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Comment Re:OpenOffice kind of sucked (Score 4, Interesting) 184

Want to know what sucked and sucked really badly? Having to pay for the mighty flagship Microsoft Office for the PC. Then paying for the mighty flagship Microsoft Office for the Mac. Then when you take a document from one to the other, they hardly resemble each other. If' I'm paying for a program on two computers it might be nice to have the same document look the same on each computer

It's worse than that. How about setting up a document, getting pagination, margins, font size, etc, all figured out, so it looks perfect. Then, you go to print it, and change the printer from your cheapo inkjet to your good laser, and suddenly your document formatting takes a dump.

Comment Re:What do you mean... (Score 2) 184

Is this why debian stable is stuck on LO 4.x? Oh wait, that's just the usual Linux BS where you're not allowed to have new apps unless you meticulously install it from the command line and take responsibility for updating it by hand.

You mean how you can download the .deb package from the LibreOffice website, and double click on it to install it? You're right, that's such a huge, painful operation of cryptic commands that nobody could possibly remember. :-/

While you still have to update it manually, that's the same for just about every single program on Windows, including Microsoft Office, if you've still got the default settings for Windows Update.

Comment Re:Backdoors (Score 1) 128

Exactly my thought. Especially considering the value difference between an employee list, and a backdoor key to every encryption method on the planet (I know, I know....except OTPs), there's no way in hell every hacking group on the planet won't be trying to break into the FBI/NSA/etc to get their hands on this key.
If they actually manage to force through some stupid encryption backdoor law, I give it a month, tops, before someone evil.....make that "someone else who's also evil".....has the backdoor key.

Comment Re:Asinine (Score 4, Insightful) 128

This serves no such purpose. It's a juvenile action. Just because you have unauthorized access to do something and you have the skills to do so, that doesn't make it right.

I read it as "You want a backdoor key to every encryption scheme in the world, and you can't even keep your own employee lists safe?"

Comment Re: Abstractions: a purely academic concept. (Score 1) 215

If the most complex software you write is a guestbook, then yes, you should probably avoid OO. The rest of us, though, who write complex, 10,000+ line code bases have much nigger problems than the 4 guestbook signatures on our nerdrage blog with a total of 3 posts bitching about MS, Oracle, and systemd.

Comment Re: Sad to see Kerry... (Score 1) 339

You don't contribute to charity while you are carrying a balance on your credit cards...

Really? If you live your life in such a way that you waste your money, you solve the problem not by reigning in your own excesses, but by taking from the poorest?

You must work for the music/movie industries. In no way is "not giving money to party X" the same as "taking money from party X".

Comment Re:A typo my ass... (Score 1) 339

IMO it has NULL value. It's just words which third-world countries are going to ignore, while the leaders of western countries pass laws forcing us to adhere to it costing our economy [mb]illions of dollars and jobs, while at the same time paying [mb]illions of dollars to aforementioned third-world countries to ostensibly help them with green technology development, which the leaders of those countries will promptly spend on weapons to destroy anti-government protesters, with no penalties whatsoever.


Comment Re:And what if we were just colder 160 years ago (Score 1) 735

That graph is the result of two completely different methodologies plotted on the same graph.
Temperatures before 1870 are estimated based on ice core data and other proxies. Temperatures since 1870 are actual measured temperatures using thermometers.
Anybody at all who plots these on the same graph as if they were continuous data doesn't deserve to call themselves a scientist.

My Google-fu isn't working at the moment, but I've read some papers that say if you use the same proxies for the last 150 years of temperature, rather than switching to actual measurements, that spike doesn't show up. Of course, that means that such spikes could have been continuous through the last few thousand years, but we have no record accurate enough to show them.
I've worked in scientific data analysis before, and consistency was so important that if I upgraded a software version on a computer during the course of a large project, old data from that project had to be reanalysed to ensure the results didn't change.
Not only are the climate "scientists" not doing this, they are intentionally using data from completely disparate sources and methodologies in an attempt to prove their hypothesis. If this isn't acceptable in any other scientific field, why is it done in climate science?

Show me consistently obtained data

Comment Re:CloudIT Dept's C-Box. (Score 1) 193

Disclaimer: I own the company I'm promoting here.

Based in Canada, so no NSL/NSA/FBI crap to deal with, either.

If Dear Leader Harper is re-elected you might discover NSL/CSEC/CSIS/RCMP/CBS knocking on your company door.

Well, two things:
1. Dear Leader Harper was pretty well trounced. Whether frat-boy Trudeau will be an improvement or not remains to be seen.
2. Customer data is not stored on the C-Box hardware, other than a list of computers and hardware/software installed. While an "anti-terrorism/anti-dissent" law could certainly legally (illegally?) require me to provide data stored on my computers to the authorities, there is no way at all that a law requiring me to help said authorities break into a third party computer would ever pass. Customer data is only stored on the customer's machine. I don't own that computer, and cannot be required to provide access to it.

Comment CloudIT Dept's C-Box. (Score 0) 193

Disclaimer: I own the company I'm promoting here.

A C-Box. It's brand new, (so new it hasn't officially launched, yet.) but it will do all you're asking for. Manage installed software, automatically install updates for various software when available, provides monitored antivirus, and runs a "second opinion" virus scan based on hashes and multiple A/V engines.
Also provides remote desktop style support for hands-on needs.

The website (which is little more than a placeholder, right now) is
Based in Canada, so no NSL/NSA/FBI crap to deal with, either.

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