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Comment Re:Tell your friends OpenOffice is dead. Seriously (Score 1) 147

"'E's not dead! 'E's resting! You stunned him, just as he was wakin' up! Norwegian Blues stun easily, major." :)

As I said, "dead" is a mild exaggeration, but close enough that trying to explain the difference isn't worth it. "Lost their funding, lost most of their developers, haven't been able to release even a bug-fix for a major security hole, let alone an actual new release with new features, and only clinging to a vague semblance of life because a handful of folks got way too emotionally invested, and spent way too much time telling everyone that AOO was guaranteed to beat the pants off LO, and simply can't swallow enough pride to admit they were wrong, and it's over...but not actually dead," is just not as succinct.

I'll stick with my version, especially when talking to non-technical folks. :)

Comment Re:Still major bugs (Score 1) 147

I think I saw that problem addressed in the release notes for V5. In any case, you do realize you're complaining about something that MSO can't do at all, right? (Powerpoint is not part of MSO.) :)

Impress is definitely not LO's strong point, though. Most of the focus is still on Writer and Calc, and Calc has some big quirks that are going to require some restructuring. Nevertheless, the speed at which LO is improving is really astounding, compared to its predecessor. It's almost as if welcoming developers, and encouraging contributions, and spending time on code cleanup to avoid letting the technical debt get out of hand is more effective than trying to keep outside developers at arms length, and generally ignoring contributions unless (or even if) the developers are willing to jump through insane numbers of hoops, and generally just letting the code slowly rot.

It's not perfect yet, by any means, but it's a lot better than it was, and improving at an unprecedented rate.

Comment Re:Linux - forced updates?? (Score 1) 288

Funny, that's exactly what I am running.

(If you're referring to the recent libg++5 transition, that was a little tricky, I admit. I had to stop doing updates for a while, till things got sorted out, but that only seemed to take about a week. And had nothing to do with systemd.)

Comment Tell your friends OpenOffice is dead. Seriously! (Score 4, Insightful) 147

Ok, we can argue all day about the relative merits of LO vs. MSO. That's nice and all, and I don't really care which one you prefer. That's up to you. But there's still something important we should be doing; even those of us who prefer MSO. Tell your friends that OpenOffice is dead, and they should look for LibreOffice instead!

OpenOffice is the name that people know. It's been around for years. And a lot of people have tried it and found it satisfactory. You'd be surprised. And a lot of these people don't know about LibreOffice. Some of them may even still be using OOo. (I had one friend-of-a-friend who had been puzzled by the lack of updates for the last several years, but had never bothered to investigate further.)

Now, claiming that OpenOffice is actually dead may be a mild exaggeration, but I think it's close enough to true to make it worth saying. The project seems to have lost most of its IBM support, which is really the only thing that gave it any hope, post-Oracle. It operated without a release manager for nearly a year, and recently lost its project lead. It's been being distributed with a known security vulnerability since April, and they haven't even been able to put together a point-fix release, let alone a full new release! That's an effectively-dead project.

Open Office is dead! Tell your friends to get LibreOffice instead, if they're interested in something like that!

Forget about whether you think LO is adequate or not. Forget about whether it fits your needs. Tell your friends that they should get LO instead of OO! If you're on social media, post something there. Let people know about LO. I think you'll be stunned to find how many of your not-so-geeky friends are quietly running AOO or even OOo, and really need to know that they should switch to LO!

Comment Re:Linux - forced updates?? (Score 1) 288

For me, it's been an optional update that fixes minor problems, and hasn't introduced any challenges. But I'm foolish enough to run boring-old Debian instead of whatever hot, new flavor of the month is out there. Debian made the glibc transition painless while the rest of the Linux world was screaming, and they seem to be doing the same with systemd.

Comment Re:Install Linux (Score 1) 288

Actually, I've been having that conversation more often recently, not because I think I should (I don't keep track of what goes on in the Windows world), but because people who know I run Linux have been approaching me. My advice remains the same:try switching to open source apps first (LibreOffice, etc.), and make sure you're comfortable with them before you even think about switching the main OS. A few people are so mad about Win10, though, that they've been insisting on more. So then I say, "get a live CD or thumbdrive system, and seriously, try it before you commit."

They're honestly stunned that I'm not trying to proselytize the system I use and persuade them all that they should convert immediately. But honestly, the ones who try it my way, and still end up deciding to switch tend to be a lot happier. As do the ones who end up not switching. It's a win all around!:)

Comment Re:Wait what? (Score 1) 262

Huh. It's not the templates that bother me; it's the bazillions of obscure macros you're expected to use to make sure that your code works on dozens of broken compilers I don't care about, and which come with 37 different definitions that all depend on the exact release of compiler you're using and it's almost impossible to figure out which one is actually in use, and half the time, if you're using a decent, up-to-date compiler, you can't even tell if you've got all the macros you need in the right places, because your compiler is too smart to even need those macros, so your code doesn't actually work right with other compilers that are supposedly supported by the libraries you're using.

