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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

Malc Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (136 comments)

Why go back to an old version of Office for that experience? Just install one of the main OSS competitors... it's like Word for Windows 2.0, but worse.

2 days ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

Malc Re:math? (481 comments)

You qualify for all those jobs? You're willing to move anywhere in the country? Etc.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

Malc Re:unnecessary infrastructure? (206 comments)

Hmmmm, having the power to cause a run on the USD sounds like a very powerful position to be in.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

Malc Re:unnecessary infrastructure? (206 comments)

Maybe they'll start selling off their haul of USD$ that they acquired bailing out the profligate US government.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

Malc Re:owners of older machines, behold... (177 comments)

How's that Electrolysis project coming along? Will they ever be done?

I switched to a modern browser years ago simply because multi-process is better. With Firefox there is no way to know which tab is draining your battery or consuming all you memory. Actually memory stopped being an issue for me when I switched to Chrome, so perhaps Firefox was just leaking it everywhere, but being able to identify pages using a lot of CPU and selectively killing them is the must-have feature that all the other major browsers have had for years. The improved performance, stability and security is a bonus.

Mozilla devs and the Netscape ones before them never could get their heads past the whole monolithic process concept.

about two weeks ago
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Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?

Malc Re:As a proportion of the budget... (287 comments)

The moderators seem to want to silence you. Tut tut for encouraging dissent.

about three weeks ago
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Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?

Malc Re:As a proportion of the budget... (287 comments)

Or invading third-world countries and occupying them for a decade. The last Republican president did that with two countries. Moronic waste of money that hasn't made the world any safer but has brought death, untold misery and poverty to millions.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Malc Re:I use folders. (259 comments)

As does using the month name.

yyyy-mm-dd Some description
=> Subfolders as necesary

yyyy-mm-dd to yyyy-mm-dd Some description
=> Subfolders with time stamps, etc

This is in both alphabetical and chronological order.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Malc Re:There's only one image organizing program (259 comments)

Timezone handling seems to be very weak as well.

That said, I can't live without Lightroom. I guess I'm going to making LR5 last a very long time because I don't want to change to rental licensing a la creative cloud.

about a month ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

Malc Re:This might alienate anti-ISI* Muslims. (225 comments)

Yeah really. And we should have a secret spy agency that doesn't ponce around but just tortures people to get answers.

about a month and a half ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Malc Re:Hybrids are where it's at (for me) (438 comments)

Most big data is videos, photo and audio which are played sequentially or in big enough chunks like one photo at the time that random access times and IOPS don't matter, a defragged hard drive is simply perfect for the task.

Err, no. Depends on what kind of video you're doing. In the video world it's easy to end up bottlenecked by disk I/O.

HD resolution ProRes files for instance will tax any hard drive, requiring over 40MB/s (330mbs) throughput:
https://documentation.apple.co...

I'm working with 4K sources, of which some are uncompressed. You need RAID or SSD.

about 2 months ago
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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Malc Re:Australia can get it right (145 comments)

I've lived in Canada, Australia and the UK. I prefer the system in Ontario where they are completely anti adding private in to the mix (although every company offering medical benefits for prescriptions seems to get ignored by voters). Private isn't the answer, and there's probably more to the story than that in Australia. Ridiculous rules like catchment areas (finally abolished this October) and limited opening hours, as well as lack of proactivity are the biggest failings in the NHS that I see. On the other hand there are some good things, like the cost of prescriptions and the fact that you don't need any additional coverage (e.g. private insurance in Australia to cover co-payments)

about 4 months ago
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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Malc Re:Australia can get it right (145 comments)

It seems to me that healthcare in Australia is much more effort to participate in. They have some sort of copayment system, and most people on a reasonable income have to take out private healthcare insurance to cover this. So not quite as universal the NHS, or even a lot of Europe and large parts of Canada for instance.

about 4 months ago
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Malc Re:How important is that at this point? (197 comments)

Maybe they find it horrible because the UI was designed by a two year old? Actually, that not fair, I haven't used it since 2006, but the horrible user experience was the driving force behind my disgust with it. In fact only early today I was using WireShark on OS X and remembering years of being annoyed by the terrible UI toolkit and total incompetence of the people who put the UI together. WireShark reminds me of the last time I used GIMP.

about 4 months ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Malc Re:Funny (261 comments)

This isn't actually true. Although the EU is much more populous than the US, it's emissions per person are much lower. This results in the EU producing 10% of the global total of CO2 versus 15% by the US.

about 4 months ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Malc Re:Funny (261 comments)

The dirty three (US, Canada and Australia) all produce more than 16 tonnes CO2 per person.

The EU about 6.8

China produces 7.2

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scie...

Perhaps the US should demonstrate how big countries lead and actually do something meaningful about its emissions instead of hypocritically lecturing.

None of the figures above actually account for outsourcing manufacturing to China from the US and EU. In that light the Western country's CO2 production is much and China's lower.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Malc Re:Multiple devices, works great (504 comments)

If you're so inclined, I'd try a fresh install

The trouble with this is you lose all your call and messaging history. It's all or nothing with iOS device backups. I recently upgraded from a four year old iPhone 4 to a 5s. I thought a great opportunity to start clean: I installed only the apps I wanted and configured all my accounts, and was even satisfied with my photos from the old phone being an their own album instead of the camera roll. Loss of the message history in particular irritated me so much so quickly that I restored from backup in a few days. There are some apps out there that claim they can do this, but after a few wasted hours faffing around with one, I ended up with a messed up phone.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Malc Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

You must have serious amounts of spare if you think it's an acceptable solution to go looking around an online community for solutions like this. I don't have the time nor inclination to do this with every device in my household. Maybe once because it's interesting, but that's pushing it. It's a phone or table device FFS, I just want it to work and spend my time more usefully.

Furthermore, if the device was current at the time it was bought, it's irrelevant how long it was since the original release date. It's reasonable to expect a useful support period. What the grandparent post described is totally unacceptable.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Malc Re:Chromebook (334 comments)

Yeah, exactly. Have you seen how many hundreds of MB that WindowsUpdate tries to deliver once a month? OS X can be pretty chatty in the background too

about 4 months ago

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