuring Tux with "Born to Kill" scratched on his helmet?

db

Re:Born to Kill (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22178806)

Get over yourself. Linux is used in many, many military systems these days and has been for some time.

BFT, the other project mentioned in the article migrated to linux five or six years ago. It started (disgustingly enough) on SCO 3. It was ported briefly to SCO 5, then onto Solaris X86 and ultimately onto RHEL.

Re:Born to Kill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22179928)

Personally I'd favor a "Fear the Penguin" label even if it might tick off a certain beer company.

P2P heal thyself. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22178730)

"code. Boeing's Schoen said that it is designing software so that if soldiers lose their connection, the software will automatically "heal itself," retrieving the information within seconds without rebooting.""

Piratebay already has prior art.

Licensed to kill (2, Interesting)

drDugan (219551) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178782)

I'd love to see a software license that says something to the effect of "This software will not be used to wage war or to kill any humans".

Re:Licensed to kill (3, Informative)

unbug (1188963) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178816)

I'd love to see a software license that says something to the effect of "This software will not be used to wage war or to kill any humans".
It wouldn't be an open-source license, though. From the Open Source Definition [opensource.org]: The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the program in a specific field of endeavor.

Re:Licensed to kill (1)

urcreepyneighbor (1171755) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179060)

So, ah, you want a PussyOS? Maybe the users will lovingly refer to it as POS?

Re:Licensed to kill (1)

casi0qv (1184909) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179254)

Being a pacifist does not make you a "pussy," it means that you value human life and realize that violence is pointless and ineffective. Pacifist action actually requires an enormous amount of courage, as it is often more dangerous to yourself than violent action. People that use violence fear peace, because they know it is an effective tool against violence. Virtually every leader in history who tried to promote peace was assassinated (MLK, John Lennon, etc.).

Re:Licensed to kill (4, Insightful)

Gilesx (525831) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179330)

So what are you saying here? That violence was "pointless" and "ineffective" when dealing with Hitler?

Re:Licensed to kill (1)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179376)

The fact that violence is sometimes necessary does not mean that it is always, or even usually, a useful solution. Little kids run around hitting people they don't like. Adults understand that violence is a last resort.

Re:Licensed to kill (2, Insightful)

AngelofDeath-02 (550129) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179424)

You might first consider that Hitler's violence brought down violence upon himself.

While you imply that violence was effective and valid against him, I say that it never would have been necessary in the first place, were he not out for genocide. Also, a lot of his inspiration was WWI, and Germany's spectacular defeat.

It's kind of a silly argument, but perhaps the pacifist's realize that while they cannot control other's actions, they can control their own and NOT be Hitler. Not everything is about some evil villain from our history, or about lives lost in battles fought.

Re:Licensed to kill (1)

mwlewis (794711) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180230)

If they want to be pacifists, fine. But stop pretending that it's a luxury that we can afford. You're never going to convince the Hitler's of the world to just be nice. Sometimes, you just have to shoot them. So you'd better be ready to shoot or be shot.

Welcome to the real world.

Mod parent down... (2, Insightful)

thrill12 (711899) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179662)

...ofcourse parent is right, but this type of argument is usually spoken when the discussion is not nearly at that level.
It quenches any discussion , because no one dares to disagree.
If parent want's to partake in a discussion, try to counter the argument with something more sensible and wise - on the same level as the argument-giver.

Re:Licensed to kill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22179954)

Of course not, but the great mistake was waiting until he had enough forces to conquer half Europe before deciding it was time to do something.
This about the official story; actually this wasn't a mistake but rather waiting the right moment to gain more political advantage.
Being European myself, I'd prefer the US didn't enter the war at all, since helping invaded countries like mine was just an excuse to gain political influence and territories to turn into military installations.

Military oppressive regimes don't last long, corrupt fake democracies do. If my politicians at that time didn't lower their pants to the US govt. asking for help, after a terrible decade or two probably my country would have become a much free country than it is now, where every statement coming from the USA becomes law.

For you nationalist homeland-god-nascar-whatever americans who proudly wave your flag every morning, before flaming me, just imagine how's nice being forced to do what a country on the other side of the planet says, a government you have zero voting influence on, but nonetheless still dictates what your one can or cannot do.

But killing puppies with linux is okay? (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179318)

How about fluffy kittens? Aliens? Dolphins? How about the biosphere?

What about the use of linux in a somekind of euthanasia device or do you get to dictate how other people should life and die their own lives?

Offcourse your suggestion is silly and goes against the very spirit of opensource.

Re:Licensed to kill (4, Informative)

donscarletti (569232) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179628)

I'd love to see a software license that says something to the effect of "This software will not be used to wage war or to kill any humans".

Why?

Take WWII as an example, you've got a whole bunch of Japanese moving east killing 3M Chinese soldiers defending their homeland, murdering 17M unarmed Chinese civilians mainly with swords and small arms. Germans get in on the action, invading Czechoslovakia and Poland. They get bored and ramp up action invading Scandinavia, France and the Soviet Union killing 23M soviets (half civilian) while they were at it. Jews of course were shot on site or sent to an automated death factory, 3M all up. The Germans start bombing the crap out of the UK and the Japanese exploit the distraction and invade Singapore, capturing the defenders then starve or torture them to death in prison camps. This was the bad kind of killing, because they were killing because they desired more power.

