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Submission + - Same binary file on two different architectures? ( 1

skurk writes: Is it possible to have a binary file run on two different architectures, without modifications? In this experiment, a binary file is crafted to run on 32-bit x86 and a Commodore 64. Even though this is just a proof-of-concept, can this serve a useful purpose on other platforms?

Comment Re:Not just the login error (Score 1) 176

You're making me violate my do-not-reply-to-anonymous-cowards policy here, shame on you.

Anyway, come on - it's an ambitious 1B NOK IT project which isn't only rendered unavailable due to "high" traffic, but also contains unforgivable flaws (like exposing "Kenneth") -- THAT, my friend, is a fucking joke, regardless of how profitable it is.

Comment Not just the login error (Score 3, Interesting) 176

I normally wouldn't care about this, but since the Norwegian government (i.e. the people, myself included) paid 1 billion NOK for this solution, I expect it to WORK. Mind you, this is not the first time we've had problems with Altinn, this has been a recurring drama the past few years. As the article states; every year they claim to be prepared, and every year they are unable to deliver.

We're not *that* many people in Norway (recently hit the 5 million mark), and certainly not that many adults checking their tax returns online. Guesstimate: 1 million? And how many checks it simultaneously? Let's be generous and say half.

So how the hell can a 175 million USD project not be able to deal with 500k visitors? It's a fucking joke.

Comment Re:...really? (Score 1) 152

Because some of us just can't let go.

And, to be fair, OS4.1 and beyond is pretty good and is only available for new PPC hardware (like the Sam440, as well as the upcoming Sam460 and X1000). It comes with lots of GNU tools, gcc, a decent browser that actually works, good internet connectivity, and so on.


New Europe-Wide Radio Telescope To Look For ET 49

astroengine writes "A new radio telescope is under construction, consisting of 44 stations (each consisting of several antennae) spread across Europe. The pan-European Low Frequency Array is half built and already returning unprecedented observations of cosmic radio sources. The best thing is, when it's complete, SETI will be able to use the array to seek out transmitting extraterrestrial civilizations in these untapped low radio frequencies."

Submission + - Amiga 500 Reincarnation: Minimig (

An anonymous reader writes: A Dutch hardware engineer named Dennis recently announced his release of the Minimig, an FPGA re-implementation of the original Amiga 500. The sources are released under the GNU General Public License, and there's already an interest thread for pre-assembled boards on suggesting a price around £40.

Submission + - Slashdot polls -- good idea, or useless?

posterlogo writes: Do people find the tagging system to be useful? How frequently do you make use of it? Often I find stories tagged "haha", which doesn't seem to be all that useful for finding something specific, since more than half the stories get this tag. Worse, lately there's been a lot of politicizing — tags like "liberalpropaganda" or "republicansarefuckingfacists". These appear to be just another way to make an anonymous coward statement. Do you like the tagging system?

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. - Alan Turing