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Comment: Zoho has your back, but nobody seems to know.... (Score 2) 40

by Ragica (#48617895) Attached to: ODF Support In Google Drive

Zoho Docs has supported ODT for some time. It's sad so few know about it. Their app Zoho Writer even supports editing ODT on android (and perhaps other platforms?). I was amazed when I stumbled on this functionality entirely by accident. The Zoho Writer app also supports opening files from Google Drive and Dropbox... so technically you could say that it supports editing ODT on those platforms as well.

Furthermore, Zoho has a desktop file sync client that supports Linux, unlike Google who has has seemingly utterly failed to provide a linux client despite promising it when Drive launched.

Way too little, way too late from Google, as far as I'm concerned.

(My documents are fairly simple, so I'm not sure how technically complete the ODT support is. But it's worked for me.)

Comment: mistakes were made (Score 3, Insightful) 465

by Ragica (#48588785) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

So, here we have a nice example of something like Jon Stewart's "one mistake"... with all the willful environmental destruction in the world, this story of one admitted dreadful mistake by people who actually care deeply (for which the Greenpeace response -- as strong an apology as possible, while accepting that mere apology is insufficient -- is missing from the summary) becomes the story.... sad.

Comment: sansa story (Score 2) 269

by Ragica (#48587321) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Despite having had a phone and tablet, I still use my sandisk sansa e200-series mp3 player daily. I've owned the newer sansa clip, fuse and fuse+, but I just keep going back to an e-series... the perfect device for me, with rockbox installed. It's small, and tactile, and has fantastic battery life, and microSD slot. The design is a sort of clunkier miniature iPod classic. I can operate it completely (rockbox has voice menus) in my pocket without looking, or from a lanyard hanging around my neck. I also use the sleep timer, and variable speed play back (for audio books) a lot.

And there were years when you could get these things pretty cheap on ebay, because in the ipod/ipod touch frenzy, only an enlightened few seemed to want these things. Well, the enlightened few (mostly rockbox users) still cling to this device, but they are getting harder to find... and in recent years the price is going up. Though they are still usually well under $100; sometimes even under $50. I have a couple of them hoarded for myself. I fear the day when they break down (i've gone through a few of them) and I can find no more sources.

Though, also I earnestly have hoped through the years that something better could come along. I hoped my android devices, with suitable software, would take over... but they have not managed it. The ability to operate the thing blind, it's size and battery life, (and the handy lanyard attachment spot!) just keep it in use...

Rockbox also runs on ipod classic, and I've considered many times getting an iPod classic to run rockbox... it seems like they'd work similarly to my sansas, but they (like most apple products) are just too damned expensive. Also bigger and heavier.

Comment: Re:Are you sure? (Score 1) 863

by Ragica (#48249635) Attached to: Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

KDE has overwhelming support by linux users, considering how many choose it despite it not being a default in hardly any distros. Gnome 3 and Unity have overwhelming rejection just about everywhere you look, but it didn't stop most of the distros listed from pushing it on their users. Because the mostly monolithic leaders of the most-used distros choose something, or do not choose something, doesn't necessarily mean it has support -- they sometimes choose for their own reasons, which evidently do not always sync with their users short-term or long-term interests.

The Debian divide at least shows Debian has some healthy level of non-monolithic leadership... until the divide splits them into two more-monolithic camps.

Comment: movies vs space (Score 3, Funny) 200

by Ragica (#47994423) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

It's disturbing all these comparisons between the budget of Hollywood movies and a space program. It's ridiculous... the space program may aim to eventually travel to the stars, but Hollywood movies are MADE FROM stars. Imagine if space programs had to build orbiters and probes out of actual stars... now you get the picture. The precious resource that Hollywood movies are made from far outshines any glorified firework.

To look at it yet another way, Gravity took US ALL into space, in a way that probably felt more real to us than if we had actually gone into boring old space. Whereas the Indian mars orbiter didn't take anyone, not even Matt Daemon. It might send back a few snapshots and data hardly anyone will be interested in. We won't even get a T-Shirt out of it. There is no comparison.

Comment: Re:I'm surprised ... (Score 1) 79

by Ragica (#46314151) Attached to: Open Source Video Editor Pitivi Seeks Crowdfunding to Reach 1.0

Kdenlive is awesome, and has been awesome for a long time. Even when it was horrifically unstable it was still better than anything else on linux (and usually resumed right where you left off when it crashed). And it's been awesome all this time without constantly begging for money.

It seems like another tragic blind spot in the larger linux community for superior KDE based software, thanks to ubuntu and other distros with their gnominess.

Comment: Re:Cycling not the Answer (Score 1) 947

by Ragica (#45226097) Attached to: How Safe Is Cycling?

Another person checking in to say he's done all of these things. And it's really not that bad in most cases as people who have not done it seem to think.

First of all, most of those weather conditions are actually very rare. Even bike communiting every day in Canadian winter is not that bad in a city. Most roads are sufficiently poughed, that snowfall depth really is irrelvant (just make sure you have suitable bike tires). And you'd be surprised how warm you stay when cycling; it was often more of a problem for me being overheating than being too cold in the winter. That's why dressing with layers is key! So you can adjust...

Significant rain (at last where I am, which is pretty average) is usually not an issue. Rain comes and goes; shift your schedule slightly and watch local weather radar and you usually can find a relatively tame window to travel through. Days where it rains hard all day are relatively rare.

Other weather is mostly a matter of some simple gear. People would be amazed when I'd show up from a torrential downpour on my bike, get into the office and strip my rain pants, shoe covers, and rain jacket, gloves, wipe my glasses & face, and be 100% dry. It's no big deal; but just an alien concept to them. The people driving to work could be wetter than me! (Because they had to run from their car parking.... and where not equipped for the weather.)

Riding a bike year round makes you very intimate with weather, and it's not bad at all (usually). In fact it feels quite wonderful to have that connection with weather, and not be controlled by weather. I describe above staying completely dry biking in rain; but actually the other lesson you learn is that actually it's not so bad being wet either! You just go with it and learn not to worry about it...

Most of the people complaining about bikes never try it! Try it! It's great, and a whole new perspective. (Unless maybe your bike is exceptionally crappy.)

Comment: Re:Here's your debate (Score 1) 566

by Ragica (#44810257) Attached to: Linus Responds To RdRand Petition With Scorn

I appreciate your attempt to apply logic, but apparently Linus did already prove the premises, as stated in your post, to be incorrect (or incomplete).

Your premises seem to assume rdrand is the sole source of random numbers; Linus explained that it is not the source of random numbers, but just one possible source which is mixed up with other sources in such a way that a single input is essentially meaningless. "Long answer: we use rdrand as _one_ of many inputs into the random pool, and we use it as a way to _improve_ that random pool."

Now, you (and they) need to prove that LInus' premise and/or conclusion is false.

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