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Comment: Hidden Cost and Bias. (Score 1) 280

Whenever i hear of local councils (or any bureaucracy) claim that project X has saved $Y i am cautious. They have every incentive to fudge the numbers, and no one has an incentive to debunk them except MS (who no one will believe). I have no reason to doubt their claims, but a third-party audit would be nice.

I have heard of a few municipalities doing this now, perhaps some sort of coalition to exchange knowledge and coordinate development funding is warranted?

I usually have LibreOffice installed on my computers alongside MS Office. I find LibreOffice sluggish and not as responsive or as easy to use as MSO (although this might be a familiarity thing). I am one of those people who like the ribbon. Sometimes formatting doesn't come out properly as well. There is also the question of productivity.

Comment: Floating Slave Ships (Score 1) 274

by enter to exit (#47311419) Attached to: China Starts Outsourcing From<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... the US
Just build floating factories, sail to international waters and and breed slaves. Fuck paying people, what a waste!

It will save all this wage currency speculation and the burden on having to move once the host country has dried up. Hell, the elites could even live on an adjoined isand-ship and use the slaves for pleasure and work.

The biggest problem would be Energy, a floating nuclear reactor? Something to harness the power of the sea? Perhaps a sympathetic country will relinquish a portion of its offshore oil in exchange for the services a lawless island could provide? Maybe just breed more slaves to push the turbines?

Comment: Lincoln's Sexuality (Score 1) 325

by enter to exit (#47184289) Attached to: Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.
Apparently the humanities wasn't always so broken. There was a time, before the mythical 60s that a few of our politicians and influencers would have an understanding of the Arts. Having a degree that tried to make you "well rounded" might have been a bonus in some non-technical fields.

Now that culture has deemed that _everybody_ must have a degree, the humanites has become what people who shouldn't have a tertiary education study. It's been dumbed down just to get these people through the course and by the cult of postmodernmism.

On top of that, it's become overly politcal and aggressively liberal - you can only dissect Lincoln's sexuality (btw, the only acceptable anwser is that he was gay) so many times without the whole thing becoming a meaningless farce.

As a result we're governed by technocrats - people with a lot of niche knowledge, but little broad knowledge.

Comment: Re:I've Seen This Movie Before. (Score 4, Insightful) 403

I don't want to stop you from running free software, the FSF wants to stop me from non-free software. This is the fundamental difference. I don't impose my views on you, they want to impose their views on everyone. Their views are fundamentally extremist, mine are not.

Their ideas of a total ban on non-free software would infringe on my views. My way allows for you to run a free-software system while allowing me to run non-free software. They don't want to give me the option of running non-free software. They would rather i have nothing that use proprietary software

You are like the insane anti-abortionists who wants to ban the practice. I am the one who wants to make individuals to have a choice. I don't impose my views on you and would like you not to infringe on my right to do what i like. It's very simple.

Comment: Re:I've Seen This Movie Before. (Score 0) 403

The FSF wants to stop me from running non-free software. They can't stop me, but they would like to. They would like it to be impossible to run non-free software. That's the whole point of the FSF. It's why they have a list of kosher distributions, Debian doesn't make the list because it allows for the installation of non-free repositories. They would like to choose for users what is morally acceptable to install.

My stance on software is less restrictive than the FSF, I want to run whatever i want regardless of license. The FSF wants me to run only free software. They by definition have the more restrictive view.

Anyway, arguing with a FSF zealot is like arguing with a religious extremist, they think they are the only ones with a valid view and that everyone is corrupt and blind for not seeing "the truth". You seem to be a sort of FSF apologetic.

Comment: I've Seen This Movie Before. (Score 1, Interesting) 403

Here we go again. The usual FOSS battle between impossible idealism and pragmatism.

If Firefox wants to allow for a plugin that enables DRM, what of it? The users can make their own choice. They're not including it in the browser.

