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Comment: Re:O...okay? (Score 1) 134

by Pav (#48956347) Attached to: Inkscape Version 0.91 Released
Opinions differ... I've seen secretaries balk at LibreOffice, but that's understandable - they're topic experts, and noone wants to throw away so much experience with a product for minimal gain. I've also spoken to a technical writer, and she said she was forced to move to LibreOffice to support her workflow (stylesheet related problems... can't remember exactly what her issue was), but she was glad she made the effort. I haven't spoken to any topic experts about GIMP, but personally GIMP does much more than I ever think I'd need, and frankly I'm lost in front of Photoshop anyway and never wasted the time to get familiar.

Comment: Re:Stop trying to win this politically (Score 1) 786

by Pav (#48786499) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science
Without an atmosphere we'd have -387 Fahrenheit (-233 Celsius) at night and 253 Fahrenheit (123 Celsius) during the day... so what's your point? Fine tuning couldn't be useful?? My hometown is much more bearable in summer during the night due to being inland (ie. less humid, lower temperatures). I'm not excited about everywhere progressively becoming less bearable due to higher CO2. The fossil record tells us that ocean acidification could be the greater danger in any case - marine algae (estimated to produce 50%-85% of the worlds oxygen) needs to create carbonate skeletons that are vulnerable. Even tough oysters are already dying off in many places.

Comment: Re:But *are* there enough eyes? (Score 1) 255

by Pav (#48734177) Attached to: 2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are
I'd imagine elements of this question are amenable to analysis eg. estimates can be made of the number of: * security bugs per 10,000 LOC * the likelyhood of a "set of eyes" to discover these Given these two, how many orders of magnitude "friendly eyes" (of equivalent skill) are required to make a malicious 0-day acceptably unlikely given XYZ million LOC on a given system.

Comment: Re: ...."had not had to endure hospital-like care. (Score 2) 231

by Pav (#48408131) Attached to: The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia
I'm in another country (Australia), and I've recently experienced both private and public care due to a stage IV melanoma. I went private because I genuinely felt I would have better care, but got a post-op infection, and some of what I saw worried me. I checked myself into the public system for my second operation and did indeed recieve much better care - In particular wound management seemed much more professional. I've since spoken to people who have worked in both systems (nuclear physicist and a couple of nurses) and the consensus was that on average public system care is superior. I heard yesterday on Australias ABC that private hospitals are a few years behind in infection management, and I'm not surprised.

Comment: Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (Score 1) 2219

by Pav (#46183013) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
It would be a service even if it's during the week-long boycott and convinces Dice to be serious about backpedaling and engaging with the community. Not sure how you could fund something like that. It would be great if you could join the ##altslashdot IRC channel for some realtime discussion of collaboration possibilities.

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