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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

gomiam Re: TCO (153 comments)

At the mercy of the vendor and the ability of your sysadmins to fool the program to run on Windows 7/8. I mean, it is an interesting challenge but I could do perfectly without it :-)

2 days ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

gomiam Re:Its all because of graphics drivers (153 comments)

Or do most people lack the cognitive ability to use more than one OS, and need crappy 'Microsoft Essentials' classes to teach them anything beyond how to game and access their Facebook accounts?

They lack the interest the same way someone who learns driving an automatic usually has little interest in learning to drive a stick-shift (actually, here in Spain there are very few automatic transmission cars so everyone needs to know about the stick-shift, but I digress).

I deal with last-year undergraduates who still don't know about Word styles, who still write the content tables by hand (because they don't know about the possibility of using the title styles in their Word documents). Believe me, they don't care to investigate in most cases.

Actually, most of them still will put text walls in their Powerpoint presentations so they can read them. And yes, they usually had classes about it in high school. But they didn't care.

3 days ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

gomiam Re: TCO (153 comments)

No. Unfortunately they usually don't. <semi-rant>I support a university campus and I'm tired (not really, but it gets boring) of being asked for copies of university software by students for whom there is no licenced copy available. The reason? The teacher will be accostumed to using that software and doesn't even consider changing to another.

Mind you, I'm not even talking about changing to Linux or some open source program. I'm talking about students (teachers too) persistently asking for Windows XP-compatible software to be installed in their Windows 8 computers when we aren't allowed to do it and asking for us to help them when the magically appearing copy of our licenced software doesn't work with their computers' Windows 7 or 8</semi-rant>

So no, they usually don't know better: they stumbled upon the software (or were taught to use it by someone who already used it) and never looked back. I have even had teachers tell me (because some licenced-software seller told them) that the costless option I suggest is worse when the licenced version is the same software with some useless extras bolted in (and yes, I mean useless extras because they can be substituted with standard Windows software).

3 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

gomiam Re:The proofs (504 comments)

Excuse my shortsightedness. Would you be so kind to explain _why_ the fact that british imams condemned the demonstrators showing those placards as being extremists has anything to do with Israel? Do you have any proof about those condemnations being false? Why do you resort to the "guilt by association" fallacy? While we are at it, would you be so kind to point out where is that memo referenced in the link you posted? Which, by the way, doesn't paint Palestinians in too good a light either:

Palestinians who were responsible for the killing of Israeli children after the establishment of the PA in 1993 also benefited from impunity.

Update: I found the reference you pointed out. Great work putting a link that explains next to nothing about your point of contention. Next time, link the document itself.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resolving the Clash Between Art and Technology In Music?

gomiam Re:Union tactics (121 comments)

Thank you.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resolving the Clash Between Art and Technology In Music?

gomiam Re:Union tactics (121 comments)

I find no information at the Wikipedia entry about luddites complaining about quality. Would you be so kind to reference your assertion about luddism being about quality? Because I can hardly see the relationship in, say, agricultural luddism against mechanical threshers.

about a month and a half ago
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A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

gomiam Re:Simple.... Odds are even (167 comments)

Oh, dear, trolls must be starving now. Slashdot is not what it was any more.

about 4 months ago
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Pluto Regains Its Title As Largest Object In Its Neighborhood

gomiam Re:And when Eris' atmosphere is measured... (138 comments)

The New Horizons mission page states that the probe will fly by Pluto during July 2015. I don't know what the probe's ability to get data from Pluto is, but anything that helps restrict the range of observations is, IMO, a good thing: a month can pass quickly.

about 4 months ago
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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

gomiam Let me guess... (467 comments)

...the movie was "Catch me if you can" (no, I didn't read the link- why should I?).

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

gomiam Re:I had a N900 too... (303 comments)

That's strange because you can change your keyboard mappings (and even cycle through them on the fly through Control-Space). I acknowledge it is not a simple procedure to set up, but once you do it you don't need to think too much about it.

about 6 months ago
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Chinese Moon Rover Says an Early Goodnight

gomiam Dark side of the moon? (284 comments)

It seems the writer of the article hasn't learned there are no "dark sides" to the Moon.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

gomiam Re:I had a N900 too... (303 comments)

Trying to code on a hunt and peck thumb board that required escapes for most punctuation symbols was a waste of time.

Because you couldn't change the mapping, right? I agree that it's not the most comfortable keyboard ever, but I'm typing quite quickly with it, thank you.

about 6 months ago
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Graphene-based Nanoantennas Could Allow WLANs of Nanodevices

gomiam Re:NSA? (45 comments)

And I'm a leaker.

That's what sanitary pads are for, you know.

about 7 months ago
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Factory-In-a-Day Project Aims To Deploy Work-Ready Robots Within 24 Hours

gomiam Re:Seems reasonable... (157 comments)

Titillating idea.

about 8 months ago
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Killing Cancer By Retraining the Patient's Immune System

gomiam Re:How long were his previous remissions? (175 comments)

Actually, while reading/watching about innate HIV resistance in subsaharian Africa, there was some information about the bubonic plague resistance being useful against HIV, which has already been mentioned. The same source stated that the genes providing this resistance survived in about 10% of the European population.

So no, most people survived the bubonic plague by not getting infected. Either that or those genes aren't really that useful otherwise.

about 8 months ago
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Object Lessons: Evan Booth's Post-Checkpoint Airport Weapons

gomiam Re:So, time to scrap TSA/airport security checks (208 comments)

In a democracy the elected member of the government are expandable.

They are usually quite inflated on their own, I don't think they are that expandable.

about 8 months ago
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Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

gomiam Re: Show time (722 comments)

Because recognizing that some tasks can't be left to individual greed if you want to achieve the egalité in the "liberté, egalité, fraternité" ideal is anathema. Yes, sure.

Think about it the next time your insurance company doesn't cover your medical bills (it will come).

about 9 months ago
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Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

gomiam Re:Show time (722 comments)

You use "socialist" as if it was an insult. Unfortunately for you it isn't. Go whine somewhere else.

about 9 months ago

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Towards a silicon-like graphene

gomiam gomiam writes  |  about a year ago

gomiam (587421) writes "Arxiv has an article on the effects of doping single-layer graphene with nitrogen atoms. Interestingly, several configurations show promise as either n-type metal (the basis for MOSFET), silicon analogue, or as a magnet."

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