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Comment: Re:Are the slashdot editors getting desperate? (Score 1) 315 315

1) So what, every version of Windows since 95 has been like this, and in Linux, anything can be an executable. You can have any extension or no extension and run it.

No you can't. Nothing is executable on Linux/Unix as long the execution bit is not set. Further, any binary attached to an email or downloaded by ftp, http or whatever has the exectution bit off. So to run a binary on Linux/Unix you have to manually set it by hand. So a hotgirl.jpg.exe attached to an email or downloaded does nothing on Linux/Unix if you click on it even it's machine code for your OS.

Comment: Re:What did we expect? (Score 5, Informative) 627 627

From the article:

The irony here is that the formula language used by OpenOffice (and by other vendors) is based on that used by Excel, which itself was not fully documented when OpenOffice implemented it. So an argument, by Microsoft, not to support that language because it is not documented is rather hypocritical. Excel supports 1-2-3 files and formulas and legacy Excel versions (back to Excel 4.0) neither of which have standardized formula languages. Why are these supported? Also, the fact that the Microsoft/CleverAge add-in correctly reads and writes the legacy ODF formula syntax shows not only that it can be done, but that Microsoft already has the code to do it. The inexplicably thing is why that code never made it into Excel 2007 SP2.

Comment: Reminds of CryoSat in 2005 (Score 1) 325 325

CryoSat was an ESA satellite that was destroyed on launch October 8, 2005 when the second stage engine of a modified Russian SS-19 ICBM did not cut-off as planned. CryoSat was proposed in 1998 by Duncan Wingham of University College London. The satellite's planned three year mission was to survey natural and human driven changes in the cryosphere on Earth. It was designed to provide much more accurate data on the rate of change of the surface elevation of the polar ice sheets and sea ice thickness. It was the first ESA Earth Sciences satellite selected through open, scientific competition.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman