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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 a week 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 a week 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 a week ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

jeremyp Re:Oh god so what? (193 comments)

Any competent C programmer can maintain any C code

OpenSSL is written in C. I am a competent C programmer. I don't think I could maintain that code base. The Open BSD people are probably more competent C programmers than me and they felt they couldn't maintain the code base without first ripping most of it out.

about two weeks ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

jeremyp Re:Is there a barrister in the house? (226 comments)

Also Rugby football with two subdivisions (league and union) and Gaelic football.

about two weeks ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

jeremyp Re:PL = Honorable Institution. (226 comments)

The Premier League / FA is a bunch of racists. The hitjob they did on Luis Suarez for the use of his non-offensive word negrito (ie blackie, a South American equivalent of calling someone Red) smacks of the worst of Jim Crow. England should and eventually will be ashamed of this.

Bite me...

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

jeremyp Re: Surprise? (579 comments)

The majority of people who work in office environments in large organisations have computers that are locked down in some way. You can't tell them to just download Libre Office because they are not allowed to.

about two weeks ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

jeremyp Re:Desperate to have a wank. (299 comments)

He cannot be arrested because there is no arrest warrant.

Apart from the European arrest warrant.

about two weeks ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

jeremyp Re:This is so silly (299 comments)

The UK won't extradite Assange unless the USA asks us to. Have you heard of any extradition requests form the USA yet? No, neither have I. Assange isn't afraidd of the Americans, he is afraid of the Swedish, specifically, he's not sure he will be found innocent of the rape charges.

about two weeks ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

jeremyp Re:Diplomatic pouch? (299 comments)

Surely Police in the UK have the right to stop and require people to identify themselves, especially when in a car.

No. If you are driving a car, the police can stop you for any reason and you must present your documents (driver's licence, registration, MoT and insurance). But you don't have to carry them on you and if you don't you need to present them at a police station within seven days. This only applies to the driver.

At other times, the police have the power to stop and question you at any time. They can also search you, if they have reasonable grounds to believe you are carrying drugs, a weapon, stolen goods or something used to commit crimes (I guess any tools would count there). But you are not obliged to show them any identification.

In fact many people don't carry photo id around. There are no id cards and older style British driving licences don't even have a photograph on them. I got a new driving licence with my photograph on it last year and that was only because a photo licence will be mandatory from 2015.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

jeremyp Re:It's open source (430 comments)

Its free, take it or leave it. .

I think, with your attitude, I'll leave it.

Please tell me what Open Source project(s) you work on so that I can comply.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

jeremyp Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

Javadoc isn't meant to add to the source, it is supposed to be instead of the source. You shouldn't need to read and decipher the source code in order to use an API.

about three weeks ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

jeremyp Re:So what is the solution? (372 comments)

The perennial joke is that EMACS is a great operating system, all it needs is a decent text editor. However, that's really unfair, you can get a vi emulation module for it now.

about a month ago
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

jeremyp Re:Google already has the technology to fix this (132 comments)

Since Google makes no money from the people who do the searching but lots of money from advertisers, I'd question your definition of usefulness, at least from the point of view of Google and its customers.

about a month and a half ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

jeremyp Re:Python for learning? Good choice. (415 comments)

The problem is that different humans have different ideas about exactly what white space to use and where. For instance, for brace indentation, I prefer Allman style whereas most people go with some variant of K&R style.

The other problem is that white space is actually invisible to humans and glancing at a piece of code that is indented, a we cannot tell how many white space characters are there. Think of make files where it matters if the indent is made of tab or space characters. For human readability, the number and type of white space characters (including line feeds) should make no difference to the meaning of the code. If you need to enforce a project standard, there are tools that can do that and that obviate the source of errors that you think Python eliminates.

about 2 months ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

jeremyp Re:another language shoved down your throat (415 comments)

I disagree. When somebody is learning how to program, you wan the language to be as easy to use as possible. You want to be able to solve real problems with a minimum amount of "boiler plate" and extraneous concepts.

For instance, in Java, you cannot write anything without having a class, so you have to introduce classes and methods (including static ones) to the beginner right at the start. Whereas with Python, you can pretty much type statements that do things straight away.

Also, you want the error messages to be simple and descriptive in terms that a beginner can understand. So when you index off the end of an array, you want the computer to print an error message that says "you've indexed off the end of the array", not to silently scribble over the process's memory.

This is not to say that Java and C don't have their place, they are just less suitable as a first teaching language than Python.

about 2 months ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

jeremyp Re:Obvious (285 comments)

Bill Gates and Paul Allen wrote the first BASIC interpreter for a microcomputer. Of course before they did that, they had to write an emulator for the target hardware since they didn't have an Altair. It's not enough to put him in the top ten, but it's unfair today he was no great programmer.

about 2 months ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

jeremyp Re:No exhaustive.. (285 comments)

Nobody from the OpenSSL project then...

about 2 months ago
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On 4th of July:

jeremyp Re:5th November... (340 comments)

But he knew when the best time for fireworks was.

about 2 months 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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