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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Knightman Re:And... (284 comments)

Regarding point 1, I think users are relieved that there is no fscking ribbons in LibreOffice which makes it much easier to transition...

4 days ago

Building the Infinite Digital Universe of No Man's Sky

Knightman Re:Procedural (100 comments)

I don't think you get what procedural generation is all about. The point is that you DON'T have to remember anything except the seed for the planet, and the seed itself can be procedurally generated.

In essence you can build a complete universe from one seed alone.

about a month ago

Why Lavabit Shut Down

Knightman Re:Why not leave? (304 comments)

Well, the MU raid was a cluster fuck of epic proportions. On the other hand I can't say that Kim Dotcom was wholly innocent either.

about 2 months ago

Why Lavabit Shut Down

Knightman Re:USA, the land of freedom (304 comments)

You are aware that the article is from 2011? A lot has happened since that article was written.

During 2011 Chinas manufacturing output increased by 23% compared to the US 2.8%. That $2.9 trillions vs. $2.43 trillions, a ~20% difference for 2011. Since then China has steadily increased their output while the US has been at a standstill because of the recession.

If you are going to post something, please read up on it first!

about 2 months ago

Why Lavabit Shut Down

Knightman Re:USA, the land of freedom (304 comments)

Uhm, you know that US imports most of its consumer goods?

That means that the US also need to export things to have a healthy trade balance, otherwise the economy will go in the crapper (even more so than it is).

The US has been running a trade deficient since 1980's and if foreign countries stop buying US made products it's going to be a huge problem financially. In March the US trade deficit was a staggering $40 billion. See for current and historical data on the US trade.

In other words, saying that "the US is not particularly dependent on foreign trade" is patently wrong.

about 2 months ago

Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

Knightman Re:Cool (564 comments)

AFIK the heterogeneous client on Linux/Mac only handle installation/removal/inventory/monitoring of applications and not pre-loading of a complete OS.

Of course, this may have changed since I last worked with it but there are some inherent problems to get that to work under Linux/Mac et al.

about 2 months ago

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Knightman Multiple peering (410 comments)

What happens if a customer uses a service that he/she only can reach through 2 jumps of peering and the service-provider (ex. Netflix) only has a contract with the first ISP in the chain?

The customer will be SOL, the small ISP's too, that's what. The small ISP's will be forced out of the market or bought out by bigger ones. Essentially this paves the way for a few big companies OWNING everything related to content distribution and access to the internet for which the customers will have to pay an extreme premium to use.

And what hope do the customers have? Google laying down more fiber?

about 3 months ago

Canada Introduces Privacy Reforms That Encourage Warrantless Disclosure of Info

Knightman Politicians... (99 comments)

I don't get it, are politicians born stupid or have their parents dropped them on their head (repeatedly) while they where young?

The possibility of abuse of this law if it's passed is mind-boggling. I do hope the Canadian people wakes up and take their politicians to task.

about 4 months ago

Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

Knightman VBA ?!? (226 comments)

Learning kids to program using VBA is like learning to cycle using a pogo-stick.

about 4 months ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Knightman Green wave system (364 comments)

In some parts of the world they have dynamic speed signs that tells what speed you need to drive to hit each traffic light when they are green, aka. a green wave. Works like a charm no matter what kind of vehicle you are driving.

about 4 months ago

Xbox One Reputation System Penalizes Gamers Who Behave Badly

Knightman Re:OMG FAG LOL (183 comments)

If you had read the article they specifically said that reporting people of higher skill because you are a "sore loser" will be handled, OTOH we will have to see if the system will be able to handle all the ways "grief-reporting" can be done.

I do think this kind of system is a step in the right direction because so many people playing multiplayer games are total douches and they need to be dealt with somehow.

about 4 months ago

HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

Knightman Re:i don't get it (573 comments)

"It is a beautiful new hammer, and we removed the head to streamline it."

