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Plan 9 From Bell Labs Operating System Now Available Under GPLv2

Forbman It doesn't use systemd. (223 comments)

So it sucks, right? It's not web-scale, either.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Scientists Build a New Particle Collider In Japan?

Forbman Re:Bernard's Law ... (292 comments)

The track may be, but any tunnelling doesn't have to be, although the more precise it is the less jiggering and time spent actually aligning the track for the railway and desired tolerances. Same goes for the tunnels for this proposed accelerator. Doesn't matter if those tunnels are curved or straight.
Granted, with this accelerator (whether it be for leptons or railroad cars), they're not going to have Maintenance Of Way equipment come down and lift up the accelerator tubes, shove some new ballast and ties under it, and then tamp it down to the point it meets desired tolerances, like they do with normal railroad tracks.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Scientists Build a New Particle Collider In Japan?

Forbman Re:Noooo! (292 comments)

same uses, at least initially (Hulk-smash minute particles to make even smaller ones). Much different implementation, and much different design tradeoffs. No bremstrahlung in a linac, for one, until the beam hits the target.

about 2 years ago
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Pentaho and Jaspersoft: Good Alternatives To Bigger-Name Software?

Forbman Re:For real BI, it's all about the views (57 comments)

The problem with those, as anyone who has worked with those systems, is that the canned reports are quite generic. At best, for a decent-sized enterprise, they're starting points for the business report writers. Been there, done that, too many times. So, you either roll your own or customize what's there to fit the idiosyncrasies of your company's accounting and ways of doing business. NO company fits the Chart of Accounts exactly how it is set up in the default COA's of accounting systems. So there goes many of the canned reports out the door right there.

Using a major ERP system (e.g., SAP), you're not going to be reinventing the wheel, but hiring various levels of contractors and consultants to do it for you, or in the case of SAP, to customize your business and systems to fit SAP, as that is usually the path of lesser resistance, but still expensive.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

Forbman Re:Hey Guys (547 comments)

Go check out Movietime Videos, in McMinnville, OR and tell to their owners. Part of it is figuring out how to keep in contact with and foster those people who still want the physicalness of the video store. Part of it is being in a vibrant small town with a dense-enough rural area (but not so dense as to have cable out there). Another part probably is its a college town. And their location works.
And yes, they have quite the catalog, too.
Believe it or not, they don't rent porn.
Almost worth it still for me to go there from Beaverton...

about 2 years ago
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US Navy Admiral Questions Expensive Stealth Platforms

Forbman Re:Nonsense... it is 100% effective (490 comments)

Yes, I do remember reading an article (Air & Space?) around the time the last F14 was leaving service, that the F14 required 10 hours of maintenance for every 1 hour for the F18E/F or something like that.

more than 2 years ago
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US Navy Admiral Questions Expensive Stealth Platforms

Forbman Re:Cut military spending. (490 comments)

...all less bad, even in sum, than a large regional or even global conflict would have been. Lots of small earthquakes, while annoying, are less bad than the infrequent/rare epic ground spasm.

more than 2 years ago
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US Navy Admiral Questions Expensive Stealth Platforms

Forbman Re:Cut military spending. (490 comments)

Hmm... well, the US rewrote the Japan constitution forbidding them from having an (obvious) offensive military capability. With the Cold War, the US didn't need to be this heavy-handed about it. But West Germany was divided up into 3 zones for the US, GB and France to "defend" in case the Warsaw Pact forces decided to invade through Germany.

It also worked good enough for European countries as well. They only had to maintain plausible military forces to "help" fill in with NATO if necessary, as the US took on the role to backstop them if the USSR attacked them. This freed up GDP in these countries for other uses. Same with Japan. The US benefited from this as well, as we then had viable economic partners that were favorable to US economic interests. The US kind of demonstrated a potential industrial capacity for military production that only the USSR and now China can really come close to matching.

more than 2 years ago
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US Navy Admiral Questions Expensive Stealth Platforms

Forbman Re:Cut military spending. (490 comments)

This is kind of a dead argument, really. It's been kicked around for...oh...the last 60 years or so. The US does it because it's been good economically for the US corporate interests, as well as the corporate interests of most of the countries we "police" for.

more than 2 years ago
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US Navy Admiral Questions Expensive Stealth Platforms

Forbman Re:Cut military spending. (490 comments)

What good is diplomacy without something to back it up? Switzerland is a bad example. No resources pre-WWII, not a strategic location. There wasn't really a good reason for Germany to attack Switzerland.

The US military is a subsidy for US economic influence. The US learned this lesson the hard way with the Barbary pirates. And, probably learned more than a little bit about how military might can influence economic decisions internationally as well. The US learned however that it's better to keep it visible, just don't need to make it so obvious or brandish it like the British did in the 1700-1800's. The strong military lying in the background lets the businessmen be bigger dicks in their trade negotiations.

The Marshall Plan would not happen today, as it would be seen as both too leftist for our "allies" we'd be trying to bring back up or our recent enemies.

more than 2 years ago
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Possible Supernova In Nearby Spiral Galaxy

Forbman Re:Neutrinos? (69 comments)

Yet, I felt a disturbance in the Force. It was as if billions of souls were suddenly...illuminated.

In other news, that space station is now operational.

more than 2 years ago
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$1.5 Billion: the Cost of Cutting London-Tokyo Latency By 60ms

Forbman Re:Hosting @ Tokyo? (158 comments)

LSE & TSE are both 24-hr electronic trading exchanges, right?

more than 2 years ago
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All Video Games Cause Aggressive Behavior, Say Two US Congressmen

Forbman Re:Like War (483 comments)

no, "those damned hollywood/liberal "special interests" and their stoogies worked against this wholesome legislation".

Not sure it's the paycheck they want, but the built-in pension plan once they're out of office, and the cushy lobbyist or corporate executive jobs (where they do lots of lobbying) they're probably banking on getting.

Unfortunately, the IT job maxim probably more justly applies to politicians..."your current job is training for your next job".

more than 2 years ago
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iFixit's Kyle Wiens On the War On DIY Electronics

Forbman Re:don't buy the fucking thing then (760 comments)

Put in a new car stereo in a Ford Focus, for example. Good luck with that.

more than 2 years ago
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iFixit's Kyle Wiens On the War On DIY Electronics

Forbman Re:don't buy the fucking thing then (760 comments)

Commodore 128 used the 65816. The 16-bit mode on that chip is separate from the 8-bit mode.

The Commode 128 used the chip to have some degree of backwards compatability with C64 software.

The Commodores used their own video chips (VIC (VIC 20), VIC-II (64), and something else for the 128).

more than 2 years ago
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Wil Wheaton's New Show: Tabletop

Forbman Re:Wave of the future (155 comments)

The asocial-ness of WoW depends on a couple of things. Last place I worked at had several WoW addicts, who often raided together. Others who played also had some good wow stories to share, too.

more than 2 years ago
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Van Rossum: Python Not Too Slow

Forbman Re:Kinda digging Python (510 comments)

maybe not, but how much spitting vinegar do you do when you get code that, while syntactically correct, is not indented at all, or was coded by someone using spaces instead of tabs (or vice versa) for indents, or they set up their code editor to use a non-fixed pitch typeface, and thus whatever indenting they've done is incredibly whacky, and your tool set does not have very good code indenting functionality available to fix it?

more than 2 years ago

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Rambus loses antitrust trial

Forbman Forbman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Forbman (794277) writes "Super patent submariner Rambus gets what we all wanted it to get, losing its antitrust case against Micron Technology & Hynix. (of some irony, weren't those two included in a memory price fixing settlement a few years ago, though)?"
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