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3028 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

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Re: meh

"asking a small or medium sized businesses to write its own office code is daft."

OH FFS! Who ever said they have to write it?

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"Yes, we are all programmers"

No we are not. Why does everyone get so obsessed with code? Where did I say that you and only you must write the code and the only thing you are allowed to do is write the code?

You want to know what a massive help to a F/OSS project is? Reading the docs and checking for spelling mistakes, confusing structure, translating etc. Basic stuff that requires no knowledge of code.

Wanting everything for free and providing no contribution back is what harms F/OSS.

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Re: meh

"If it does not have the features needed everyone says "write it yourself." "

If you read what I wrote, you'll see that I offered many option. Here's a question:

1) How much did LibreOffice cost you?

2) How much did the support contract cost you?

3) How much is that feature worth to you?

"A small business cannot do this"

Yes it can. See the money it pays for licenses and support contracts....guess where some of that could go?

"Open source needs to address this"

If does. It's call "People who want features in free/open source help get those features put in."

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Re: meh

"Still no Draft view (bug 39080)."

Then write the 39080 patch, or hire someone to write it, or sponsor the project, or write the specs, or help with the testing, or the docs, or....

It's your project too, y'know.

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Re: Slowly closing the gap with Microsoft Office?

"And the only thing I really need Photoshop for is CMYK image support."

Then write the CMYK support, or hire someone to write it, or sponsor the project, or write the specs, or help with the testing, or the docs, or....

That is, of course, assuming you have the time/resources/money.

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Re: Slowly closing the gap with Microsoft Office?

LibreOffice and GIMP do do "real work" and one will find them excellent products. The toolchains are slightly different, but this is not a problem if you are only using one and either product is capable of matching their proprietary versions.

What people often forget when they say "You should use X instead of Y" is that "close enough" in file handling is simply not good enough in many cases. The fact that GIMP can read a Photoshop filse is of no use to a profession unless 100% fidelity is guaranteed. Gradients rendered the exact same way, layer and filters applied the exact same way etc.

But one stated out using GIMP, you can apply the same argument to Photoshop; it must render your GIMP files the exact same way otherwise Photoshop is useless to you.

So it really is more of a question on which one you start out with - for that choice is your lock-in and that is why you should choose freedom (if possible).

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The Register: Our all-new app now available for Android

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This

Other than off-line access, I don't see the point of separate apps for web sites.

And my browser has tabbing, so no need to keep closing and opening apps all the time.

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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Re: "pillow biting"

"Just because you and others in this thread are ignorant of the term's pejorative use"

Language changes and given the various...augmentations now available, such an action does not have to be the preserve of the homosexual male.

If you genuinely feel it is homophobic and offensive, send the author a message asking them to remove it.

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Re: Why the love for all the US aircraft?

In 50years it will be solar-powered AI drones getting dropped for lighter-than air floating battle stations.

Or something.

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Re: "pillow biting"

"Homophobic"? Please explain.

I view it more about the MoD being the submissive in this BDSM relationship.

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Re: The question is, what can we do about it?

None. The private companies now have your money, the MPs will have their kick-back and the top brass will have their nice directorships; so everyone who matters is happy.

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Re: Why the love for all the US aircraft?

At a guess: cheap, understood, parts are plentiful, range and you can fire 'em off a carrier.

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Eh?

Modular ship design is, well, modular. OK, it's not "Lego"(tm) brick modular, but it's still easier than building a new ship. Was it really beyond their with to have the deck built with the channels/room underneath (plated, obviously) so that at some future date the ship could be more easily retrofitted?

Also, why wasn't the feckin' thing nuclear? "Err, can we delay the war? We have to refuel the carrier. Again. And Italy is getting pissed off about having to refuel all our Typhoons while the carrier is at the petrol station."

