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Comment Re:Cooling is the issue (Score 1) 421

You're talking about those floodlight-shaped CFLs, right? Those damn things take forever to warm up (the light starts near the base and takes a few seconds to reach the tip) but I've found putting regular instant-on CFLS in those fixtures works just as well. Regular CFLS usually start >50% brightness and warm up much faster.

Comment Re:However.... (Score 1, Interesting) 132

Don't you Americans have any basic right to privacy?

Nope. We have a bunch of fucking sociopaths running the corporate world these days. Another 10 years of this shit and we're all going to be stuck in some neo-dickensian nightmare. The only "people" who have rights anymore are the corporations. The rest of us are just cattle unless you happen to have a high-enough net worth.

Comment Re:A Mature Local Machine Product vs Immature Clou (Score 5, Insightful) 346

Wordpad is a very stripped-down word processor, not a text editor (as unix/linux veterans understand the term). Have you ever opened a source file in Wordpad? It treats code like a regular document and the results are absolutely dreadful. Meanwhile, Notepad is god-awful as far as plain text editors go--it doesn't even understand Unix-style line breaks. If you want a decent text editor for Windows, I recommend Notepad++.

Comment Re:A Mature Local Machine Product vs Immature Clou (Score 4, Informative) 346

Perhaps this would be too steep if you are a grandmother with limited resources who only wants to create a single page note about a missing cat and print it for her nearest neighbors. As a business, you want to be as sure as it ever gets that the important proposal that you are writing will be correctly opened by the soliciting party. (In many cases editable Word documents are requested, not a PDF.)

This. Google docs and OpenOffice/Libreoffice are low-to-midrange tools. They are WAY better than *nothing* and much better than that stripped-down Wordpad tool that Windows gives you out of the box. I got through college just fine using OpenOffice and I still recommend it to people (if it's appropriate for their needs), but when something just has to work without problems I get the big tools out. MSOffice is professional grade and is what you use when nothing else will do.

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