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Comment Re:Heh. (Score 1) 258

And thanks to that experience I've not lost any data, only time. I've already recovered the OS, installed the extra packages I need, and am posting this from Debian. The last two pieces of software I need are downloading now, and the source code for my pet project is all in SourceForge repositories so I'll have it back in a development-worthy state by the end of the day.

Comment Mostly use mediawiki, LaTeX, LyX and InDesign (Score 1) 204

Mediawiki to update the ShapeOko wiki

LaTeX for page formatting / layout / pdf manipulation

LyX for general writing (but export to LaTeX to customize things)

InDesign at work.

I did use Scribus when updating the documentation of the ShapeOko hobby-level CNC milling machine though, and was disappointed that there wasn't an easy / obvious way to get the text from the wiki into Scribus --- couldn't there be a command in Scribus to open a web page as the basis of a document or a page?

I have added some ``engines'' which support pandoc to TeXshop though, but haven't gone beyond that.

Comment Re:NO !! (Score 1) 214

AC wrote:
> Anyone who relies upon technology, such as a phone, a computer, a car, a flashlight, etc. as a means to live is technically a cyborg

No, they're pathetic. There shouldn't be a single point of failure for anything in one's life and any competent person should be able to:

  - write a letter
  - calculate or write or prepare documents using paper, pencil, &c.
  - ride a bicycle or take a bus or walk
  - light a kerosene lamp, or build a fire and improvise a torch

&c.

Comment Re:routine IT work (Score 1) 307

Turd or not, it is really called the Affordable Care Act (actually Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) Nowhere in the congressional record will you see a bill called Obamacare or the GOP trying to amend Obamacare. However, you will find plenty of citations to the PPACA.

You're right about the first part, but wrong about the second part.

H.R.132 : ObamaCare Repeal Act
H.R.1005 : Defund Obamacare Act
H.R.2087 : Protecting Taxpayer Dollars and Identity under Obamacare Act
H.R.2125 : No IRS Implementation of Obamacare Act
H.R.2443 : Safeguarding Children Harmed by Obamacare's Onerous Levies Act
H.R.2682 : Defund Obamacare Act of 2013
H.R.3067 : No Obamacare Subsidies for Members of Congress Act of 2013
S.177 : ObamaCare Repeal Act
S.1292 : Defund Obamacare Act of 2013
S.1497 : No Exemption for Washington from Obamacare Act

Comment Re:Bad stats (Score 1) 337

I think it's the interpretation of the stats that's interesting.

I read it as "the majority of businesses who bought Office 2003 haven't switched in all these years." Neither up nor down for open source office formats, but a slam against Microsoft for failing to introduce any kind of "must have" features in over a decade.

Comment NOS? Don't make me laugh (Score 1) 192

Back in the day, a network operating system was something that could run a file, print, and sometimes database services. Nowadays when the firmware of printers and NAS devices provide those services, I question the use of the term NOS at all.

Sure you can use different firmware bases for network hardware, but it's not like you can arbitrarily install whatever you want on such devices.

Comment AAA is a misnomer (Score 2) 272

What AAA really means is that a lot more money has been spent on details of graphics and sound, not that so much extra effort has been put into the gameplay. As a result, a lot of so-called AAA titles are no more fun to play than the games from the $20 bin.

Like movies, the advertising and hype budget for a AAA title makes it different from the "average" game. And like the movie industry, that big advertising budget brings in the buyers. Unfortunately, much like an overhyped movie, it also results in a lot of disappointed potential fans who expected more from the game after all the buildup.

Do we need AAA titles? Of course not. But as long as there is the lure of winning the "big gamble" by producing a half billion dollar sales hit title, there will be those who'd rather invest in that gamble than focusing on a handful of lesser titles which would cost the same amount.

However, one should never make the mistake of thinking that these trivial little games on cell phones are going to decimate the hard core gaming market. Just because "Angry Birds" has millions of dollars in total sales doesn't mean it's competitive with something like "Half Life." They're totally different styles of games, and satisfy different audiences.

Comment The fundamental problem (Score 1) 214

The fundamental problem with all wearable computing and cell phones is that they are an interruptive technology. While they do queue up SMS messages and emails so you can deal with them when convenient, people don't do so. Instead they rudely proceed to stop whatever they're doing, even a conversation, to deal with the message right now.

There is no excuse for it other than being rude.

Comment Re:Nonsense (Score 2) 164

I disagree with the basic premise of the article that film can be racist. It might not provide pure image quality as it should, but that's a fault of physics and design compromises, not some hidden racist agenda.

The same film that has trouble capturing the details of a black person's face has trouble capturing the details of a black car. A competent photographer knows what kind of film to use for their subjects.

It doesn't make the film itself racist, nor does it make the film's design engineer's racist.

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