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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Maltheus Re:The Future! (613 comments)

Good! The reason I'm using Linux is precisely because I've seen every one-size-fits-all solution fail. If that's what you're looking for, stick with Windows, Apple or the borg.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Maltheus Most Companies Aren't Looking for "Real" (637 comments)

Most companies aren't interested in you recreating the wheel, they want you to get a working, maintainable product out the door in as little time as possible. Design patterns are more important to focus on than memory management these days.

C and C++ have their uses, but at the end of the day, C is little more than a macro-assembler and is completely inappropriate for most tasks in the business world. I've never worked anywhere where the C/C++ side of the project (there's always one group of holdouts) isn't consistently the long pole in the tent. After seeing several projects fail over this, I'd rather they "keep it real" on their own time.

about a month ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Maltheus jEdit Should Have Ranked Better (402 comments)

Seems like they knocked it because of the Java and it wasn't Fedora/RPM friendly. But I've been through all of these and the plugin capabilities put jEdit on top IMO. With a little customization, it easier becomes the most powerful of the lot. The other editors are just Notepad clones by comparison.

about a month and a half ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Maltheus Water? Like out of the toilet? (377 comments)

Why don't they just use Brawndo? It's the thirst mutilator.

about 2 months ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

Maltheus Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (226 comments)

I've just made it back from RTFA and Phoronix is calling it "Optional systemd Support".

about a month ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Maltheus Re:Why is Obama doing this . . . ? (219 comments)

When Germany rolled over the first time, it was an invitation for more. Same is true here with the American people.

about 2 months ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Maltheus Re:Stay away from the UK (353 comments)

I understand because we're in the same situation in the US. People have had plenty of time to wake up, they just don't care. It's depressing.

about 2 months ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Maltheus The Internet Needs More Random Data (353 comments)

I would love for gmail to give people the option of a random noise uuencoded .sig to be attached to each and every e-mail. Flood the world with random data and this issue goes away. No one would be able to say for sure what was encrypted or not. If done ubiquitously, it could bring all the STASI-like agencies to their knees.

about 2 months ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Maltheus Re:Stay away from the UK (353 comments)

Yeah, I always wanted to do a UK trip, but their crazy laws have always kept me away. Not even because I'm worried that I'll get caught up in them, so much as I look down on them as a people for institutiting them in the first place.

And no, the irony isn't lost on me that many do not want to visit America for the same reasons. I probably wouldn't either, if I weren't a native.

about 2 months ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Maltheus Re:What if he forgot it? (353 comments)

That would be my first assumption. Or what if you were using a key file, that you no longer have? I never really used PGP much, but I must have set it up a dozen times, with a different random password each time. And I certainly couldn't tell you what those passwords are now. It's barbaric to convict someone on this basis.

about 2 months ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

Maltheus Re:SciFi come to life (270 comments)

If anyone has broken the internet lately, it would be the NSA. Net neutrality is about given more power to the people behind that. And more power to the studio executives who have compromised that agency.

I suspect one day, the term Net Neutrality will be considered as "neutral" as the term Patriot Act is considered "patriotic." Once you empower the FCC on this front, they won't hold back.

about 3 months ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

Maltheus Re:SciFi come to life (270 comments)

Believe me, I understand its importance. It's very much a necessity to me. But hyperbole aside, I haven't seen any problems to date. The internet has been a wonder and still is. How will this legislation actually make things better than they are now?

Netflix was always smooth before, and now after the comcast deal, I finally have enough bandwidth to access the 3D content. That's the only change I've seen so far. If they start actually blocking my access to stuff, then I'll walk and they'll have to respond. But why would they risk that in the first place?

about 3 months ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

Maltheus Re:SciFi come to life (270 comments)

You say we shouldn't fuck it up and I very much agree. So why introduce regulations that weren't there to begin with? Do you really thing it will stop with simply making things more fair for the customer? This to me is a case of, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

about 3 months ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

Maltheus Re:Libertarians fiddle while Internet is burning (270 comments)

It works in the real world too, since it gave us the internet we have today. Everybody is trying to fix something that isn't broken and that never ends well.

about 3 months ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

Maltheus Re:Want to code? (548 comments)

Touché.

about 3 months ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

Maltheus Re:Want to code? (548 comments)

So society encouraged me to be a computer geek?? Ahh...no. Just the opposite. I did it anyway because it appealed to me. And if it doesn't naturally appeal to you, then you won't have that lifelong instinct to learn more, that is required to make it in this field. What happens with these girls, when the money runs out?

about 3 months ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

Maltheus Re:Limited? (208 comments)

Good point, I should have said the media.

about 3 months ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

Maltheus Re:Limited? (208 comments)

Because once the next presidential election cycle is over, people will go back to not caring.

about 3 months ago

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