The template stuff is relatively easy if you have a decent modern compiler.

Comment All or none? (Score 1) 307

Ok, ok, I know, don't complain about polls, but sheesh, my only options are "all" or "none"? It never occurred to you that there is ground between those two extremes!? WTF?

Yeah, Cowboy Neil checks incoming ads for me, and blocks some of them, after consulting various white- and black-lists that I have set up. (I don't trust third-parties to make these lists for me). He screens all flash (advertising-related or not) that isn't on my white-lists. (And I wish he'd learn to do the same for some of the new HTML5 media features.) He's not perfect—in fact, he's rather flakey—but he's been sufficient for my needs for a while. I'm getting close to the point of giving up on him and going for a straight-up ad blocker, but I'm not quite there yet. But since I gave up on TV and print magazines, for the most part, years ago, I actually like having some way of learning about new and interesting products, and I have a decent tolerance for unobtrusive ads.

I realize this goes against the Slashdot ideal that nobody anywhere should ever be able to learn anything about me, because teh evuhls, but frankly, I don't buy that crap. I'm all for encrypting as much Internet traffic as possible to keep snoopers at bay, but I also want to encourage advertisers to learn my tastes, so there's a chance they'll show me ads that match my interests. I know it's a long shot, but I live in hope! :D

Comment I hate when people... (Score 1) 307

...treat the subject line as part of a sentence. One of the few things that's actually more annoying than ads! :)

I find that ads often do inform me of the existence or features of products I'm in the market for. Which is why I block flash and (most) third-party cookies, but not much else. (And I might stop blocking third-party cookies if there weren't so freakin' many of them!)

I'm eligible to opt-out of advertising on Slashdot, but I've never bothered, not because I'm blocking ads, but because Slashdot actually tends to have more interesting ads than most.

I'm not suggesting anyone else should act like I do. We all have different tolerance levels for minor annoyances, and I admit mine is pretty high. And I'm happy to have more-annoying-ads result in more-people-blocking-ads, because that might actually help discourage the more-annoying ads. I do have a threshold, and frankly, I've been getting close to it of late. So please, if you're annoyed by the ads, block away, and help maybe make life a little more tolerable for someone like me who's still trying to see someadvertisements.

I also find that not blocking ads allows me to tell which sites have simply become to annoying to bother with. If I blocked ads, I might be willing to visit those sites, and, since they sell ad space based on views, without factoring in how many people have blockers, using an ad blocker to make the site tolerable only encourages them! I'd rather just avoid the site entirely.

Comment Re:Subject (Score 1) 307

At some stage a decision was made to monetise ads by how many times they're served, not by how many times they're actually effective (e.g. clicked on).

Actually, that's fairly sensible. The point of ads is to inform/remind people of your brand. Before the Internet, that's how all ads worked. People pay obscene amounts of money to get their ads shown during the Superbowl, and nobody can click on those! If you only have to pay for click-throughs, then you're getting most of your advertising for free.

And I'm not actually sure which model most encourages intrusive advertising. If you're only paying for clickthroughs, then having your ad be an annoying popup that people have to manually close to make go away gets the most visibility for the least amount of money.

Comment Re:It's pointers all the way down, jake ! (Score 1) 262

Tell that to all the C libraries I link to from C++ programs.

Until someone is motivated to create C++ wrappers for every C library I might possibly want to use, I don't see any way to get away from some use of pointers. And so, until that mythical day, I think having some guidelines for pointer use in C++ is a good thing. Especially if the first one is:don't use raw pointers if there's any reasonable alternative. :)

(Of course, I could limit myself to languages where you cannot use a C library until someone creates a wrapper for it, but that seems unnecessarily restrictive.)

Comment Re:What User Experience? Everyone Left. (Score 1) 170

Debian doesn't exactly have a default. If you use netinst, the desktop task offers a selection of subtasks, including Gnome, Xfce, KDE, Cinnamon, Mate, and LXDE. Choosing the one (or ones) you want is the matter of clicking a checkbox—not exactly something that requires a great deal of effort. If you don't use netinst, then you can choose between several different Disc 1s; one each for the different desktops. Although each of those offers the same set of choices, in case you want to install more than one DE.

In any case, the popcon pages show a graph of historical data which doesn't seem to support your supposition.

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923