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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Maltheus Will Net Neutrality Affect Wireless? (191 comments)

I'm guessing they know something about the new net neutrality rules being drafted and that wireless is either being excluded or will have loopholes. Especially given that the head of the FCC used to be a lobbyist for them.

2 days ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

Maltheus Google Mail Needs Random Sigs (372 comments)

What's needed is for a popular news client to have the option of automatically adding a random .sig to every e-mail like:

53dd73cb10a1540c9d3adb36fd8cd0d8f5b2ef736a4a23a07d6d2a80c88e907f

Could be random, could be encrypted. The police state types would be overwhelmed in no time.

5 days ago
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PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

Maltheus Is there a new game coming out? (130 comments)

I think PC gaming went first. So many of the genres I used to play disappeared or got dumbed down. And it was always the latest games that drove my upgrade cycle. Something simple like Minecraft doesn't require this.

If I were in the PC hardware biz, I'd look into owning a game company on the side that focuses on the most beautiful, resource intensive games I could muster.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Maltheus Looks Like I Won't Be Using Windows (633 comments)

I just realized that my OEM license won't transfer to my new computer and I couldn't easily find a copy of Windows 7, so for the first time I just decided to go without. I have Windows 8 on a laptop and there's no way I'd ever buy a copy of that, if it didn't come preloaded. It's just awful.

This marks the end of the dual-boot era for me. It's Linux all the way now. Great job Microsoft!

about two weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

Maltheus Re:Of course they did (255 comments)

Right and that cable company has little incentive to expand those pipes if service is good enough (which it is). Netflix was paying more, in order to deliver slightly faster buffering times to their customers. If Netflix isn't paying for the massive amount of bandwidth they're using, then it's the cable company customers who pick up the cost. Why should cable company customers, who don't even have netflix, be forced to subsidize the rest?

And just because the pipes are laid into my house, doesn't mean that the providers aren't constantly upgrading their switches and routers to handle all of this. If what they have is fine enough for non-netflix traffic, then let netflix pay more for what they hog.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

Maltheus Re:Seriously? GOOD NEWS? (255 comments)

Which startups can't provide the response times and connection speeds to compete?

This is an imaginary problem that hasn't even happened yet. Giving Netflix a faster path into my house hasn't changed anything for me. If anything, I can get torrents faster.

You don't think something that isn't broken.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

Maltheus Net Neutrality is Corporate Welfare (255 comments)

I don't care if Comcast wants to negotiate more money from Google for a fast lane. Net Neutality lets big companies like Google and Facebook off the hook and passes the upgrade costs onto consumers.

The internet has worked just fine without these regulations. Once the FCC starts regulating it, don't be surprised when they start to grow their mandate into regulating trolling as bullying, and other unintended consequences.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

Maltheus Re:Of course they did (255 comments)

Seems like there are more megacorps benefiting from net neutrality, than what we have now. I'm not worried about Google, Facebook or even Netflix passing the costs onto me, so much as I am the cable company. They WILL pass the buck if their cost of business go up. For Google, it just means a small dip in revenue.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

Maltheus Re:Seriously? GOOD NEWS? (255 comments)

Because the internet has been broken so far?? In what way do you think this will make it better?

about two weeks ago
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Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

Maltheus ESPN (196 comments)

ESPN is the reason I cancelled Dish in the first place. It's the most costly channel in their lineup and I got sick of subsizing it. Had they chosen better, cheaper channels, I would have considered it.

about three weeks ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

Maltheus The one mistake they keep making... (386 comments)

...is that they introduce products with great potential but do little to follow up on them. If anything they make them worse over time. The only exceptions to this would seem to be search and android.

about a month ago
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Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

Maltheus Re:What's wrong with emacs and make ? (115 comments)

Modern IDEs practically write half your code for you and you know if you have a problem, before you even compile it. Developing in emacs will never be as fast, I don't care how good you are at it.

about a month and a half ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Maltheus Re:Scrap heap (400 comments)

I did too. Until Chrome started sucking more. Then I went back to Firefox. I'm not comfortable with some of their recent moves, but no other browser is as flexible.

about 2 months ago
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81% of Tor Users Can Be De-anonymized By Analysing Router Information

Maltheus Re:Where does the right to privacy come from? (136 comments)

Uhh, from the Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

about 2 months ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

Maltheus It's Called the Avalanche Model (133 comments)

They already have a name for this.

From the wiki:

The Avalanche model is a Software Engineering project management anti-pattern, it is a combination of a sequential process such as the Waterfall model and Agile software development methodologies. It is the result of a Project Manager's attempt to apply Agile techniques to a project, when all they really understand or were taught was a sequential development cycle. Instead of breaking the project into parts that each sequentially go through the phases of development, the entire project inhabits all phases of development simultaneously. Usually the result of attempting to use the Avalanche model is mass confusion, wasted effort, and a product that cannot meet the specifications of any requirements document.

about 3 months ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Maltheus Re:Pass - Had major issues with Nexus 5 (from LG) (201 comments)

LG messed up the 7 too. I read somewhere that it's battery issues may be tied to the substandard wiring people were observing, when they took the unit apart. I have much better luck with the 10.

about 3 months ago

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