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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

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Re: Not available

" It takes 23 seconds on average for Writer to start on my desktop machine"

Well as I mentioned below on this laptop,OpenSUSE 13.1, LO 4.1.6.2 500GB HD i7 it take (at the most) 2 secs from clicking the icon to Writer open with a cursor. .

In fact it takes 2 secs to load Calc and my finance spreadsheet and that's via WiFi from my fileserver

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Re: ODF?

"Unfortunately, the use of ODF for engaging with HMG is bobbins. All of my customers require files sent in .doc/.xls format for tender responses or any other formal engagements."

Glad you joined today to let us know about that. /cynical-moi ?

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Re: Not available

" in the shops and then the bargain bin before Writer has even opened."

Congratulations on your phenomenal productivity - you put us all to shame !

It takes me 2 seconds to have Writer ready so you obviously pack a lot in a day. ( Mind I'm running it on Linux )

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The UK IS better than Europe, FACT! (at implementing cybersecurity measures)

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Re: "All Europe"...

"Last time I checked, the continent still extends past Moscow, and well past Istanbul."

Not quite that simple. Some countries are 'transcontinental' like the Russian Fed. & Turkey. The demarcation line for Turkey for example is the Bosporus and Dardanelles. So Istanbul is in Europe but most of Turkey is in Asia.

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

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Re: Oh dear, VW got caught.

"don't do it when revved while stationary in a test station"

They don't need to use much fuel to rev to max when they're not under load. The situation is quite different if you accelerate hard on the open road esp. from low revs.

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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Re: I'll raise a glass to eccentricity

@Michael H.F. Wilkinson

I seem to remember there was a publication "Journal of Irreproducible Results" where the title font tailed off into a wastebin. You seem to be the sort of chap that might remember it.

This ball wouldn't qualify, of course, as no-one is likely to try to reproduce it ! It also gives a whole new meaning to paint-balling of course.

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

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Re: Finally hired someone who knows good software

" the Windows network stack significantly outperforms off the shelf Linux "

Ahahah !

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Re: I for one welcome our new Redmond overlords...

"Perhaps looking at things 'the Redmond way' could help a few of these issues."

I really don't think so as they really don't exist !

" user since the mid 90s"

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Let's NUKE MARS to make it more like home says Elon Musk

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Re: Greenhouse gas

"Plants don't. They need CO2 and water (plus the minerals for growing). Plants will PRODUCE oxygen."

Plants do need oxygen - it's just that in sunlight and CO2 they produce more oxygen than they need. When it's dark they are a net consumer of oxygen. Plants do need oxygen to survive.

http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=760

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Re: Carbon Dioxide

"'ve seen something, somewhere, about how to solve that part...

... Oh, I remember, they call them "plants"..."

Well oddly enough I'm a physical scientist and I've come across them - well at least on Earth where they have a reasonable supply of carbon dioxide and oxygen.

Problem on Mars is the high percentage of carbon dioxide still represents a pitifully small amount due to the very low atmospheric pressure and there's very little oxygen which plants need as well. Now I'm not a botanist so I can't tell you if current plants will grow under such conditions but I'd bet it's not too likely.

Oh I wonder who might know ? Maybe NASA

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2005/mars_plants.html

"The plants would probably be housed in a greenhouse on a Martian base, because no known forms of life can survive direct exposure to the Martian surface, with its extremely cold, thin air and sterilizing radiation. Even then, conditions in a Martian greenhouse would be beyond what ordinary plants could stand. During the day, the plants would have to endure high levels of solar ultraviolet radiation, because the thin Martian atmosphere has no ozone to block it like the Earth's atmosphere does. At night, temperatures would drop well below freezing. Also, the Martian soil is poor in the mineral nutrients necessary for plants to thrive."

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Re: Greenhouse gas

"you need more CO2"

It's already got 95%+ how are you going to keep anymore there !! Will existing plants grow in 95%+ CO2 ? They also need oxygen

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Re: Greenhouse gas

"The polar ice caps contain lots of frozen carbon dioxide, that is why."

