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Comment: Re:Wake me up when any flavor of OO has outline mo (Score 2) 277

by overshoot (#46782937) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Ah, yes. Issue number 3959. Originally filed April 10, 2002. More than twelve years ago. In that time it has remained in the top-voted issue list year-in and year-out. Others come and go, but 3959 keeps on pissing off users. At last look, there are about ten duplicates requests on file.

Every few years some developer wanders by and tells the people following it that nobody needs outline view, or that there are tools available to do it, or whatever. Often, they close the issue. In effect, "I don't use outline mode so obviously it's not important." The mailing list heats up for a while, the developer either mumbles something about maybe the team should look into it and vanishes or else just vanishes, but the issue is either reopened or left open. I've seen at least four of those cycles so far. We're probably due for another one.

At this point, I suspect that 3959 will outlive (Open|Libre|Star)Office for the classic open-source software reason: if it doesn't scratch a developer's itch, it ain't happening. And apparently, developers don't outline, edit, or otherwise structure their writing or much care about the people who do.

Comment: They could start by (Score 1) 277

by overshoot (#46781279) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

dealing with bug/enhancement issues that have been pending for more than twelve years. Issue #3959 (notice the position in the queue?) has been either ignored or brushed off as unimportant since April of 2002, despite seniority and votes in the issues list.

Classic case of writers telling programmers "this is a must-have function" and programmers responding with "I don't use it so neither do you."

Comment: Picky details (Score 1) 140

by overshoot (#46767509) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

I haven't seen the application yet, but I'd be quite surprised if it contains enough information to actually detect cameras -- given, after all, that a camera doesn't necessarily look like anything in particular, nor emit a signal declaring "I am a camera."

More likely, Gates et al are doing the old trick of patenting the idea of detecting a camera and then planning to fill in the blanks as the technology improves. Jerry Lemelson was the grand master of this trick and made billions (yes, with a "B") with it. On numerous occasions he actually sued, and prevailed, against the people who actually invented the technology that he incorporated in revised patent applications because his application predated their invention.

Comment: Between them, they're right (Score 3, Interesting) 516

Greenspan is right that taking the lid off of immigration will drive the top of the wage scale down, greatly reducing wage inequality.

Gates is right that there's one "job" that won't be automated: ownership.

I confess that I am assuming that Greenspan (who was never a dummy) is talking about wage, rather than income inequality. Otherwise I'm not sure how he expects a rise in immigration to do anything but accelerate the shift of income from wages to rents.

Comment: Re:Why worry - its natural selection in action (Score 1) 747

by overshoot (#46485953) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

For every family that takes unvaccinated kids to France and brings them back sick

Is there something particularly disgusting about France that I am unaware of?

A particularly low vaccination rate, mostly. Along with Switzerland, it seems that most of the USA's trip-to-X-and-came-back-with-measles cases seem to be from France.

Comment: Re:MMR Outcry? (Score 1) 747

by overshoot (#46484011) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

Question, if the vax works so well, why then are the vaxxed so worried about the few who dont.

Short answer: because measles is a human-only disease like smallpox and polio. We could eliminate it. In which case, the we'd have as many adverse outcomes from measles and its vaccine as we do now from smallpox and its vaccine: zero.

There are other reasons, but IMHO that's good enough. Except, perhaps, for the virus-rights movement.

Comment: Re:Why worry - its natural selection in action (Score 1) 747

by overshoot (#46483907) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

Its sad, but if the kids of parents who only think on a base emotional level die then its clearing out the human gene pool.

For every family that takes unvaccinated kids to France and brings them back sick, there are scores more who are in the pediatrician's waiting room, in pulic places, etc. with a kid too young to be vaccinated. Not to mention the small percentage for whom the vaccine just doesn't work.

Unless you're advocating keeping babies and others locked up and leaving public places to the shambling hordes of carriers, perhaps?

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen

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