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Invasion Of Ukraine Continuing As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Maelwryth Long Overdue (3 comments)

This should have been sorted out before Russia invaded Crimea. It should have been sorted after Russia invaded Crimea. If it isn't sorted out now by a shitload of countries not only saying you have to leave Ukraine and Crimea but that we are moving our troops in and if you escalate this any more we are not going to talk, we are going to nuke you and hope for the best.

Look, I'm a pacifist, but If the West is going to play the nuclear warfare game then it has to play it all the way till the end.

Sorry folks, we started this. Either we finish it quickly or take the chance on it being finished forever. Call an emergency U.N. meeting, throw Russia out of the U.N. and then tell them to back down or frount up.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Maelwryth Re:I like... (643 comments)

In the same way you have separation of powers, you need separation of information............least it be used against you.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Maelwryth Re:An interesting death spiral (502 comments)

Unfortunately, this would accentuate one of the flaws in the democratic system. More people will move to the cities for the work and will be on mains power whereas the rural areas will be cut from the mains. That's one group with the food and one with the vote...not good.

about a month and a half ago
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Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

Maelwryth Re:Op Out Knowledge? (157 comments)

do not think there is a single law on the books that makes it illegal not to know something. All knowledge is op-out-able, as far as I am aware, no one is likely ever going to force you and everyone else to know something.

Not knowing the law is no excuse for breaking it.

about 6 months ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Maelwryth Re:Medicalizing Normality (558 comments)

"LMAO, you don't know how evolution works, do you? What possible advantage could autism provide, when it renders most afflicted persons unsociable and awkward and therefore highly unlikely to pass on their genes?"

And neither do you. There are mutations, but they are not garanteed towards survival. They are just mutations. There is also no law that states a good mutation (eg; allows survival) in the short term will be a good mutation in the long term. Take intelligence. It may have allowed us to explode in population but it also means that a small group of people can wipe us off the face of the Earth.

about 6 months ago
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OpenSUSE To Offer Rolling Release KDE Experience

Maelwryth Re:KDE, the one we want to love (51 comments)

If it looks terrible then change it. All I usually do is change everything over to oxygen, but thats just the way I like it......IMO it wasn't really usable until about 4.6 or so but that was a problem the distros/me caused by using a desktop that wasn't ready for what we wanted to use it for. It was my choice to install it. I could have just stuck with KDE 3. If I want to go back I still can in fact.

Try using a media player like SMPlayer for your copying to /tmp woes. That has worked for me. Kaffiene has never appealed. VLC I like, but SMPlayer just seems to be better for me.

Unsure about the kde.org comment. If I want to look at other desktops I go menu/Configure_Desktop/Workspace_Appearance/Desktop_Theme and then click on Get_New_Themes.

As for updating the codebase. Well, if they didn't do that then our desktops would still look like this. Which is fine but I prefer this.

As for usability. I use it every day and I am not a linux guru.

about 6 months ago
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Why Did New Zealand's Moas Go Extinct?

Maelwryth Re:Uh what? (180 comments)

Somewhat true to my current understanding. But, it seems to me that the current situation was brought about by not following the Treaty of Waitangi. For instance which version (language) was signed first? If the Maori version was signed second then we should take the Maori understanding of words, if the English version was signed second then we take the English version of the text (eg; later supersedes former). If only the Maori version was signed then why are the English (who obviously didn't speak Maori properly) bound to it if the tribes aren't bound to the English as well. At the same time this is the sort of legalise bullshit we need to avoid.

Yes, I agree that the whole "I sold my land.......errr, that wasn't enough", stuff sucks. At the same time there are large amounts of land that was taken illegally that the government doesn't want to give back because it is in private ownership and would impact on peoples believed ownership of land. Probably both Maori and British. The whole thing is a screw up. It is a lie. It is insane. All human ownership is. But, it is a screw up that has stopped the population of NZ from being at it's own throat more than it already is.

In my opinion both Maori and ...others (sorry, I loathe the word Pakeha) should come under common law. If it was stolen (Auckland for example) the it should be given back to the people it was stolen from and the government should reimburse the people of Auckland for selling them stolen land. If it was sold cheap then hard luck. As for traditional rights, I have no idea without plunging into the racism (IMO - depends on your definition of race which is an outdated concept to start with.) we have at the moment.

