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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Noxal Re: I never thought I'd say this... (327 comments)

Why shouldn't we subsidize internet service, at least for people that otherwise couldn't afford it?

5 days ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Noxal Re:Umm... WHY??? (368 comments)

I want a Rat Thing

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Noxal Re:I like... (643 comments)

The squad cars at the police department for which I work all have solid metal DVRs. You need a key to access SD cards. The same concept should be able to work for wearable cameras, just use lightweight metals or durable plastics or whatever. Make them tamper-proof.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

Noxal Eames lounge (154 comments)

Pick up an Eames lounge chair and ottoman. Yes it's expensive. Yes it's worth it. You'll thank me later.

about a month ago
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How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

Noxal Whatever. (196 comments)

They'll still fall out of my ear and sound like shit when they don't.

about 3 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Noxal Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

You might want to go back to like 3rd grade civics where you learn about the separate branches of government.

about 2 months ago
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Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

Noxal Re:Let gay men donate (172 comments)

Precisely. A prostitute is able to donate while a monogamous gay man is not.
(I don't mean any offense to sex workers by that; prostitution should be 100% legal)

about 3 months ago
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Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

Noxal Re:Let gay men donate (172 comments)

Anywhere from 1% to 10% of the population. But yes, you're absolutely correct. My reply wasn't meant to detract from the original post at all; I'm ALL for artificial blood! Of course I'm gaymarried to a biomedical engineer so there's that. :P

about 3 months ago
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Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

Noxal Re:Let gay men donate (172 comments)

1. Heterosexuals have more anal sex than homosexuals just by sheer volume (probably not by proportion though.

2. African Americans are at higher risk for HIV than whites are. Should we just ban blacks from donating blood because they are at a higher risk of contracting and transmitting HIV?

I'm sorry but "these people have higher risk factors" is not acceptable when you can just screen the damned blood.

about 3 months ago
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Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

Noxal Let gay men donate (172 comments)

You know what else would help the shortage? Let gay men donate.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Launches Subscription-Based Billing And Payments Service

Noxal What about porn? (76 comments)

Serious question. Seemingly none of the big players in the whatever-this-service-is-called industry seem to want anything to do with porn. I would LOVE to use a reputable mainstream payment services provider to buy porn but they're all so sexually repressed that they just shut down any accounts dealing with anything sexual.

about 3 months ago
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Cable Companies Use Astroturfing To Fight Net Neutrality

Noxal Chattanooga of all places (142 comments)

Seriously, since when is somewhere in the filthy, dirty South a bastion of progress when it comes to broadband?

about 4 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

Noxal Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (583 comments)

but an autodrive system with no manual override must be 100% fail-safe.

Why? If human drivers are (for example) 80% fail-safe, why is 85% fail-safe not good enough for the first driverless cars? It's still a real improvement that will still save real lives.

about 4 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

Noxal Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (583 comments)

It's Lufthansa policy to land manually whenever possible, as to not lose manual flying proficiency.

Nice! Respect gained for Lufthansa.

about 4 months ago
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US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

Noxal Re:Then/Than (411 comments)

No they aren't. "Your" is pronounced "yo-er". "You're" is pronounced "yoo-er".

about 4 months ago
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US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

Noxal Re:This could actually be good news (411 comments)

Oh just SHUT the FUCK UP. How DARE we hold our country to a higher standard than you do. How DARE we have an opinion on the matter.

about 4 months ago
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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Experts Unable To Replicate Inmarsat Analysis

Noxal An what? (245 comments)

really?

about 4 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

Noxal Re:Kind of understandable from Nintendo (384 comments)

How am I a weak link in the evolutionary chain? And how do you know I won't procreate?

about 4 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

Noxal Re:Negativity (384 comments)

I'm not a pedophile. And you can just come try to kill me. You'll find your worthless carcass riddled with hollow points in no time. ;)

about 4 months ago

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Alternative to WordPerfect for merging lists with word processing documents?

Noxal Noxal writes  |  about 4 months ago

Noxal (816780) writes "At my workplace we use the latest WordPerfect version for Linux to merge data into word processing templates, basically form letters with a letterhead that plugs in names, addresses, and any other custom data that might be necessary.

Unfortunately that latest WordPerfect version is from 1998 and it's getting to be quite a hassle to deal with. We've not had any luck finding an alternative though.

Requirements: Must be entirely Linux compatible (CentOS). Must be entirely command line based (we could have a graphical environment set up if necessary, but everything would still have to be handled over ssh or rsh). Must be able to pass a word processing document and a CSV (or similar) file to a program and have the program output the document with the data in the CSV file filled in and then print it via lp/CUPS. End users would also have to be able to easily edit the template documents.

Open/Libreoffice doesn't seem to be able to do this headless/automated, but I may be wrong. We do use LibreOffice almost exclusively, so finding a solution that uses LibreOffice in an automated fashion would be fantastic."

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