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Comment: Re:Why ODF? (Score 3) 159

bullshit. I get a .xls from my accountant to enter my details, and its full of protected cells and functions. I use LibreOffice, and so far my accountant hasn't even noticed anything untoward with the returned .xls file I send him.

Considering Word can't even open some Word documents created with older versions of Word, I think this is pretty damn good.

Comment: Re:Why ODF? (Score 3, Insightful) 159

ODF is more like a zip file of XML files

You can have a single-document xml file, but its quite rare.

Not that it really matters so much, the only problem I had was finding a library to write a .ods file (basically wanted to write a csv, but in a format that Excel would actually fucking render correctly, the fucker). Writing out .xls files was just not available unless I had Office installed and called some COM wrapper to some craziness.

Comment: Re:Your Results Will Vary (Score 1) 241

by gbjbaanb (#47488067) Attached to: Math, Programming, and Language Learning

that's a poor argument. After all, physics is just applied maths, and chemistry is just applied physics, and biology is just applied chemistry.... and just by sitting here typing I'm using maths!

Maths as a discrete thing is different to computer science even though they do share the same branch of education.

That said, nowadays, is cutting and pasting code from Google, and pressing . and letting intellisense tell me what to pick next, really maths. Is it really programming! :-)

Comment: Re:Your Results Will Vary (Score 1) 241

by gbjbaanb (#47486509) Attached to: Math, Programming, and Language Learning

I guess it depends, I have used math twice n my professional career - once to use trigonometry to show the distance between 2 points (Pythagoras) and once with a complex equation that was reduced to a simpler one.

Now, if I was a cryptograpic engineer, I think I might use math more often :)

But, as I tend to be more of a LoB engineer, math is not something used very often at all. If at all. I refer to the aforementioned pythagorean equation for the distance between 2 points using a triangle.... the business people I was working with considered me a genius for knowing that kind of thing even though it was something remembered from my O level days (yes, I'm old, maybe they don't teach it any more)

Comment: Re:Too long (Score 1) 161

by gbjbaanb (#47481373) Attached to: Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

Imagine instead if they'd listened to him and worked towards this vision

then he would have replaced Ballmer by the board ... so obviously first thing to do was ignore him, and then sack him. Got to look at the "big picture" - you know, the one of Ballmer's bonuses that matter much more than any thing stupid like innovating in the right way to keep the company at the forefront of their field.

Comment: Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (Score 2) 300

by gbjbaanb (#47458933) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

plenty of "do nothings" at Microsoft - all the old guys who were lucky enough to get shares, now called "rest and vest" by the new comers who haven't seen the same kind of perk for well over a decade.

But I imagine Microsoft has very many people who they really don't need - smaller divisions can perform much better than large empires.

Comment: Re:KeePass? (Score 1) 114

by gbjbaanb (#47449679) Attached to: Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found

same here - only I don't try to keep it in sync with other devices (don't want changes I make to my PCs keepass db to be automatically synced to my phone that might be stolen)(I might be going a little too paranoid here)

I also use Mozy for the cloud storage, as it encrypts everything stored (with a different key) and it has history.

Keepass is awesome, my only worry is that I forget which file I used as the encryption 2nd part and delete it one day!

Comment: Re:I was able to sneak into their laboratories (Score 1) 238

tell me, I read (yes) the Daily Mail article, read the linked one to the Independant and then submitted with the DM one as it was better, even though it had been sourced from the other paper's site.

Though samzenpus did a good job rewriting my "na, they'll never accept it" sub, he really shouldn't have lost that link :(

Comment: Re:Headline wrong, not invisible. (Score 2) 238

I was thinking of heatsinks - conduct better than copper (no doubt cheaper once manufacturing gets sorted out) and your shiny copper heatpipes will be replaced with not-shiny black ones that you can't see.

The said telescopes would be suitable for this, particularly expensive ones they put in space.

+ - So black you can't see it.->

Submitted by gbjbaanb
gbjbaanb (229885) writes "A British company is developing a new material that’s so black it absorbs all but 0.035 percent of the visual light, making it the darkest material ever created.

Of course, apart from making album covers, it conducts heat 7 times better than copper and is 10 times stronger than steel.

the pictures are the best, it looks like its sitting on some foil, but its grown on the foil which is all crinkled and bent — only people who have seen it say that it looks smooth because so little light is being reflected."

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