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Comment Re:Is LO catching up with MS Office? (Score 1) 254

I went looking for the news article that I had read - I've not been able to find it. What I found, however, makes me think that I was confusing Office Apps for Windows 10 with Office 2016 or whatever. A couple of different articles point out that businesses will need to get MS Office 365 subscriptions for Office for Windows 10 (App Store). Overall, my bad.

Comment Re:LibreOffice didn't rise from the ashes (Score 1) 254 died in 2011. Perhaps you mean from Apache OpenOffice?

Apache OO can't import code from LibreOffice because the entire project (AOO) was moved off the LGPL when Oracle gave it to The Apache Foundation. Had Oracle chosen to keep the license as is, there would be no such restriction.

Comment Re:LibreOffice didn't rise from the ashes (Score 4, Informative) 254

I disagree about your reframing of #4 - Oracle sat in silence far after Libreoffice was created, and it was longer still until Apache had the new project up and running. Let's come back to that in a little bit, however.

Let's discuss licensing.
  • was dual-licensed, with the world at large caring about the LGPL v3. The final release with this code was on 25 January 2011.
  • LibreOffice is licensed under the LGPL v3. Its initial release was also on 25 January 2011.
  • Apache OpenOffice is under the Apache License v2. Initial release was 8 May 2012.

LibreOffice is under exactly the same license as OpenOffice.Org was - it defies logic to maintain that LibreOffice broke away from because of the license, and then kept that exact same license.

Consensus is that, after Oracle's purchase of Sun in 2010, was likely to be axed. Oracle showed little to no interest in it, and said even less. LibreOffice had nearly a half-year of uncontested mind-share before Oracle finally axed their paid developers and dumped the remains of OpenOffice on the Apache foundation for resurrection (re-licensing it in the process) in what was widely seen an attempt to save face. And it still took almost another year after that for the first release, due to the Apache re-licensing (which came well after the decision to create TDF).

Wikipedia is extensively sourced here. Perhaps it would be better to point out the specific pieces you feel are wrong?

Comment Re:Is LO catching up with MS Office? (Score 0) 254

For me, MS Office took an enormous step backwards. The new plan where organizations will pay an ongoing yearly fee for Office forever (instead of us paying for a version we liked and then staying there as long as possible to keep from disrupting my very touchy-about-workflow users) - Libreoffice looks better than ever.

Comment Re:Autism and future employment trends (Score 1) 36

Where are all the buggy makers going to work when people stop driving buggies?
Where are all of the film developers going to work when people stop using film?
Where are all of the steel workers going to work when we ship our foundries to China?
Where are all of the assembly line workers going to work when we replace them with robots?
Where are all of the secretaries from the pool going to work when we replace them with computers and software?

This question, time and time again. The answer(s)?
1. Subsistence farming.
2. McDonalds.
3. Pray you have enough safety net for retraining. And enough time/lifespan left.

Comment Re:I would sell it (Score 2) 654

Exactly this. When I lived my closest to work (5 miles), public transit involved an additional 2 hours of travel time on each end of the day, and removed by ability to work late (a requirement of the job), and had me outside in Midwestern winters for 10-15 minutes at each stop.

And forget biking. The one road that ran where I needed to was narrow and had no separate bike lane - I biked to work three times and nearly died every time. It's not about my biking ability, it's about the stupidity of the average American SUV-driver.

Comment Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 1) 409

Math is FTA, detailing the costs of the program ...

CANDU runs on unenriched fuel, if you want it to. Or the 'waste' from other reactors. Advanced (meaning Gen 3+) CANDU runs on slightly enriched fuel. If you are starting fresh with no legacy reactors to fuel, there is zero need for a massively expensive and overdone enrichment program. Take that into account along with the history here so far (enrichment levels, posturing, Russia's offers, etc.). To me, anyways, that strongly suggests that there is an ulterior motive to this particular enrichment program.

It is your destiny. - Darth Vader