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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

maugle Re:Agenda? (184 comments)

Wanting to see Sony burn is a perfectly legitimate goal, but threatening the safety of average employees and their families is several steps over the line.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

maugle Re:Great, now let's talk filesystems (313 comments)

Because it's absolutely ridiculous that I have to install a third-party driver to get a major OS to recognize a filesystem that has existed for ages? Microsoft has finally caved in and acknowledged that Linux exists. Why not support its filesystems, at least as ready-only?

Honestly, you'd think they'd want to make it easy to move data from Linux to Windows, but right now it's only easy going the opposite direction.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

maugle Great, now let's talk filesystems (313 comments)

This is a good step forward, but when is Windows going to have native support for ext2 or ext3 filesystems? They've only been around for about 20 years now.

about three weeks ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

maugle Re:Community college bubble... (226 comments)

Anyone who can write and compile code using GCC or DevC++ can pick up the basics of Visual Studio in a day. I know I did.

about a month ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

maugle Re:To What End? (429 comments)

Gasoline was originally a "worthless" byproduct of kerosene production.
Electricity was first useful for nothing more than cheap tricks (Ben Franklin trying to electrocute a turkey in front of an audience, etc).
Atomic research was first thought to be interesting, but of no practical value (we'd never be able to split or fuse them, etc).

Are you seeing a pattern yet?

about a month and a half ago
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PC Cooling Specialist Zalman Goes Bankrupt Due To Fraud

maugle Re: Just (208 comments)

Wait, what's wrong with Tesla? I though they paid back their government loan ahead of schedule.

about a month and a half ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

maugle Re:Plus what religion might ET bring? (534 comments)

Another nasty variation is that they come with some religion that has a series of logical arguments that can pretty much convince anyone who doesn't have a PhD in rhetoric. So they come along drop off their book of faith and leave.

How is that a bad result? If they arrive, drop off a set of supremely-convincing beliefs, and leave, the only result is that everyone now has the same religion. Everyone having the same religion means no more religious conflicts. As long as the religion isn't "sacrifice your lives for your alien overlords", I'd say it'd be a positive outcome.

about 3 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 6 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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 a year ago
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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 a year ago
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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 a year ago

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