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Comment: Save Space, Switch to ODT (Score 3) 200

by BrendaEM (#49692603) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Open Document Format?

I've written several books. Because ODT's have standard compression, they are usually much smaller. For a 109,683 word book, with styles and formatting:
ODT: 271,090 bytes
Docx: 300,057 bytes
Word 97: 1,379,328 bytes
PDF: 1,050,788 bytes

If bytes cost money to store ODT rules.

Imagine yourself sticking with Word 97 because it's a reliable standard: imagine buying three times as much storage, as well as the backup for the storage,

Comment: Bad Idea (Score 4, Informative) 276

by BrendaEM (#49664921) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Future of Desktop Applications?

Stuff like this is marketing people's dream: dependence. Though, seen through the eyes of marketing people, they only consider the small select applications they use, but those office applications are only a small part of what people use.

Applications like CAD, Design, Bitmap Editing, 2D vector art applications would run terribly slow over the net.

The things people use to make your stuff would become more expensive as it is starting to happen, and those costs will be passed onto you.

It would be a bad computer world where would could not afford a company to throw the switch, and discontinue your product in one day with no warning.

If there was a disaster or real war (on our soil), no one would be able to work, at all, because there would be concentrated central points of failure.

Comment: For those who can read... (Score 5, Insightful) 237

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

You can fool all the people all of the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough. -- Joseph E. Levine