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PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

LizardKing Re:A great win for FreeBSD (457 comments)

Both Mach and the FreeBSD kernel are derived from BSD4.3. Mach retained enough similarities in its core, and the the VM sub-system written for it was well enough encapsulated, that it could be easily ported back to a conventional BSD kernel. Interestingly, one of the Mach developers popped up on a mailing list a few years back and pointed out where some optimisations could be made that would benefit both FreeBSD and OS X. It related to how a little understood part of the VM sub-system had been intended to work, something that had been left incomplete for years.

about a year and a half ago
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PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

LizardKing Re:PS3 and PS2 also FreeBSD (457 comments)

This isn't really news. The PS3 also ran FreeBSD, as did the PS2.

The PS2 didn't run FreeBSD, and while it has long been suspected that the PS3 operating system is derived from FreeBSD there's no categorical proof.

about a year and a half ago
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PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

LizardKing Re:A great win for FreeBSD (457 comments)

I don't notice a big boost to BSD given by the most popular unix derivative, OSX.

You didn't look very hard then. A lot of code from Darwin (the underlying Unix like part of OS X) has made it back into FreeBSD. This includes significant changes in the kernel, particularly around the VM subsystem - this has a lineage that stretches back to Mach, the BSD derived micro-kernel.

about a year and a half ago
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PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

LizardKing Re:War of the Operating Systems (457 comments)

MacOS X is a FreeBSD-derivitive.

No it isn't. Both OS X and FreeBSD are BSD4.3 derivatives. They were then updated with code from BSD4.4. When NeXTSTEP / OpenStep was rebranded as OS X, the userland was updated with code from NetBSD (another BSD4.3 derivative) as that code had more recent features and was very portable. Later on, the userland started to be updated with code from FreeBSD, since it had become more portable in the meantime.

about a year and a half ago
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PHP 5.5.0 Released

LizardKing Really? (219 comments)

With the new Laravel PHP framework winning RoRs and CodeIgnitor converts by the thousands

Citation please.

about a year and a half ago
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Subversion 1.8 Released But Will You Still Use Git?

LizardKing Re:But can SVN merge a branch yet? (378 comments)

It sounds like the proper support for renaming that's new in this release is a step in the right direction. I assume branching is still really copying in Subversion though, which I recall being problematic in earlier versions where you needed to know at what point you'd branched from to do merges.

about a year and a half ago
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Subversion 1.8 Released But Will You Still Use Git?

LizardKing Hg (378 comments)

Everyone and their brother seems to have moved to Git

I've seen a lot of proprietary development moving to Mercurial, but haven't heard of anyone moving to Git. The latter seems to be much more popular for Open Source stuff.

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle Reinstates Free Time Zone Updates For Java 7

LizardKing Updates (61 comments)

We never intended for a support contract to be required to keep JDK 7 up to date

Then provide bloody YUM and APT repos for easy upgrading on RedHat, CentOS and Debian based systems. Even Adobe can manage that for the poxy Flash plugin.

about a year and a half ago
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HP Discontinue OpenVMS

LizardKing Re:RIP VMS (238 comments)

I vaguely recall that at my first job some users used to hide games by renaming them as the first revision of a genuine work file. Then the sysadmin got wise to it and deleted all revisions, so users started naming them a.out or whatever the VMS equivalent was for the default linker output.

about a year and a half ago
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HP Discontinue OpenVMS

LizardKing Re:enough with this racist bullshit (238 comments)

Scotland which like it or not is physically joined to England however for the sake of political correctness we will call him Scottish. Following that "logic" Voltaire was German, since France is physically (well, geographically) joined to Germany. Or if you meant politically joined, then I guess that makes Ghandi English since India was politically joined to Great Britain when he was born.

about a year and a half ago
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Israeli Army Retweeting 1967 War As It Happened

LizardKing Re:Worthless propoganda (317 comments)

Since when did Slashdot become horribly biased in supporting Israel?

It's a US website, and having witnessed first hand how fucked up the teaching of history and reporting of foreign affairs is in that country I'm not surprised that it's biased. As an example, a couple of years ago a new book on the Anglo-American war of 1812 was published. It got a write up in a US paper where it was lambasted for not repeating the mantra that the British started the war. In actual fact, the documentary evidence proves that it was a war of aggression by the US that attempted to annex Canada while the British were struggling against Napoleon. The plan backfired, as the poorly organised US land forces were repeatedly defeated by determined Candian colonials backed later by hardened troops from Wellingtons Iberian army. Meanwhile the Royal Navy ravaged the US coast unopposed and Royal Marines torched Washington in revenge for similar actions by US forces at the start of the war. The war was subsequently portrayed as a victory by the US, despite achieving nothing more than a status quo ante bellum (the British could have pressed for concessions by threatening to use further forces freed up from the Napoleonic wars, but saw the whole thing as a sideshow and were content with the resultant treaty). The US maintained plans for annexing Canada as recent as the 1930s, and there was even strong public opinion in favour of putting the plan into action in the first two years of the Second World War.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Your Users Hate Agile

LizardKing Re:Huh (597 comments)

