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KDevelop 4.7.0 Released

jeremyp Re:And KDevelope is what exactly? (45 comments)

However, there could be something in the summary on Slashdot, quite easily. The first word is "KDevelop". That could easily have been a link to the project front page, or it could have been expanded to "The KDevelop IDE" and everybody would be happy.

yesterday
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KDevelop 4.7.0 Released

jeremyp Re:And KDevelope is what exactly? (45 comments)

There is a huge amount of FOSS that has an entire "front" web page that tells people in exquisite detail what changes have been made, who contributed, how others can get involved and what bugs are outstanding without ever mentioning what the hell the project does

From the KDevelop Front Page.

KDevelop
is a free, open source IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, Max OS X and other Unix flavours. It is a feature-full, plugin extensible IDE for C/C++ and other programming languages. It is based on KDevPlatform, and the KDE and Qt libraries and is under development since 1998.

That seems fairly self explanatory to me.

yesterday
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

jeremyp Re:No. (368 comments)

When he made the promise, the development team consisted only of himself. Now there is a whole company with a number of employees who depend on Minecraft licence sales for their salaries. If Notch open sources Minecraft, all these people will lose their jobs.

So it's probably greed, but not necessarily. In any case, sales haven't tailed off yet, so he hasn't broken his promise.

5 days ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

jeremyp Re:Holy shit! (198 comments)

You think 1m AUD is big? A couple of years back I was on a project for the British government where they burned nearly that much every week. In the end they had literally burned it, they would have got better value because at least it would have kept the building warm.

5 days ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

jeremyp Re:ntp is the line in the sand (314 comments)

Well of course you'd be absolutely insane to try to put sendmail and Apache in the same address space. In fact, sendmail forks (or at least used to fork when I last looked at it 10 years ago) to serve each incoming connection, so it's insane to try to restrict sendmail on its own to only one address space.

I thought my mention of kdaemonhostd (sendmail in the kernel, yay!) plus the fact that daemonhostd is derived from svchost(.exe) would be enough to show the post is not entirely serious.

about a week ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

jeremyp Re: ntp is the line in the sand (314 comments)

I did do a quick scan of the web site to make sure the idea is not real. However, it's possible that I missed it.

about a week ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

jeremyp Re:ntp is the line in the sand (314 comments)

Not sure about that, but they are inventing a new way to run services. They will have a new program called daemonhostd which can host multiple services. All you have to do is recompile sendmail and apache as shared object libraries and daemonhostd will dynamically load and run them in the same process to save resources.

As a further refinement, they are also writing kdaemonhostd which is exactly the same but it all runs in kernel space to improve performance.

about a week ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

jeremyp Re:What? (314 comments)

But also,

so a student developer has taken to implementing the APIs of important systemd components so that they translate into native systemd calls

A d too many.

about a week ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

jeremyp Re:ntp is the line in the sand (314 comments)

Because systemd now has a replacement for ntpd.

The systemd people are (as far as I can tell) writing replacements for almost all the standard services that run on Linux because they want to take over the World bwahaha!

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

jeremyp Re:cram lots of people in a confined space (811 comments)

Bullshit. Why should I pay more for being taller? This isn't a choice, is it? What the airlines are doing is essentially discrimination.

Why should short people subsidise tall people? That's an alternate way of looking at it. If you move all the seats further apart, prices go up and short people are effectively paying for leg room they don't need.

about a week ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

jeremyp Re: What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

No it doesn't. You need the X client libraries installed, but no X server needs to run on the server.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

jeremyp Re: What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

Heartbleed could expose server side private keys to the attacker. I seriously doubt that any IE bug could possibly be that bad.

about two weeks ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

jeremyp Re:Ummm.... (169 comments)

Let me guess: You have a large collection of "nerdy" t-shirts? Most of those are about as funny, insightful, and entertaining as XKCD. You know this already, as I'm sure when you're shopping on whatever website sells that stuff you like some and reject others. The difference between those and XKCD, of course, is that the t-shirt shop doesn't come with a personality for you to worship.

That's pretty insulting.

about two weeks ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

jeremyp Re:Ummm.... (169 comments)

The "sudo make me a sandwich" one? Just not funny. I "get" the "joke", it's just not even a little bit funny. It's "Ha, ha! That's a thing that I know about! Familiarity for the win!"

The "Bobby Tables" strip also isn't funny. For the same reasons.

Wrong on both counts.

about two weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

jeremyp Re:Best move ever (375 comments)

I hear we've already tried nuking Manure's home ground but nobody could tell the difference.

about three weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

jeremyp Alex Salmond (375 comments)

It's a bit presumptuous of him to be setting out policy for the first government of independent Scotland. Is it not going to be a democracy?

about three weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

jeremyp Re:Actually, it does ! (375 comments)

We've actually paid more tax per head, and received less back per head, than England for every one of the last 110 years, which is as far back as the available data goes. So it's long before the discovery of oil.

Citation needed there I think.

However, that's not the point. The United Kingdom has, through imperialism and military adventurism, very reasonably made itself the second most hated nation on the planet. I'm tired of being embarrassed to travel on a UK passport.

Mostly on the back of following George W Bush on his crazy adventures. Of course, the government at the time was being led by a Scot and the man in charge of the money was a Scot too.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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Ordnance Survey Creates Minecraft Model of Great Britain

jeremyp jeremyp writes  |  about a year ago

jeremyp (130771) writes "Ordnance Survey intern Joseph Braybrook has created a Minecraft World based upon accurate terrain mapping data of Great Britain. The world accurately represents the whole of Great Britain and surrounding islands (but excludes Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands). It maps 224,000 square kilometres of Greast Britain and contains 22 billion blocks. Graham Dunlop (Ordnance Survey Innovation Lab Manager) says:

We think we may have created the largest Minecraft world ever built based on real-world data

The map can be downloaded from the Ordnance Survey here."

Journals

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Linux From Scratch

jeremyp jeremyp writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Following a comment I read in a recent Slashdot post, I decided to build a "Linux From Scratch" distribution. Interestingly, Linux From Scratch comes in the form of a book in HTML format - no software is included.

Following the book's instructions, you download the source packages you need to build a basic Linux system and then use the step by step instructions to get it working.

The idea is to set aside a partition on an existing Linux system and build the software there. I chose my "firewall box" as that is the only permanent Linux system I have. Interestingly, on running fdisk I found I have approximately 20 Gb of unused disk space on it - well i say "unused" it has the original Win 98 system that the box came with. I immediately reformatted about 10 Gb of space on the first disk as /boot, swap and / respectively (/ is a reiser FS partition) and rolled my sleeves up.

The methodology is to mount your new partitions on your original system, build a basic toolchain (compiler etc) and then chroot into your new "/" and literally build the Linux system from scratch. At the time of writing I am just starting the build of my new Linux - the final version of glibc is compiling (for at least two more hours :( ).

I have to say it's quite exciting building a Linux system from scratch. You have to hand create the directory structure, password file and group file among other things. OTOH the configure -> make -> make install cycle can get a bit tedious. BTW it's taken 24 hours of compiler time and about 8 hours of my time to get to where I am.

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You and DRH

jeremyp jeremyp writes  |  more than 11 years ago

OK, so your user name is miu and your home page is the biography page of Douglas Hofstadter. Are you him or merely a fan?

Also, I am deeply honoured to have a "friend" in slashdot although it's not obvious to me why you chose me.

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