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BSkyB to flick switch on network-level smut-'n'-violence filters

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Re: OpenDNS

Nice idea, but on some OSs you can't modify/check the DNS; so you have no guarantee where they'd actually go (Android is one example - no way to check the DNS that I can see; pisses me off as I have a DNS cache with filtering already enabled).

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Deep breath...

It is not the job of the state, an ISP or any third part to control what children see. It is the job of the parents/guardian. About the only exception to that rule are folks you would class as "temporary guardians", i.e. teachers.

That's it. No one else. End of.

Sky, the state etc can all offer advice and tools; sure, that's fine. But they should not ever decide what I (or anyone else) can and cannot see.

Dear god. I have to put up with that "Enter PIN" crap to what recorded telly because some raging ass-hat doesn't understand that parents/guardians are 100% liable for their children's safety.

Parental controls are easily installable at the home network level. If a parent can't do that, find someone who can.

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HP jumps on Chromebook bandwagon with 14-incher

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SecureBoot

Can new keys be added, or SecureBoot at least disabled?

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Under cap-and-trade, flying is greener than taking the bus

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Working as planned

Carbon-trading, ETS etc were only ever a scam to make money. They had nothing whatsoever to do with reducing emissions (except to allow for PR puffery claiming same), changing people's habits or protecting our environment.

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Introducing the Open Source Rookie of the Year... Whoa, it's Microsoft

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Re: Obvious troll is obvious.

"Apple is a big-time [abuser] of open source"

Fixed that for you.

Just ask BSD.

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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How's that for quick?

And the fix is landing.

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Microsoft dev tools to add Linux-style source code versioning

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Re: VS2012

Probably a blip caused by their GPL-violating Hyper-V code finally be considered fit for purpose.

And yes, MS do hate GNU/Linux (and freedom). Hence the continual patent threats, half-released reports and other underhand tactics.

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Re: Microsoft using Git!

"MS have been pretty good about their open source use for quite some time."

Ah, no. They were caught violating the GPL with their hypervisor code. It was only the threat of legal action that got them to behave.

They have attacked LiMux with their half-released, headline-grabbing-but-no-one-is-allowed-to-read-it-fully report from "independent" HP. (What has been released is such a crock that it would be hilarious if the headlines hadn't already done damage)

Embrace, Extend, Extinguish. MS should never be trusted and I think the call to have the FSF monitor them closely is the correct one.

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Google donates 15,000 Raspberry Pis to UK schools

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@Code Monkey - Re: Google Doing Good Things

Google pay the tax that is due (if you have evidence of evasion, I suggest you submit it).

If you don't like Google's tax structure, write to your MP and urge them to change it.

The scandalously low taxes being paid is the fault of MPs, no on else.

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Microsoft's Dell billions have Windows 8 strings attached

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Death of Project Sputnik then?

MS will not tolerate any competition. I envisage Dell being instructed to desist in its penguin fondling.

And the enforced monopoly rolls on.

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Zuck on it, Google: 'Public' Facebook events are dead to you

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Two teir Internet

There is the Internet, where public is "public".

Then there is the Faceberk network which runs atop the Internet and is only visible to self-confessed Faceberkers.

Personally I think this is a good thing. The less normal people have to put up with the vacuous, self-absorbed Faceberkers the better.

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Huddled immigrant masses face 'British values' quiz

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Re: Questions Questions

Ah, spoken like a true xenophobe. Yes, let's eject all the foreigners. The Saxons and Angles can get stuffed for a start. Oh wait, they're white aren't they? Silly me.

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Oh FFS

I've looked at this test in the past and really, the questions are ludicrous. Three basic questions are all that's really needed:

1) Are you a prat?

2) Do you understand common manners (please, thank you etc)?

3) Are you a good neighbour (not leaving trash around etc)?

Bonus

4) Does your culture have a celebration on a date we're not using and can we adopt it for a party?

Seriously...people are people and whilst there can be some cultural tensions, reasonable people will sit down and sort it out. Hence question 1).

