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Comment: Captain Scott (Score 5, Funny) 63

by JSG (#48234597) Attached to: Century Old Antarctic Expedition Notebook Found Underneath Ice

In Britain he is generally known as "Captain Scott" or "Scott of the errr is it the Artic or the other one?"

We deify people who try really hard but come second and Scott is no exception being beaten to the South Pole by the Norwegian Amundsen, but he cheated by knowing more about the environment and being properly equipped.

Comment: Re: Stallman would be proud (Score 1) 208

by JSG (#48011141) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug


MS famously invented the notion of "a best practice". Unfortunately they seem incapable of following good practice in many areas. The other vendors you mention also have similar foibles regarding what's best for you.

Now the FOSS community is just that - a community filled with opinions, advice and a fair old software output.

Each product stands on its own. You pays your money ...


Comment: Re:Why is (Score 1) 201

by JSG (#47638867) Attached to: Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

In Gentoo you get three versions of Chrome - stable, beta, unstable. My wife's Arch running laptop has Chrome although to be fair I did have to add it from the community package source which seems to be pretty obligatory anyway.

Pretty sure Ubuntu and Mint have it available. I doubt very much that Debian, with its legendarily large repo of stuff can't manage a major browser.

If you can install Linux there's a fair chance you can get Chrome to run on it.

+ - Nominet destroying UK WHOIS privacy, wants ID

Submitted by ktetch-pirate
ktetch-pirate (1850548) writes "Earlier this week, Nominet launched the .uk domain to great fanfare, but hidden in that activity has been Nominet's new policy of exposing personal domain owners home addresses. Justification is based on a site being judged 'commercial', which can mean anything from a few google ads, an Amazon widget, to an email subscription box or linking to too many commercial sites, according to Nominet reps. In the meantime though, they want your driving license or passport to ensure 'accuracy' because they 'want to make things safe'."

Comment: Re:No, it's not prospective shipment to the custom (Score 1) 243

by JSG (#46008829) Attached to: Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

God God, they've invented JIT.

All that farting around with Finite Capacity Planning, Sales Forecasting and stuff I did for a pie factory around 15 years ago was to be actually invented around now.

We would generate a forecast of sales, fax it to the customer (multiples in the UK) and then manufacture and ship product based on that forecast. Most of the time the forecast would come back with a signature on it (an order).

Pies (Pasties, sausage rolls, pork pies etc etc) have a short life span and have to be generally made before the order to ensure they arrive into depot (ie into the customer's depot) with enough "code" (shelf life) to be saleable. We weren't perfect but it generally worked.

So, I submit that huge swathes of manufacturing have been doing this sort of thing for decades. I used text books that my dad had lying around from his days at University for my forecasting models and details on how logistics works.


PS OK, my case is not exactly in 1-1 with the patent but any sufficiently large logistical operation has done this and much more routinely for a very long time but probably used less buzz words.

Comment: Re: "Slashmirrored" (Score 2) 341

by JSG (#45814025) Attached to: Kernel DBus Now Boots With Systemd On Fedora

>> Gentoo can not be setup to use systemd too

Are you sure? My laptop begs to differ:
$uname -a
Linux jglaptop 3.12.6-gentoo #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat Dec 28 11:22:53 GMT 2013 x86_64 Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux

and spits out things like this:

gerdesj@jglaptop:~$ systemctl status apache2
apache2.service - Apache Web Server
      Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/apache2.service; enabled)
      Active: active (running) since Sat 2013-12-28 12:18:03 GMT; 1 day 10h ago
    Process: 2719 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/apache2 $APACHE2_OPTS -k start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Main PID: 2796 (/usr/sbin/apach)
      CGroup: /system.slice/apache2.service
                      2796 /usr/sbin/apache2 -D INFO -D MANUAL -D SSL -D SUEXEC -D LANGUAGE -D PHP5 -D DEFAULT_VHOST -D SSL_DEFAULT_VHOST -D SECURITY -D PERL -k start
                      2797 /usr/sbin/apache2 -D INFO -D MANUAL -D SSL -D SUEXEC -D LANGUAGE -D PHP5 -D DEFAULT_VHOST -D SSL_DEFAULT_VHOST -D


Comment: Re:Southwest.. (Score 1) 462

by JSG (#45603761) Attached to: Gov't Puts Witness On No Fly List, Then Denies Having Done So

You feel happy to espouse views like that openly, using an account rather than AC.

The US really does not resemble either the DDR or USSR in any way. I'm from the UK but recently visited the US (again) for some time. I have also briefly visited the DDR via Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin in the '80s - that was an eye opener, as was the Corridor and the Wall.

There's no reason to dig up history for repression. You might like to note that women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia but some brave souls flout the rules. You may also think about what life in say Syria or large parts of Africa, let alone Afghanistan and other large parts of the world I've missed out, might be like.

Are you sure the world is such a bad place for the likes of you and I?


+ - WWII Japanese Aircraft-Carrying Super Submarine Located Off Hawaii->

Submitted by Freshly Exhumed
Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Scientists plumbing the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaii coast have discovered a Second World War era Japanese submarine, a technological marvel that had been preparing to attack the Panama Canal before being scuttled by U.S. forces. The 122-metre "Sen-Toku" class vessel — among the largest pre-nuclear submarines ever built — was found in August off the southwest coast of Oahu and had been missing since 1946, scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa said. The I-400 and its sister ship, the I-401, which was found off Oahu in 2005, were able to travel one and a half times around the world without refueling and could hold up to three folding-wing bombers that could be launched minutes after resurfacing, the scientists said."
Link to Original Source

+ - I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In 1999 while writing for Forbes, Adam Penenberg wanted to see how easy it would be for hackers to access his family's bank account information, social security numbers, and online passwords. Now, in 2013, with more of our data than ever at the fingertips of nefarious operators, Penenberg is at it again, asking a group of "white-hat" hackers how easy it would be to hack his and his wife's lives.

What he found is that if someone is determined and savvy enough to access your private information, there's a good chance that person will be successful. Using a combination of phishing emails, mal-ware, and old school surveillance tactics, the team at SpiderLabs was able to take over his laptop and iPhone, and gain access to his personal bank information and online passwords."

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