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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Kidbro Re:Put some of the money back in... (292 comments)

Isnt that the point of FOSS that users dont need to give back?

No, the point is that the users should have the source, so they can fix it if it's broken. Everything else is optional.

5 days ago
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To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

Kidbro Enemies? (199 comments)

Do people really have enemies? I mean real people, not people in TV shows, politicians or religious nutheads. There's a few people I dislike, I guess... my solution to that is to avoid their company. Problem solved.
Who really dislikes someone so much that they'd actually spend time making them miserable?

about 2 months ago
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

Kidbro Re:Whatever gets stuck in the VM or sandbox? (381 comments)

That's interesting. A large forum I'm active on had a string of spam posts just the other week linking to a java based video player that hijacked our users' machines. I know for a fact that at least one of the affected users in question is an Internet Explorer user.
Now, you might argue that running a java plugin is "intentionally install[ing] malware," but I guess most non technical users would disagree.

about 8 months ago
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Next World of Warcraft Expansion: Warlords of Draenor

Kidbro Re:Still stealin... (156 comments)

And I'm sure EQ stole nothing from MUDs....

about 9 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

Kidbro Re:Complete overhaul please (462 comments)

And by the world you mean... USA?

I'd say breakfast spans from six to eleven, lunch from ten to four, dinner from five to twelve (yes that's a seven hour interval) depending on where I've travelled. And I've hardly ever been west of the Atlantic.

Swapping between 17:00 and 24:00 for dinner isn't particularly easier than any other arbitrary hour, nor does knowing "lunch is at noon" help me very much.

about 9 months ago
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My productivity peaks between...

Kidbro Re:24h clock (309 comments)

When I wake up in the morning I want to brew a quart of coffee, not 110.12 centi-Liters or some ridiculous shit like that.

So, a liter then. Why do you think we use more significant digits just because we use metric? Let me use the same ridiculous argument you do:

"Let me be the first to say, "Fuck the imperial system". You guys can keep it. When I wake up in the morning I want to brew a liter of coffee, not 1.05669 quarts or some ridiculous shit like that. Your system is unnecessarily complex."

(Of course, I had no idea which of the several types of quarts you were referring to, so my numbers may be incorrect - but then, so were yours).

about 10 months ago
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Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate

Kidbro Re:Wait...outrage over this?!? (512 comments)

In med school they dissect humans. Granted, none of those are living material, but I fail see the problem with shoving electrodes into a live human's brain and remote controlling him as a learning tool.

The "granted, none of it was living material" is a quite relevant part.

And no, I'm not comparing humans to cockroaches - I'm just pointing out the absurdity of ignoring the difference between a corpse and a living creature when it comes to how it's acceptable to treat it.

about 10 months ago
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Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate

Kidbro Re:Cockroach rights? (512 comments)

I've never seen one here in Sweden either. According to Wikipedia we apparently have a couple of species as well[0] - but that doesn't change the fact that I've never seen one. Can't ever recall anybody saying they've actually had a problem with cockroaches here either.

Put simply, the fact that something is common, or ordinary, to you does not mean it is so to everyone.

[0] Interestingly, the major one is called "forest cockroach" - I guess the name sort of gives a hint about how often it's seen in cities.

about 10 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Kidbro Re:I'm sorry, no. (1191 comments)

It looks nice, I'll give you that.

No, no it does not look nice. It looks like complete and utter shit. Seriously, how can anyone look at this and not see garbage?

Well. The same view looks like this to me - so it's probably a bug you have there.

What bothers me with (my version of the same view) is that absolute waste of space that goes on. A couple of percent of my screen is dedicated to showing me useful content.

about 10 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Kidbro I'm sorry, no. (1191 comments)

I'm usually not one for just complaining, but... no.

It looks nice, I'll give you that. But if I want to look at pretty things, I'm not going to tech web sites. I want something simple, readable, and information packed. Hacker News is doing it right. No nonsense, pretty much just text, from the top of the screen to the bottom, from left to right. Layouted in a way I can understand.
Having whitespace eat half my screen doesn't cut it. Huge pictures are only acceptable if they really add information to the story. Having them just because they look cool[0] is not. It wastes my attention, my screen estate and my time.
On my 1366x768 laptop I can have one comment... one, on my screen at a time in beta. On the current site I can three or four, giving me the context needed to follow the discussion.

The main benefit I can see is that if it's coded right in modern technologies, text only browsers (lynx, elinks, etc.) will have an easier job of parsing it and giving me the stuff I want (the stuff that matters).

[0] For example: http://yro-beta.slashdot.org/story/13/10/01/1238216/former-microsoft-privacy-chief-doesnt-trust-company-uses-open-source-software

about 10 months ago
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Social Networks Force Barilla Chairman To Apologize For His Anti-gay Remarks

Kidbro Re:Mountain out of a molehill (456 comments)

...or heterosexuals having children by the regular process. The kids don't really have a choice either way.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Attracting Developers To Abandonware?

Kidbro Re:He doesn't think of himself as the only user (321 comments)

I've been using Linux exclusively for more than fifteen years, and I can't remember the last time I downloaded anything from Sourceforge. If five of those 35 are the package maintainers of the biggest distributions, the software could easily have a million users[0] and it wouldn't change that number one bit.

[0] No, I don't think it has a million users. But your metrics is very flawed either way.

about a year ago
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Russian Vehicle Delivers Spacesuit Repair Kit To ISS

Kidbro Re:not helpful ! (39 comments)

Ugh. I got confused. The number "3" would not be a long ton, but a short ton. The point still stands that 2.7 would be the metric number.

1 year,3 days
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Russian Vehicle Delivers Spacesuit Repair Kit To ISS

Kidbro Re:not helpful ! (39 comments)

2.7. The metric ton is a bit larger than the long ton. Why they decided it was OK to introduce an extra significant in the conversion is beyond me though.

1 year,3 days
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Norwegian Town Using Sun-Tracking Mirrors To Light Up Dark Winter Days

Kidbro Re:Metric please ! (143 comments)

While I agree that it's a stupid unit, ft2 to m2 conversion is really easy. Divide by ten, and you have a good approximate. Lean towards rounding down, if unsure.
1 square meter is 10.7639 square feet.

1 year,6 days
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Swedish Machine Turns Sweat Into Drinking Water

Kidbro That's Gothia Cup. (105 comments)

That's Gothia Cup, not Gotha Cup. TFA has it wrong as well.

Horrible event, btw. The city is filled with thousands of smelly little football playing brats, making transportation all but impossible.

1 year,13 days
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Piracy Rates Plummet As Legal Alternatives Come To Norway

Kidbro Re:US rental industry is insane (261 comments)

I couldn't help but notice that you mistakenly assume chronological ordering where there is none.

1 year,14 days
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Are Amazon Vine Reviews of Technical Books a Joke?

Kidbro Re:Never? (126 comments)

One click shopping :)

Well, that's how it started. These days it's mostly old habit, plus receiving mail orders here is more hassle than simply going to a store and buying whatever I need.

1 year,18 days
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HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

Kidbro Re: Makes sense (566 comments)

These seat belts and air bags are pointless. How often do I crash anyway?

1 year,21 days

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