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Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

Elgonn Re:Prince XML (132 comments)

I'll have to second the recommendation for PrinceXml.

After investigating and trying at least 9 other open source kits I eventually gave up and went with PrinceXml. You can try the 'trial' version easily and it just works easily. Their support is actually good as well. I wish there was a good pdf toolkit that was open source. But they all seem to just do one odd piece of the puzzle poorly.

about a month and a half ago

Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

Elgonn Far reaching repercussions (303 comments)

So at this rate I assume we'll get an appeal to the technologically illiterate supreme court and virtually all code written will violate someone else's copyright.

about 4 months ago

Futuremark Delists Samsung and HTC Android Devices for Cheating 3DMark

Elgonn Re:And Apple are still listed why? (188 comments)

I guess I'll have to buy that shiny brick then. Because I can't imagine Apple giving a rat's ass about any third party benchmark. It hasn't even been available for more than six months and I can't imagine Apple marketing quoting anything they didn't make themselves.

about 10 months ago

Dual-Core Allwinner A20 Powered EOMA-68 Engineering Card Available

Elgonn Open GPU? (98 comments)

Even the GPU is open? That seems to be the current problem child for being completely open. I can't tell from the summary and the site doesn't work without javascript. Anyone know?

about 10 months ago

New Solar Cell Sets Record For Energy Efficiency

Elgonn 297 Suns? (165 comments)

I don't think we'd care what the efficiency would be if Earth had 297 suns. jk

What's the actual efficiency when used at a single sun? Is this technique only useful with hundreds of mirrors?

about a year ago

Arctic Ice Cap Rebounds From 2012 — But Does That Matter?

Elgonn Basic Statistics Deception (400 comments)

60% increase. Yet no relevant data for scale to understand the shift. No wonder someone else called it 'technically true'.

1 year,14 days

Researchers Buy Twitter Bots To Fight Twitter Spam

Elgonn Email Statistics (45 comments)

Does hotmail have no security at all to detect bot created accounts? 60+% of all them. That's ridiculous.

about a year ago

Global Study Stresses Importance of Public Internet Access

Elgonn Re:Public access has waned? (24 comments)

So what they're building in Utah isn't actually a datacenter. It is the worlds largest internet cafe!

about a year ago

The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

Elgonn Stop going to theatres. (924 comments)

Just stop going entirely. It is expensive and isn't even as nice as watching at home or with friends. There's certainly no chance that social conventions will make it palatable again within our lifetimes.

about a year ago

Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

Elgonn OMG The Sky is Falling! (216 comments)

Lighten up people. The world isn't going to fall into some permanent software as a service hellscape.

about a year and a half ago

JavaScript Comes To Minecraft

Elgonn Re:Why wont JS just go away (149 comments)

Until every browser supports LUA I'm not sure how you'd get Javascript to go away. There are very few (non-primary/embedded) scriptable engine languages. Besides with all the recent development Javascript is probably the best one.

about a year and a half ago

Intel CEO Paul Otellini Retiring

Elgonn Obligatory (108 comments)

He stepped down just before 40 years so we could make 39.9876 year pentium jokes.

about 2 years ago

New Malware Variant Uses Google Docs As a Proxy To Phone Home

Elgonn John Gilmore (85 comments)

"The malware interprets security as damage and routes around it."

about 2 years ago

Laser Strikes On Aircraft Becoming Epidemic

Elgonn Re:Idiots and lasers = bad combo (687 comments)

I had no intentions on shining lights on airplanes or innocent people at all.

What guilty parties did you intend to shine it at?

about 2 years ago

Legitimate eBook Lending Community Closed After Copyright Complaints

Elgonn Paradigm Shift Backlash (288 comments)

Every time the world's underlying assumptions shift there's some backlash and attempt to prevent the future from inevitably coming. But honestly either I'm just too knowledgeable about current events or everything I've read about other historical similarities seems tame in comparison. Yeah it was more violent but the world was just more violent then. Easier to club some heads or burn some equipment than employ lawyers. The breadth and scale of the backlash across everything in the digital space is just depressing.

Copyright, first sale, fair use, etc.

This was just the equivalent of a book club (slightly monetized). A twist on a library. This is getting ridiculous.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

Elgonn Re:depressing becuase it's so accurate (1365 comments)

Can we even nominate those two? At this point they're practically Sci-Non-Fi.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

Elgonn Re:Heinlein! (1365 comments)

I'm not sure I'd consider The Moon is a Harsh Mistress as depressing. I'm still sad for Mike but I'm not sure how you'd find the story depressing.

more than 2 years ago

Australian Billionaire Wants To Build Jurassic Park-Style Resort

Elgonn Awesome! (409 comments)

I don't care how stupid, impossible, and just damn right eccentric this sounds.

more than 2 years ago

Dungeons & Dragons Next Playtest Released

Elgonn Re:Uh....May Fools Day? (213 comments)

This edition has been in the work for a long time. So they really didn't even let 4th live in priority for more than three years. I'm not sure they have a good thing going though at all. Everyone I know played 3rd, 4th but eventually consolidated on Pathfinder. Does anyone like their pen and paper role playing game simplified down to 4th's level?

more than 2 years ago

Low Oxygen Cellular Protein Synthesis Mechanism Discovered

Elgonn What percentage of cancers leverage that? (94 comments)

Does someone know? The summary implies all of them. But considering cancer is more of a collection of problems rather than a specific issue it just seems unlikely.

more than 2 years ago


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