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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Dr. Evil Re: Less paper and more collaboration (184 comments)

Most of my time in IT has been in fortune 500 companies, major consulting firms and banks. The new cubicles barely have filing cabinets. security issues and workforce mobility make paper strongly undesirable.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Dr. Evil Less paper and more collaboration (184 comments)

People don't need paper, so programs designed to format stuff for A4 or Letter are disappearing.

People need collaboration and sharing, so online tools are greatly helpful, and generally don't require the recipient to have $300 worth of software, and non guarantee that it will render correctly.

The office suite is changing. MS Office has some improvements in electronic documents through OneNote, and Outlook/Exchange are doing some good jobs in Mobile Device Management. Sharepoint is improving collaboration. But these combinations of corporate infrastructure and office suites are very business-oriented, and mostly helpful for data self-determination, not for the general public.

LibreOffice seems to be doing none of this, and Thunderbird seems to be in maintainence mode, as though local email and calendaring has been solved and won't be addressed anymore. That said, I appreciate that the LibreOffice is continually improving in its specific areas, and Thunderbird is mostly feature-complete.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Dr. Evil Re:You Will Be Surprised (870 comments)

Temporary fixes are all we've got. People don't tend to care beyond their working life, which gives most people a 30-40 year horizon.

Permanent fixes tend to come with severe corruption and tyrants. Even if they're well-meaning.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Dr. Evil Re:You Will Be Surprised (870 comments)

The economy seems to respond to increased availability of labour by reducing the pay for those who are working. The problem with this is that people work just as hard, but for less hourly.

The utopia of the reduced workweek will not come with people talking about how wonderful it is that they can spend more time with their families, it will come with strange goverment regulations like mandatory retirement, penalties for overtime, minimum wage, maximum workweeks, tax penalties on secondary incomes, etc. etc.

about three weeks ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Dr. Evil Re:Not sexism, but bitchiness (710 comments)

"so, when one women is "bitchy" to another, its wrong to use a pejorative, used exclusively for women?"

Yes.

about 1 month ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Dr. Evil Re:That's capitalism. (710 comments)

"You don't scream sexism and then exclusively talk about how a member of the same sex harassed you"

Who said that women don't discriminate against women?

Women are a BIG part of the problem. They don't get a pass for discriminating against women just because they're women and they "should understand".

They also don't automatically get a degree in feminism, nor become experts on gender politics.

Julie's description certainly sounds like a pattern of abuse. The media attention is because she's a woman in IT. There's a world of complicated issues around this whole article, and a huge amount of it is gender related.

about 1 month ago
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Oil From the Exxon Valdez Spill Still Lingers On Alaska Beaches

Dr. Evil Free insurance policy (261 comments)

50% of profits as a cap on liability? Great!

Now smaller unprofitable oil companies can take big risks.

about a month and a half ago
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German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

Dr. Evil Re:Merkel's virgin soil (197 comments)

Sour and Shirley Kraut might have their own opinions, Bitter Kraut is the gp.

about 2 months ago
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German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

Dr. Evil Re:Merkel's virgin soil (197 comments)

That's just the opinion of a bitter kraut.

about 2 months ago
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Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering

Dr. Evil Re:Florida arrests Dice for rolling out BETA! (149 comments)

Oh well, Slashdot was nice. I guess I'm going back to where I was in 1997. Reading zdnet and hanging out on various newsgroups.

1998 will be the year of Linux on the desktop!

about 2 months ago
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Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

Dr. Evil Re:Looks more like manipulation (249 comments)

It's how my tenants pay rent in Canada.

To let them do it, I had to have a note on my account and they have to show their ID when they make the deposit. The bank wouldn't permit it any other way.

I would have thought the bank would have been happy to have random strangers deposting money into accounts, but no. Not in Canada.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

Dr. Evil Re:The Network Effect was *part* of it (511 comments)

Not sure what parts aren't true.

Incremental improvements in Sharepoint and SQL server are to be expected from Microsoft. In that time MySQL and Postgres exploded in capabilities, while DB/2 and Oracle kept their position as go-to for the top end databases.

Dropping out of their *substantial lead* in mobile phones, failing to produce a worthy successor to XP, failing to produce their next generation filesystem, fighting a dubious battle with Sony for video game consoles, watching Terraserver lose its lead in the marketplace. Losing IE's share to the upstart *Chrome* from a company younger than IE itself, watching MS Office erode to LibreOffice and fail to create a reasonable alternative to Google Docs for collaboration.