Yup, branching and merging in SVN sucks. The original author even admitted that the existing support is incomplete (). Use a better version control system such as Mercurial and Git from the open source world, or Perforce and Plastic SCM from the proprietary world. Do not use Accurev. I repeat, do no use Accurev.

about a year and a half ago
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Following Best Coding Practices Doesn't Always Mean Better Security

LizardKing Re:Vacuuming the carpet daily... (61 comments)

I'd suggest not vacuuming. A layer of dust and fluff will prevent the Bungle's Finger that most discerning burglars leave from adhering to the carpet.

about a year and a half ago
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CSS Selectors as Superpowers

LizardKing Re:!Like (190 comments)

Bollocks. CSS was designed to separate styling from structure in web pages. It does this admirably, and only needs to be a declarative language to do so. This prevents a lot of "clever" hacks that including conditional or flow statements would have encouraged. It's the same reason why statically typed languages are better than dynamic ones - since the tooling and compile time checks can be much more comprehensive and optimisation is easier - but clueless twats prefer the dynamic ones, since they don't understand the downsides or foolishly think they are so good they wont screw up. Improved programmer productivity claims for including flow statements in CSS (or using dynamic languages) are crap as well, since while a programmer might find it easier to cobble together something that just about works, chances are very high that it will be harder to maintain.

about a year and a half ago
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DragonFly BSD 3.4 Released, With New Packaging System

LizardKing Re:Poor scalability (75 comments)

AMD even ...

about a year and a half ago
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DragonFly BSD 3.4 Released, With New Packaging System

LizardKing Re:Poor scalability (75 comments)

The stability issue was on 48 core systems. That would be something like a ARM Bulldozer setup if it only had four sockets, and that's certainly not a "little thing".

about a year and a half ago
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Cause of LED Efficiency Droop Finally Revealed

LizardKing Re:But i like to dim my lights (308 comments)

I recently replaced ten halogen GU10 type bulbs in my house with LED ones, and the website I bought them from stocked dimmable ones. They even had replacements for the twelve G9 bulbs that we have in one room, which is great as the non-LED ones blow at a rate of roughly one a month and are very inefficient. We have an energy meter, and our daily consumption of electricity has roughly halved since replacing all the old incandescent and halogen bulbs.

about a year and a half ago
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64-bit x86 Computing Reaches 10th Anniversary

LizardKing Re:Whatever! PowerPC been doing 64-bit (332 comments)

And PA-RISC hits the 20th anniversay for the 64 bit version on three years time. Was always intrigued by that architecture, but only got to play very briefly with a HP9000 server.

about a year and a half ago
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64-bit x86 Computing Reaches 10th Anniversary

LizardKing Re:Did it really work? (332 comments)

Simula 67 was standardised in 1968. ANSI Common Lisp dates from 1984, and the OO implementation it includes (CLOS) was a relatively recent development at the time. CLOS is also a hack, although Lisp bores try and pretend it isn't by claiming the omissions make it "more poowerful".

about a year and a half ago
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Java 8 Delayed To Fix Security

LizardKing Fortune (135 comments)

Strange fortune cookie or whatever else that quote at the bottom of a Slashdot page is called:

To err is human; to forgive is simply not our policy. -- MIT Assasination Club

Seems somewhat awkward given events in Boston over the last 24 hours.

about a year and a half ago

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Legendary guitar amp builder Jim Marshall passes away

LizardKing LizardKing writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LizardKing (5245) writes "The man who perfected the guitar amps used by so many famous musicians over the last fifty years has passed away. A former drummer, Jim Marshall initially became involved with guitar amplification as an importer of Fender equipment, until he eventually decided to branch out and make his own amps. The trademark Marshall sound evolved alongside the requirements of such luminaries as Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton. The Marshall stack has since become a ubiquitous symbol of live rock music in particular — so much so that some bands perform in front of veritable walls of Marshall branded speakers. In addition to his lead guitar amplifiers, Jim will also be remembered for his great bass amps (as used by Lemmy Kilmister in particular) and the much sought after Guv'nor distortion pedal."
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LizardKing LizardKing writes  |  more than 8 years ago

LizardKing (5245) writes "British newspaper The Guardian, is carrying a report about a Creationist museum currently under construction near Cincinnati. According to the report this is a multimillion pound project, with the founders anticipating 300,000 visitors annually once they open to the public. The museum features animatronic dioramas that include dinosaurs frolicking with humans prior to man's fall from grace with the big man in the sky. Visitors of a sensitive nature should note that the otherwise naked Adam will be sensitively positioned behind a sheep, but they "may be scared by the authenticity" of Eve's creation from Adam's spare bits. A section from a plausible version of Noah's Ark is also on display, designed by Navy architects and accompanied by a sophisticated computer model that shows how every species could have been loaded onboard."
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LizardKing LizardKing writes  |  more than 8 years ago

LizardKing (5245) writes "According to the Register, Sun has open sourced Java, which is news to those of us who have been downloading the JDK source for some time. The real story is that Sun have relicensed the code to key portions of the JDK under a combination of the GPL v2.0 and a revised version of the CDDL. The report does not make it clear whether the class library has also been relicensed, although several other Sun components such as JavaHelp have been."

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