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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

jeremyp Re:track record (291 comments)

The 747 won't be far behind. Nobody wants to buy four engined aircraft anymore.

2 days ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

jeremyp Re:Capable, sure (329 comments)

That is because the terrorism was not religiously motivated. Religion had a polarizing effect on the population of Northern Ireland, but the motivation for the terrorism was political, not religions: it was the Irish Republican Army, not the Irish Catholic Army.

about three weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

jeremyp Re:Dear Prime Minister Cameron, (329 comments)

Living on your knees is entirely appropriate in a modern liberal democracy according to David Cameron.

about three weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

jeremyp Re:Obviously on the right track (329 comments)

Yes, but you can monitor the Internet for encrypted traffic and anybody found using it is automatically a terrorist. What could possibly go wrong?

about three weeks ago
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Chrome For OS X Catches Up With Safari's Emoji Support

jeremyp Re:How Writers Expressed Emotions (104 comments)

Well most writers were always unable to convey the tone of their writing. Generally speaking, most of us only read the best writing from ages ago. Back in the 20th century, pretty much everything I read was written by people I knew personally or people who were good enough writers to get published in books and newspapers and magazines.

Now, Twitter is spammed relentlessly by the illiterate arseholes who were always there but couldn't get published in the past.

about three weeks ago
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HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

jeremyp Re:Shrug (161 comments)

They just tools that write it for them after drawing it in Photoshop.

Should that be "they just use tools" or "they just are tools"?

about three weeks ago
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HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

jeremyp Re: Shrug (161 comments)

This is utter nonsense. XHTML is not a an HTML renderer, it is a standard for an XML document format.

If your browser misrenders an HTML4 document because it thinks it is XHTML, the problem is either the browser itself which can't distinguish different document types or the person who wrote the web page and erroneously put the xml processing instruction at the top.

about three weeks ago
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Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

jeremyp Re:You are making things WAY TOO COMPLEX (182 comments)

why would a label NOT WORK the next day

Off the top of my head, one reason would be that the price is calculated based on the rates on the day of shipping.

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

jeremyp Re:Modern Technology (189 comments)

Without knowing *why* the castle is gone, I have no idea what your point is.

Usually, if it was a stone castle, the building materials were robbed out to make new dwellings. The reason that people could do that is because the owners abandoned them as being shit places to live.

With buildings, as with other man made items, technology moves on. Generally speaking, a house built now will be more comfortable, easier to heat and more suited to modern life styles than a house built 50 years ago. Who cares if the old ones fall down? If you are going to knock it down and replace it with something better, money spent making it last a millennium is wasted money.

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

jeremyp Re:Modern Technology (189 comments)

You could probably flip out a modern system every year for less than the annual support and maintenance contract that the DWP is probably buying.

about three weeks ago
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Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

jeremyp Re:Killed, killed, killed (166 comments)

Given the technology available and the relative size of the Earth's population, he was a whole lot worse than any of those three.

about three weeks ago
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Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Suspended Due To "Compromised Wallet"

jeremyp Re:No price move (161 comments)

According to http://www.preev.com/ Bitcoin is trading at around 280 USD. Last time I looked a couple of weeks ago, it was at 313 USD. The needle has moved, whether it was this story or not, I don't know.

about a month ago
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Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

jeremyp Re:They're assholes. (336 comments)

And yet my nephew knew how to configure the NAT/router in his parents' house so that he could run a Minecraft server for his friends when he was ten.

about a month ago
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

jeremyp Re:Unrelated to Github (148 comments)

No it isn't.

Both NTFS and HFS+ are file systems that are case insensitive and case preserving (by default). They work as designed. They have always worked that way as the people who ported git to those platforms should have known.

Just because you don't like the way NTFSD and HFS+ work and it makes the programmer's job a little harder doesn't mean there is a bug.

about a month and a half ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

jeremyp Re:Glad we're in agreement... (141 comments)

I think it's a minimum, not a maximum.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

jeremyp Re:currency (138 comments)

To my knowledge there is no other country in the world to use the exact word 'penny' or 'pennies' to refer to their smallest denomination.

We do in the UK and we thought of it first.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

jeremyp Re:Sigh. (138 comments)

I wouldn't be surprised if that was exactly the bug.

about a month and a half ago
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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

jeremyp Re:class act (171 comments)

But when a prosecution can't even be bothered to determine that someone is one

The issue of whether Julian Assange is a rapist or not would have been settled years ago if he had not skipped bail. He would have been taken to Sweden and interviewed about the accusations. Maybe as a result of that, there would have been a trial and hopefully he would have been found guilty if and only if he did rape somebody.

Right now, he's a fugitive from justice, which makes me think that he is not confident that he would be acquitted of the rape allegations. You can talk about the danger of extradition to the USA, but he was in the UK for a while before he ran away and the USA made no move to extradite him. I don't think that is a real danger.

about a month and a half 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  |  about 11 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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