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Comment: Re:Fixed (Score 1) 1106

by beep54 (#42998365) Attached to: The U.S. minimum wage should be
You are in desperate need of this economist joke: Q. How many economists does it take to screw in a light bulb? A. None. Had the light bulb needed screwing in, the Invisible Hand of the Free Market would have already done so. Conclusion -- You don't actually have a clue as to what you are talking about.

Comment: Re:Merchandise ahead of (or on par with) product? (Score 1) 134

by beep54 (#42475903) Attached to: Brewing Saké in Texas for Fun and Profit (Video)
Obviously you did not spend much time here in Austin. Me, I've already booked for a tour tomorrow. Also, if you were in DFW, you must have only been at the airport. Dallas and Fort Worth are totally different cities. Eh, too many foreigners coming here already. Buh-bye!

Comment: Re:incoherent summary (Score 1) 101

by beep54 (#41383303) Attached to: Microsoft Issues Workaround For IE 0-Day
Rather than Chrome, which has a nasty tendency to phone home, mention Chromium which one can now easily install (used to be kind of a bitch) for Windows. I find I need this because for some time now Firefox and flash have not played well together. It's sort of hit or miss. Sometimes flash works; sometimes it stutters or worse, freezes. Newish update; we'll see what that does, but it looks very incremental. And yes, I realize that Firefox has that problem with the address bar. But, basically I've never really gotten to like Chromium/Chrome. Nice to have a backup however since I really do dislike IE. I gather it works fairly well now, but I just hate how it looks. It just uses up FAR too much real estate which is idiotically dumb and should have been fixed ages ago.

Comment: Re:Abiword, Openoffice, Libreoffice (Score 1) 349

by beep54 (#41382587) Attached to: MS Office 2013 Pushing Home Users Toward Subscriptions
This I have to reply to. I left OpenOffice the moment I realized it was now enslaved by Oracle. LibreOffice was freaking created by all those former OpenOffice people that had just realized they were now enslaved by Oracle. [and if you happen to like Oracle, just let me refer you to the recent Java debacles] LibreOffice had a bit a a rough start (not surprisingly), but they have consistently and often updated it with improvements. Oracle simply sloughed OpenOffice over to Apache when they found it couldn't be monetized. As far as M$ Office is concerned I've never seen any point in paying for it when these free versions let me do what I needed. The $100 annual price point for HOME users is just M$ shooting themselves in the foot. Again.That said, I can why business might have to use it. But since I am not a business, there is no way I am paying for this. LibreOffice allowed me to take Charles Dicken's 'Pickwick Papers' that I got as a really ugly .txt file from the Gutenberg project and turn it into a really lovely .odt (and .doc and even docx) file. That must be legal since I'm the only one who has even seen them; the Gutenberg people never got back to me about offering it. I also use calc mainly as a simply data base. Works fine for me.

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