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Comment Feel the hate (Score 1) 467

At the company I work at, we only have a limited number of Microsoft Office licenses for those higher up in the company, and we don't have the money to buy more. All machines have OpenOffice.org on, and I can't spend an entire day at work without someone complaining that they hate OOo and want MS Office. Usually their reasons are unjustified (quote: "OpenOffice is just shit") but sometimes I get a serious reason (recently, it's rendering and creation of graphs and charts and the creation of complex formula) has been described as terrible.

So, in short, people hate OpenOffice.org whether they have justified reasons or not. Microsoft don't really need to worry, but if they lowered prices, those who deploy OpenOffice.org across the company may reconsider their options.

(also bringing back the pre-2007 menus as an option would be nice as I've had a huge number of complaints about that)

Comment Re:Holy Apple Store Batman. (Score 1) 301

I heard that at least one of the Microsoft stores will be directly next door to an Apple store. I can't remember which one though, but I believe it's true. In other news, I still don't quite get what a Microsoft store will sell. So there'll be Zunes, Xbox, Windows 7, Office, Flight Simulator and own branded mice and keyboards......Do they sell anything else? Oh yeah and Microsoft Bob (such an awesome piece of software)

Comment Re:Surprised (Score 1) 161

Some of us simply can't use torrent services because of the ISP we use. Admittedly, last week, torrents started working, but there's no way I'm downloading anything illegal through torrents because ISP's track what you're downloading and then rage. HTTP downloads through Rapidshare/Megaupload/etc, not so much. Plus, I have to share if I want to torrent. I'm not a communist, so I don't share.

Comment Re:Palm? (Score 3, Informative) 178

As much as I'd like to mark you as flamebait, you actually have a point. Until the Palm Pre was announced, I was under the impression that Palm (as a company) had gone under. When looking to replace my faithful HP iPAQ h5550 PDA (god that was an awesome PDA) I asked around in the electronics shops about a palm device, the majority thought they didn't exist any more. So it's nice to see they've been working on something over the past few years (unlike the Duke Nukem Forever guys).

Comment Re:You ask us a question... (Score 2, Interesting) 519

I've tried bluetooth mice, and there's a bit too much lag on it for me. Also, bluetooth drains batteries a hell of a lot more than RF wireless. I have an iMac and I was fine with the generic wired mouse for a while, but 4 buttons wasn't enough for me. So I got the Logitech "Wireless Desktop for Mac". Keyboard has lasted me 6 months with the same batteries, while mouse (with 8 buttons) lasts about 2 months at a time with 2 AA batteries. I got it for £50 on Amazon (same price as JUST the Wireless Mighty Mouse).

Submission + - Invasive popups, what can we do?

phyrebyrd writes: "Everyone knows those annoying popups that seem to get through the popup blockers... One that seems prolific are those for NetFlix... But what can we do to seriously hurt this advertising model so that it's not so attractive to use? Is there a way we can automate spoofed 'clicks' so that this racks up the bill for the invasive advertiser? Can this be done 'legally'? After all, they're going against our own wishes and forcing ads upon us with the intent of circumventing our own blockers, couldn't we fight back and hurt them where it counts? Does such a technology already exist to combat these things and hit them where it really hurts instead of just blocking the ads? I feel like these advertisers have absolutely no regard for how they get their 'messages' across, so why can't we use the same tactics to get OUR message across? Why should we have to tolerate such practices?"

Submission + - Man flies 193 miles in lawn chair (cnn.com)

bradgoodman writes: "BEND, Oregon (AP) — Last weekend, Kent Couch settled down in his lawn chair with some snacks — and a parachute. Attached to his lawn chair were 105 large helium balloons.

Balloons suspend Kent Couch in a lawn chair as he floats in the skies near Bend, Oregon, on Saturday.

With instruments to measure his altitude and speed, a global positioning system device in his pocket, and about four plastic bags holding five gallons of water each to act as ballast — he could turn a spigot, release water and rise — Couch headed into the Oregon sky."


Submission + - Firefox 3 Targets Phishers in a New Way (cybernetnews.com)

jktowns writes: In the latest round of Firefox 3 nightlies Mozilla has implemented a new way to target phishers. This time they are trying to make users more aware of the domain that belongs to the site they are viewing. They are also trying to prevent phishers from using a method called "percent-encoding" which can make a URL virtually unreadable. Here are some screenshots and details of the new features that will make it into the next Alpha release at the end of July.

Submission + - Vodafone Tipped for iPhone Agreement (timesonline.co.uk)

bobmarleypeople writes: "According to an article on The Times Online, it's rumoured that Vodafone will be the network provider for the Europe release of the iPhone. However as the article states: "Vodafone faces stiff competition for the exclusive rights to distribute the handset in Europe from rivals such as Orange and the German-owned T-Mobile. ... The relatively greater upside for smaller UK players such as T-Mobile means they will not retire from the negotiating table without a furious fight." So don't go out buying Vodafone SIM cards just yet."

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