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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Maltheus Water? Like out of the toilet? (373 comments)

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

5 days ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

Maltheus Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (225 comments)

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

about two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 2 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 2 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

Maltheus Re:No Way! (261 comments)

No, but I do sit 8 feet away from 133" projector screen. I can imagine the upside.

about 2 months ago
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Congress Unhappy With FCC's Proposed Changes To Net Neutrality

Maltheus Re:The FCC has no right to dictate terms (208 comments)

Do you remember having to count your minutes on long distance calls, because it was so expensive? Even local calls were more expensive than they are today, without even having to account for inflation. And none of it came with free text messaging. Perhaps you ought to read a little history yourself.

about 2 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

Maltheus Re:Why they're really doomed... (272 comments)

It doesn't matter. It's the perception that counts. And when it comes to my phone, I always double-bag it.

I trust my home computer more because those open-source apps weren't designed with data harvesting in mind. Actually, I also stopped ordering anything from Windows computers years ago, because I couldn't trust them anymore either. I had more spyware/virus scanners than actual software, by the end.

As for sandboxing, that doesn't work so well once you root your phone. I can choose not to root, but then the phone wouldn't be nearly as useful to me.

about 3 months ago

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