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Comment: Re:Why ODF? (Score 4, Insightful) 164

Not really, if everyone used Word with ODF then everyone has the same level of compatibility. Or they can save some licensing cash and replace it Open/Libre Office.

Unless they're an Excel junkie the average civil servant probably won't even notice. And the UK government shouldn't be allowed to use Excel

Comment: Re:Why do you want that in a laptop? (Score 1) 477

The battery is usually the first thing to wear out on a laptop, and others are the hard drive (not sure about SSDs though), the CPU fans, the hinges and the catch in my experiece. Software also tends to need more memory over time. It should be reasonably painless to make this happen..

Comment: Re:Jesus H. Christ Luvs Microsoft (Score 1) 629

by moderators_are_w*nke (#44580965) Attached to: Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

Is more competition in the mobile market not a good thing? The prevailing attitude on a lot of forums at the moment seems to be that everyone should just buy Android and be done with it. We went this way with Windows 20 years ago and I think most people would agree it was not a good thing.

Comment: Re:Closed how? "Wontfix?" (Score 1) 267

by moderators_are_w*nke (#43863589) Attached to: Ubuntu Closes Longstanding Bug #1

Yep, for me the worst example is akonadi, which is enormously complex, and crashes every now and then in strange and different and difficult to track down ways on pretty much every system I've used it on. I have a fair amount of sympathy with them because I'm not sure how these kind of bugs would ever get fixed. Unless of course the person reporting them likely being the only one who can reproduce due to the cause being some obscure spam in their gmail goes digging and fixes it themselves.

Comment: Re:Sure beats jail time... (Score 3, Informative) 1145

by moderators_are_w*nke (#43817409) Attached to: White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

The EU single market mandates that you must be able to buy and sell in metric, which is logical since you can't really have a common market without common units. You can also use whatever other units you like and as such many places use imperial units in preference to metric units, reverting to them only when necessary.

Road signs are still mph, horse races are still miles and furlongs and beer is sold by the pint so I think we're happily confused on matters of units this side of the pond.

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