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Comment: Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (Score 1) 144

Name one function that was removed since 2003.

Microsoft removed the ability to "Insert from Scanner or Camera". For subsequent versions, the workaroundis to scan to an image file on your computer, and then insert the saved image into the document, rather than scanning directly into the document as before.

The removal of this menu item annoyed a lot of people, including myself.

Comment: Re:I hope not (Score 1) 489

by nuckfuts (#48851095) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Show me another spreadsheet program that's as good as Excel.

And I'm pretty happy with Exchange as my mail server. Using Outlook Anywhere, I don't have issues sending e-mail from Outlook if I travel outside of my ISP's network. Using Outlook Web Access, I can access e-mails, contacts, and calendars from nearly any device with a working web browser. And using Exchange ActiveSync, my e-mails, contacts, and calendars can keep in sync with iOS and Android phones. I never have to transfer contacts manually if I change to a different smartphone. I can even wipe my iPhone remotely if it gets lost. Setting up equivalent functionality with other software would involve a lot of work.

Comment: Re:Radio communications from electric company? (Score 1) 172

by nuckfuts (#48834635) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

I've done signalling over A/C wiring with my own homemade devices, although not outside a single building. From my experience with home Ethernet-over-Power devices, it sometimes doesn't work where more than one electrical panel is traversed.

Nevertheless, there is an entire industry devoted to Broadband over powerline (BPL), and it reportedly works for smart meters.

Comment: Radio communications from electric company? (Score 1) 172

by nuckfuts (#48833993) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

Now kick that up to the electric company level, and give them a radio network that tells them which electric provider to get electricity from at what time to get the best (wholesale) price.

Why would the electric company need a radio network to communicate with household appliances? They already have a hardwired connection!

Comment: Rotary Dial Telephones (Score 1) 790

by nuckfuts (#48795673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

How about the clickety-whir of a rotary dial telephone? I used to surprise people by being able to dial phone numbers using the hang-up button instead of the dial. If pressed rapidly enough, a series of 9 hang-up clicks had the same effect as dialling a "9", 8 clicks dialled an "8", and so on.

This trick continued to work long after tone dialling became the norm. For all I know it still works today; it's been a long time since I tried it.

Comment: More surprising math (Score 1) 790

by nuckfuts (#48795369) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

I hadn't heard that Pythagorean example before. It really is surprising. Here's another math example that may surprise people:

Imagine that the Earth is a perfect sphere, and a rope is laid all the way around the Earth at the equator. The rope would be approximately 24,900 miles long. Now imagine that the rope is to be lifted exactly 1 foot off the ground all the way around. How much longer would the rope need to be?

Answer: A bit more than 6 feet. (2 to be exact).

Quantum Mechanics is a lovely introduction to Hilbert Spaces! -- Overheard at last year's Archimedeans' Garden Party

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