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Comment: Re:In TFA, love the first paragraph (Score 1) 105

by haifastudent (#30070492) Attached to: Great White Sharks Visiting San Francisco

While slashdot might be considered a human-centric website, there are in fact many visitors from all species. Most websites acknowledge them, posting measurements in metric as opposed to imperial, and specifying which species are the topic without assuming. See the How Vulnerable Is Our Power Grid? article for a similar discussion in the comments regarding slashdot's US-centric nature, or and space article for comment discussions of slashdot's Earth-centric nature.

Comment: Re:Can't wait (Score 4, Insightful) 184

by haifastudent (#29022621) Attached to: A Standardized OS For Robots

Though I will worry when the most purchased robot app is "machinegun control".

I will worry more when this project leads to a situation in which there is little or no diversity in the robot OS. Then the outsiders will be like us Linux users today, but worse off.

"Oh, you use Debian instead of Windows For Robots? We don't serve your kind here"

Comment: Re:these are not pranks! (Score 1) 543

by haifastudent (#29008473) Attached to: The Outing of Pranknet

This was more than social engineering. You should listen to the guy fighting with the couple and insisting when the man refused:
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0803091pranknet1.html

Go down the panel on the right side of the page, there are recordings of the calls in Flash. It's funny, but it's sad and scary.

Comment: Step one: ask the manufacturers (Score 1) 277

by haifastudent (#29002393) Attached to: Linux-Friendly, Internet-Enabled HDTVs?

Write to Sony, Samsung, and the other TV manufacturers and ask _them_ which of their products work with Linux. Even though you will probably get a disappointing answer, you will have expressed interest in having consumer electronics work with Linux. If even one one-hundreth of the Linux community were to express interest in Linux-compatible hardware and Linux ports of software, you wouldn't even need to ask the question. Lets make things better for those of us who will be in the submitter's shoes five years from now: write to the hardware manufacturers and ask about Linux support!

Comment: Re:Newspaper and Online BATTEL o' DETH! (Score 1) 417

by haifastudent (#28975193) Attached to: Will Mainstream Media Embrace Adblockers?

The issue here isn't "free" because nothing ever is. The issue here is who is going to pay the journalists and the webhost. Will it be the advertisers, or the readers? Because if nobody pays. and the webhost doesn't get paid, the site goes down. That should be simple enough to understand.

Comment: Re:Underwhelming (Score 1) 617

by haifastudent (#28962749) Attached to: Preview the Office 2007 Ribbon-Like UI Floated For OpenOffice.Org

Its a nice idea, I guess, and I understand that if you keep it closer to that one big name competitor, then you can make it easier for people to transition, but I prefer to dedicate my limited real estate on my screen to what I'm actually trying to work on, not the tools that I can use to get the job done. I can't imagine this interface on my eeePc. I think the only thing I'll be trying out on this interface is the option to set it back to the old one.

The default MSO 2007 installation with the Ribbon takes up _less_ screen real estate for the UI than does the default MSO 2003 with toolbar, despite the larger icons.

Comment: Re:out of place in non-windows OS'es? (Score 1) 617

by haifastudent (#28962723) Attached to: Preview the Office 2007 Ribbon-Like UI Floated For OpenOffice.Org

Let me be the first to assure that the interface is also out of place in Windows OS'es. I'm still at a loss to figure out exactly what functionality that new interface added to Office. It did require us to purchase all new manuals and devote a considerable amount of time to retraining our users. Perhaps that was the "goal"?

First of all, TFM is available for free here:
http://documentation.openoffice.org/manuals/

Seceond of all, for non-trained users, the Ribbon is easier to use. So long as the menu-driven interface is optional (whether is it the default or not) then power users can continue as they always have.

Comment: Re:How about some nice menus instead? (Score 5, Insightful) 617

by haifastudent (#28962683) Attached to: Preview the Office 2007 Ribbon-Like UI Floated For OpenOffice.Org

The Ribbon is no good even in Windows. And isn't it patented? There's no reason Open Office needs to ape Microsoft's mistakes.

As a casual user with no time or interest to do a full OOo course (or even RTFM usually) I welcome the Ribbon UI. I understand that experienced and advanced users may not like it, but assuming that the original interface is not removed then the addition of the ribbon would certainly help weekend users like myself.

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