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Comment: Re:No, but schools will take a second look (Score 1) 232

by rainer_d (#48295579) Attached to: Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

> Students can write their reports and essays using LaTex

Good luck getting anyone outside CS to do that. Even if the student learns LaTeX, he/she won't likely be able to collaborate with other students/advisers easily.

Even for my CS thesis, the professor wanted word files (annotate feature).
But I used lyx/klyx to write it and so he got PDFs, which he printed.

Lyx was wonderful, allowing me to concentrate almost exclusively on the text itself and not worrying about formatting. p I wish they would teach actual typesetting skills in school (because producing a document is a bit more than just filling a page with letters and spaces and a few pictures)!

Comment: Seen that before (Score 1) 349

by rainer_d (#48061883) Attached to: Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility
When FreeBSD started having "10" in the version number, a lot of 3rd party (open source) software thought it must be version "1.0" (based on checks by GNU configure) which usually resulted in a failure to even go through the configure-phase....
Same reason why Solaris 11 is actually 2.11...

Comment: Re:Is this real? (Score 1) 504

by rainer_d (#47939281) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police
That wouldn't even fly with "friends" of the US and NATO-partners.
Thank god, US tech companies need to export their stuff, too.
I'm pretty sure that Apple et.al. have it clear to the various representatives in political offices what kind of policy they are going to support (i.e.: donate money) in the future and what they will not support. After all, Cook hired this new lobbyist: http://appleinsider.com/articl...

US is a corporatocracy - and Apple has very deep pockets and very loyal customers (who often also have deep pockets) with long memories - nobody in D.C. wants that combination against them.

Comment: Just run your own blog (Score 1) 254

by rainer_d (#47796803) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots
Either host yourself or use wordpress.com or whatever blog-site there is.
Seriously, who cares about Facebook postings anyway? Are these people a bunch of 12 year olds?
I don't need a FB account to know that I probably can't differentiate between official propaganda, astroturfers, shills and real eye-witness reports - on both sides.

Maybe Ukraine should buy more ads on FB - that usually helps...

Comment: Interesting idea. (Score 2) 419

by rainer_d (#47680627) Attached to: Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone
It's just that the humanitarian situation in Palestine is actually very bad - much worse than the daily 30s news-clip can transport, if I can trust a recent eye-witness report I read in a local paper.

So, it may be a bit too much for the kids, actually (as someone already suggested).
But still, it's a good idea. In these war-zones, "Game Over" really is more than two words.

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