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Child Porn As a Weapon

Mauzl Re:First off... (774 comments)

There are many lawyers who would take this on for nothing up front, for a cut of the award.

There are also lawyers who would do it pro bono.

more than 4 years ago

Man Tracked Down and Arrested Via WoW

Mauzl Re:conundrum (464 comments)

Well, you are talking about Maine...

about 5 years ago

Cursive Writing Is a Fading Skill — Does It Matter?

Mauzl Re:It's not the students (857 comments)

Because practical knowledge of mathematics is actually useful.

more than 5 years ago

Brazilian Court Bans P2P Software

Mauzl Re:Why just p2p? (216 comments)

Don't look at me. I think copyright terms and (in particular) statutory limits are hugely of control. Understanding how something works certainly isn't drinking Kool-Aid. I'm agnostic about piracy; I certainly did enough of it when I was a teenager.

But did you inhale?

more than 5 years ago

Does Your College Or University Support Linux?

Mauzl Re:Who cares? (835 comments)

Who said anything about requiring the use of a specific OS?

TFA is about support. It costs money to train staff to support things. You're free to use BeOS if you want, just don't expect the staff to support it.

more than 5 years ago

Thieves Clear Out Apple Store In 31 Seconds

Mauzl Re:ObComment (459 comments)

I expect the price Apple sets for iRobbed will be iWayrobbery.

more than 5 years ago

Pigeon Protocol Finds a Practical Purpose

Mauzl Re:Not really TCPIPoP (113 comments)

You'd have to make sure the current pidgeons were forked for that though.

more than 5 years ago

Wikipedia To Require Editing Approval

Mauzl Re:"Everyone can edit", but "no one can contribute (453 comments)

If WP allowed original research it would become a haven for every idiot conspiracy theorist, birther, flat earther moron out there. It would also lower the quality of the information on wikipedia because it would mean that the information is not independantly verifiable.

Its not rocket surgery. Just because wikipedia removed your article on Sailor Moon power items does not mean the policies are wrong.

more than 5 years ago

Mexico Decriminalizes Small-Scale Drug Possession

Mauzl Re:Decriminalization in Light of the Drug War (640 comments)

Not to mention you can:

1. Regulate it. By having drugs produced by companies instead of some dude in a basement the quality will be better, leading to less deaths. If there -are- deaths, the companies can be held accountable.

2. Tax it. Instead of spending billions on stopping drug crime, you can make billions off it by heavily taxing it.

3. Stop putting non-violent drug criminals in jail.. where they learn to be violent and become a plague on society when they get out.

more than 5 years ago

How To Prove Someone Is Female?

Mauzl Re:Simple Test: (1091 comments)

I have several Warner Brothers cartoons that would disagree...

more than 5 years ago

New Logitech Dark Field Mice Operate On Glass

Mauzl Re:Come on... (225 comments)

This just in: Premium items not for everybody.

Film at 11.

more than 5 years ago

Ten Ways To Destroy a Hard Disk

Mauzl Re:How about: Write zeros to the disk? (289 comments)

'The great zero challenge' was stupid.

The pre-conditions on the challenge basically ensured its failure.

more than 5 years ago

The Homemade Hard Disk Destroyer

Mauzl Re:Destroy the data, not the drive (497 comments)

Using DBAN on a 500 GB drive can take days, whereas this solution takes a few minutes at most.

It takes days of machine time. It takes perhaps 15 minutes of effort.

more than 5 years ago

Navigating a Geek Marriage?

Mauzl Re:Geekiness is irrelevant. (1146 comments)

> Communication, communication and communication.

Steve, is that you?

more than 5 years ago

Formerly Classified Global Warming Spy Photos Released

Mauzl Re:How long has this been going on? (791 comments)

R.I.P. George Carlin

His thoughts on the environment:

We're so self-important. So self-important. Everybody's going to save something now. "Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails." And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet. What? Are these fucking people kidding me? Save the planet, we don't even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven't learned how to care for one another, we're gonna save the fucking planet?

I'm getting tired of that shit. Tired of that shit. I'm tired of fucking Earth Day, I'm tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren't enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world save for their Volvos. Besides, environmentalists don't give a shit about the planet. They don't care about the planet. Not in the abstract they don't. Not in the abstract they don't. You know what they're interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They're worried that some day in the future, they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn't impress me.

