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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?

Comment: Re:(X)Ubuntu (Score 1) 452

by maugle (#46716173) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?
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.

Comment: Re:Too much hate (Score 3, Informative) 200

by maugle (#46489927) Attached to: Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro
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.

Comment: Re:hmm.... (Score 1) 112

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.

Comment: Re:This thing is DOA (Score 1) 138

by maugle (#45894399) Attached to: Steam Controller Hands-on

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.

Comment: Re:If ever there was a "Conscience Award" ... (Score 5, Insightful) 228

by maugle (#45825255) Attached to: USA Today Names Edward Snowden Tech Person of the Year

The NSA is a spy agency by charter. Spies can and do go beyond the letter of the law in order to fulfill their mission of protecting their country from its enemies... it would be shocking if they didn't.

This is America. Nobody is supposed to be above the law, especially the government.

Congress may not be concerned with the NSA's actions, but they've already proven themselves willing to trade away our freedoms wholesale so that they can claim to be "tough on terror" during the next election cycle. We need to hold their feet to the fire and make them reign in the NSA.

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