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Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 INTO BOOZE

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Re: Hmm...

Hydrogen is a sod to handle. Ethanol (for example) can be safely carried in a bottle.

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Hmm...

...a wind turbine should be able to exceed 0.2% efficiency.

Could that be harnessed via this gizmo to produce methanol/ethanol/something?

Because then the turbine could be attached to a storage device and a generator of some description (or even pump the product to a different facility).

Thus wind over-production (when/if that ever happens) can be chemically stored in a means we are already familiar with.

Why do I have a nasty feeling the loses will be huge?

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Sympathetic Scots scoff-house offers hard-up Apple fanbois a discount

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Apple tax?

There is no such thing. You are free to not but Apple.

There is, however, a MS tax which applies to pretty much all-non Apple devices (even Android).

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No UK date, no biz disties: Will Microsoft cock-up the Surface Pro too?

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Re: @The BigYin

I know - I'm not sure what is up with lappy screens these days. I don't really care about "retina display". Just not-shit would be nice.

Other options are available.

I didn't clock the Surface's resolution. Thanks for pointing it out.

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"With 1920 x 1080 resolution? Where where where?!"

Nowhere. And even 1920x1080 sucks donkey scrotum. 1920x1200 is what we want. At least, it's what I want.

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From http://pcspecialist.co.uk

I swear blind that one of the Ultranote's was coming in at £680 when I looked earlier on.

Maybe I took the pre-vat price or something by mistake. Can get them configured for about £720.

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I can get a Core i7, 16GB, 128GB SSD ultrabook with Win8 for less that £700. Why do I want his Surface Pro bollocks?

That's MS's problem right there.

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EU-wide mega-Leveson 'needed' to silence Press, bloggers

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Re: I'm not one to post general abuse...

Well what I meant (as per my example) was a simple opinion. I thought Les Mes was poor. I don't really have to justify it beyond "I didn't like it". It's not defamatory at all, nor should I be prevented from stating it.

And yes, I am aware that the criteria for "hate speech" could be stretched to cover just about anything. But it's not like we are going to have to back-up every single little thing we say with verifiable facts; is it? And even facts can be open to interpretation.

For the avoidance of doubt: I don't like the proposal and I think the UK already has more than enough laws to cover defamation, libel etc. And the international tourism we are seeing in our courts is testament to that.

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Re: I'm not one to post general abuse...

You don't need to prove anything if stating an opinion. So long as you don't stray into hate-speech or incitement of some.

"Les Miserables was a bad movie"

HALT CITIZEN! TO HOW MANY DECIMAL PLACES WAS LES MISERABLES A BAD MOVIE?

"Err...what?"

Not going to happen.

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A united Europe is a good idea

The EU, however, is a cesspit of corruption and dubious accounting which lacks transparency, due process or any kind of public oversight at all.

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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Re: Surface heavily panned for dumbness

Commercially sponsored astroturfer is my guess.

AKA a shill.

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$999 is £770-ish (including taxes; no keyboard) add the keyboard and the device weighs in at a smidge under £900 (again with taxes included).

The ASUS Transformer Infinity (with keyboard) is around £715, but the Surface Pro has more juice.

A similarly spec'd Clevo would come it at £750-ish; but it's hard to get a like-for-like match.

For comparison, a Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is £940 with 128GB SSD, but a lower res screen.

So all in all, whilst it might be towards the high-side, the price isn't too bad for a mid range, enterprise ultrabook (which is what this is).

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The Surface Pro is coming!

And the entire planet struggles to give a fuck.

Although...it might be nice to install GNU/Linux on to it (assuming drivers can be found) as the design of the hardware (if not the specs) is pretty nice. Being x86 based, it must be possible by MS's diktat to disable SecureBoot/add keys.

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Another new asteroid-mining firm: 'First commercial space fleet'

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Terminator

In space, there is no tax

Company launches robot mining droids into space.