So ? The last thing the Martian atmosphere needs is more carbon dioxide as it's already >95% such

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"would likely be a planet with even less water"

The other 'small' problem is the almost total lack of oxygen and the very large amount (>95%) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere already.

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Intel's 6th gen processors rock – but won't revive PC markets

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Re: Too many processors will confuse the market

"Offering just the fastest processor and the lowest power processor in each i3,i5,i7 sector is all we need."

But as you point out these are just selected bins so what would they do with the rest ?

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Half the Fanbois in your office are unpatched ATTACK VECTORS

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Re: In other news

"At El Reg the glass is ALWAYS half empty."

And what's left in it is vitriol !

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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

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Re: I bought windows 7 retail

"Seeing as competing Open Source OS distributions generally have far more known vulnerabilities that on average take longer to patch (more days at risk) than with Windows "

You must have been listening to that AC chap - now what was his name ?

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Re: Don't ya just hate it when...

"'ve hated Linux for as long as I can remember."

At the risk of opening a very large can of very spiky worms - why ? It's an OS - it has faults but if it can enable you to do all you want what's the problem ? If it can't don't change.

For me the advantages massively outweight any disadvantages -in fact I can't think of any disadvantages for me

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Re: FSF recommended distros

"The URL you've given results in a 404 error. Please try again. Thanks."

Works for me ~0700 BST

On the other hand it's a very odd, limited list

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Batteries on wheels are about to reshape our cities and lives

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Re: Batteries?

"Longer journeys might need to be in some kind of relay where you swap taxis."

Ah, the return of the coaching inn

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"Already, you can buy a Ford that parallel parks"

Well we've owned two by VW for 6/3 years that will do auto-parking. No doubt other manufacturers vehicles are available.

Never used the auto-parking though !

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Ubuntu Wily gaggle builds 15.10 beta beachhead

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Re: Fool me once...

"Fool me once... "

As usual posting as A/C ( without any reason) tends to remove any serious credibility from your post.

In my experience KDE uses more resources than other Linux desktops but it's still quick even on modest hardware unless all the (large number) of mostly trivial effects are enabled.

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Microsoft's 'successful' Nokia slurp kills off Lumia photo apps

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"Because I will happily lay down real money that at least 80% of those self-proclaimed penguinistas are using Windows 8.n and have never owned a linux box in their lives. It's pretty easy to spot them if you've been using a linux distro since 1998 or before."

What ?

(Linux since the mid-90s, exclusively since ~2007)

Posted using Firefox 40.0.3, OpenSUSE 13.1

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Photoshop for 40 quid: Affinity Photo pushes pixels further than most

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Re: £40 too expensive...

"From the Affinity web site: Built exclusively for Mac"

Should have read the thread - it was about Darktable !

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Re: £40 too expensive...

"Thanks for the recommendation for dark table"

Powerful and has many modules for image processing. I esp. like the profiled denoise if I have to boost the exposure by a large amount due to considerable underexposure.although I generally use a lot less than the default setting. Depending on the model/lens it might not be found in the lens correction module but that uses an external database. The shadows/highlight module is also very useful.

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Re: £40 too expensive...

Also available for Solaris and FreeBSD

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Re: £40 too expensive...

"£40 too expensive... "

Darktable for Mac & Linux if you need RAW photo processing and manipulation - free & excellent.

http://www.darktable.org

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Is 'MetaPod': a) a Pokemon; b) servers running OpenStack?

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"that “sounds like a respiratory disease”."

or

"that “sounds like a respiratory disease with the last letter wrong ”. or "that “sounds like a respiratory cisease”. Oh good grief !

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Windows 10 grabbed about five per cent market share in August

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Re: So What!

I've just updated Lazarus from 1.0.10 to 1.4.2

OpenSUSE software center website (http://software.opensuse.org)

Search for Lazarus, choose distro, 13.1 in this case, - choose 1.4.2 and press 1-click install. A few clicks and root password and it's done ( after a modest download time - it's quite big)

Note : The root password is for the local client GUI installer not the website

I'm sure you know the pitfalls of blindly installing software outside of the distro environment. Most people should be very conservative.

