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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

Johnny Loves Linux Re:All I can say to that is... (49 comments)

I've seen postings from others as well that state that OpenOffice is inferior to Microsoft Office. Since Debian switched to LibreOffice a few years ago, I haven't used OpenOffice so I can't comment on the current version of OpenOffice vs. the current version of Microsoft Office.

However, I did a find web site which does publishes a comparison between LibreOffice and Microsoft Office 2013: https://wiki.documentfoundatio... Based on that comparison, I would have to say that Microsoft Office is actually inferior to LibreOffice. Does anyone know of any other published comparisons between the office suites?

17 minutes ago

How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Johnny Loves Linux Re:That's kind of curious (512 comments)

I've heard other people say this too, but I don't see how that can be. Are there any stats that convincingly prove this? It seems to me that proprietary companies have some advantages when it comes to marketing. They can always sue people who claim they have found an exploit in the software. And there is no law obligating a proprietary company to announce when someone has found an exploit in their proprietary software and informed the company about it. So I would take claims that Microsoft has a "better" security record with a mountain of salt. Who is Microsoft being compared to? SCO? What is the metric? Where is the data?


London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

Johnny Loves Linux All that is left (193 comments)

is for the diva to sing the operatic conclusion and for cats and dogs to get along. Microsoft is so doomed. Who really needs them? Not most people. Have you seen the latest Samsung tablets? Holy cow the better than Hi-def resolution, vivid colors, awesome performance, none of them running Windows, all of them running Android. I saw them recently and my first reaction was: Microsoft is so doomed.

about two weeks ago

Google Blocking Asus's Android-Windows "Duet"?

Johnny Loves Linux Given Microsoft's past history (194 comments)

of boot loaders and Microsoft's more recent history and their standard practices I think someone would have to be extremely ignorant of Microsoft's history and their standard practices or a shill for Microsoft to state that this is somehow unfair to Microsoft.

Folks, I don't think Microsoft is just misunderstood. I don't think we have to worry about poor little Microsoft surviving its treatment by the "big bully" Google. I think Microsoft is getting exactly the sort of response that it has earned for its behavior.

about a month ago

Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux

Johnny Loves Linux I don't think it was a malicious mistake. (212 comments)

I think it's a culture clash of developers who've only worked in a Windows environment and consequently are used to turning off operating system security so they can run a program, usually a game, vs. the Linux community who inherited the Unix culture where you can play games on the operating system, but you can't play games with the operating system.

about a month ago

F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

Johnny Loves Linux Moral of the story: (193 comments)

Don't install apps from back alleyways:

At the very bottom of the list was Google Play itself, with the lowest percentage of malware in the gathered samples: 0.1 percent. F-Secure also noted that “the Play Store is most likely to promptly remove nefarious applications, so malware encountered there tends to have a short shelf life.” While that’s great news for most Android users, it

Why would anybody shop for apps on their android phone/tablet like a crack addict looking for their next hit is beyond me. Are people really that naive?

about a month and a half ago

Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

Johnny Loves Linux Was the study sponsored by the sugar industry? (459 comments)

Seriously, I don't see how the study could be right. My experience is that I lost 63 lbs. in 4 months by eating a low carb, high protein, high vegetable diet. The fastest and physically easy technique was to just ditch the sugar drinks, candy, fries stuff.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Johnny Loves Linux Debian Linux testing (531 comments)

CRAN, and PYPI. I pretty much have everything I need with the 3 repositories.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Circles the Wagons To Defeat ODF In the UK

Johnny Loves Linux Re:OOXML not included in old Office either (89 comments)

failure to include OOXML 'will cause problems for citizens and businesses who use office suites which don't support ODF, including many people who do not use a recent version of Microsoft Office'

Yes, this will cause problems for the citizens of Redmond, WA who work for Microsoft, and the business called Microsoft, Inc if OOXML is not approved.

about 2 months ago

South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Johnny Loves Linux If you want to understand these people (665 comments)

I would strongly encourage you to watch this trailer for one of their movies: http://trailers.apple.com/trai... You may find the trailer disturbing, but it's important to watch it in it's entirety. What I deduce from this trailer:

  1. Christians are a people apart. Either you are a Christian or you are not.
  2. Being a Christian is more important than being a human being. Read that sentence again slowly.
  3. Christians are the minority.
  4. Christians are under constant attack "by society".
  5. Christians are afraid of death.
  6. Christians will be saved from death by their god.
  7. You can either be an educated human being capable of reason or you can be a Christian enpowered by faith. You cannot be both.
  8. The fundamental axiom of Christians is that there is a god. This axiom cannot be contested.
  9. This is subtle: Everyone believes in god until they fall into error. You cannot start with the axiom that god does not exist. Parse that again: No one can begin with the axiom that god does not exist, because if such a person existed their existence would contest the fundamental axiom of Christians. This cannot be tolerated. Therefore all such people must have started with the Christian axiom and then fallen into error.

