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Comment Re:Switching (Score 1) 147

OpenOffice has known security issues (its not safe to open untrusted documents with it). Given how few developers are still left at OO, it could be months or years before a fixed version is released (they recommend that you manually delete one of its library files).

LibreOffice fixed the issue months ago.

Comment Re:Does it really matter to the air? (Score 4, Informative) 618

"It is estimated that the effects of NO 2 on mortality are equivalent to 23,500 deaths annually in the UK" -- UK dept. for environment and rural affairs https://consult.defra.gov.uk/a... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/busi...

"Volkswagen’s rigging of emissions tests for 11m cars means they may be responsible for nearly 1m tonnes of air pollution every year, roughly the same as the UK’s combined emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture, a Guardian analysis suggests." http://www.theguardian.com/bus...

Comment Depends how modular you want to go (Score 1) 111

Separating out everything into modules is going to be hard. Even PCs which have no space/weight constraints are not fully modular. Much harder for a phone where things like the CPU and RAM are typically soldered on top of each other.

But you can take a more modest goal of making the major components replaceable, repairable and upgradable, for example, https://www.fairphone.com/2015...

Comment Re:OpenOffice vs LibreOffice (Score 5, Informative) 236

Many of the developers were already fed up with Sun's poor stewardship of the OpenOffice.org project, hence the go-oo project which hosted many improvements that Sun did not integrate and was the basis of OpenOffice packages that most Linux distributions shipped. Oracle was just the final straw that catalysed a true fork (go-oo was more of a patch set that needed to follow OOo). LO used the GPL because that was pretty much the only option (and maybe the developers think it is better for LO than a permissive licence). LO made big strides, for example in code clean up and build systems even before Oracle decided dump the code on the Apache foundation. The permissive was probably to keep IBM happy, as they have previously released closed derivatives of OO.

What code exactly have LO stolen from AOO? There is nothing new in AOO to be worth taking, LO has always been a step ahead of AOO (and is about 3 steps ahead now). The only possible example is the sidebar, but that was developed by IBM, not Oracle or Apache.

Personally I think Apache should de-list AOO on the grounds that they can't even produce security updates in a timely manor.

Submission LibreOffice 5.0 released

ssam writes: The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.0, the tenth major release since the launch of the project, bringing new features including Windows 10, Android and Ubuntu touch compatibility, superior interoperability features, updated UI, and lots of under the hood improvements. For people still running OpenOffice it is probably time to move over.

Comment Errors are good (Score 1) 1067

From a scientific simulation point of view the worst possible outcome of a simulation is a result that looks plausible but is in fact wrong. I'd much prefer my program to halt or crash, so that I can start to look where the bug is.

Yes sometimes its a pain. Say I want to measure the velocity by looking at the time taken to cross some region, and sometimes I have zero length regions. Yes i'll get an error, headdesk and add a suitable check. But it will take knowledge of the problem to work out if I should just not report a velocity for that region, or maybe assume it is the same as the previous one, or average the previous and next. If the expression just returned 0 (or 1 (seen as x/x=1)), and that happened to be within the range of plausible values, then it could take weeks or months to spot the issue.

Comment code search (Score 1) 424

if you are searching for code (eg function names and how to use them), then use a code search engine. Since google shut down theirs you can try https://code.openhub.net/ https://codesearch.debian.net/ ( !co and !dsource respectively on duckduckgo https://duckduckgo.com/bang )

Nonsense. Space is blue and birds fly through it. -- Heisenberg