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Comment Don't blame the users (Score 3, Interesting) 103

It's the vendors. Now we might be outliers, but everybody in my family installs patches whenever they come in. Maybe not immediately but at least later that day, i.e., when we're home and can be sure the phone is fully charged and maybe using WiFi if it looks like there's a lot of patches. When we were using Verizon, our phones were always getting version N when all the news and buzz was all about the newly released version N+1. When we switched carriers, Verizon still had our phones running the previous version of Android.

Comment If you can't rip people off in the theater... (Score 1) 128

...rip 'em off in the home.

A few stories down in my browser is a story about how 18-24 year-olds aren't going to the theater. Why, oh, why would anybody balking at spending $10+/seat in a theater be happy to cough up $30 to watch the same movie in their home?

If that's the best that Hollywood executives can come up with as an answer to a problem of declining box office receipts, then there needs to be a mass housecleaning of the people running the studios. Apparently those currently residing in the boardrooms... Just. Don't. Get. It.

Comment Re:A ribbon clone? (Score 1) 224

``It's an OPTION. Apparently one of FOUR possible ways to organize your UI. If you don't want it, don't use it.''

Yeah, I get that (though it wasn't mentioned in the original article; you had to follow links in that article to learn that). One would hope that that menu selection is modular in that, by selecting one of those four options, you were only loading the desired interface and eliminating the memory demands for the three unused options. I rather doubt that's the case, though. The somewhat older version of LO I'm using now is a memory pig as it is.

Comment Re:Sure sure but does it still crash? (Score 1) 224

Yeah, it only occasionally crashes. The bad thing about that is that, when Writer goes and crashes, it seems to want to take down the spreadsheet I have opened on a different virtual desktop--or any other LO component I have running. Sure, there's likely some memory savings by having Writer and Calc sharing some code but there's something just wrong about a Writer snafu taking down the whole LO environment.

Comment Re:A ribbon clone? (Score 1) 224

Sorry. I did but I didn't see the words "option" or "optional" anywhere in the article where the ribbon was being mentioned. It was mentioned as optional in a linked page, though. No, I didn't watch the damned video.

If it's optional, then fine. My big feature request would be to reduce the time it takes for Writer to become usable--which takes around ten seconds on my desktop system. I'm hoping that's part of this release and, frankly, I'd rather they work on things like that instead of "features" that were widely reviled by users when introduced by MS--and still are by many. Slavishly mimicking Word's bloat ain't all that interesting.

Comment A ribbon clone? (Score 4, Insightful) 224

Was there serious demand for this? I suspect one of the features that many -- if not most -- users of LibreOffice enjoyed was that it didn't have the damned ribbon.

I do more writing using Emacs/LaTeX than I do with any word processor but when I do need to create a Word-compatible document I do resort to Writer (and save as ".doc"). Thanks guys for bringing the Office ribbon hassles to Writer. I'm sure everyone's tickled pink to now be able to experience Word's ribbon headaches on Linux.

Comment Make sense when you think about it. (Score 1) 47

Without even having read the article yet (looking forward to it though), it makes complete sense for this to be the case. If the brain didn't continue to grow and adapt this way, you'd have a tough time recognizing someone's face after a few years. Who hasn't gone to a reunion or some other social event and recognized someone that you hadn't seen in years, even decades?

Comment Now if only... (Score 1) 192

... there was actually content that actually needed 8K resolution. Is it possible that watching `Two Broke Girls" or `Kevin Can Wait' in 8K will actually make them enjoyable. Maybe having the laugh track accurately positioned in three dimensions will be the must-have feature that makes the new HDMI spec worth the extra money. (Too cynical?)

Comment Yeah, they're slow but... (Score 1) 766

... not all of the blame lies with the browsers. My theory is that there must be some really poor code libraries that have gained a wide acceptance in the web designer community.

In a slightly off-topic vein but related to the browsing "experience": a major pet peeve of mine is web designers' failure to use the image size information to preallocate space on the page. Depending on the site and how busy it is, it can take as long as ten seconds for the page to finally quit re-rendering after every image dribbles in. "Behold our graphics-rich page layout! Isn't it impressive and worthy of an award? Oh, you wanted to read the content? We never took that into account." This is just laziness. The way to avoid this has been around since the Netscape days and is nicely described in O'Reilly's original HTML text.

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