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Comment: Re:Lock-in? (Score 2) 589

by Crayz9000 (#46932675) Attached to: Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

Ribbon was driven directly by monitoring how actual users were using the software. There's a fascinating series of blog posts about where it came from and how it developed. And although my initial reaction as a "power user" was similarly sceptical, the fact for me is that most people I know who've tried it came around to preferring it after a short time.

The fact of the matter remains that while the Ribbon is clearly superior to toolbar buttons for organizing shortcuts, it should have never completely replaced the menu system. For the 20% of the time you need to find the one function that isn't immediately obvious on the Ribbon, you spend about 80% of your time hunting fruitlessly for it. If they had simply hidden the original menus with the Alt key -- the same way they did for Internet Explorer and everything else in Windows 7 -- it would have made Office more tolerable.

I won't even get into Word's continued inability to manage any sort of list, or its propensity for fucking up formatting that LibreOffice manages to handle just fine. I have refused to touch Office since 2003, and would rather switch jobs than be forced to use that horrible monstrosity of an office suite.

Comment: Re:Efficiency? (Score 3, Interesting) 234

by Crayz9000 (#46885957) Attached to: Toyota Describes Combustion Engine That Generates Electricity Directly
Mechanical losses are a major issue with cars, particularly when dealing with power losses through differentials. Friction will quickly make you its bitch, which is why everything must be kept well-lubricated, and even then you have to keep the viscosity to an absolute minimum to avoid fluid load.
A completely electric drivetrain, if done right, can eliminate almost all of the moving parts that contribute to power loss. Electricity, wires, and motors. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

Comment: Re:LibreOffice (Score 2) 285

by Crayz9000 (#46780903) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?
As long as both Apache and The Document Foundation collaborate on future versions of the Open Document Format and ensure their codebases remain feature-equivalent, there's no major downside other than version confusion. On the other hand, I agree that it would be nice to see the codebases re-merge.

Comment: Re:What now? 1 billion! (Score 1) 285

by Crayz9000 (#46780873) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?
Pivot tables have been present in the product since at least StarOffice version 5. They were called Data Pilots until recently, when the developers realized that nobody knew a Data Pilot was the same as a Pivot Table. OpenOffice Calc has perhaps 98% of the features of Excel. Most of the confusion results from slightly different function names and other inconsistencies found with Excel (at which point I should mention that no version of Excel is 100% feature-equivalent to another, and every Excel upgrade requires retraining.)

+ - TPP Fast-Track Bill Hits US Congress

Submitted by Crayz9000
Crayz9000 (2783019) writes "Slashdot previously covered the unwanted elements of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Now a bill has hit the floor of the US Congress which would grant Congress the ability to fast-track it and future trade agreements into becoming law. Fight for the Future has a tool to allow US citizens to look up and contact their Congressmen. Full text of the bill is available on the Senate site. From the Senate brief:

WASHINGTON — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) joined together today to introduce legislation that will establish strong rules for trade negotiations and Congressional approval of trade pacts, to deliver trade agreements that boost U.S. exports and create American jobs.

"Create jobs", of course, being the catch-all euphemism for enriching Big Media."

+ - Water Bottles Create Cheap Lighting In Philippines ->

Submitted by dryriver
dryriver (1010635) writes "A simple initiative in the Philippines is bringing a bit of brightness into the lives of the country's poorest people. The project is called "Litre of Light", and the technology involved is just a plastic bottle filled with water, and installed in the roof of a slum dwelling. With 50 to 60 Watts of light output during daylight hours, the bottle-light is an environmentally-friendly alternative to an electric light bulb, and it's virtually free."
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Comment: Re:Why are ISPs in bed with big content? (Score 5, Insightful) 292

It's puzzled me for some time that ISPs are so eager to help with these piracy measures. Can someone explain to my why they are so eager to please when there is no reasonable legal threat against them? (IIUC, the DMCA safe-harbor clauses immunize them.) The same goes for YouTube. Why is Google so eager to go above and beyond the DMCA(*)?

(*) I am aware of Viacom v. Google, but my understanding is the appellate judgment in many ways reaffirms the DMCA safe-harbor provisions.

Easy: Two of the biggest ISPs are also content owners. Time Warner and Comcast.

May the bluebird of happiness twiddle your bits.