In the end, look at NZ, and then look at Aussie and if you don't like NZ then move there. Thousands of Mozzies have. At least it rains here. :)

about 5 months ago
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Why Did New Zealand's Moas Go Extinct?

Maelwryth Re:Ran out of bird seed? (180 comments)

No. I think they would concerntrate on the sheep.

about 5 months ago
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Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

Maelwryth Re:Easy (514 comments)

Really? I was thinking more of dressing as a gay hispanic female carrying a baby (fake) showing obvious symptoms of cancer or something, with maybe an I love the USA hat on, or a mickey mouse T-shirt. Now that's defence through political fallout.

about 8 months ago
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Mystery Humans Spiced Up Ancients' Sex Lives

Maelwryth Re:I wonder... (238 comments)

Yes, but ... only in New Zealand ....at the Australian embassy. Along with a pair of velcro gloves, some lipstick, a picture of Kevin Rudd, and a bail of hay. The government released a statement saying they would no longer be spying on the embassy.

about 10 months ago
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Germany Finances Major Push Into Home Battery Storage For Solar

Maelwryth Re:so green (282 comments)

I have thought of building one of those. Can you link the plans?

about 10 months ago
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Scientists Says Jellyfish Are Taking Over the Oceans

Maelwryth Re:Oh noes! (274 comments)

This was on the radio the other day. Basically the guy sailed a yacht race from Melbourne to Osaka ten years ago and lived on fish and rice the whole way. Now he does it and he's calling it a dead ocean.

about 10 months ago
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"Patent Troll" Closes Controversial Podcast Patent Deal With SanDisk

Maelwryth Re:Patentability Originally Req'd a Physical Model (65 comments)

"New Zealand has just disallowed software patents and maybe that will proceed to other countries."

Due to the current government, I'm not going to believe that is true until after the TPP is out.

1 year,2 days
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

Maelwryth Re:No need for cameras. (732 comments)

Wouldn't a better idea be to change the speedometer so it only shows 50km/hr in a 50km/hr zone and 100km/hr in a 100km/hr zone?

Love, TEPCO.

1 year,16 days
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Don't Fly During Ramadan

Maelwryth Re: Why? (1233 comments)

"my country has an existential threat"

I believe you mean is.

1 year,25 days
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Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

Maelwryth Re:Let's Not Be Jerks (784 comments)

"Which is stupid PC crap. Being transgendered isn't normal.

It's perfectly normal. Been happening for thousands of years. Your forgetting that these are people, not a bell curve.

1 year,26 days
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New Zealand Parliament Votes To Extend Spying Powers

Maelwryth Re:Public opinion doesn't matter (148 comments)

I think it may be worse than that. The debate was purely based around email, giving an available back down position of saying 'not email' but leaving in everything else. Our publicly owned power companies are being sold off, firstly under the excuse of the financial crisis and now another one......for what? We are forecast to hit 5% growth. Post crisis just about every bank in NZ has had record profits, post the Chistchurch earthquake both the rebuilder and the largest insurer in NZ have posted record profits. Our last PM got a nice job overseas after losing, what is the bet this one does as well.

1 year,27 days
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New Zealand Parliament Votes To Extend Spying Powers

Maelwryth Re:Public opinion doesn't matter (148 comments)

Interesting. I have just asked around the table who was able to watch videos at either tvnz news or tv3 news about the GCSB saga and found that out of three people, two had tried and neither were able to watch any of the clips. Admittedly, this is in a localised area but in my case I have been unable to watch any news video on the GCSB debate for the past two weeks. They just failed to load. Everything else seems to load fine but not videos related to the GCSB. Now I feel paranoid. It is probably a local problem, but has anyone else in NZ had this?

1 year,27 days
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Lavabit.com Owner: 'I Could Be Arrested' For Resisting Surveillance Order

Maelwryth Re:Inevitable consequence of unfettered capitalism (255 comments)

"The only effective society is one which overtly and deliberately puts a cap on power"

I wonder what a society and economy would look like if wealth was capped at $50,000,000 for companies and individuals. I have never found any study investigating this and I believe it would be an interesting read at least. Something along the lines of;

1) No individual or company may hold more than $50,000,000 worth of assets.
2) If a company reaches $50,000,001 it must split or become government property.
3) If an individual reaches $50,000,000 then all property over $50,000,000 becomes government property.

I would be interested to see what people think would happen, if anyone is keen to have a go.

about a year ago

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