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Re: Linux on Desktop ? Let me see...

"Of course I don't, since when posting on Register required any knowledge ?"

It doesn't but ignorance shines through every time

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Re: Linux on Desktop ? Let me see...

" nothing changed in last ~20 years, still good enough to run browser but that's about it."

I see you are someone who knows nothing about it.

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Re: So What!

"buy into the fact that opening a terminal window for anything other than once in a blue moon disaster"

So don't use such a distro. Although I'm perfectly happy with the command line I use OpenSUSE so don't need to use the command line on a regular basis except where I've written CLI only programs and even then I usually wrap them up in a launchable icon form for regular use.

All system admin/program installs/updates via GUI (Yast2/Config desktop)

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Popcorn time at Popcorn Time: More vid slurpers hauled into court

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Re: What are they trying to do

"Possession of a burglary tool or theft device is a Class A misdemeanor."

I confess to being the owner of a crowbar !

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Space paparazzo captures bipolar butterfly

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Just a bit worried that if a butterfly flapping its wings can cause a hurricane what this devil might get up to.

Great pic though.

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Re: Plasma Spewing

"How is that energy concentrated around the black hole, a giant energy sucking beast?"

Try : http://www.space.com/5285-powerful-black-hole-jet-explained.html

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Re: Plasma Spewing

"I think scientific theory has a long way to go on the black hole subject."

It said by a black hole not from a black hole

"Astronomers have witnessed two big blobs of plasma, shot into space by a black hole"

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Windows 10 market share growth slows to just ten per cent

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Re: 99% of users don't know/care/have a choice

"I see. You say they don't know, and you're right."

That what I get for assuming that intelligent people can understand that some percent don't know about Linux, some don''t care - they're happy with what they have (?) and some are using company machines that are tied down.

The latter will be the case for a good percent - for example I had a company desktop - that had to have the company standard build of Windows - my department (spread over a number of sites in a number of countries ) needed Linux as we were moving from SGI and all our extremely expensive scientific software only ran on Unix-like OSs - so we had 2 machines, a Windows machine for the corporate email / Office and a big Linux workstation for the hard stuff.

I don't know what point you are trying to make - plenty of people know about Macs, Linux and esp. iPads and Android. Yet you didn't know you could get x86 Android

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Re: We must obviously agree to disagree

"then you tell me why Linux is not on 99% of PCs."

Simple 99% of users don't know/care/have a choice. That 1-2% chose to replace/dualboot/build their own is still a major testament to Linux not evidence for its potential.

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Re: How delightful

" and how many people know how to make a bootable USB key, apart from your friends ?"

Those that can Google ?. You can do it from Windows as well as Linux

e.g. https://en.opensuse.org/Live_USB_stick

BTW the common users ( your words not mine) buy their computers with Windows ( unfortunately) already installed although, personally I know as many people with Macs as I do with Windows.

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"Android runs on a PC ? That's news to me."

http://techposts.org/how-to-install-android-x86-5-0-2-on-usb-drive/

http://techposts.org/install-android-5-0-2-lollipop-on-pc-and-laptops-with-windows-linux-and-mac-os/

I certainly tried out Android x86 several years ago on a VM under Linux. Yep, still have it Android x86 4.0 for eeepc.iso ~180MB

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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Re: Windows -> Linux

"Photoshop?

TurboTax? Quickbooks? Quicken?"

Like all things - if you really, really* need them stick with Windows. It's not obligatory to move to Linux. However in my experience (I've used Linux since the mid-90s and abandoned Windows ~2006) there are plenty of alternatives for what I need as I mentioned earlier. In any case all the scientific software I use was written for Unix/Linux or Mac and easily ported

*From past experience many people say they need Word when they want to just write a letter, or Photoshop to shrink a photo or adjust curves.

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Re: Basically

"But wasting keyboard strokes to chastise the Linux tribe is like throwing pennies into a pond for the blind. They hear the splash, but they'll never figure it out."

