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Getting Back To Coding

maugle Re:Tool complexity leads to learning the tool (240 comments)

You missed the point. He knows where things are running and how to fix them if they break, but the other group knows nothing but "use the IDE" and they haven't bothered to learn what the IDE is actually doing behind the scenes.

about a month and a half ago

Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

maugle Re:It doesn't take a genius to come up with an att (155 comments)

When are modern TVs ever truly "off", though? The screen may be off, but the rest of the internals are still working away...

about 3 months ago

GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks

maugle Basic programming principles what? (127 comments)

I don't understand what the programmers of all these crypto libraries were thinking here. Even for the most basic and unimportant program, the rule is "if the data comes from outside, verify!" This is vastly more important when cryptography is involved, so why is it that all these crypto libraries seem to blindly trust whatever the Internet is sending them?!

about 4 months ago

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

maugle Maybe OCZ will improve under Toshiba (113 comments)

Hopefully Toshiba will work to fix OCZ's infamously poor SSD reliability. 1.8GB/sec transfers mean nothing if the drive is so spotty you may as well be moving your files to /dev/null

about 4 months ago

OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

maugle Re:Kill the monster (379 comments)

Be careful. Advocating a from-scratch rewrite, instead of fixing the broken parts of a mostly-working system, is the hallmark of a CADT development model.

about 5 months ago

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

maugle Re:So greedy, they want money but don't want users (693 comments)

If I were in their shoes, I'd simply change course, post a public apology, announce Gnome 4 and bring back everything that users are missing. That should give them enough support to stay alive. I'm sure there is still time for them. But as I said before, I don't think they even care so let them die.

Or, hell, just add back most of the configuration options they removed from the system. I know a blank screen is trendy nowadays but sometimes I just want to look at a screensaver, y'know?

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

maugle Re:(X)Ubuntu (452 comments)

From his question, it sounds like the Unity interface would be too much for their low-end PCs, so plain Ubuntu is out of the question. Heck, even on my mid-range PC the Unity menu is a bit sluggish. I've never actually used Mint, but it looks like it's a good way to go.

XFCE, last I used it, was good but just slightly too different in its behavior to be a good first step into Linux for traditional Windows XP users.

about 5 months ago

Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

maugle Re:It's a start (294 comments)

A menu that's actually usable, that doesn't throw you into the awful metro interface, is considered by Microsoft to be "exciting near-future stuff".

...That's just goddamn depressing.

about 5 months ago

Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

maugle Re:Too much hate (200 comments)

Tell that to my dad, who used to be perfectly happy playing Freecell, and writing things down in a spreadsheet while crunching numbers with the calculator program (yes, you can do calculations in Excel, but no, he doesn't trust it). He also had a backup scheduled to run once a week.

In Windows 8.1, the godawful Calculator app takes up the entire screen, so good luck copying numbers back and forth. I tried to help him schedule a backup like before, but the only solution I found was a 3-freaking-lines-long powershell command. To top it off, Windows 8 is unable to read the backup files made by Windows XP (what the hell, Microsoft?!). And Freecell and Solitaire are nowhere to be found!

Vast improvement to home users my ass. It's harder to do things that used to be easy, and downright impossible to do things that used to be merely complicated.

about 6 months ago

Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

maugle Re: Does Firefox still run on Win8 desktop UI? (200 comments)

Bullshit? Not likely. My parents were just forced to buy a new version of Word, because the WORD documents they were getting sent looked like crap in older version of WORD they had.

about 6 months ago

It's Official: Registrars Cannot Hold Domains Hostage Without a Court Order

maugle Re:hmm.... (112 comments)

We can look at a microcosm of the Internet - YouTube and its ContentID system - to see what happens when people can trivially take down other peoples' content via bogus claims (or, worse, take control of the content and all its profit). In summary: it's not a fun place to be, unless you're a big company or someone who lives off misappropriated ad income.

about 8 months ago

Steam Controller Hands-on

maugle Re:This thing is DOA (138 comments)

Oh, and also: USB didn't exist. God help you if you were trying to get a serial gamepad to be recognized by a game.

about 8 months ago

Steam Controller Hands-on

maugle Re:This thing is DOA (138 comments)

Give it time, not everything can change extremely fast, especially on PC where things have pretty much been the same for almost 20 years now.

