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Comment Re:Impress presentation (Score 1) 224

Thanks for the recommendation, but typing this out seems to be a lot more tedious that copy/pasting an image.

\begin{frame}{Example of columns 2}
          \begin{columns}[T] % contents are top vertically aligned
          \begin{column}[T]{5cm} % each column can also be its own environment
          Contents of first column \\ split into two lines
          \begin{column}[T]{5cm} % alternative top-align that's better for graphics

I am a slave to copy and paste, which locks me into a GUI program. Also, there no way to go from PPTX (provided by others) to beamer:

  I tried working with the xml structure of the OpenDocument Format and it is similarly tedious. I guess I should create my own :)

Comment Impress presentation (Score 1) 224

I have been using the presentation in LibreOffice on my various macbooks for over 7 years and you know what it has only gotten worse. Sure they change user interface, but not really much else. Minimal bug fixes, but no improvements to performance.

It crashes so often, in order to turn my slides into PDF file, I not only break up my presentations into small files, but I wrote a shell script to keep trying the conversion until LibreOffice manages to not crash.

Serious question, is there a latex-like tool for making presentations. I mainly work with jpeg, png and text (LibreOffice is not kind to movie viewing). Bonus if I can click the mouse to have a pop up text window display. I really want something low latency that allows me to manipulate slides in an efficient manner.

Comment Re:New study rediscovers old knowledge (Score 2) 290

I agree. It is good that it is getting a headline, but this is in textbooks.

An average lab mouse lives about 2 years, I think the record as of Feb 2016 is about 4.5 years, so we seem to be making progress.

More interesting are the nematode C. elegans, thanks to its short lifespan of 2-3 weeks. The record lifespan appears to be 8 weeks.


Comment Crazy drivers (Score 1) 239

I see the amazon white vans everywhere in Chicago area. Generic white van with magnetic amazon logo on the side. They ones I have seen drive like maniacs, really fast through narrow parking lots. I just assumed they hired in a similar manner to uber, i.e. , anyone with a drivers license can be a delivery truck.

Comment Re:That's six too many (Score 1) 74

I will concede that the major anonymouns coins: dash (formerly dark coin and the topic of this story), monero, and counterparty have shot up in price significantly over the past month, during a period where bitcoin has been mostly flat or fallen in value. I am not sure what is driving the increased price/market cap, but I assume the dark net is involved.

Comment Re: Old price is the problem. (Score 1) 472

I am curious what do the students use the computers for? At my small college department ALL of the Desktops in the student tutoring room are barely used, because students bring their own laptops.

What is the reason for the discrepancy? Is it spec based (they are faster), curriculum based (teachers train on the pcs), or familiarity based (linux would be used even less)? Thanks just curious.

Comment Re: Office Compatibility (Score 4, Insightful) 103

If you look at the official release notes impress/presentation is always an afterthought. (Why the hell does slashdot link to a random softpedia article?) This is true for every release. I wish we could get some development/love on impress. I use it for all of my class lectures.

The auto size text to box was broken so long that after 3 years , I had enough and spent a week learning the code so I could fix it. Which ended up adding only a single line of code.

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