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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

jeremyp Re:Keys to the kingdom ... (178 comments)

I'd agree with you if it weren't for the fact that measures put in place to combat terrorism have been abused before.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

jeremyp Re:Easiest way... (267 comments)

OS X is no more heavily controlled than any Linux in the sense of putting what software you like on it. The only downside to it is that you have to buy your hardware from Apple.

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

jeremyp Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (519 comments)

ESA is mainly a French driven organisation. In France, 75% of electricity is generated by nuclear power stations.

Never let the truth get in the way of a good stereotype.

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

jeremyp Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (519 comments)

I wouldn't have thought there was enough light that far out even without the shadows.

Could you post your calculations that lead you to that conclusion. Do you think that the engineers who designed the space craft forgot to make the same calculation?

Sure it's an assumption but it's not baseless,

Yes it is unless you did the calculations to show that there is not enough energy out there for the specific solar cells on this craft.

previous deep space probes such as Cassini, pioneer, and voyager are all nuclear powered.

They were all designed to go much further than Rosetta.

about a week ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

jeremyp Re:The TripAdvisor URL (306 comments)

147 terrible reviews, I think the £100 charge must be part of their business model.

about a week ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

jeremyp Re:Or, to put it another way... (217 comments)

You can create an interface in C. Just typedef a struct with a bunch of function pointers. People implement the interface by creating an instance of the struct and filling in the function pointers.

It's actually a fairly common pattern. For example there are several described here

about three weeks ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

jeremyp Re:Terrible (430 comments)

You're overthinking it.

I'm heterosexual. I cannot choose to be sexually attracted to other men, I'm just not attracted to them. Whether this is caused by psychological reasons, the chemical environment in my mother's womb, or genetic factors is irrelevant. I cannot choose.

It should be pointed out that the choice thing is really a red herring. If homosexuality were a choice, that would still be no reason to persecute gay people.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo's Rocket Engine Did Not Cause Fatal Crash

jeremyp Re:Then how did the pilot die? (150 comments)

Ha! Rather than merely point out that you have confused the names "Columbia" and "Challenger" everybody has decided you needed a new arsehole tearing.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

jeremyp Re:I'll take that bait (613 comments)

It would be a pain if it were true. Most of the shops in my part of the UK stay open till six and often later.

about three weeks ago
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OpenBSD 5.6 Released

jeremyp Re:Thank you! (125 comments)

Perhaps someone else has something to add?

7/ systemd doesn't run on it.

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

jeremyp Re:Well (594 comments)

If space planes made it easier to get into orbit, that is the way we'd be doing it now. No space plane has ever put cargo into orbit. Giant fireworks do it routinely (almost).

about three weeks ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

jeremyp Re:Tip of the iceberg (669 comments)

However, keeping all options open is what a scientist ought to do.

Wrong. Science should only keep options open if they are not contradicted by the real World. For example, no scientist keeps the option of the Earth being flat open because there is a mountain of evidence that says it is not flat. The Biblical account of creation is flatly contradicted by evidence from reality.

about a month ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

jeremyp Re:Tip of the iceberg (669 comments)

Genesis conforming our current Big Bang theory is already a nice start.

It would be if it was true, but Genesis gets the origin of the Universe so hopelessly wrong that it is obvious its writers knew nothing about cosmology, geology, chemistry, physics or evolutionary biology, which would be completely in line with them having a similar level of knowledge to everybody else around at that time.

In fact, at the time the Bible writers were talking about the Earth being supported on pillars and being like a tent with windows in the sky to let the rain in, the Greeks were already beginning to come up with reasons why it must be a sphere. It doesn't look to me like the Bible writers had any kind of special knowledge at all.

about a month ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

jeremyp Re:Saw the debate (451 comments)

It doesn't matter who won that debate (although most accounts I have read suggest that Nye won), Nye is right and Ham was talking bollocks. Evolution happened, creationism as per the Bible didn't. The Great Flood is fiction.

about a month ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

jeremyp Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

You can't just turn the existing seats round. If you did that, the crash (or possibly even just a sudden stop) would just rip them off their mountings because the back of the seat would act as a lever.

You'd need much stronger (i.e. heavier) seats which means fewer of them per plane. Which means either more expensive fares or lower margins for the airlines. Given the fact that aeroplanes don't crash to a pretty good approximation, why bother?

about a month ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

jeremyp Re:And this ... (289 comments)

What sentence? The only crime he is in the frame for is one of rape in Sweden and he hasn't even been charged with that yet, much less tried and sentenced.

about a month ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

jeremyp Re:Oh yeah, that guy (289 comments)

If Assange was in British custody and the USA made an extradition request, he would be extradited unless the crime that the USA wants to charge him with carries the death penalty. Even if there was a possibility of the death penalty, I expect we would extradite him if the Americans gave us an assurance that he won't be executed.

Note that the British did have Assange in custody for a bit and the USA made no attempt to extradite him. I don't think they have anything on him. Assange is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy because he thinks he might get convicted of rape.

about a month ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

jeremyp Re:Oh yeah, that guy (289 comments)

I'm still lost on why Sweden, of all places, is more likely to deport Assange to the US than England is.

It isn't. Assange is hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy because he's frightened of being convicted of rape.

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

jeremyp Re:Easily done: (331 comments)

Who commits 90% of the gun crime in the U.S.? Certainly not law abiding citizens.

Clearly not by definition.

MILLIONS of crimes are prevented every year by law abiding citizens either brandishing (99% of the time) or using (1% of the time) their legally held guns.

Citation needed, I think.

Even assuming this is true, how many averted robberies are worth the loss of a human life? One? a hundred? a thousand? How many averted crimes are worth the 100 children that are accidentally killed by guns each year?

Secondly: look up what the word 'democide' means. You're an idiot who wants to get us all killed by our government.

Still, only 200 million people were killed by their own governments in the last century, so it's no big deal.

Perhaps you should look up the word "democracy". You'll find that the way bad governments are removed in a democracy is by voting them out of office. The USA is allegedly one of those, so that' the way to remove a government, not by making war on it.

about a month ago

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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."

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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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