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Comment: Does it have Draft Mode? (Score 2) 148

by cellocgw (#48940813) Attached to: LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

I've been waiting since, well, forever, for staropenlibre office's word processor to have a Draft or Galley mode (called "Normal" in Microsoft Word, or at least it was). Why in the world people think they should see the header, footer, and margins while writing and editing a document is beyond me.

That's one reason I would love to switch to LaTex all the way: the IDEs out there have one panel where you do your writing and editing, and a separate panel for viewing the fully rendered result when or if you want to.

Comment: Re:Naive to say the least. (Score 1) 258

100,000 hours = 273 years. Does anyone believe that?

Oddly enough, it doesn't matter whether you believe it or not. What matters is whether that's the same predictive model used for estimating lifetimes of RAID arrays, or a single drive for that matter. Since you want to compare the proposed new config directly with current paradigms, you have to use the same set of underlying assumptions.

Comment: Re:Armchair engineering at its finest (Score 1) 248

by cellocgw (#48924165) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

Yeah, I have to agree (sadly) with that conclusion. I wanted to come up with a semi-magical coupling system that would "hand off" one counterweight&pulley system to another every 100 floors or so, and do so without requiring the car itself to stop, but I rather suspect the cost and safety requirements would make this well-nigh impossible.

Heck, we might just as well go for a vertical version of the Hyperloop .

Comment: Re:Opposite of a pinhole camera (Score 2) 126

by cellocgw (#48916077) Attached to: Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

Looks like the opposite of a pinhole camera

Dunno if you were joking or not, but that's exactly what it is. There are all sorts of principles of complementary apertures in optics; this one is perhaps the best known.

Now, in general use you do have to play some games to eliminate background light (as opposed to a pinhole camera, where light from elsewhere is blocked out), but in (dare I say it) Spaaaaaaace!! it'll be easier to set up the phase blocking stuff at the camera itself.

Comment: Re:It was the press coverage that was the disaster (Score 1) 76

by cellocgw (#48886761) Attached to: The Camera That Changed the Universe

Not to mention good old politics in the bid-award process. A certain other corporation based in a certain town in upstate NY had build plenty of telescopes, same size, for orbit-based use, but because Security dammit!! and some cronyism on the side Hughes Optical got the contract. And screwed it up in an attempt to save cost.

Computer Science is merely the post-Turing decline in formal systems theory.