But we all know this story and what happened next. The British Commonwealth, U.S. and Soviet Union killed a truly amazing amount of people and fixed the problem. It is completely thanks to violence that German and Japanese people are now nice rather than nasty. The US military helped get the Japanese out of China / South East Asia and the Germans out of the bulk of Europe and thus prevented them from killing any more people while they were there. This was the good kind of killing because they only started killing when they had killers to kill and they always aimed to make peace when the killers were killed. I bet you can't think of any non-violent organisation that cut short such an evil set of events.

This is why violence is only bad if you're violent to the wrong people and why I wholly endorse any of my works to be used for violence against the right people. It's not as if the Third Reich or Japanese empire would have cared about your stipulations. If someone did honour it, they must be the sort of people who care about individual freedoms and intellectual property and thus those who you'd probably want to win the conflict anyway.

Of course the problem is that the military forces of the US and my native Australia spends most of its time invading irrelevant countries to look like it is dealing with terrorists, but that does not mean that its role in the world is wholly a negative one, they beat up a lot of bad people too, like the Taliban who had it coming to them long before they helped hide Osama bin Laden. Our Aussie guys went over and kept away a bunch of armed militia that was trying to stop East Timor from regaining its independence, NATO did some bombing to stop the Serbs from killing the Muslims in Kosovo. When the military isn't killing people you get things like the Rwandan genocide in the mid 90s when nobody got around to killing the aggressors so they were able to kill whomever the hell they wanted.

Thus, killing in general is a completely morally neutral action.

The Army bit is irrelevant.. (1)

bornwaysouth (1138751) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178798)

I've been hoping for some insightful comments, not being a Linux geek. Can anyone say anything about the wider implications. I'm not US competent. I guess the US Military is essentially a model of a well run business. (With a board of directors with a weird agenda.) So the completed system should be useful to a lot of people. I expect a BIG contribution from Microsoft to the Presidential runners to make sure the software never is allowed to be released to the wider community. "For Security Reasons". Given that the sensitive military code is going to be in its own well protected sandbox, it would probably take 10 seconds to create a public domain version, and about a century to release it.

Re:The Army bit is irrelevant.. (2, Informative)

neBelcnU (663059) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179006)

See www.defensetech.org, search for FCS, and prepare for a long, long read.

Insightful? (4, Informative)

HBI (604924) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179122)

OK.

The software in question will never see the public Internet because it's all classified Secret and above. Well, the data and operating environment are. The kernel itself will be unclass but FOUO, most likely, so that could conceivably be contributed back out if something interesting were in it. My guess is that there won't be. Military systems, even the classified variety, tend to be very vanilla by commercial standards and rarely have interesting features. It is how they are deployed that makes them redundant or otherwise suitable for their task.

So expecting contributions back will be kind of ...limited. I'm sure *some* things will find its way back out, but in practice, if a hack needs to be made on the code to make things work in an actual theater of operations, I wouldn't count on it appearing outside in the real world anytime soon.

This isn't the first military program to use Linux as a basis, btw. Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below (FBCB2) uses a RTOS optimized kernel for its work, having converted from Solaris.

That said, DA has a huge Microsoft ELA contract which everyone is pushed towards. So I don't expect a lot of OSS innovation from the Army.

Re:Insightful? (5, Insightful)

AciDLnx (541241) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179508)

>> The software in question will never see the public Internet because it's all classified Secret and above.

This is incorrect. I've worked on FCS / SOSCOE. Specifically, integrating the current FBCB2 systems into FCS. Nothing was classified Secret. It was all just FOUO.

Re:Insightful? (1)

HBI (604924) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179650)

Speaking of most of the Army's tactical systems: When the software is integrated and in use it is Secret. When it's on install CDs it tends to be FOUO, but there are configuration details left off the installs because that would aggregate enough implementation detail to be classified. I speak of 'most' because all the current ABCS systems I have experience with.

My comments still stand.

Re:Insightful? (1)

cshotton (46965) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180146)

SoSCOE is not classified. It can be used (and demonstrated) in unclassified environments without issue. The JTTRS (radio) and crypto components are obviously classified, but the core platform is only controlled now by a bunch of lawyer babble and proprietary rights claims that Boeing inflicts on anyone wanting to use it.

Re:Insightful? (1)

stewbacca (1033764) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180464)

The software in question will never see the public Internet because it's all classified Secret and above.
I work on FCS. Every part I've worked on has been unclassified.

