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Comment Samsung Note 4 and better phones have... (Score 1) 248

...an insane long standby time.

When I full charge that thing, it can take a call or text for like two weeks. Maybe using that mode is worth a thought. It's still useful for web browsing, e-mail, text, etc...

(And yes, I tested that on a long trip, no charger. Got 10 days, no problem, took a few calls, answered a few e-mails, various SMS.

Comment Ug... yep (Score 1) 248

Hate to admit it but, yep... I carry an alpha pager with me as well as a phone. Why? Because pagers have a much better coverage area, and are generally more reliable. It is used not only for emergency alerts (system down, etc) but also inside the huge building by people to alert to call them (they don't supply cell phones, nor do I want a "work" cell phone, nor do I want my users having MY phone number).

I hope to rid myself of it one day... cell coverage has improved so much over the years. If I could find a way to SIMULATE a pager with a separate phone number, I might could try right now....

Comment Does matter (Score 1) 184

>Doesn't matter. That's still denialism. It still does not work. The end user will throw the software in trash. There must be compatibility even for badly-designed documents, because in real life we have those as well.

Yes it does matter, because the point is that a very badly formatted document or one that uses non-standard fonts is just as likely to not look the same from various people USING MS-OFFICE as is does when viewed by various people using LibreOffice.

Comment Re: I was able to successfully use a docx (Score 1) 184

>"It depends on the document. I still regularly encounter Word docs and Powerpoint presentations that don't render properly in LibreOffice; it'll be interesting to see how 5.1 improves that though."

Most of the time, although not all of the time, it is due to either a very poorly formatted document, or using non-standard fonts, or both. At this point, it seems almost as likely that different versions of MS-Office with different OS's and different font sets have about the same success/failure rate as sharing those proprietary formats with LibreOffice (of course, your results may vary).

It is rare I have any cross-software issues with typical documents, although it does happen sometimes, and I use nothing but LibreOffice and get all kinds of proprietary MS-Office documents every day.

What is interesting is that I sometimes will send ODF files back at them now, and rarely get complaints anymore. Not sure if this means MS-Office can generally/finally read ODF files. (I used to send only PDF or if I knew they had to edit it, I would send an MS-Office format back to them, exported from LibreOffice, IN ADDITION to the ODF file).

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

That said, it might confuse people who've driven cars with shifter stalks, but those haven't been on the market in something like 40 years and haven't been common for at least 30

"Not common for at least 30 years?" Pretty much every truck uses column shift if it has an automatic. My first new vehicle out of college was an '02 S-10; it was a column-shift automatic. So were all of the U-Hauls I've ever driven, ranging from 10' to 26'.

Comment Re:The downside (Score 4, Informative) 84

>" We don't have the ability to block HTM5 animation."

Exactly. And I have been warning about this for years, since the concept came up. I knew EXACTLY how it would be used- Ads, banners, stupid crap all over sites. Besides being extremely annoying, it destroys thin clients. It makes slower machines CRAWL. It sucks the battery out of mobile devices.

We used to be able to have relief by just blocking Flash and using adblock. Those days are over. It has spread beyond just ads and now client-side animations are everywhere. Browsers like Firefox need to somehow have some type of way to block (or SLOW) ALL types of animations. It won't be easy to do this without breaking sites. Could possibly be done with something that loads such objects on demand (hiding them/overlaying them) or by detecting tight loops to trigger blocks or slowdowns.

If you don't might blocking just all video/audio/media, that can be done in Firefox with about:config, stuff. But that is an all-or-nothing affair. Here are some examples for those desperate enough (pulled from my thin client configs):

user_pref("webgl.disabled", true);
user_pref("webgl.disable-extensions", true);
user_pref("image.animation_mode", "once");
user_pref("browser.blink_allowed", false);
user_pref("browser.preferences.animateFadeIn", false);
user_pref("browser.tabs.animate", false);
user_pref("toolkit.scrollbox.smoothScroll", false);
user_pref("browser.panorama.animate_zoom", false);
user_pref("browser.fullscreen.animateUp", 0);
user_pref("browser.tabs.maxOpenBeforeWarn", 8);
user_pref("dom.max_script_run_time", 10);
user_pref("layout.css.prefixes.animations", false);
user_pref("browser.download.animateNotifications", true);
user_pref("media.navigator.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.webm.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.encoder.webm.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.autoplay.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.ogg.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.wav.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.wave.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.opus.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.audio_data.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.raw.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.webaudio.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.webspeech.recognition.enable", false);
user_pref("media.webvtt.enable", false);
user_pref("media.peerconnection.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.fragmented-mp4.ffmpeg.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.getusermedia.aec_enabled", false);
user_pref("media.getusermedia.noise_enabled", false);
user_pref("media.gstreamer.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.mediasource.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.video_stats.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.navigator.video.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.fragmented-mp4.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.gmp-gmpopenh264.autoupdate", false);
user_pref("media.gmp-gmpopenh264.enabled", false);
user_pref("media.webvtt.enabled", false);

Comment Re:Well then... (Score 1) 125

You don't need usenet for these, by the way, it's all torrent driven.

Usenet tends to be faster, however. Torrent download speeds are highly variable: fairly quick for popular files that everyone else is downloading at the same time, not so much for other files. I've had to leave many a torrent running for days or even weeks for it to complete. SABnzbd, OTOH, will usually pull anything that hasn't expired at 5.5-6 MB/s (bytes, not bits) over my connection, which is pretty much as fast as the connection supports.

Comment Scary (Score 1) 89

>"Today we're announcing that during that same time period, the degrees of separation between a typical pair of Facebook users has continued to decrease to 3.57 degrees, down from 3.74 degrees in 2011"

What is scary is how they are able to determine that and with such precision. There are many reasons I have never used Facebook.... this just continues to reinforce that.

>"Are Facebook friends anything like real friends?"

Um, no.

Comment Luddite?? (Score 1) 213

>"Porsche Builds Photovoltaic Pylon, Offsetting Luddite Position On Self-Drive "

Luddite Position? Whose stupid-ass opinion is THAT and why it is in the title? Quite a few people have *NO* interest in self-driving cars, and that is especially true in the higher-end sports-cars markets. It wouldn't make any economic sense for Porsche to pursue a path that doesn't intersect with their goals and customer wishes.

What next? A comment about how Kawasaki has a Luddite Position on not pursing research on self-driving motorcycles??

How about Titleist having a Luddite Position on not pursing research on a self-playing robotic golf club? Or maybe Samsung not wanting to pursue a self-watching TV?

Comment Re:It was the first standard for video? (Score 1) 406

And if you don't have at least a dual-monitor setup, you're doing it wrong.

I have a dual-monitor setup at work (one at 1680x1050 and the other at 1440x900 or so, both somewhere near 20") and a single-monitor setup at home (28" 4K). I think the single 4K monitor is more useful than two lower-res monitors, and it takes up less space (as in it still fits on the smaller desk at home).

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