Some flops are okay, like RT. There's a handful of vague successes, like their user interface experiments, and some things I like, like OneNote. Some legitimate successful innovation like Azure, and some broad corporate successes like their incremental improvements in security management...

but overall this has been a dark and losing decade for MS.

There are now huge opportunities for them in non-cloud based data management. They have all the parts to do an awesome job at data self-determination control and privacy, but they're not even trying to move in that direction.

Meanwhile I find myself migrating from Windows to Mac because FOSS development tools on MS are becoming too alien to use properly on their platform... and MS made the decision to expire my certifications and end my Technet subscription. I'm running out of reasons to even consider MS for anything.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

Dr. Evil The Network Effect was *part* of it (511 comments)

"There was concentration in decision making in the 80s so a platform could win by convincing 500 individuals who had the authority (as CIOs) to impose through fiat a standard on the centers of gravity of purchasing power."

Apple products were *far* more expensive in the 80's and 90's. And the OS wasn't that good.

OSX was a major change for Apple. It was a stable, modern platform with a future. The pricepoints of PCs dropping was the other major change. Now PCs are so cheap that even if a Mac is double the price, it's still affordable.

Then in the late 90's and 2000s, Microsoft scared away, aquired or killed companies which were developing apps for their platform. And finally, they put an idiot in charge and stopped innovating for more than a decade.

about 3 months ago
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Canadian Government Trucking Generations of Scientific Data To the Dump

Dr. Evil Re:Lots of smoke, little fire? (209 comments)

"... selling raw product instead of adding value..."

Mod parent up. Inco is another example of this. There's a pattern of this government and short term thinking. They're messing with the housing market, selling rights to resources and resource extraction companies, crushing scientific debate and discipline.

about 3 months ago
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Canadian Government Trucking Generations of Scientific Data To the Dump

Dr. Evil Re:This is goddamned appalling (209 comments)

FTA: "A DFO scientist told the Star of recently trying to access several documents that were previously available in one of the closed libraries. They could not be found."

about 3 months ago
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India Frees Itself of Polio

Dr. Evil Embrace, Extend, Extinguish! (309 comments)

Cut off its air supply!

Gates found a better place for his skills.

about 3 months ago
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India Frees Itself of Polio

Dr. Evil Re:I survived polio! (309 comments)

".....So you're saying you killed your classmates ?"

Jokes like this aren't funny when the dead have names and faces.

about 3 months ago
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The $100 3D-Printed Artificial Limb

Dr. Evil Re:I didn't RTFA or TFS (86 comments)

I think the intent with projects like this is to show that it can be done using technology and know-how available in the place where the problems exist.

Producing limbs for $100's, is *not* going to pay for the labour and consulting for a "Westerner" to do it and sustainably maintain a Western lifestyle.

But there are plenty of people in Sudan who have the motivation and means to apply the method locally. The amazing part in my mind is that using a method like this, Sudan doesn't need to depend on expensive doctors and fabrication facilities in the Western world to produce custom limbs, they can do it themselves and share their results.

about 3 months ago
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Rise of the Super-High-Res Notebook Display

Dr. Evil Re:Ergonomic distance to screen (333 comments)

"Given these hard biological facts"... not even sure what that means.

It's like the difference between looking at a fax and a laser printed page. Worse actually, since the fax has discrete black dots, whereas the 96-120dpi display renders colour by mixing rgb at a higher horizontal resolution under a fine mesh.

And laptops are often used at less than 2'. Either you're reaching with your shoulders and killing your back, or you're looking down all the time and killing your neck. Horrible ergonomics.

about 4 months ago

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Kickstarting a Free Textbook

Dr. Evil Dr. Evil writes  |  about 2 years ago

Dr. Evil (3501) writes "Back in the day, I had a prof who wrote a text on Optics and sold photocopy editions for $5. We got cheap books and he got feedback to improve them. A friend of a friend is now doing the same for his philosophy students, except he's using Kickstarter to fund the book and offer digital editions free. Is this common? Are other professors doing this? He writes:

If you took a course in philosophy or critical thinking at college or university, you paid an average of $70 for your textbook. I think that's too much, especially for students who have to choose between food and the rent, two or three times a year, like a lot of my students. Yet the cost of these books never goes down, because students are a captive market.

So, I've been writing my own textbook, so that my students don't have to buy one. I'd like to expand and improve it and then make it available to the whole world, for free.

This Kickstarter campaign will allow me to bring in more contributors, get more research resources, and hire designers and artists and translators, so that we can put together a very high quality teaching tool, and make it available to every student in the world.

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