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Comment Ironic Highlighting of Bad Slides (Score 1) 327

While the example slides in the article are very bad; the key point here is that a presentation is not the slides and the slides are not the presentation. Slides are supposed to be a presentation aid and help reinforce what was being said and the story being told. Taking slides in isolation to the context of what was being said and how they were used in the presentation is just as bad as giving the bad presentation in the first place.

The worst things about PowerPoint are the emphasis on bulleted lists: almost everyone using ToDo lists or outliners has moved on to GTD style approaches rather than simple bullet points - why haven't the developers of PP learnt this ? at least get rid of the default layout being title and bullets; the abundance of "clip art" which should have been phased out when DTP went out of fashion; the default of scaling without preserving aspect and allowing massive zooms on bitmap graphics; and finally the crappy animations and transitions that there are far too many of.

As they say, power corrupts and PowerPoints corrupt absolutely.

Comment Re:Significance? (Score 1) 275

I think that it's a little bit late to come out with the "we almost caught him, we were so close" story.

The TSA doesn't work. If they were more focused on quality of information than groping and assuming everyone is a terrorist, then maybe, maybe they could have caught him.

How many TSA agents were working in Boston around the time of the bombing; how many checkpoints did they pass, how many innocent people were inconvenienced and they still didn't catch the brothers until after the event and a long drawn out chase and firefight. They even cornered the surviving brother in a small boat, injured and then had to shoot him upteen times in order to capture him.

Comment Re:In the beginning (Score 1) 195

I have been to other countries, such as Singapore, where porn and censorship laws are stricter. They don't have problems accessing porn. They have less easy access to free speech, but they know where they can talk freely.

Most of the time the justification for such things is not "think of the children", but social harmony or "protection of public morals".

It's like a handful of sand. The tighter the grip, the more slips through your fingers.

Comment Re:Are you kidding me? (Score 1) 172

I hope some management gets fired.

They obviously didn't use a designer for this project. I'm not a designer but I'm pretty confident that I could come up with a better design than that.

But does anyone care ? I mean Ya-who ? I used to use them for email but they kept "upgrading" (i.e. redesign with less features) the service.

Comment Re:quite a few browsers? (Score 1) 246

BMP, TIF, TGA, EXR, WEBP, various 'raw' formats.

With that line there you clearly demonstrated you don't know what you're talking about.

Despite the fact that none of them support animations; they are either completely over the top or utterly basic. Let me see, BMP - if you ever used this "standard" you would know it's pretty awful and not standard. TGA would be fine if this was 1986, we might as well switch to PPM. EXR would be great if we wanted animations to be some kind of WebGL substitute and WEBP, well we might as well switch to JPEG-2000.

By the way, that last bit wasn't facetious. I like JPEG-2000 a lot more than WEBP. And it's a standard.

Comment Marketing (Score 1) 175

So Joel Spolsky writes about how efficient and wonderful his own website is and no one here notices ? OK, sterling work on shooting down a rubbish patent, but that is how the US patent system has been working for a long, long time. If any one had come after me with a claim of infringement on such a patent I would have laughed.

Comment Re:Just FUD form Murdoc and co (Score 1) 394

Absolutely right. It's been hilarious the last few days to see the UK press get themselves worked up because they might actually be forced to respect the law. What did they think they would get after the hacking scandal inquiry ? A "don't do it again" ? It's been clearly proven that they can't be trusted to regulate themselves.

This is a total non-story designed to scare the UK underclasses.

Comment Re:You get what you pay for (Score 1) 131

Not all Free software is open source and not all open source is free. It seems to me that your only concern is that the software is free; that's how you phrased it.

Yes, I think if your company uses open source software then you should try to give something back because you are a commercial user and you are no doubt saving a bundle of money.

Comment You get what you pay for (Score 1) 131

"I am trying to set up a surveillance system ... from the fixed cameras around our facility"

I see, so when you say Open Source what you really mean is Free because this has nothing to do with using and contributing something back. Otherwise you would have said so.

For example, you could donate to the programmers who make the software that you decide to use. You could have an interesting custom requirement that you could make a module for and release as OSS. Or you could find and fix bugs or documentation for some existing package. Why don't you offer to do something like that in your question ?

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