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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

cellocgw Does it have Draft Mode? (145 comments)

I've been waiting since, well, forever, for staropenlibre office's word processor to have a Draft or Galley mode (called "Normal" in Microsoft Word, or at least it was). Why in the world people think they should see the header, footer, and margins while writing and editing a document is beyond me.

That's one reason I would love to switch to LaTex all the way: the IDEs out there have one panel where you do your writing and editing, and a separate panel for viewing the fully rendered result when or if you want to.

yesterday
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

cellocgw Re:Naive to say the least. (253 comments)

They seem to have confused hours with days.

Captain! They've broken our secret Starfleet code!

2 days ago
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

cellocgw Re:Naive to say the least. (253 comments)

Actually it does matter. If you believe 100,000 hours = 273 years you lack basic arithmetic skills.

+1 sardonic

But doesn't address my serious point about application of statistical methods.

2 days ago
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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

cellocgw Re:Up next, automatic intelligence rating... (218 comments)

And you still got the song wrong. It goes "to know, know, know you, is to love, love, love you..." See? Ya gotta repeat twice (yeah I'm a grammar pedant: say it 3 times is repeating twice :-) ) .

2 days ago
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

cellocgw Re:Naive to say the least. (253 comments)

100,000 hours = 273 years. Does anyone believe that?

Oddly enough, it doesn't matter whether you believe it or not. What matters is whether that's the same predictive model used for estimating lifetimes of RAID arrays, or a single drive for that matter. Since you want to compare the proposed new config directly with current paradigms, you have to use the same set of underlying assumptions.

2 days ago
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Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

cellocgw Re:Armchair engineering at its finest (247 comments)

Yeah, I have to agree (sadly) with that conclusion. I wanted to come up with a semi-magical coupling system that would "hand off" one counterweight&pulley system to another every 100 floors or so, and do so without requiring the car itself to stop, but I rather suspect the cost and safety requirements would make this well-nigh impossible.

Heck, we might just as well go for a vertical version of the Hyperloop .

3 days ago
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Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

cellocgw Re:Visible from Earth? (124 comments)

There's a misconception going on here. Many satellites are "visible" in that they reflect a bunch of sunlight and we can see a bright point source.

At the same time, these satellites are not resolvable with the naked eye, meaning you cannot observe and structure or shape.

4 days ago
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Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

cellocgw Re:Opposite of a pinhole camera (124 comments)

Looks like the opposite of a pinhole camera

Dunno if you were joking or not, but that's exactly what it is. There are all sorts of principles of complementary apertures in optics; this one is perhaps the best known.

Now, in general use you do have to play some games to eliminate background light (as opposed to a pinhole camera, where light from elsewhere is blocked out), but in (dare I say it) Spaaaaaaace!! it'll be easier to set up the phase blocking stuff at the camera itself.

4 days ago
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The Camera That Changed the Universe

cellocgw Re: StartsWithABang (76 comments)

Sadly, Dogma is just as much present in Scientists as it is with Priests.

That's really sad. Not the implication of your statement, but that you might believe it in the slightest.
In an attempt to head off further comments in this subthread: you might as well be Hitler.

about a week ago
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The Camera That Changed the Universe

cellocgw Re:It was the press coverage that was the disaster (76 comments)

Not to mention good old politics in the bid-award process. A certain other corporation based in a certain town in upstate NY had build plenty of telescopes, same size, for orbit-based use, but because Security dammit!! and some cronyism on the side Hughes Optical got the contract. And screwed it up in an attempt to save cost.

about a week ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

cellocgw Re:So what was the result?? (496 comments)

Personally, I think voting is a great way to determine truth. When that doesn't work, generally a wrestling match does.

Or better yet, each side chooses a champion. The Mountain vs. The Viper. Which one do you vote for?

about two weeks ago
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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

cellocgw Re:Hypocrisy (136 comments)

You've combined possible sensible behavior with completely ignorant behavior.