I know it's popular to pay lip service to the FSF but if they had their way we would all be hypocrites. Just posting on /. with all the evil minifed javascript would make us sinners. Of course, the FSF morals don't extend to it having qualms about taking HP, Google and IBM dirty money.

The idea that software needs to free is bullshit, i want to run whatever i want on my system. Don't you? I don't want my morals decided by the FSF.

Comment: Over Management (Score 1) 195

by enter to exit (#46970155) Attached to: Mozilla Ditches Firefox's New-Tab Monetization Plans
According to Wikipedia Mozilla Corp has 1000+ employees. That's an amazing amount of people for a web browser. Remember, Firefox is the only thing they do that's gained traction.

That's about 950 too much. What the hell are they all doing over there? It just smells like a huge corruption scandal waiting to explode.

More than anything, it's over-management that's made Mozilla an elephant. It can probably explain FirefoxOS as well.

Comment: Just Experiment. (Score 1) 201

by enter to exit (#46910801) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?
I've only converted home tapes ;)

Homemade VHS quality is not great to begin with, I used a new (old but in the box) VCR and an EasyCap (a clone i think). It worked fine. There was no noticeable degradation of quality. The mpeg was about 20GB for a two hour tape. The software i used was Virtual VCR

To be honest, i think a lot of these best practices are voodoo (it entirely depends on how and when it was recorded), just to jack up the price. As for not wanting to risk a tape on an old player, just test it out on a junk tape first, if it works 10 times in a row, chances are it'll work the 11th time.

Comment: Firefox Looks Appeaking (Score 1) 327

Firefox is looking more and more appealing these days. The new Firefox 29 is much more stable than previous versions (and as stable as chrome) and the new UI is nice but needs slight tweaking.

Chrome keeps trying to sign me in to Google services, uses too much memory (as much or more than Firefox), its plugins aren't as established as FF's and they're starting to do strange things to the UI (like implement their own scroll bar).

Each have their pros and cons, Firefox allows you to change network settings specifically for the browser, chrome delegates it to the OS. The way Firefox handles this has recently become very useful to me.

Chrome was much better than Firefox in the early days but things aren't as clear cut now, it's very competitive.

I recommend you let go of your preconceived notions and give Firefox another try. You might find Firefox's set of bugs to be more tolerable than chrome's set of bugs

Comment: Google+ is a Winner (Score 1) 93

by enter to exit (#46838245) Attached to: Google Plus Now Minus Chief Vic Gundotra
I suspect Google will eventually use G+ to power Google Now. You could ask your phone for movie recommendations and it will reply with a curated list based on what movies or youtube trailers your G+ friends have seen.

Now that social networks have supplanted personal webpages/blogs and small independent sites are dying from inactivity Google has less and less to crawl. They need G+ to power their mobile search (Google Now) and make their results personal, it might not make money on its own but they can't kill it, it's their long term lifeline - it might completely change over time, but it'll be a gradual evolution not a restart.

Googe+ has a nice communities feature that i like. https://plus.google.com/commun...
People can subscribe to page dedicated to a topic they like and post to the page.

G+ is centered around your interests, not your high-school friends. This data is more valuable to Google.

If you won't post something to G+ with your real name chances are you shouldn't be posting it. It reduces the amount of "keyboard warriors" on the site and increases the value of the data. yes i know there are legitimate reasons for anonymity, but in these situations G+ isn't your best outlet.

The people against Google's single sign in policy are misguided, Google can create a standard sign in form for all their services and make you sign up to each one. Or you can fill out one form and use the services you like. It's the same thing.

Comment: Nice Timing (Score 2) 116

by enter to exit (#46731911) Attached to: CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food
With our boorish, straight-from-central-casting "conservative" government planning to cut all spending in the upcoming budget, this comes at a perfect time. Traditionally the CSIRO and the ABC are the ones who get f-ed over first - it's an easy cut as no one cares.

The cynical side of me can't help wondering how much of this is a (likely fruitless) attempt to fight against the likely budget cuts.

The way they're touting it, it feels to good to be true.

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