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Comment My Mac Experience (Score 0) 177

I use Pages, which comes with the Mac (not a Communist). I tried out LibreOffice by loading up a super-simple Pages document, really it's just a text document with a few lines bolded or using different fonts. In LibreOffice, every line is a new page, so my simple text document renders as 38 pages long! Why even offer Pages compatibility if it fails such a simple test?

It makes major failures in rendering keynote files (Mac Powerpoint) and small mistakes rendering Powerpoint. With .docx, just looked at a single page and it couldn't handle an embedded grid, but is otherwise OK.

User interface is uglier than sin. Really, if you care, just pay the Microsoft Office tax, or maybe Google Office. Apple Office products are OK for simple stuff and (for my rather basic uses) render Powerpoints and Word files with absolutely no problem.

Comment Re:No use fighting it (Score 1) 144

If the free version is just as good and just as easily available, approximately nobody would pay for a similar sevice. Hulu and Netflix are great, sure. But if bittorrents (and the like) had never been prosecuted, and you could just get the popcorn time app for your ipad and watch whatever you want, what sort of idiot would pay?

Even now, with threats of prosecution, and sketchy websites with advertisements for Russian brides, and a good chance of viruses, and the need for technical know-how, bittorrents are still a larger percentage of internet traffic than, say, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video. Imagine how much higher it would be if it hadn't been for the legal prosecution.

Comment Re:HDMI=mostly disadvantages (Score 1) 406

So their reasons boil down to:
1) You can't have a cable hundreds of feet long without some kind of signal booster.
2) It comes out when you tug on it.

Jesus Christ I can imagine some video nerds are really upset that they can't send their DVD output to the guy across the street without a $20 booster device, but for normal people these are complete non issues.

Comment Missing the point (Score 1) 464

For all the people saying they don't want a smart gun, and giving a good reason why what? Who cares? The question is really if ANYBODY would. And surely there is a percent of people who do want to buy them.

To use a car metaphor, I would never buy a Ford Explorer, and I can give you lots of reasons why it's not a great car for me....but that's an entirely different question than if they're bad for everybody.

Comment Re:You can't fix stupid (Score 1) 159

It's not like "have more content" is some revolutionary business model that requires young people to understand. It's just not licensed cheaply enough to really make sense. And no reason to license it at super-cheap prices, when there's other streaming services willing to pay.

Really what has to change is consumer attitudes. It's not going to happen for $10/month, and many subscribers wouldn't pay $60/month due to cost expectations/competition.

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