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Comment: Re: What did you expect? (Score 3, Insightful) 197

by grub (#48903763) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data
PGP/GPG is much easier to use these days than it was in the 90's. Plugins exist for many mail clients that do the heavy lifting in the background.

Friends and family are surely tired of my tinfoil hat, they just do not seem to care about their privacy. Many say the "I have nothing to hide" line.

Comment: Good enough for Knuth and TeX (Score 2) 488

by WillAdams (#48903353) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

The only software tools which I have found as reliable and pleasant to use as TeX (which is said to be so full of cutting edge techinique to have revealedbugs in every Pascal compiler used to compile it) were WriteNow (~100,000 lines of assembly) and Altsys Virtuoso (Objective-C w/ NeXTstep frameworks).

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 820

by mvdwege (#48880115) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Anybody that has driven a manual shifter knows that engine noise is a useful feedback mechanism to the driver.

I ride a motorcycle. Since the engine is out in the open, you can always hear the engine. And yet I find myself relying more on the throttle response and the tachometer to tell me when to shift. They could be entirely silent and I still would shift at the same points.

In fact, I did my final test on a Suzuki LS650 Savage, which does not have a tacho, and I hated it. I had to shift entirely on intuition.

Comment: Re:Why can't I buy an aftermarket chassis? (Score 1) 229

by WillAdams (#48864225) Attached to: Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

I was very sad when NeXT went under and I couldn't get a third (second upgrade) motherboard for my Cube.

Have you considered designing / machining the parts? There are replacement laptop hinges which are pretty affordable --- if you picked one from a recent model it'd probably still be available if you needed a replacement.

Comment: We're supposed to be the good guys (Score 1) 181

by WillAdams (#48850295) Attached to: NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

We need to limit our actions to those which:

  - increase security
  - improve communications and transparency
  - improve access

Monitoring communications has to come after that --- the whole point to a society is to maintain and increase human dignity --- any action by a government which doesn't do this is an absolute travesty and should be prosecuted as a criminal act.

Comment: Re:So (Score 2) 335

by mvdwege (#48843907) Attached to: Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

Is there a way to reclaim Slashdot from this constant barrage of psychological assault on IT professionals by outsiders?

Yes, it is called "stop being misogynistic whiny manbabies if you're called on some of your misbehaviour".

The other way is of course time. There is a movement for more diversity, and it will win eventually when said manbabies die out. Given their obnoxious whinging, they are not recruiting faster than they are dying out, and every flare-up into uglyness like GamerGhazi throws off more moderates.

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