From these deductions I conclude that since the theory of evolution does not require a god, only a mechanism for mutation, that this contests their fundamental axiom which if proven false implies nothing can save Christians from death, and thus Christians allow their fear of death to rule them. Since this kind of nonsense does not occur in Europe or in those states which don't have a voting majority of fundamentalist Christians I conclude further that this mental illness is not an attribute of Christianity but only of bizarre fundamentalist sects instead.

about 2 months ago

Pwnie Awards 2013 Winners: Barnaby Jack, Edward Snowden, Hakin9, Evad3rs

Johnny Loves Linux Check out the acronym (41 comments)

It's in the link above provided by anonymous coward, but just focus on the acronym for the title for the paper: DARPA Inference Cheking Kludge Scanning And you'll see the double down joke played on Hackin9.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

Johnny Loves Linux Re:Windows Phone sales (467 comments)

I was under the impression that the only Windows Phone sales were from Nokia, and they (Nokia) aren't doing too well last I heard. Is there a web site with stats on the windows phone sales vs. Android vs. Iphone? I would be curious to see if they (Microsoft) are doing any better.

about 9 months ago

Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

Johnny Loves Linux Re:Is this the point in time.. (712 comments)

I've always been curious about those reports. Because those are the **public** reports. What about the **private** reports?

1 year,8 days

SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

Johnny Loves Linux Wow, there's a lot of women haters here (1145 comments)

Folks, I've been looking at the postings and it's clear to me that as a group your biased. Here are the facts of the matter:

  • 2 men made inappropriate sexist comments at PyCon.
  • Those comments offended a woman.

Which fact are you people not clear on? Those guys are NOT victims. They ARE the perpetrators. They're being fired is a direct consequence of their BEHAVIOR.

Here's a simple diagnostic that you can take to help you decide if you have a difficult time or are simply unable to understand when a comment is inappropriate:

Here's Atriusofbricia sig line: "I was raised on the command line, bitch."

Do you see the problem with it? If the answer is yes, then you're capable of understanding when a statement is demeaning to women.

If the answer is no, then you may have a problem empathizing with women. I strongly encourage you to give some thought as to why you're having trouble relating to women.

1 year,25 days

Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Johnny Loves Linux Either you're doing it wrong or I've slipped into (965 comments)

a parallel universe. I don't know what Linux distro you're using that you're having so much problems with your hardware, but I do know that I'm a happy Debian user for 8+ years. My family has 3 laptops and 2 desktops (built by me from parts bought at newegg.com) all running Debian Linux testing and one person has a mac laptop.

I've got 30,000+ software packages available to me from Debian's repositories, all of them tested before I install them. I don't have to deal with downloading funky software packages from questionable websites. I just do a sudo apt-get install and I'm good to go. Debian was so stable that I decided to upgrade the software on my workstation every day with a sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade for 3 1/2 years without problems.

I use KDE on my workstation an LXDE on my 7 year old laptop. Everything "just works" for me. Either I'm missing something or you folks must be using some really sucky Linux distro.

Maybe it's the hardware. I always check to make sure the hardware works with vanilla Linux. Are you folks using hardware made straight from Redmond? Are you using those funky windows drivers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NDISwrapper)? I wouldn't trust that steaming pile for anything. Don't ever use a windows driver on your Linux machine. That's just insane.

If you've never heard of Debian Linux, do yourself a favor and check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debian_Linux

Ubuntu Linux is based off Debian, except Ubuntu is about the bling, Debian is about the stability.

about a year ago

Embedded Developers Prefer Linux, Love Android

Johnny Loves Linux Re:Wrong conclusions from the data (104 comments)

I would think the hardware response time would dwarf the software response time by at least an order of magnitude, i.e. it takes a solenoid to be activated longer than for the operating system to make the request that the solenoid be activated. At the speeds at which vehicles move I don't see how a software response time in the millisecond range could possibly be considered bad. Maybe I just need to see some examples to understand the issues better.

about a year ago

What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?

Johnny Loves Linux Do a public service and let us know (467 comments)

It's been almost 4 years since I built my last box. I'm planning on building another desktop this summer and would like to know who to avoid as I'm intending to purchase a motherboot that's supported by coreboot so I don't have to deal with UEFI. If there's a motherboard vendor doing evil stuff and they're listed I would like to avoid them if I can. Here's the link for supported motherboards: http://www.coreboot.org/Supported_Motherboards

about a year ago

FreeBSD Project Falls Short of Year End Funding Target By Nearly 50%

Johnny Loves Linux Re:Obligatory (245 comments)

libman, I just don't see the problem with the GPL license. The BSD license permits people to take free source code and lock it way and not share back, the big example here is Apple, and Microsoft's TCP/IP stack from 90's. The way I see it, GPL is an immunization for the user community against the jerks who want to take source code and not share back their changes.

I understand that some people don't see why it's important to immunize the community against for want of a better analogy I call antisocials. Certainly I understand why corporations like Apple and Microsoft don't want the community to be protected from people who take without giving back, but you haven't given me a good explanation yet for why you believe GPL is restrictive.

Yes, in terms of antisocial exploitation of software I suppose you could say it's restrictive. In terms of being able to make use of the software and modify it at will, I think it's awesomely free. The issue I personally have with the BSD license is not the terms of the license, but that it makes no provision to stop exploitation by corporations like Apple and Microsoft who do not have a history of share and share alike, but instead, a history of aggressively attempting to exterminate any competition.

Personally, I'm looking for a software license that makes the world a better place, not some Darwinian winner-exterminates-all-other-competitors where the only survivors are the companies with lots of $$$ whose priority #1 is to make more $$$ by any means necessary such as suing competitors with BS patents.

about a year ago


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