Re:The Army bit is irrelevant.. (2, Interesting)

stephanruby (542433) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179412)

I've been hoping for some insightful comments, not being a Linux geek. Can anyone say anything about the wider implications. I'm not US competent. I guess the US Military is essentially a model of a well run business.
If you're looking for wider implications that you may already have missed, look up the term "second sourcing" -- an invention of the US Department of Defense. The US Department of Defense has had an history of requiring its suppliers to have a "second source" of critical parts should one supplier/manufacturer fail to deliver for some reason. For instance, AMD wouldn't be where it is today if Intel, its competitor and arch enemy, wouldn't have shared so much information and even crucial training to make sure AMD could keep up as its official "second source" on their Defense Contracts.

I don't know if the wording is intentional or not, but it seems "open sourcing" is a logical progression on the original concept of "second sourcing", and intentional or not, it should benefit both the US military and the American people as much as that that first concept did benefit the US military and the American people in the past.

Good for them! (1)

Vskye (9079) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178802)

NOT using anything related to MS is a good thing.

"How many times does your computer system go down in a week?" said Jim Currie, a retired Army reserve colonel, military historian and professor at the National Defense University.
Mine, personally not at all. Although this is not really related to Windows vs Linux, since both can have fubar programming on apps. Question is, if they do enough testing to get the bugs out?

Re:Good for them! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22178886)

Question is, if they do enough testing to get the bugs out?
If by they you mean Linux, then the answer is yes, if Windows then no. the real difference being that the bugs in the code of FOSS can be scrutinized by many and corrected, bugs in MS software are still there just no one but MS knwos how to fix them and that's a big problem if the baddies discover these little bugs first.

Re:Good for them! (1)

cornjones (33009) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179504)

Question is, if they do enough testing to get the bugs out?
If by they you mean Linux, then the answer is yes, if Windows then no.
i know i will be modded down for seeming to defend ms but...

90% of the software you run on windows is not written by MS. Most of the windows crashes are not really caused by windows. I run multiple windows machines that very rarely crash (1-2 times a year?) and my purpose built ones _never_ crash (well, does a power outage count?).

If you believe the stats from the windows crash analysis, a very large percentage come down to 3rd party device drivers. That these drivers have the ability to bring down the OS is an issue in itself. Albeit, one that is largely done for performance reasons and something that linux has problems with as well.

Re:Good for them! (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180168)

If an application can crash it then it's the fault of the OS, not the application. That includes device drivers from 3rd parties. It's still the responsibility of the OS to be fault tolerant, resilient, and secure.

Re:Good for them! (1)

listen_to_blogs (1210278) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179030)

That's a very good point. An ideal strategy to not get enough bugs would be to fund one of the popular linux distros, build a community of developers and companies around it to flush out all the bugs. Yahoo is following a similar strategy for Hadoop (an open source distributed file system). -listen_to_slashdot [blogbard.com]

Blame game (5, Funny)

Wowsers (1151731) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178808)

If anything goes wrong with the project, they could always say it's General Protection's Fault.

Here we go again (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22178818)

Gawd. Another gays in the military article.

On a slightly related note... (0, Troll)

lattyware (934246) | more than 6 years ago | (#22178842)

I remember seeing a British Army advert where they control a UAV using a 360 controller, is this advertising, truthfully what they use, or trying to make it appeal to gamers? Either way, I was pretty disgusted. My 360 crashes so much, I really don't want to see the Army using them for anything.

Re:On a slightly related note... (1)

Mushdot (943219) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179562)

I remember reading somewhere that the army used PS2/Xbox controllers for robot control so the advert is perhaps showing a realistic scene. It makes sense, as console controllers are cheap and readily available.

But to me it does feel like they are trying to make it more appealing by using the controller.

Re:On a slightly related note... (1)

Colourspace (563895) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179924)

I think so - seeing as the qualification for equipment use in military battlefields can take many years before approval the XBOX360 controllers shown would have needed to be in prototype around 1999...

You know Apocalypto is actually really good (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22178844)

All the Mel Gibson bad press aside. This movie is fucking cool.

HOT COMMENT (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22178858)

Another market where Microsoft will move in and attempt to monopolize the market with their shitty products!

hey! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22178902)

torrent plz

Several years of development... (2, Funny)

secretwhistle (1116881) | more than 6 years ago | (#22179038)

Perhaps it's time for them to upgrade to Reason 2.0.

Re:Several years of development... (1)

Jester998 (156179) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180182)

Hmmmm? Are you proposing that US troops use bad, home-mix techno [propellerheads.se] to vanquish their enemies (using software 2 major versions out of date, no less!)

Locate soldiers by their radio emissions? (1)

ehb (10063) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180066)

I just wonder how easy the enemy can pinpoint the soldiers now by monitoring the radio emissions from their new communications hardware? Try writing software for it that understands it has to "shut up" at certain critical moments, and not just go calling out to base with information requests...

FCS Should be Cancelled (4, Insightful)

tjstork (137384) | more than 6 years ago | (#22180228)

The thing about FCS is that, when early versions of it have been tried in our present war, soldiers have found that the extra computerization is often not worth the weight of the computer. It seems to me that if the Army is going to be spending billions of dollars developing anything, they ought to be looking for a way to detect hidden explosives. FCS doesn't do a damn thing to aid against insurgencies whose primary weapon is the booby trap.
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