Cough sputter- What?! Are you seriously saying that the PC as a gaming platform is roughly the same as in 1994?

Here's a quick example of the sort of change that's happened:
In 1994, most PC gaming was still done in DOS, on computers without a dedicated graphics card. Games drew to a framebuffer. There was only a single processor, and there was only a single application running (ignoring Win3.1's cooperative multitasking, but most games required that Windows be shut off first anyway). The application had unfettered access to memory, and when it crashed it usually took the entire system along with it. CD drives were a novelty, and 14.4k modems were all there was in the way of "networked multiplayer", but they tied up the phone line so you couldn't stay on too long.

about 8 months ago

USA Today Names Edward Snowden Tech Person of the Year

maugle Re:If ever there was a "Conscience Award" ... (228 comments)

The NSA is a spy agency by charter. Spies can and do go beyond the letter of the law in order to fulfill their mission of protecting their country from its enemies... it would be shocking if they didn't.

This is America. Nobody is supposed to be above the law, especially the government.

Congress may not be concerned with the NSA's actions, but they've already proven themselves willing to trade away our freedoms wholesale so that they can claim to be "tough on terror" during the next election cycle. We need to hold their feet to the fire and make them reign in the NSA.

about 9 months ago

"Perfect" Electron Roundness Bruises Supersymmetry

maugle Wait, it has a shape? (150 comments)

I thought that, since it wasn't made up of sub-particles, an electron was a point particle. Since when does it have a defined size, let alone shape?

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

maugle Clementine (317 comments)

I like Clementine, mostly because it seems to be the only music player in existence which displays the image embedded in a song's MP3 file. All the others I've tried insist on displaying the same single image (which they found in the first song they happened to scan) for every song in my entire playlist.

Also, If anyone knows of a music player for Android which can do the same, I'd love to hear of it.

about 9 months ago

Musk Lashes Back Over Tesla Fire Controversy

maugle Re:People are bad (487 comments)

Worth nothing to statistics, sure. But when it comes to people's purchasing habits, emotion is huge.

about 10 months ago

Ninth Anniversary of Firefox 1.0 Release

maugle Re:don't care. (153 comments)

Phoenix 0.2 was amazing for its day, but what we should really be celebrating is how the web was freed from the curse of "this site works in IE only". And that happened after Phoenix became Firefox.

about 10 months ago

Windows RT 8.1 Update Pulled From Windows Store

maugle Re:Only one thing broken so far... (178 comments)

I should note that I had to google how to change some of these back to original settings, as not all of these are changed from control panel. and the actual setting I was looking for is hiding behind a GUI element that doesn't look clickable. That annoyed me more than anything else.

I'd like to add my voice to this: What the hell are UI designers smoking these days? There used to be a time when user interfaces were very direct and to-the-point about what the user could and could not click to make things happen. Now we're seeing all these awful "flat" interfaces where it's nearly impossible to tell what can be interacted with and what's just there as part of the background!
The fact that Apple - who claim to be #1 in user interface design - seems to be leading this charge is mind-boggling to me. Why Windows and Ubuntu are following along is unfathomable.

about a year ago

US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

maugle Re:Naming Names (650 comments)

Ugh, Mikulski. She supported letting the phone companies get away with warrantless wiretapping, but God forbid anyone get away with exposing government wrongdoing. She makes me ashamed to be from Maryland, and it'll be a happy day when she's finally given the boot. Doubly so if she's replaced by someone who actually cares about personal liberty and privacy.

about a year ago


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