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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Megane Re:Use Libre Office (267 comments)

The other day I needed to open a Visio document. I had created it a few months ago, before my old XP PC got refreshed with a Win 7 box. For some reason, while it still had Office 2007, it was missing Visio. Even worse, it wanted to open IE, which wanted to use an ActiveX viewer plugin... which proceeded to turn the line art into a bitmap when printing to PDF.

So I downloaded OO. No Visio for you! (This was actually the point at which I tried the ActiveX viewer.) Then I decided to check if Libre Office could handle it. Holy crap, yes, it opened it like a native document.

Then I made sure to save a PDF version of my document just in case someone else wanted to see it later.

yesterday
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Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

Megane Bad link (1 comments)

The link to medium.com is for editing an article.

2 days ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Megane Re:selective enforcement at it's finest. (325 comments)

I never said anything about "our" sports teams and colleges. You can get them on a Texas license plate for almost any major university or NFL team, regardless of what state they're in. I'm sure that's all made easier by group-licensing agreements. Well, that and being able to put any 4-color process art on a plate in low quantity.

3 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Megane H&R block offline (384 comments)

I've been using the H&R block off-line software for the past few years, OS X version. The main reason is because they are NOT the #1 in that market, so they won't get cocky like Turbo Tax. And I'm in Texas, so the basic basic version. You also get 5 e-files included for the price, so I got my mom to use it a couple of times.

I get it for $15 at Fry's in January because even though they mail me a new disc every year, the amount they want to activate that online costs more than buying it at Fry's (like ten bucks or so more). At least they sent a cardboard sleeve mailer this time instead of a full snap case, to save postage on something I won't be using anyhow.

3 days ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

Megane Re:Something lost (275 comments)

Byte was dead by 1993. There was some kind of Computer Shopper clone magazine that took its place (and name) for quite a few years thereafter, but it wasn't Byte. They even managed to get Pournelle's column into this doppelganger of Byte.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Megane Re:Wow what idiots....can you make it more confusi (571 comments)

Life is also simpler in the Mac world because there isn't a triple .NET update every couple of weeks. And the .NET updaters seem to take a lot more time than regular patches. How badly do you have to fuck up a language runtime library to make it need monthly updates? And I'm not talking about just adding new features to the latest one, like with Java. This is .NET 1.x 2.x and 4.x all getting constantly patched.

3 days ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

Megane Re:How are these related? (71 comments)

Because if the main computer goes out after the launch and before the docking, with the backup already broken, things could get a bit... intense... up there. Since it controls external stuff like the rail car, they really just need to get everything moved where it needs to be ahead of time.

3 days ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

Megane Scrubbed ;_; (71 comments)

There was a helium leak in the first stage. Next launch opportunity is Friday afternoon. I've been wanting to see this thing go up for weeks. First it was sewing machine oil on some cloth around the cargo, then it was the ground radar on fire, now it's a leak. The only good thing about this is that Friday is a holiday day for me, so I can actually watch the launch live. (or watch it get scrubbed again live)

3 days ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

Megane Re:Kerbal Space X (71 comments)

I'm sure it's just the AE35 unit again. Give it a good whack with a hammer and it'll be fine.

4 days ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

Megane Re:Open the pod bay door HAL (71 comments)

I think they also want to try to recover the stage. Normally they break up because of the stress of sub-orbital re-entry or from hitting the water. (The Shuttle SRBs were designed to take the stress of splashdown.) If this works, it would stop and hover just above the water, then cut out the engines and flop over. This one might not be reusable thanks to salt water, but this is only one test on the way to the final goal.

4 days ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Megane Re:H3 Baby! (312 comments)

They haven't been on moon with humans, you fucking moron. Or maybe you think they're perfectly fine with setting up an all-robot moon base.

4 days ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Megane Re:Talk is cheap (312 comments)

The state of the US space program is about the only thing I won't blame Obama for. The blame for that lies squarely in the halls of Congress trying to keep Shuttle-era pork alive and cutting anything else NASA-related.

4 days ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Megane Re:H3 Baby! (312 comments)

Well, they've already never been on the moon, might as well double down with nuclear fusion power that nobody has gotten working yet either!

4 days ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Megane Re:Is this a "Free Speech" issue? (325 comments)

Now that it's easy to make plates with a full-color printing process that doesn't need stamping, some states have gone totally overboard. In Texas, you can get a custom plate with the logo of most major colleges and NFL teams (even ones up in the "damnyankee" northeast states). You can even get plates with a sequential number on your choice of multiple alternate backgrounds, such as white letters on a pink background, but most of those are "for a cause" art.

And while they require you to change plates after a number of years (due to limited lifetime of the reflective material), I still have and see many of the old stamped plates. Also it seems that at some point they started requiring a new license plate when a vehicle is sold, which only increases the churn.

Of course when you get a new plate, it is a new number, that way they can just have a stack of new plates in the tax office. Back in the day, Oklahoma used to re-issue you a fresh plate with the same number every year with a prefix based on your county (like a telephone number), until a fire broke out in the state prison (probably from a riot) and destroyed the equipment. Then they finally accepted that, duh, plates can easily last ten years.

I think Virginia is another state infamous for plates gone wild. This one is my favorite.

I saw a Rolls Royce with plate "BR 2" - my initials

Your last name starts with a digit? Pleased to meet you, Mister 2! (But who is Number One?)

about a week ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Megane Re:selective enforcement at it's finest. (325 comments)

<seinfield>Have you ever noticed how people with handicapped license plates always drive like it's their car that's handicapped? What's up with that?</seinfield>

about a week ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Megane Re:selective enforcement at it's finest. (325 comments)

I think Texas is much worse about that. For instance, I think you can get just about any major college logo or professional NFL team logo. There's at least half a dozen non-logo specialty plates, including one that's just white letters on a pink background. This is because now it's just a multi-layer printing process, and they don't have to stamp raised letters anymore. At least the default plates are now plain instead of that "night sky" background which in the first version actually obscured some of the plate numbers.

about a week ago
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Fire Risk From Panasonic Batteries In Sony Vaio Laptops

Megane Re:Buy American!!! (36 comments)

Who exactly is Korean here? Panasonic = Matsushita = Japanese.

about a week ago

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