Yes, your MD is an asshole (and a lazy shit) for prescribing antibiotics without doing a culture. -- unless you just happened to leave out the part where he had a positive finding.

No, he was exactly right for requiring that the entire scrip be taken. It's morons who "feel better after 3 days" and stop the scrip who thus allow partially resistant bacteria to survive and go on to breed (so to speak) more fully resistant bacteria. "All or nothing" is absolutely the rule here.

about two weeks ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

cellocgw Re:This has been know for a while... (121 comments)

What's wrong, actual english too hard for you?

What's wrong, actual capitalisation of proper nouns too hard for you?

What's wrong: understanding the difference between "," and ":" too hard for you?

so there. hahahaHAAAAAAha

about two weeks ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

cellocgw obligatory (648 comments)

Well, *I* think that 64k different languages should be enough for anyone. //rim shot

So, anyway, anyone who claims that any particular language is the right one to start with (and will lead to fame, fortune, and everything that goes with it) is a fool. I can see some justification for avoiding heavily obfuscated languages like APL or perl in favor of any language that actually uses, you know, words, to identify the functions and operations you want to do. If a high-school kid can't understand that "for," "do," "while," etc. are performing mostly the same operation, then he's screwed regardless of the actual language in question.

about two weeks ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

cellocgw not surprised (219 comments)

I just had this feeling all along that the results would turn out this way.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

cellocgw Re:There is only one hacker who can.. (98 comments)

Well, there is precedent -- wasn't the title "The Dirty Dozen"? Convicts just have to Save The Free World to earn their freedom, plus explosions.

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

cellocgw LIke Mt Everest (592 comments)

`because it's there'

Or more accurately, " because we can."

Then again, why not just set up dual-boot or dump either Linux or OSX into a VM inside the opposite OS?

I will note that Apple went competitive by making Yosemite a free upgrade. But if you don't mind figuring out how to make a startup script run to load your trackpad config options and similar stuff that works automagically under OSX, and don't mind not being able to use MsoftOffice (skip the flame wars, please-- we all have to be able to exchange files with the noncognoscenti), it really comes down to which desktop environment you like.

about two weeks ago
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Washington DC's Public Library Will Teach People How To Avoid the NSA

cellocgw Re:Tor ? That dragnet ? (81 comments)

If you stay in ONION yes. But the feds own or control a vast many exit nodes to consider it a 'safe' route anywhere outside of onion space.

That works for me. I always stay in TheOnion

about two weeks ago
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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

cellocgw Re:On credit, or because you saved it and can affo (111 comments)

> I'm spending about $5,000 on a vacation now. Because my kids are only kids for a very short period of time.

Did you save up $5,000, so you are now able to do that without worrying about?

The fallacy here is that a $5k vacation is five times better than a $1k vacation -- or that it's even close to five separate $1k vacations. One of the best family vacas I ever had as a kid involved staying at cheapo motels along the midAtlantic coast, getting up early to check out the local birding scene, dining at local indie establishments, etc. No Plastic Kingdom or Floating FoodOrgy can compare.

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

cellocgw not just the jury (303 comments)

It's always seemed to me that it is critical that the judge be, if not expert, at least well-educated in areas of science, philosophy, religion, etc. which are pertinent to the case. How can a judge properly rule on admissibility of evidence (e.g. all those cases involving data sent through an open home router) or validity of objections if he doesn't comprehend the technological or cultural situation?

