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Comment: Re:Great (Score 1) 292

by Woodmeister (#43062635) Attached to: A New Version of MS Office Every 90 Days

So for normal people, it means the price of Office went through the roof.

No it doesn't.

If your employer supports Microsoft's Home Use Program, Office 2013 Pro is a $10 download.

Libre Office is free.

If you are a college or university student, Office 365 Academic is $80 for a four year subscription. Office 365 Home Premium is $99 a year for 5 PCS/Macs/Phones. Both include Office on Demand. Sign in anywhere from a Win 7 PC or higher and you are good to go.

Libre Office is free.

But let's be honest about one thing.

The core retail market for MS Office is far from "normal."

It is populated by people who work with words and numbers every hour of every working day.

In trades and professions which can pay very, very well.

The "informed" know that Libre Office is free.

Comment: Re:Incidentally... (Score 4, Interesting) 633

by Woodmeister (#41455263) Attached to: Beer Is Cheaper In the US Than Anywhere Else In the World

Yeah, I've noticed this too. Tho here in GF-W, Newfoundland, the 'beer' of choice is usually Coors Light or Bud Light. Why, I really don't know, but my hypothesis is that there are truly very few BEER drinkers out there anymore. What most people have become are 'soft, fizzy, alcoholic beverage' drinkers; kinda like how many girlies claim to be 'on the wine' when, in reality, they are drinking an overly sweet, fizzy, fruit flavoured spritzer by the name of "Boone's". That shit ain't wine -- it's not bad per se, and I've been know to have a bottle or two over the years, but it's NOT WINE.

In line with this theory, those who moderate (well, usually :) their consumption tend to enjoy more full bodied beers. Anything with higher malt, hop, etc. content will start to turn on you if you over-indulge (higher calorie content, worse hangovers, dry towel-tongue). Coors can be drank to excess without any of that (hell, I once couldn't even get a buzz on with that shit no matter how I tried.)

Comment: Re:Citation Of "Fact" Needed (Score 3, Interesting) 400

by Woodmeister (#41223533) Attached to: With 'Access Codes,' Textbook Pricing More Complicated Than Ever

Oh man, "better for student learning"... As a HS teacher for the last 10+ years, this phrase is what boils my frickin blood. Education seems to be the place where charlatans and quacks can gain a strong foothold and peddle nouveau nonsense every 10-15 years, claiming to be on the cutting edge of NewEd, but never once have I seen any real G*dD@mn evidence that any of it works. Yet we buy into such crap time and time again, with each successive step making education more expensive (first for the governments, then for individuals). As for the quality of education in the last 30-40 years? Left as an exercise for the reader.

Some tech makes certain problems easier where they once were not (such as 3D visualization of molecular structure, spreadsheets, etc). I am no luddite. I love using tech when it makes total sense. What I _DON'T_ need is a layer of overpriced cruft that makes my job ultimately more difficult and diminishes the quality of education.

Comment: Re:My humble perspective (Score 2) 479

by Woodmeister (#39324981) Attached to: X-Prize Founder Wants Ideas For Fixing Education

Like in math --- Why in hell they make calculus a mandatory subject for students who are interested in mathematics ?

Students would surely benefit more from learning statistics than they would from calculus

Look around if you don't believe me --- how many universities put more emphasis on statistics than on calculus ?

Um, yeah.....OK. Because calculus is practically the pinnacle of mathematical analysis? Because physics/chem/etc would be impossible to explain and quantify without it? If you are interested in math, you should find calculus a piece of beauty (if not frustrating to understand on times.) If you DON'T like calculus, you don't really like math. IMHO, etc, etc....

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 2, Informative) 520

by Woodmeister (#34313468) Attached to: Do You Really Need a Discrete Sound Card?
_Real-time_analog_circuitry_ has "NO LATENCY"[1].

[1]The closest thing you have to latency in these circuits is slew-rate, which is measured in volts per _nano_seconds. There are also the phase shift/distortions that the GP mentions, but the truth is these are practically impossible for humans to perceive in any real sense. 'specially for audio frequencies and circuits that aren't garbage.

Comment: Re:Anbody want to (Score 1) 315

by Woodmeister (#34293234) Attached to: Oregon Senator Stops Internet Censorship Bill
"to give money or presents to someone so that they will help you by doing something dishonest or illegal"

Oh. Such as either voting for what the people of the state believe or truly need, instead of bending over backwards for the major campaign contributors, screwing the people of the state over?

Microsoft

MS Design Lets You Put Batteries In Any Way You Want 453

Posted by timothy
from the dis-orientation dept.
jangel writes "While its strategy for mobile devices might be a mess, Microsoft has announced something we'll all benefit from. The company's patented design for battery contacts will allow users of portable devices — digital cameras, flashlights, remote controls, toys, you name it — to insert their batteries in any direction. Compatible with AA and AAA cells, among others, the 'InstaLoad' technology does not require special electronics or circuitry, the company claims."

Try `stty 0' -- it works much better.

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