I'm glad you joined The Register today to be so abusive. Hope you feel better and that your eyesight never fades.

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Re: Windows -> Linux

"Windows -> Linux "

Vast topic to reply to :

My most used programs (for non-scientific uses)

Video editing - kdenlive

Raw photo developing and manipulation - Darktable

E-mail - Thunderbird

Browser - Firefox

Vector drawing - Inkscape

Web page creation - SeaMonkey

Media - Vlc & GNOME Mplayer

WP/Spreadsheet - LibreOffice

PIC programming - MPLABX (runs perfectly under Wine)

Editor - KWrite.

File Manager - Dolphin

Photo viewer - Gwenview

Others - Google Earth, Skype, get_iplayer, motion (web-cam motion capture), minidnla (media server), Yast for system admin. Samba, NFSD for my file server, Cups for print serving

I'm rather puzzled about your utility program requirements. Usually there are so many programs to perform a task that finding one that suits is the problem not lack.

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Re: Mint is the way?

"Last time I updated it, GIMP doesn't do 16-bit colour"

I don't use GIMP much but I do use Linux for photography as well as everything else. There are other programs - in particular Darktable is a truly excellent RAW processor and general photo manipulation tool. In almost all cases it's the only tool I use to process photos from my 6D & 550D Canons. It's quite heavy on memory as it manipulates images at very high precision. It will if required output TIFFs at 32 bit or 16/8 bit. It also supports tethered shooting which might be quite useful for astro.(what do I know )

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darktable

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

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Re: Earth to Microsoft

"So I don't do weather forecasting or anything else highly technical"

But if you did you'd mostly be using a Unix or Linux . :

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240151055/Met-Office-says-open-source-is-backbone-of-operations

"Speaking at the Open Gov Summit, Mallin said the agency has used Linux for 10 years.

He said most of the Met Office's website runs on open source, with some proprietary software, such as an Oracle database.

Mallin said the Met Office used IBM’s AIX proprietary operating system on its supercomputers, but was running Python internally for programs, with Red Hat also running on its IBM mainframes.

“The desktops are also a mixed economy, we have 1,800 people working at the Met Office and 1,300 have Windows. But 500 of our scientists use Red Hat, as they find it a faster way of doing things.”"

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Re: Earth to Microsoft

" because if you've heard of Linux you're an 'advanced user' and if you actually know how to use it you're a computing genius."

What !

~~1-2% of users use Linux -that's a lot of 'computing geniuses' indeed I guess it doesn't leave many for other OSs.

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Snowball spud gun shows comets could have seeded Earth with life

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"The problem I have with the Panspermia theory is that it violates Occam's razor."

Occam's razor isn't an absolute. It certainly can be wrong

I prefer Einstein's version which is (roughly) " Everything in science should be as simple as possible consistent with the facts but no simpler"

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Put it away: Dwarf's 'supermassive' marvel is actually smallest thing boffins have ever seen

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Re: moiety

"A mass with a Schwarzchild radius of 443 metres would be c.0.15 solar masses, not 50,000."

Certainly the calculator at :-

http://physics.unl.edu/~klee/flash_astro/bhole_sim010.swf

would agree with that

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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

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Re: First hand numbers, just in case

" I wonder why though a tiny amount of Linux desktops as a percentage isn't considered a fail when a similar percentage of windows mobiles in use was."

'Linux' isn't a single entity with an agenda, marketing budget, or desire to be a monopoly.

'Linux' doesn't in general come installed on hardware ( Android excepted)

'Linus' doesn't try to force itself on you.

People using Linux, in general, have chosen to. That is they've bought a computer without OS or dual-booted or deleted a Windows installation and put a Linux on.

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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"So, I guess it's a bit premature to be planning an "End of the Universe" party?"

But you know which venue to book for it - right ?

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: priorité à droite

"priorité à droite "

In countless thousands of miles driving through France this has never been any kind of problem. It's been phased out in so many places hat it only seems to occur in the centers of old towns and villages occasionally or very rural crossroads.

Driving in Paris is a very different matter !

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