You forgot to mention that they exchanged the handle for balsa wood too, I thought I had a nice little stick there for a while...

about 6 months ago

Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

Knightman Pride goeth before a fail (237 comments)

It seems everyone unanimously dislikes the beta. It's looks like some newly minted web-hack with no clue on usability or ergonomics designed it.

As other people have pointed out, the information density is extremely low and there are hardly any visual cues to tie the information flow together. It's HARD to read the site.

I guess it will be rolled out looking like this regardless of the given critique and proclaimed to be "a huge success" since someone has put his (or hers) pride on the line.

I tend to gravitate towards sites that are lightweight; ie. no flashy ui's, so when the classic look is retired I'll stop reading slashdot too.

Maybe we all should mail as the post says with our concerns...

about 6 months ago

Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

Knightman Re:Sounds like... (430 comments)

Every democracy has the political leadership they deserve.

about 6 months ago

Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

Knightman Re:in sue happy america (519 comments)

But those were different times - you'd walk out into the woods in the morning, and parents wouldn't care where you were till sunset (and no one wore pads to ride anything, though you could wear a particularly heavy coat while sledding and not be taken for a wimp needing a good beating).

Today that's called extreme sporting...

about 8 months ago

US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

Knightman Re:Hangings (1160 comments)

It varies, but mostly they load all the weapons with live ammo except one. That way you have the highest chance of a successful execution and the guys shooting still haven't got a clue if they had live or blank ammo.

about 9 months ago

Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

Knightman Re:Wow, they managed to break the idea of a cable! (663 comments)

Regarding low quality goods being produced in china, the majority of these goods come into existence this way:
1. Company calls up a Chinese manufacturer to get a price quote for a doodad they designed.
2. Chinese manufacturer replies with a quote.
3. Company asks if they can make it cheaper.
4. Chinese manufacturer says yes
5. Company asks how cheap
6. Chinese manufacturer quotes a bottom price
7. Company says great, you got a deal.
8. Market is flooded with cheap and crappy doodads.

There is often a disconnect between western companies and Chinese manufacturers regarding how they negotiate and do business which leads to the above situation. Then there is those who really just want to manufacture really cheap doodads to make a quick buck.

about 10 months ago

Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

Knightman Re:In other news (663 comments)

Well, I'm not surprised that there are knockoffs for the Apple chargers. And this thing with 'unauthorized' cables, I was laughing my head off the first time I heard it and I predicted that exactly this situation would occur.

They want ~$29 USD for their chargers and an "ordinary" charger with USB connector is ~$5 USD. Paying more than $20 extra just because it says Apple on it is just plain stupid and there are people out there that will try to cash in on it (besides Apple I mean).

My guess is that we will hear some whining from Apple-product owners now and it's essentially their own fault for 2 reasons:
1. They bought an Apple product.
2. They bought a third party peripheral for their Apple product.

There is no denying that Apple make good products but I would never buy one because of their walled garden and antics like this.

about 10 months ago

SimCity Mac Launch Facing More Problems

Knightman Origin, the crapware of the 21st century (177 comments)

Origin, a crapware that tries to imitate more successful distribution platforms like Steam and fails miserable. Crashes unexpectedly for no apparent reason and kicks you out of your game whether you are online or not. The UI almost doesn't make sense, if you search for DLC it doesn't show everything they have in the catalog unless you click "Available DLC" from in-game.

Take that pos and port it badly to Mac so we can spread the pain to those users too. :P

I can understand the reasoning for Origin since EA really doesn't want anyone else to get a cut of the action for selling their games, but I have to wonder how much this has cost them in developing the platform and dealing with the public image of it being such a crappy software that most people wouldn't touch it with a eleven foot pole. Maybe it would have been cheaper to continue using Steam et al, in both money and good will.

And this latest iteration of SimCity has no appeal for me what so ever.

Anyway, I'm done rambling now. TGIF.

about 10 months ago


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