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Torvalds f**** off on holiday

torvaldsnvidia-640x424Open Sauce’s Mr Sweary Linus Torvalds might delay the release of kernel 4.1 because he is going on holiday.

Torvalds posted over the weekend that version 4.1-rc5 looks like it’s well and truly on track and would be ready for release .“if it wasn’t for the fact that the timing looks like the next merge window would hit our yearly family vacation.”

While Torvalds decides, he suggests Linux kernel devs “please keep testing”.

“So we’ll see how that turns out,” he adds. “I might end up delaying the release just to avoid that (or just delay opening the merge window). I haven’t decided yet.”

Torvalds rarely has a break, he works on Sunday and posts to the kernel mailing list. It is fair to say other Open Sauce projects tend to drop down the loo when its organisers find more interesting things to do. This is the first time under Torvald’s rule that we have heard of anything being held up because he has something mundane to do like taking a break.

Indeed we expect, nay, demand that Linus tell the rest of the world to sod off for a couple of weeks and go somewhere nice and hot. Like Roma.

US Navy clones Expedia to save on logistics

The US Navy is using travel software similar to that under the bonnet of Expedia to slash its global logistics and transportation budget.

The Navy expects to save $20 million per year thanks to Expedia technology.

According to a talkative navel, the system consolidates information about freight and personnel travel schedules into a single database.

Slashdot said this then shows up giving decision-makers a choice of the quickest, cheapest options available.

The Office of Naval Research, which developed the application, said that the Transportation Exploitation Tool (TET) is a little more sophisticated than online travel sites such as Expedia or Travelocity were in 1996.

The system consolidates travel schedules and capacity reports for both military and civilian carriers to give logistics planners a choice of open spaces in ships, planes, trucks, trains or other means of travel, along with information about cost, estimated time of arrival and recommendations of the most efficient route.

In the bad old days logistics planners trying to get an engine part to a Navy ship stranded in a foreign port would spend hours or days looking through separate databases to find something able to carry the part.

Bob Smith, program manager at the Office of researching navels , wrote that the system uses advances in technology to provide outstanding optimisation of available flights and ship routes.

It saves huge amounts of time and could mean lives being saved. Particular if the limes arrive on time and no one gets scurvy.

The system is based in cloud servers and has been combined with the Financial and Air Transportation System, which is the travel and supply-chain planning system owned by the US Transportation Command.

The prototype version saved the Navy $28 million in transportation costs, and the outfit expects it to continue to save about $20 million per year.