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Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 4, Interesting) 135 135

I have outstanding submissions anywhere from 6 months to a year right now. I just got one denied that was just over 6 months old.

Of course, they'll take graffiti on the side of a dumpster, but they won't take actual non-death-camp historic landmarks.

As I keep saying, their approval process is handled by a randomizer. No human can be as pathetic as their approve/deny decisions have been.

Hell, I tried to have a portal removed from my ex-wife's house. I went out to visit our daughter, and while I was trying to explain the game, I turned on the game and it was on the house. The picture was from a commercial property miles away. They refused to remove it.

Comment: Re: Surprise! (Score 1) 389 389

He lost because he didn't bother to respond to the charges.. I couldn't read the text of the complaint (they want money), but the article says he's been ignoring them for several years over these "performances".

I don't agree with the price tag, but it looks like he was fudging the truth to get free advertising out of this lawsuit.

Comment: Re:OpenVMS (Score 1) 257 257

You're actually just mad at the kernel that came with your distro. That's easily fixed, and instructions are abundant. Really, I spot checked and there is 35 year old hardware still supported, you just have to know what you're doing. If you're installing Linux on obscure hardware, you should already know how to do this.

I just grabbed the Linux 3.4.107 kernel (from, which is still being supported. 3.6 dropped i386 support, so I'm going for the full support argument here. :)

I did this on a x64, so I needed to export the correct arch.

$ export ARCH=i386 ; make menuconfig

Processor type and features -> Processor family -> [386]

Bus options -> ISA support -> [checked]
Bus options -> PCI support -> [unchecked]
Bus options -> PCCard (PCMCIA/CardBus) support -> [unchecked]

Networking support -> Networking options -> [whatever other/old network types you want] ... IPX, Appletalk, CCITT x.25

Now you can support any antique ISA card on a i386 you want.

Device Drivers -> Network device support -> Ethernet driver support ->

All the old ISA cards that I can think of are supported. Here's a screen shot of the make config for network card drivers only, with just what I put above. I set them all to build, to expand out everything. In practice, only build the one you're using, and/or make modules so you can load them rather than building them.

Comment: Re:OpenVMS (Score 1) 257 257

I'm also not sure why you'd want to run gcc3 on a 15 year old piece of hardware,

That was the question of the original post. Except don't do it on 15 year old hardware, do it on something circa 1990. So something base don a 80386SX, Z80, 65C02, or 68000.

He doesn't realize that in 2017, the FUture Widget FUx5000 will be released, and in the following 3 years will become the dominant platform.

It's not like a major processor manufacturer hasn't tried this recently.

Operating Systems

Ask Slashdot: A Development Environment Still Usable In 25 Years Time? 257 257

pev writes: I'm working on an embedded project that will need to be maintainable for the next 25 years. This raises the interesting question of how this can be best supported. The obvious solution seems to be to use a VM that has a portable disk image that can be moved to any emulators in the future (the build environment is currently based around Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / x86_64) but how do you predict what vendors / hardware will be available in 25 years? Is anyone currently supporting software of a similar age that can share lessons learned from experience? Where do you choose to draw the line between handling likely issues and making things overly complicated?

Comment: Re: Good. (Score 1) 286 286

Actually, the WTC would be a strategic military target. It could easily been included in infrastructure. There was a lot that happened through that building, therefore it was a valid target. It wasn't the best target, but it was a target.

The thing is, the group who attacked the WTC weren't a military. They weren't even paramiltiary. All things indicate a handful of people with boxcutters. There are better organized paramilitary organizations operating within the US daily that carry out widespread crime. They just go under reported because they aren't as important in the eyes of the casual news viewer as a couple big buildings and a bunch of people in suits in a one-time event.

Comment: Network Basics (Score 1) 302 302

They ought to know the basics of how a network is put together. Understand vocabulary like router, server, LAN, WAN, ethernet, packet. Not saying they're all going to be future sysadmins, but people who understand how data gets from one place to another definitely have an advantage in today's world.

Comment: Re:call me skeptical (Score 1) 190 190

He's the one that made the claims. He said he did it, and then went to the FBI to explain how he did it. Other than finding the tampered box lid, all the "evidence" is in his claims.

I could knock a panel loose and then claim I hacked the in-flight entertainment system and made an airplane into a sperm whale and then a potted plant. That doesn't make it real, even if I showed them a box containing an infinite improbability drive. Funny thing about that, when most people see it, they see an empty box. How improbable.

Comment: Asteriod redirection (Score 0) 150 150

NASA already has the answer. Glitter filled Super Balls are the best thing for the job. As we all know, they are infused with magic energy. A 10kg payload traveling at 11.2 km/s could deflect an object the size of the moon.

It does have risks though. Once set in motion, the Super Balls would be set loose on the universe, potentially disrupting entire galaxies.

For the sake of the universe, I hope we never have to deploy such a weapon.

Comment: Re:Battlefield Earth sucked (Score 1) 121 121

It depends on how the theoretical spaces work. You can have multiple things in the same space. Just where you're sitting, there is air, light, heat, radio waves, sound waves, gravity, probably a few neutrinos.

I just used "spaces" because I couldn't think of a more appropriate word.

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