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Comment: Re:Yet another Office 2016? (Score 1) 113

by LinuxIsGarbage (#49615879) Attached to: Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview Released

Hmm, I have already been using Office 2016 for a few weeks.

That's Softmaker Office 2016 (www.softmaker.com) however, which to me is like an updated Microsoft Office 2003. I don't want to start a flamewar but I hate ribbons. Softmaker gives me regular menus and toolbars and is exceedingly compatible with the Microsoft Office files.

I've found, since as far back as Softmaker 2008, that Softmaker makes a much more stable, higher performance "Office Clone" than Open/Libre Office or anyone else.

Softmaker even makes their previous version Free to use (for personal or business use): http://www.freeoffice.com/en/

Comment: Re:Why were IT professionals the beta? (Score 1) 113

by LinuxIsGarbage (#49615839) Attached to: Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview Released

Wouldn't it make more sense to have users be the testers? The ones who use the products all freakin' day long? What do IT people know about how the product is used by the masses?

Oh wait. Microsoft. They don't care what the consumers really want. They want to look cool. Double fail.

Because IT professionals are typically geeks that will mess with betas and put up with crashes and stuff. They would want betas to pass such higher level stability testing before giving it to users.

Comment: Re:Windows 7 eol (Score 1) 113

by LinuxIsGarbage (#49615815) Attached to: Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview Released

No, it's apparently compatible with Windows 7 or later. Remember, Office is targeted at business, and most businesses are still using Windows 7, and will be for a considerable time to come.

Indeed. As a datapoint from the past, XP mainstream support ended April 14, 2009. Office 2010 was released June 15, 2010 and still supported Windows XP. XP was so wildly popular in businesses at the time, it would be stupid to not support XP on Office 2010.

Comment: Re:Moar Cloud (Score 4, Interesting) 113

by LinuxIsGarbage (#49615755) Attached to: Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview Released

I like Office 2010. I actually like Ribbon, once getting over the learning curve. I've used some third party companies that implement Ribbon (eg: AutoCAD) that I found terrible.

In addition, I love how Excel 2007+ handles filters. Much easier to import data, and easily filter columns.

For me I haven't upgraded past Office 2010 for two reasons:
1) We use 2010 at work, so home-work consistency is a consideration
2) Microsoft is pushing subscription based 365 so hard, they limit some features in 2013, but not 365.

Comment: Re:Why slashdot videos are shit (Score 1) 25

This kid here just gives me the impression of a tool/brat/hipster and makes me annoyed before I even watch the video.

I was more distracted by the person on the left with the hipster haircut flipping their hair around, looking out the window, looking at the camera, etc. Then the guy that came in with the French press, started untangling his headphones, twirled around in his chair, poured coffee out of the french press.

Comment: Re:ASUS (Score 1) 417

by LinuxIsGarbage (#49542603) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

People have said this for decades, hasn't happened yet.

Laptops and tablets are not what will kill the desktop. Laptops are slower, easier to steal or damage, harder/costlier to repair, have less storage, and are HORRIBLE for ergonomics. Any business swapping out desktops for laptops are idiots who haven't done the ROI. Tablets aren't any better.
 

Laptops are VERY popular in businesses. One reason is mobility: the ability to take the machine on a business trip or home to work (which companies like because they can get more free work from workers).

I have a Thinkpad T440 at work. Yes to work right on the machine wouldn't be good ergonomically, which is why I have 2x 23" monitors, and an external keyboard/mouse set, so at the office it's no different than a desktop. But I can easily undock the machine to take on a business trip.

Comment: Re:An airliner water landing... (Score 1) 36

There was the pilot who pulled off the amazing landing in the Hudson a few years ago. He was a rock star.

But, yes, I used to know people who did aircraft maintenance ... and almost universally they sneered at the notion of a "water landing". The floating seat cushions were affectionately referred to as "crash debris locators".

I think more of Swissair 111 when I think "water landing". As a general rule, it's not considered something you'd want to be around for.

1549 was an intentional, controlled (the flight control surfaces worked) landing on the water.

Swissair hit the water uncontrolled, far faster than a reasonable landing speed.

Comment: Re:Hanggliders (Score 1) 36

A hangglider instructor once told me the exact opposite. He experimented with 3d simulators and abandoned them because after the use of the simulator, the pupils took twice as long to learn how to fly as the pupils who never used the simulator.

That sounds suspicious as they are used extensively by the airline industry.

Basic flying skills are taught hands on on real aircraft (eg: C-172), developing up to aircraft like Piper Seminole for multi-engine certification. Lots of time is spent flying these aircraft before ever being in the airline industry.

Where Simulators are a big help in the airline industry, to experienced pilots that know how to fly a plane, is:
-Cost: Operating an empty 737 or A330 for training purposes only would be prohibitively expensive. Simulators allow more crew to get training at lower cost.
-Procedure based training: Drilling over and over checklists. Checklists for normal operation, checklists for emergencies (eg: engine failure). By simulating these in the safety of a simulator, with a cockpit laid out exactly like the real plane (Not VR helmet, and not Microsoft Flight Sim with a keyboard), pilots will already be familiar with the scenario if faced with it in real life, and know where to reach for controls.

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