Besides, there is nothing wrong with the planet. Nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine. The PEOPLE are fucked. Difference. Difference. The planet is fine. Compared to the people, the planet is doing great. Been here four and a half billion years. Did you ever think about the arithmetic? The planet has been here four and a half billion years. We've been here, what, a hundred thousand? Maybe two hundred thousand? And we've only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over two hundred years. Two hundred years versus four and a half billion. And we have the CONCEIT to think that somehow we're a threat? That somehow we're gonna put in jeopardy this beautiful little blue-green ball that's just a-floatin' around the sun?

The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through all kinds of things worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles...hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worlwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages...And we think some plastic bags, and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet...the planet...the planet isn't going anywhere. WE ARE!

We're going away. Pack your shit, folks. We're going away. And we won't leave much of a trace, either. Thank God for that. Maybe a little styrofoam. Maybe. A little styrofoam. The planet'll be here and we'll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet'll shake us off like a bad case of fleas. A surface nuisance.

You wanna know how the planet's doing? Ask those people at Pompeii, who are frozen into position from volcanic ash, how the planet's doing. You wanna know if the planet's all right, ask those people in Mexico City or Armenia or a hundred other places buried under thousands of tons of earthquake rubble, if they feel like a threat to the planet this week. Or how about those people in Kilowaia, Hawaii, who built their homes right next to an active volcano, and then wonder why they have lava in the living room.

The planet will be here for a long, long, LONG time after we're gone, and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself, 'cause that's what it does. It's a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed, and if it's true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new pardigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn't share our prejudice towards plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn't know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, "Why are we here?" Plastic...asshole.

So, the plastic is here, our job is done, we can be phased out now. And I think that's begun. Don't you think that's already started? I think, to be fair, the planet sees us as a mild threat. Something to be dealt with. And the planet can defend itself in an organized, collective way, the way a beehive or an ant colony can. A collective defense mechanism. The planet will think of something. What would you do if you were the planet? How would you defend yourself against this troublesome, pesky species? Let's see... Viruses. Viruses might be good. They seem vulnerable to viruses. And, uh...viruses are tricky, always mutating and forming new strains whenever a vaccine is developed. Perhaps, this first virus could be one that compromises the immune system of these creatures. Perhaps a human immunodeficiency virus, making them vulnerable to all sorts of other diseases and infections that might come along. And maybe it could be spread sexually, making them a little reluctant to engage in the act of reproduction.

Well, that's a poetic note. And it's a start. And I can dream, can't I? See I don't worry about the little things: bees, trees, whales, snails. I think we're part of a greater wisdom than we will ever understand. A higher order. Call it what you want. Know what I call it? The Big Electron. The Big Electron...whoooa. Whoooa. Whoooa. It doesn't punish, it doesn't reward, it doesn't judge at all. It just is. And so are we. For a little while."

more than 5 years ago

New Zealand Tree Stuck In Evolutionary Time Warp

Mauzl NZ is known as an evolutionary backwater (337 comments)

If you look into it, NZ is in many ways unique. If my memory serves me correctly, before European settlement there were no mammals on New Zealand, and most of the dominant animals were birds.

With a less diverse biome, perhaps there is less evolutionary pressure?

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft vs. Google — Mutually Assured Destruction

Mauzl Re:isn't that a good thing? (416 comments)

Its all about the big databin of all our private secrets that Schmidt, Brin and that other guy swim through like Scrooge McDuck. Or something like that. I don't get it either.

more than 5 years ago

Chinese "Web Addicts" Get Boot Camp, Therapy

Mauzl Re:Good idea. (279 comments)

That is, until someone says his activation keyword.

more than 5 years ago



Help me convince bosses of validity of OSS

Mauzl Mauzl writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mauzl (1312177) writes "I'm currently involved in a discussion with management at the company I work for over changes to the software we use. In part of the discussion, this sentiment was shared in an email by management:

"Either way, #the company# is part of a large media company. We should not be operating on "Free" software and every effort should be made to bring all Business units into line with General IT Policy."

I'm writing an email to attempt to change their minds, but I'm having difficulty finding enough information to show my point. I believe examples of large organisations using OSS would help sway them. Can you help?"


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