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Comment: But... (Score 5, Interesting) 288

by maugle (#49023793) Attached to: Quantum Equation Suggests Universe Had No Beginning
OK, these guys are probably far smarter than I'll ever be, but... the universe clearly isn't staying at a finite size, and playing the universe's expansion in reverse would imply that it started at a single point. How do they account for this? I even went as far as to read the article, but it wasn't mentioned.

Are they saying that the universe fluctuates between a not-quite-a-singularity tiny point of density and a not-quite-eternally-infinite empty void, or that it simply was a not-quite-a-singularity tiny point of density for an infinite time before it expanded?

Comment: Re:Great, now let's talk filesystems (Score 1, Interesting) 313

by maugle (#48474063) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC
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.

Comment: Re:To What End? (Score 1) 429

by maugle (#48335591) Attached to: Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing
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?

Comment: Re:Plus what religion might ET bring? (Score 1) 534

by maugle (#48032639) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

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.

Comment: Basic programming principles what? (Score 5, Insightful) 127

by maugle (#47158333) Attached to: GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks
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?!

Comment: Re:So greedy, they want money but don't want users (Score 1) 693

by maugle (#46744185) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

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?

"It's when they say 2 + 2 = 5 that I begin to argue." -- Eric Pepke