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Comment: Well done, smart guy (Score 5, Insightful) 247

by maugle (#49194829) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes
Congrats, you just took an axe and destroyed a multimillion dollar satellite. Clearly the backers of the GPS system will now see the light and shut the project down forever ... ... or maybe they'll just build another satellite and make the average taxpayer pay an extra dollar.
Seriously, jackass, you don't "bring the public's attention to the government's attempt to control the world through modern technology" through actions that make you look like a frothing-at-the-mouth luddite.

For all his talk of doing what's right instead of what's convenient, the actual right way to bring his concerns about the government and the military to the public's eye would have been to find like-minded people, form a group, start some grassroots activism and some protests to get exposure, and work towards getting his issues on a ballot. But, no, that would be too slow and inconvienient, so he decided to go the easy route of instant gratification by smashing some satellites.

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?!

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"