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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

Quixadhal FTL drive spinup (121 comments)

Clearly, this is the signature of an FTL drive spinning up. Pity the folks using it died out 5.4999 billion years ago.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Quixadhal How much do you share data with other offices? (452 comments)

The only downside to using Linux in the workplace doesn't become apparent unless you regularly exchange documents with people in other locations, be they coworkers, clients, or what have you. At that point, you will discover that people outside your office will send you Microsoft format documents and not only expect you to be able to read them, but that you will be able to modify them and send them back.

While a pure linux shop can just use "Libre Office" and whatever other tools work well for a given circumstance, that idea just flat out fails when you're collaborating with folks who are using current Microsoft tools. The people in the home office don't like being told their document doesn't look right because they used a feature that's standard in Microsoft Office 2013, but that LIbre Office doesn't implement or doesn't get quite right. They *REALLY* don't like it when they send you a document and you send them back something forced down to Word 98 compatibility format.

So, that's the headache you're setting yourself (and your boss) up for if you switch the office (or part of it) to Linux. If you're all internal, it's easier to work around, but will still become an issue from time to time. If you don't share documents often, then it's a moot point.

about 10 months ago

CanSecWest Presenter Self-Censors Risky Critical Infrastructure Talk

Quixadhal Re:hack the planet (66 comments)

How's that old saying go? Security through obscurity is not security at all?

about a year ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Quixadhal Switch? (769 comments)

Yeah, it'll convince people to switch alright... to switch the the clone version of the coffee maker so they can continue to use their favorite coffee pods. You can argue about the quality all day, but the fact is... being able to get a cup of coffee in the morning without all the fuss of making more than you need, or having to clean everything up is worth something.

about a year ago

60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

Quixadhal Re:What is the best way to buy some in bulk? (944 comments)

The fact that LED bulbs get gradually dimmer over time is a huge failure point in their design. With incandescent or CFL bulbs, people buy the brightness they want, and when a bulb goes out, they replace it. No harm, other than a bit of cost in the replacement. On the other hand, do you REALLY want people to wonder why their having trouble reading, even with all the lights on? Having bulbs get gradually dimmer over time is a great way to make people visit the eye doctor, wasting hundreds of dollars on insurance, and even more if they end up getting new glasses more often than they might really need to.

about a year ago

87-Year-Old World War II Veteran Takes On the TSA

Quixadhal Re:Gotta search 'em all! (218 comments)

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -- some old guy nobody remembers these days.

about a year ago

Scientists Create Artificial Bones From Wood

Quixadhal Yarrr!!! (138 comments)

Yarrrr... me peg leg'll be worth a few bottles o rum afterall!

more than 5 years ago

Encyclopedia of Life Launches First 30,000 Pages

Quixadhal Re:30000 pages... (87 comments)

Yeah, I predict it will start filling faster when Spore is released in September.

more than 6 years ago


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I hate Journals

Quixadhal Quixadhal writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I hate journals. But I hate seeing messages whining about my not having a journal even more. Hence, this is now a journal about hating journals.

(1) I hate journals because it's assumed that what you write in them is what you were thinking at the time. Nobody ever really writes what they're thinking, they write what they recall or can express about what they were thinking. So, this isn't the hatred of journals, it's a pale shadow of that hatred.

(2) I don't really hate journals, but I had to write about something.. and making a list of the ways one can hate journals might be fun.

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