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Comment: Re:An interesting death spiral (Score 1) 502

by Maelwryth (#47612413) Attached to: Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Unfortunately, this would accentuate one of the flaws in the democratic system. More people will move to the cities for the work and will be on mains power whereas the rural areas will be cut from the mains. That's one group with the food and one with the vote...not good.

Comment: Re:Medicalizing Normality (Score 1) 558

"LMAO, you don't know how evolution works, do you? What possible advantage could autism provide, when it renders most afflicted persons unsociable and awkward and therefore highly unlikely to pass on their genes?"

And neither do you. There are mutations, but they are not garanteed towards survival. They are just mutations. There is also no law that states a good mutation (eg; allows survival) in the short term will be a good mutation in the long term. Take intelligence. It may have allowed us to explode in population but it also means that a small group of people can wipe us off the face of the Earth.

Comment: Re:KDE, the one we want to love (Score 1) 51

by Maelwryth (#46619141) Attached to: OpenSUSE To Offer Rolling Release KDE Experience

If it looks terrible then change it. All I usually do is change everything over to oxygen, but thats just the way I like it......IMO it wasn't really usable until about 4.6 or so but that was a problem the distros/me caused by using a desktop that wasn't ready for what we wanted to use it for. It was my choice to install it. I could have just stuck with KDE 3. If I want to go back I still can in fact.

Try using a media player like SMPlayer for your copying to /tmp woes. That has worked for me. Kaffiene has never appealed. VLC I like, but SMPlayer just seems to be better for me.

Unsure about the comment. If I want to look at other desktops I go menu/Configure_Desktop/Workspace_Appearance/Desktop_Theme and then click on Get_New_Themes.

As for updating the codebase. Well, if they didn't do that then our desktops would still look like this. Which is fine but I prefer this.

As for usability. I use it every day and I am not a linux guru.

Comment: Re:Uh what? (Score 2) 180

by Maelwryth (#46514457) Attached to: Why Did New Zealand's Moas Go Extinct?

Somewhat true to my current understanding. But, it seems to me that the current situation was brought about by not following the Treaty of Waitangi. For instance which version (language) was signed first? If the Maori version was signed second then we should take the Maori understanding of words, if the English version was signed second then we take the English version of the text (eg; later supersedes former). If only the Maori version was signed then why are the English (who obviously didn't speak Maori properly) bound to it if the tribes aren't bound to the English as well. At the same time this is the sort of legalise bullshit we need to avoid.

Yes, I agree that the whole "I sold my land.......errr, that wasn't enough", stuff sucks. At the same time there are large amounts of land that was taken illegally that the government doesn't want to give back because it is in private ownership and would impact on peoples believed ownership of land. Probably both Maori and British. The whole thing is a screw up. It is a lie. It is insane. All human ownership is. But, it is a screw up that has stopped the population of NZ from being at it's own throat more than it already is.

In my opinion both Maori and ...others (sorry, I loathe the word Pakeha) should come under common law. If it was stolen (Auckland for example) the it should be given back to the people it was stolen from and the government should reimburse the people of Auckland for selling them stolen land. If it was sold cheap then hard luck. As for traditional rights, I have no idea without plunging into the racism (IMO - depends on your definition of race which is an outdated concept to start with.) we have at the moment.

In the end, look at NZ, and then look at Aussie and if you don't like NZ then move there. Thousands of Mozzies have. At least it rains here. :)

+ - The NSA's Ultimate Goal: Undo Internet Privacy

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Time Magazine reports that the new round of disclosures from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has revealed the intelligence agency’s ultimate goal: undo Internet privacy as we know it and that the NSA has circumvented or cracked some of the most widely used encryption software in its effort to monitor global communications. “This is the golden age of spying,” one former NSA analyst told the NY Times. Among the revelations is that the NSA circumvents encryption by simply collaborating with cooperative technology companies. Other times the NSA has acquired encryption keys by hacking into a company’s servers. According to The New York Times, by 2006, the NSA had cracked the communications of three foreign airlines, one travel reservation system, one foreign government’s nuclear department and a different foreign government’s Internet service. The NSA has also successfully foiled several of the world’s standard encryption methods, including SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), VPN (virtual private networks), and the encryption on 4G (fourth generation) smartphones. But strong, non-commercial encryption systems still seem to thwart the NSA’s efforts with PGP having long been a cause for NSA anxiety. When PGP-inventor Phil Zimmerman announced the Zfone telephone encryption technology, NSA analysts reportedly received the news in an email titled “This can’t be good.”"

+ - Schneier: The US government has betrayed the internet. We need to take it back.-> 2

Submitted by wabrandsma
wabrandsma (2551008) writes "Quoting Bruce Schneier in the Guardian:

The NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. We engineers built the internet – and now we have to fix it

Government and industry have betrayed the internet, and us. This is not the internet the world needs, or the internet its creators envisioned. We need to take it back. And by we, I mean the engineering community.

Yes, this is primarily a political problem, a policy matter that requires political intervention. But this is also an engineering problem, and there are several things engineers can – and should – do."

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