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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robocalls with a bucketfull of numbers

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about a year ago

cellocgw (617879) writes "Over the last few months, I've got multiple calls (on each of the numbers listed below), all with identical pitches selling the same home security system. These calls come thru despite my being on the "national do not call" list. I took a look at the FTC complaint page, but so far as I can tell it'd take me 4 pages' worth of form to report each number. What to do?
206.225.6674
206.397.1819
215.383.3414
240.318.1485
240.318.1522
248.996.6219
253.236.2409
267.888.2494
307.316.7479
314.336.8509
314.666.8293
314.666.8369
336.937.7107
347.774.2743
360.633.9455
404.793.8108
417.800.2478
424.220.6074
458.201.2160
480.999.5637
541.981.4121
614.516.2800
630.701.3442
701.248.1334
702.576.4480
720.315.7922
773.897.5660
805.957.2052
913.279.5360
914.219.9800
951.200.2916"
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How about a new unit for data size?

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about a year ago

cellocgw (617879) writes "The explosion in file and memory capacity has led to a plethora of prefixes used for byte size: giga, pata, exa, and so on. Perhaps it's just time to add a "base unit" to the current bit, byte, and word appellations. Perhaps we could define a "Book" (abbreviation: Bk) as one gigabyte, and thus greatly simplify memory-naming requirements."
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How the Republicans maintained control of the House

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cellocgw writes "A statistician over at Fellows Statistics did some analysis to see what factors were most strongly correlated with disparities between popular vote (per state) and the ratio of Democrats/Republicans elected to the House of Representatives. No surprise that the party in control of redistricting ends up on top; or that in recent times, computer-aided Gerrymandering has helped the Republicans maximize the disparity between popular vote and elected seats."
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Proposed: replace comment score with arachnid graphs

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cellocgw writes "Everyone with a slashdot number under 10^8 knows that the "Score: 3(Funny)" probably has a dozen "informative" and "Troll" and "redundant" moderations that aren't visible. How about we plot an arachnid chart, displaying the current number of every possible rating category? That would provide an awful lot more info in a reasonable space, and there would not need to be a max score limit."
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Holy Softbook Destruction, Batman!

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cellocgw writes "This morning I went to a few of the many websites which feature the Quran (Koran). I loaded a bunch of webpages and downloaded a pdf copy of the book, then deleted the pdf as well as my browser cache. Does this count as destruction of a holy book? If not, where is the line drawn, seeing as destruction of mass-produced paperbacks apparently is a bad thing to do?"
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Is a 9/80 work schedule a good thing?

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  about 6 years ago

cellocgw writes "My company is in the process of implementing a version of "9/80," a work schedule which squeezes 80 hours' labor time into 9 business days and provides every other Friday off. I was wondering how this has been implemented in other companies, and how it's worked out for other Slashdot readers. Is your system flexible? Do you find time to get personal stuff done during the week? Is Friday good for anything other than catching up on lost sleep? And perhaps most important, do your managers respect the off-Fridays or pull people in on a regular basis to handle "crises"?"
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How to teach friends not to forward hoax email

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cellocgw writes "I recently received the "your cell phone number is being given to telemarketers" hoax email from a not-very-technosavvy friend. I fear I reacted rather strongly, sending a reply that was a solid mix of Steve Ballmer and Richard Dawkins to all email addresses on the forwarding chain. While I did suggest they try fact-checking, and listed a bunch of sites like snopes and urbanlegend, I certainly wasn't very diplomatic. So: can you recommend a calm, respectful way to get these folks to learn not to pass along garbage stories?"
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Sports injuries caused by breaking rules

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cellocgw writes "Well, duhhh: a new study quoted in Science Daily says a large portion of sports-related injuries happen when a rule is broken. Even more amazing (not) is that the percentage of such injuries is far higher in soccer than volleyball. Who would have thought that contact sports were riskier than non-contact sports?"
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cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 8 years ago

cellocgw writes "We don't even have to know the picture is there. If there's erotica, we go for it. A recent study found it works for male and females, both hetero and homosexual."

Journals

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re Brad and rhf comment

cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Thanks to Lost Race for calling me an old-timer :-).
I feel better already.

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cellocgw cellocgw writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So anybody know who purplewalrus(457070) is, or how to contact him/her? PW showed up in my Freaks list and I've never heard of this fella.

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