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Comment How "Titanic" made a better 64 bit Linux kernel (Score 1) 31

The article is an excellent read, the movie was made ~1997 too.

"The Linux distribution used was Red Hat 4.1. At that time Red Hat was shipping Linux 2.0.18, which didn't support the PC164 mainboard, so the first thing we had to do was upgrade the kernel. During our testing we tracked down a number of problems with devices and kept up with both the 2.0 and 2.1 series of kernels. We ended up sticking with 2.1.42 with a few patches. We also decided on the NCR 810 SCSI card with the BSD-based driver and the SMC 100MB Ethernet card with the de4x5 driver. It turned out to be a very stable configuration, but there was one serious floating-point problem that caused our water-rendering software to die with an unexpected floating-point exception."

Submission + - Ghostly remains of Soviet Space Shuttle... (

ClarkMills writes: From CNN:

Photographer discovers treasure trove in Baikonur Cosmodrome

It's hard to imagine now, but this derelict shuttle was once at the gleaming forefront of the Soviet space program. It was one of a number of dilapidated spacecraft found at the Baikonur Cosmodrome site in Kazakhstan by urban explorer Ralph Mirebs.

Comment I used to be totally against online voting... (Score 1) 77

My main bitch with online voting was/is vote-buying. This *could* be mostly solved by having it so that you can change your vote right up to closing time. That way, even if you sold your vote and voted in front of the vote-buyer, you could always go and change your vote later. Dispels any significant incentive to even try that rort.

We first need to get an e-voting system in place that is trustworthy (and hence open/auditable).

Submission + - Digital noise in photos gives away edits (

ClarkMills writes: Here's a neat paper outlining the detection of digital photographs by detecting and comparing the noise across the image. There's more information at (the humorously named site) It will be interesting to run this tech across previous "winner" images. :)

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