48 posts • joined Monday 10th August 2009 15:29 GMT
Re: The Good and The Bad....
Like the Sarah Connor Chronicles? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0851851/
"To then say that the OO project has a nerve on the issue of OOXML just makes people wince and walk away."
I think I said that the guys on the forum had this view, I'm not sure that the whole project feels that way. And, don't get me wrong, that forum is THE place to go with other problems.
The guys at forum.openoffice.org are NOT devs (and continually have to remind people who want new thngs of this). They are incredibly useful if you are a LibreOffice/OpenOffice user with a problem UNLESS that problem involves Office Open XML (OOXML - Microsoft's *x file formats). Then you hit the nerve/blind spot of the forum. The party-line can be summarized as follows:
OOXML was developed by Microsoft to tick the boxes that large organisation want ticked when investing in Software that generates documents that they might actually want to read again 3 versions down the line.
ODF (Open Document Format - Open/LibreOffice and various other packages (mainly Linux)) ticks the same boxes.
OOXML is a badly documented "standard" that not even Microsoft use for their documents, so why should we struggle to support it.
The answer to that question is, of course, that in the real world, people save their stuff in the package's default format and send it to you regardless of whether or not you can read/write it back. You have to cope, because educating other people in other workplaces is completely impossible (see below). Personally, I save their docx documents as doc before I send it back. No-one's complained (noticed?)
(Aside: the organisation I work for changed briefly to openoffice.org for new PCs when they hit Microsoft Licensing problems. So the folk at the coal face had to adapt to OOo (never updated). Management "need" advanced tools like Excel so they updated to the latest versions of Microsoft office and gaily spray unreadable documents at their minions. Luckily they are generally not worth reading.)
Re: May well be time to jump to Firefox
It's a beta. it's not finished (i hope)
I was going to say that...
Re: Anybody working on superguns?
In Bob Shaw's "Tomorrow Lies in Ambush", the hero has a company using a huge gun (in Iceland IIRC) to put stuff in orbit.
Bob Shaw, sadly neglected and missed writer.
Re: Apparently, we are special
I'm a microbiologist who handles lab IT support. I've de-virused many home PCs, but nobody's ever asked me to process their throat (or other bit) swab...
Re: carry space
Thumbs down! Really.
What, just because I have a wheelchair, I don't get to criticise an electric car! Or do I not deserve one? Or is it just the whining you're objecting to?
I could understand not bothering to click anything, I'm aware that needing to carry a wheelchair is a specialised job, but thumbs down!!
"...Boffins have figured out that primates and dinosaurs did not co-exist..."
But, Rachel Welsh......
Re: Paper wins
"...Not one has ever failed..."
As I discovered to my cost (when I catalogued my book collection), those priceless Lionel Fanthorpe-penned novels published in the '50s were NOT printed on acid-free paper...
Re: So why isn't the Mayan civilisation still around?
The Mayans DID notice that the end of the World was nigh...and scarpered (didn't even thank us for the fish...)
No, I think @thomas k is correct here. The important piece of his statement is "if the work is not made available to purchase..."
If the original owners of the copyrighted work or their accredited agent are no longer interested in profiting from their work, then I see nothing wrong with it being made freely available so that others can still enjoy it. (NOT resell it for profit, that's not in the spirit of the thing.)
I'm thinking of out-of-print books and music here, but fill your own passion in.
"I was using Opera 5.something. I downloaded Firefox and tried it at work for a week before switching back again. It's nice and all, but Firefox has always been a bit of a bloater."
Firefox was slow as hell too, going back to Opera was a pleasure.
Re: Was it here?
It could have been. Where I work all USB ports are locked down and don't let you plug a stick into them unless it's an authorized encrypted one (like the supplied ones that crashed the PCs when they tried to run their setup program). When reps and visiting lecturers turn up with a USB stick, we just laugh... (then we dig out our non-networked laptop with the CD burner and burn a CD).
<aside>One visiting lecturer turned up with a USB stick, which when we finally (illegally) accessed the contents contained a .key file. Sigh. </aside>
Re: Help ma Boab!
Whit's wrang wi a Glasgae accent? Can yir mammy sew, ye bampot ye?
or you could...
...implement single signon like we have. It remembers all your passwords for you and types it in to your sensitive applications, even if you're not there (if you forget to lock your PC - like most people here). Abusive email to the Director - no problem, he won't even know it was you.
Maybe you wouldn't need to go into orbit if you can provide fast sub-orbital flights from UK to the real spaceports near the equator.
If I was Branson, I'd have one eye on that (and the other on my Arthur Clarke novel)....
Bandwagon jumping? Me?
I'd like to nominate, (only a week late and with no hope of making a difference) the worst SciFi film ever made -- Walt Disney's "The Black Hole". From the horribly portentous soundtrack to the cutesy robots...I'm speechless... I'll quote a review from IMDB
"...if the FX are exemplary, the flesh and blood on display are not. Each actor supplies their own black hole; empty, dark voids where there once was talent but now serve only to suck away all the life and energy surrounding it. A shame, since actors like Forster, Mimieux, Schell, Perkins and even Roddy McDowell (in voice only) have all done good deeds on film prior and since..."
"Poor Little Warrior!" Brian W. Aldiss 1958
That is all
I'm sure...@itzman. I'm sure that I've seen the sun shining on tower blocks. There's nothing intrinsically wrong about using multilevel growing areas except maybe the logistics involved in irrigation...
Forget the data fragility aspect for a minute...
Isn't guilty still guilty even if "...An appeal was lodged when it was discovered that only a partial record of the trial that led to Chaviano's conviction could be found..." . Different if they had OTHER grounds to appeal on, or am I missing something?
...luckily I have no need to cross the border...
....you pop up to Scotland...
(From where I live, it's up to Aberdeen, through to Perth, across to Glasgow and down to Edinburgh - oh, and in to Dundee)
Well, I used my alarm clock...
... to wake me up. Mind you, I don't own an iPhone, so I sleep in the same bed every night...
Deep Purple, Dundee Caird Hall, 1974
And what if your doctor's.....
out on the golf course, will he interrupt his 18 holes to fix your pacemaker wirelessly? I don't think so!!