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Comment: Re:I wish they'd fix the missing functionality (Score 1) 145

by jafac (#48940555) Attached to: LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

Excel has a very stubborn and evil UI bug. It's been there forever, and it appears that MS has no intention of ever fixing it, or ever giving users an option to suppress the behavior. Ever try to scroll a large document, and you'll see what I mean. It is impossible to scroll by half-cells (or >1 cell). It's very annoying, especially when you have cells which contain a paragraph or two of text, and makes it almost impossible to navigate without losing your place as you're reading a spreadsheet. The other really horrible issue is that tab-names can only be llike 15 characters. If you need a more descriptive name for tabs, well, then, fuck you.

Comment: Re:You gotta be kidding me... (Score 1) 168

by jafac (#48853257) Attached to: FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

give up.

There are people out there who will NEVER be convinced; because they'd rather sit on their high-horse and morally judge people for being fat. The simplistic worldview that fat people simply overeat, and that there's nothing else going on, is too compelling, even if it is wrong.

Comment: more to fear (Score 1) 227

by jafac (#48826967) Attached to: An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

Honestly, I'm far more afraid of DUMB programs, set loose by psychopathic human operators. Humans will do almost anything to fuck over other people, and make a buck. An antelope thighbone is a simple tool. One that can be misused. A program is just a much more sophisticated tool.

Why are we afraid of the moment when a tool decides to use other tools, when any human can do horrible things.

Comment: Re:Never had such issues (Score 1) 325

by jafac (#48766689) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

there's a utility for MBP's called "SMCFan Control" - however, it has been a bit "flaky" in my experience.

If you boot to either Fedora or Ubuntu, there are some great temperature/fan/CPU controls that can be used to moderate heat.

The MBP is absolutely fucking amazing hardware. You pay for it though. And there are trade-offs (no 3-6 disk slots, that's for sure).

Comment: Re:No... (Score 4, Interesting) 598

by jafac (#48738611) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

Yes; I'm looking back at my "mac fanboi problems" from the 1990's, and the reason I bought Macs then, was to run Mac OS, or some mac-only software - the hardware was always pretty much playing "catch up". The fishtank-iMac was the first glimmer of hope on the hardware front. The dual G5 was amazing, even if OS X was kind of rough.

But at a certain point, it became obvious that the OS team was being pillaged of talent for the i-device (iOS) team. The fact that Apple pulled all support for PPC kind of put a knife in it for me. And that's when I went over to PC hardware.

Windows 8 was an amazing opportunity for Apple - and they totally blew it. Microsoft tripped, stumbled, and Apple could have curb-stomped them with a great development effort to tune-up OS X. They blew that opportunity off. And Microsoft STILL isn't really on their feet yet.

Now: I have a macbook pro - because it's just an "insanely great" piece of hardware. But the ONLY reason I'm running OS X is to be able to use VMWare Fusion. If VMWare Fusion's features were available on Linux, that's what I would be running on my MBP.

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