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Comment Re: LibreOffice (Score 1) 203

I'm not sure whether MSOOXML compatibility is terribly important, though. I very rarely see .docx files in the wild; pretty much everyone is still using .doc - and LO's Office 97/2003 compatibility is rock solid, at least for the documents I've encountered so far.

The document format where you absolutely must have the proprietary software package would be PDF these days - while you can open most PDFs in any old PDF reader, some places will send you documents as interactive, heavily scripted PDF files that (badly) try to reinvent Excel. Good luck trying to deal with those without an up-to-date version of Adobe Reader.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 203

Oh, VS is not free of error. I've seen crashes and freezes beore and currently I have to deal with no longer being able to create new WPF views and windows, only custom controls. (Yes, creating a custom control and changing the parent class works perfectly fine but it's annoying.)

It is fairly stable but it does screw up occasionally. Sill not "on a whim", though, I agree on that.

Comment Re:No problem (Score 1) 220

Nice keyboard/trackpad arrangement, though. One thing that bugs me about most Linux laptop vendors is that they insist on putting numpads on their laptops. That just wastes space and pushes the space bar to the left, taking the trackpad with it. I hate it when a whole bunch of vertical space is reserved for a trackpad that is then strongly off-center because of a numpad I don't want. Still not something I'd pay 4000 bucks for, though. (Note that I'm perfectly fine with the option of having a numpad but for some reason Linux laptops are mostly divided into thin executive-style ones with little power and reasonable ones suitable for work that always include built-in numpads. Apparently entering numeric data is such an important feature for all developers but me that using a USB numpad just wouldn't cut it.)

Comment Re:They. (Score 1) 397

Wasn't that just a reversal of the earlier push to establish gender-neutral "he"? Gender-neutral singular "they" has been in use since the 14th century. Gender-neutral "he" came about in the 18th century but never entirely displaced "they". Depending on which style guide you used, either or both would be considered correct.

What's happening today is simply that gender-neutral "he" is falling out of use since it's ambiguous and has led to interpretation nonsense when people weren't clear about whether a use of "he" was supposed to be gender-neutral or not.

Comment Re:What do you need? (Score 1) 288

TBH, I'd rather lose the numpad than deal with an offset trackpad. I spend vastly more time clicking on things than I do entering numbers. If I were an Excel jockey I could see the need for redundant number entry hardware but as a programmer I'd rather have a centered keyboard and trackpad instead.

Comment Re:What do you need? (Score 1) 288

Those specs look nice but I noticed that it's yet another notebook with the trackpad offset as far to the left as possible. Why it's so hard to get a decent notebook with a centered trackpad? I usually use my right hand to operate the trackpad so a left-aligned trackpad is rather unergonomic - but I wouldn't want a right-aligned one either because I often switch to my left hand when I'm holding something in my right.

It's one of the reasons why I liked Apple's designs until Jon Ives went insane in 2012. Unfortunately my Mid-2012 non-retina MBP won't last forever and at some point I'll have to replace it. I'd like to do so with something that doesn't require me to lug around a portable trackball when I'm on the go.

Comment Re:Why not just use Splenda? (Score 1) 328

Actually, the Mayas and Aztecs didn't really eat chocolate. They made a drink out of cocoa; solid chocolate bars were developed in 1847's Great Britain. Milk chocolate and the modern creamy texture were both developed in Switzerland in 1875 and 1879, respectively. Solid chocolate only became popular after that; the original bars were gritty and bitter (and if you've ever get the chance to try unconched chocolate you'll understand why nobody wanted that shit).

Oh, and you forgot about the Olmecs who first cultivated cocoa well before the Mayas and Aztecs were relevant.

(BTW, I recommend visiting a chocolate museum if you get the chance, especially if you can get a guided tour. Interesting stuff. The Imhoff Chocolate Museum in Cologne is pretty good.)

Comment Re:...Extinguish (Score 3, Informative) 75

Microsoft had nothing to do with this beyond picking up the pieces. Cyanogen Inc.'s penchant for spectacularly bad business decisions (such as offering an unrestricted worldwide license to one company while simultaneously offering an exclusive license for the Indian market to another) doomed the company from the beginning. And PR moves like "We'll kill Google by releasing a product based on one of Google's products." didn't help either.

A shame, really. Affordable handsets with known-good CM compatibility, no crapware and actual, real updates would've been a nice thing. But due to Cyanogen's leadership being farcically inept that just wasn't possible.

Comment Re:Why Debian chroot (Score 1) 79

The ereader format wouldn't be much of a problem. Android allows you to install alternative browsers and those usually support fairly old OS versions. For example, Firefox for Android supports everything down to 4.0, which is five years old now and probably will remain the baseline for what everyone must support for a few more years as some cheap low-end devices are still released with it AFAIK.

Comment Re:Shashdot has had this as well. (Score 1) 96

(for those who say it was a virus on the PC not slashdot, one of these times was on a fresh install of linux)

When the installer asks you if you want to install systemd-scamd you say no.

For the Gentoo users: The openscamd project is set to announce their first release soon so you know what not to compile.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 58

Not me but a close friend. He has a 6s, which will be replaced with another 6s if it dies because the 7 is not appealing to him. The lack of a headphone jack is one of the more important factors there.

I'm mainly interested because a) other manufacturers might decide to follow Motorola's example now that Apple did and b) I'd like my headphones to remain compatible between all of my devices, including ones too old to support Bluetooth.

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