That's an easy statement to make. But completely meaningless unless you can give some examples of things you can do in MSOffice that you can't do in OpenOffice?
I never liked Publisher much, and back in the 90s I used to use a pirate copy of PageMaker - which I liked a lot. In later years I used Scribus a bit, which was ok, but not as good as PageMaker. If Scribus has continued on the course of development it was on a few years back, it should be pretty good by now.
One of the extras I find useful in gnumeric is the ability to do boxplots.
Why would anyone use Excel for anything?
Because it's quick and easy for basic stuff, and useful for making graphs from simple data. That's why I use LibreOffice Calc, anyway. Using a spreadsheet for real data is like using Word / Writer for desktop publishing - it's quick and easy but totally bodgy.
[......] pay off their mortgage, sell the house, downsize, and have a nice $50,000-200,000 fund in addition to a smaller house that's easier to take care of. Of course, the housing market is volatile, too...
If you retire at 65 and live till 85, that $200,000 is only about $10,000 a year - which won't get you far!
hey is that you Prince Harry
Working? That old parasite Phil's never done a day's work in his life!
It really amazes me how people can forget a password over a weekend.
Don't underestimate the memory disrupting effects of recreational drugs!
[......] the way to "fix" the 3 letters per line comments would be to just limit the whole site into having threads only 3 levels deep.
The way to fix the 3 letters per line issue is to stop wasting all the space to the left with pointless indenting!
Do you really have the ability to ask for a refund for a full two years?
You can ask for a refund for as long as seems reasonable. However, ultimately it comes down to what the adjudicator in your state or territory's fair trading tribunal thinks is reasonable - or, maybe, what you can convince the retailer they would find reasonable.
The amount of time that's reasonable would probably depend on the nature and price of the item. If it was something that should reasonably be expected to last, say, 5 years, you could possibly make a case for it to be replaced or refunded for up to that length of time. However, it's likely the tribunal would be less sympathetic to that as time goes on - although it may depend on how much you would be inconvenienced by repair.
With cheaper goods, it may come down to how much it will cost the retailer to defend themselves in the tribunal versus the cost of replacement or refund - particularly if you convince them you know your rights and will put up a good fight.
Australian law requires Apple to fix the issue. That can be done (A) by just giving you a brand new device while you are in the store, or (B) by having you send it out for repair and wait a week...
As a consumer I'd rather have (A) than (B). Making Apple have to support longer warranties out of the gate means that they would be more likely to do (B) [......]
Under Australian law, the consumer gets the choice - not Apple. You have the right to choose replacement, refund, or repair. Most retailers try and convince you that a faulty item must be repaired and they can't replace or refund - mentioning your state or territory's fair trading department usually changes their mind instantly.
The end effect I can see of countries forcing long warranties on products [......]
They're not forcing long warranties on products. The law merely requires that a good should be of merchantable quality and fit for purpose - anything else is essentially fraud anyway.
Another possibility is that Apple would become more stingy with repair/replacement, which would be a shame as it's really nice to go in and have them say "well, this just isn;t working, have a new one".
They're not being generous, it's what Australian law requires them to do.
Sorry, what's wrong with it as a language?
[......] there is no way to make something pixel perfect in Chome as well as IE 6.
Nobody in their right mind bothers with IE6 any more. What's the point? Market share is now under 5%, stop wasting your time!
Well we all know how much lyrics sites lead to a loss in sales for these companies.
Quite the opposite, i'd say. I've often heard a song i liked on the radio, but not known what it was called or who it was by, and then googled bits of lyrics to find out so i could buy it. And i'm sure i'm not the only person who does that. The Google search inevitably takes me to one of those lyrics sites. If they weren't there, chances are i wouldn't have bought the song.
They're just shooting themselves in the foot as usual, with their mindless short sighted approach.
The article says 7.3v into 70-80 ohms, which means about 0.7 watts. Or, if you prefer energy, that's 0.7 joules per second.