Mines an nice bit of iron.

Government demands tax on profit from selling iron.

Company points out that they can, at will, drop that iron from orbit on top of the capital city ("Project Thor" style).

Government whimpers and offers them knighthoods instead.

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Longest-standing bug?

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Re: Year 1900 Compliance

C'mon, Excel still can't be made to read certain date formats out of a CSV.

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Oz library finds Lance Armstrong books a new home: The fiction section

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Can someone please enlighten me

Lance Armstrong was a drugs cheat. We know this now.

But wasn't almost every other top-flight racer in his time also a drugs cheat? Wasn't the problem actually systemic rather than just a few rouges?

Are drugs still rife in cycling? I assume they are, but I genuinely don't know.

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Cryptome escapes Thales' attack dogs in bank security row

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Re: I remember my Java and Linux friends spouting that junk too.

No system can be 100% secure indefinitely as over time a "secure" system will become insecure due technology progressing. So let's take "secure" to mean "invulnerable to the best-effort attempt available at the moment".

Ben Tasker gets closer to what I meant. I wasn't talking about F/OSS as such, just that security by obscurity is useless. It's useless because the user (i.e. the customer) is unaware what vulnerabilities exist and is thus unable to mitigate them.

Let's take a more mundane example. Your front door probably has a Yale-style lock. It is "secure"? As in, is it anti-bump, anti-snap, anti-pick and anti-drill? How do you actually know? From the packaging? Or from details on how the lock works and its design?

The former is security by obscurity, the latter is full disclosure. For example, anti-snap can have the weakening cur from the top to the bottom, or the bottom to the top. One of these designs is almost certainly worthless, the other is better; which is which? How can you know unless the details of how ant-snap locks work is in the public domain?

Now let's come back to Thales. If we know all the details on how the Thales system works, based on our knowledge of good security design and procedures which should all be in the public domain we can maybe say "I know how this lock/system works, and I am satisfied that when it engages it will remain secure". It also allows us to take mitigating actions should a vulnerability exist. Or you just believe the hype (*cough*Medeco*cough*). Luckily you can find out all about this (at the moment). Imagine how things would be if only the bad guys knew? And only the bad guys would know because the good guys would be too scared to discuss it in case they ended up in jail.

Oh and something else to consider, if you are relying on the packaging of your locks, your insurance might be invalid (even if it claims to meet the correct standards); so that £15 lock you just got from the DIY store might end up costing you an awful lot more.

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If the system is secure...

...then even after all the details have been explained, once the locks engage it will remain secure.

If your system is relying on security by obscurity, then your system is insecure.

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McDonalds burger app gives it to you straight from the horse's mouth

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Yay!

Now the UK can eat its way, horse free, to obesity, diabetes and an early grave.

I feel so safe!

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Dotcom's Mega to launch with mini call centre

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Re: I'm not to sure...

If you trust any free public cloud service, you are an idiot.

Encrypt first, encrypt last, encrypt always.

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Swartz prosecutor: We only pushed for 'six months' in the cooler

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Appropriate?

Even though JSTOR had no interest in pursuing the matter?

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US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash

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Re: Buy local

"oh come on...*nobody* is proud to pay tax. Everyone resents it."

Newsflash - some people don't mind paying. I enjoy having roads, the NHS etc. Makes life that much easier. I am quite happy to pay my fair share (we can argue about "fair" if you like).

The thing I resent is our MPs spunking my cash into their pals' wallets through tax-avoiding PFI deals. All PFI deals need to stop. Now.

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Re: Buy local

Protectionism? Who ever mentioned that?

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Capgemini staffers evacuated by cops after London helicopter crash

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Re: Oh nos!

There was a curious BBC news item about how helicopters didn't have radar and the pilot had to rely n what they could see (hence why the fog was such a problem). Thing is, I didn't think any commercial aircraft had active radar these days - am I wrong in thinking that?

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