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Comment U-boats weren't numbered sequentially (Score 1) 330

German U-boats (submarines) were given deliberately 'inflated' numbers, to make it seem that there were many more than there really were. The strategic/morale effect of your enemy believing that you have hundreds of submerged threats at sea was an important consideration to the Germans.

I guess they didn't see the need to do this with tanks.

Comment Re:con-lib coalition = no opposition in parliament (Score 1) 107

For the first time since, well, quite a long time, we have no sizeable opposition in Parliament.

The size of the opposition (i.e. number of MPs) is fairly typical really. The problem is that the opposition consists of MPs who belong to the unpopular former-governing Labour party. People have become too used, over recent years, to disbelieving them ;-)

Comment Doesn't need an official 'rule change' (Score 1) 377

If you want to play and allow proper nouns, then you don't need an official 'rule change' to do so. You just say to your fellow players "Hey, chaps, shall we allow proper nouns, then?"

And if the new 'offical rules' say that proper nouns are allowed, then you don't have to go along with it. You say to your fellow players "Hey, chaps, let's play Old School Scrabble: no proper nouns!"

Surely people do this all the time, where you have your own House Rules?

Comment Re:Ubuntu not necessarily safe (Score 1) 281

Installing the wine package on ubuntu automatically sets mmap_min_addr to 0. The default install will have it set higher

Interesting. (See /etc/sysctl.d/wine.sysctl.conf for some comments).

Solution, remove wine.

Hardly a solution if one needs to use Wine, though, is it? Probably just a good idea to wait for a patched kernel, I should think.

Comment Ubuntu not necessarily safe (Score 2, Informative) 281

But the bug is not exploitable on ubuntu, because they set vm.mmap_min_addr > 0 by default.

That doesn't seem to be generally true.

Ubuntu Hardy 8.04 LTS, 2.6.24-25-generic: vm.mmap_min_addr = 65536; Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04, 2.6.28-16-generic: vm.mmap_min_addr = 0. So, by the above logic, Ubuntu Jaunty is vulnerable, although Hardy is safe.

Also seems like vm.mmap_min_addr = 0 for all the Debian boxes I can get my hands on...

(All my comments above relate to the stock/packaged kernels for the distribution)

Comment I don't get why PVR-users watch recorded ads... (Score 1, Insightful) 297

I don't understand why those with PVRs still watch the ads. I've found that, with the sole exception of the ad-free (but paid-for, of course) BBC channels, the ad breaks are _way_ too long; this is mostly the reason I use a PVR. To skip through the ads.

In addition, the Treat The Audience As If They Have An Attention Span Of Less Than A Minute approach, showing you highlights of what you're going to see soon, then actually showing you it, then showing you a re-cap of what you've just seen; that just encourages more skipping from me, really.

Operating Systems

Submission + - Google announces Chrome Operating System

nloop writes: Google recently announced Chrome OS, it's "natural extension" of the Chrome web browser. Slated for release in 2010, it will be indeed be open source and based on a Linux kernel. It will be aimed towards low power netbooks and be designed entirely around web based applications. It will be both x86 and ARM compatible. Google says it is different and separate from Android, despite the similarities.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Ubuntu: Still Popular? (starryhope.com)

PoorOldFlick writes: "There's no way to say for sure which distro is the most popular and to know exactly how many people use Ubuntu. That being said, we thought it would be interesting to take a fresh look at Ubuntu's popularity. Is Ubuntu gaining in popularity? Is it being used by more people? Are more people searching and talking about Ubuntu?"

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