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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

ihtoit Re:WAMP doesn't cut it in my case (103 comments)

I think it's entirely possible to do that on a WAMP stack.

BL is done in the "M" bit. That's your database. The "P" bit is the bit where you build the UI. "A" is the webserver. "W" is the server platform of choice. The latter two aren't part of the discussion, because they don't need to be. PHP is very powerful, it can handle translating the BL through the UI in either direction, is more than capable of handling complex SQL statements and is proven in agnostic form data. Dealt with. The grunt work depends on the database. If you can't connect BL in the DB to the code in your web application, there's not anything wrong with the platform components, the problem is in your understanding of their individual and collective capabilities and how to coax them into doing what you expect them to do. If you're looking for a "shop in a box" solution, WAMP isn't for you anyway - you're looking for a unified WAMP-ish-but-not-WAMP stack in a pretty box with a picture of a pretty young lady looking happy at her workstation on the front. For insurance evaluations and health services there is a slew of bespoke applications that do just what you want because they're designed for that one specific purpose, but you will find one thing in common to them all: not a single one of them outputs to open standards (hence rely on the utterly debunked "security through obscurity" data integrity model), and support for them is via contracts with the developers at obscene rates.

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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

ihtoit Re:Java-Free Like NeoOffice? (103 comments)

I hate Java, for much the same reasons as you. Unfortunately, not having it installed leaves me with no database in OOo and the rest of it is fairly crippled. Pisses me off, but I found a workaround solution that works just fine for me at least as far as a database is concerned: I installed a WAMP stack. Specifically, the Bitnami Docuwiki and Mediawiki stacks. Side by side. One runs on localhost 8000 the other on localhost 8001. I can even access them (hence all the documents) via my virtual machines on the thin clients. Bonus!

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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

ihtoit Re:track record (249 comments)

yeah but there aren't any more B-52's being built, specific spare parts aren't available because at some point the decision was made to detool (around the same time it was decided to drop heavy weights across the wing roots of several aircraft to ensure they never flew again), repairs on that line are only possible when the repair job needs tools that are still in use.

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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

ihtoit Re:track record (249 comments)

are they still being *built*?

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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

ihtoit Re:Total disservice to taxpayers (249 comments)

and by the time you get the extra avionics and other systems (missile defence, for one) adapted for the different airframe from a different manufacturer? Boeing customise the aircraft for purpose, which as a military contractor includes MDS and enhanced RADAR and electrical subsytems.

11 hours ago
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

ihtoit Re:E-4 replacement - when? (249 comments)

apparently so, in the last couple days reports intended to scare us state that the RAF sent up fighter jets to warn off a Russian bomber that (was still in international airspace but) had "buzzed" the coast of Bournemouth, ostensibly to probe out air defences.

Not to worry, Comrade Putin, all you have to do is look at our online press which tells us that apart from all the equipment the MOD have left behind in Iraq and Afghanistan, the British Government under King Cameron is selling off what's left of our military prowess and having us instead rely on an agreement made with France in which they'll supply us with quality aircraft (that can't keep up with anything the Israeli Air Force have in service), an aircraft carrier (since the Government literally gave the ones we had, that we used to kick the Argies arses back in the 80s, to scrappers in Turkey(!!)), and small arms that are absolutely no use to us, in fact even more useless than the SA-80s currently being issued that jam when *dust* gets into the breech. Oh, should I mention that over the last few years the public advertising for recruitment into the armed forces has been heavily into promoting part time postings and even they have failed miserably in maintaining recruitment numbers? Really, Mr. Putin, you have nothing whatsoever to worry about from this sad old ex-empire, not least either because our nuclear capability is currently between bases since Scotland don't want them up there any more, they're now looking at building a base in the Bristol Channel. Go nuts, this information is all in the public domain.

11 hours ago
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

ihtoit Re:777 (249 comments)

because the 747 might be big and heavy but it's a glutton for punishment. It can land on just one engine. It can also carry a hell of a lot more payload than the Gulfstream (clears 150 tons against a ramp load of less than three tons for the GS-V?) a hell of a lot further, and can be fitted with advanced avoidance and defensive systems such as chaff, flares etc. Good luck getting all that crammed into a 3 ton payload then including the President and his entourage.

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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

ihtoit Re:Not going to disappear quickly.... (249 comments)

tell that to Air China, Lufthansa, Cathay-Pacific, Atlas, Arik, Korean Air... all of whom have orders in for the -8I (that's the passenger variant).

12 hours ago
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

ihtoit Re:Not going to disappear quickly.... (249 comments)

according to Boeing Commercial, they have enough orders in the 8 Intercontinental to keep their plant going for the next fifty years. Not bad considering that over the last 45 years Boeing have beeen refining their floor process and managed to build over 1500 747s so far. Air China have another half dozen 8Is coming.

Boeing isn't going anywhere for a long time yet.

12 hours ago
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

ihtoit Re:Last 2 planes? (249 comments)

the only difference between the 8 and the other 747 series is the 8 is 19 feet longer. Hell, they're being built on the same plant floor that the first -100 was built on. There is no special retooling required.

12 hours ago
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

ihtoit Re:track record (249 comments)

and the rest - the 747 has been flying commercially since 1970. That's 45 years, easily the longest continuous run of any aircraft model anywhere ever. And I swear some of the first airframes are still in service.

12 hours ago
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

ihtoit Re:track record (249 comments)

the Bentley Jubilee 2002 was built and furnished entirely in England. The engine is a Rolls Royce TT 6.75l V8 purpose-built in Derby. Coachwork and chassis assembled by hand in Crewe, and the furniture by Hield in West Yorkshire. It might be *owned* by Volkswagen but the manufacturing is entirely still British labour.

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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

ihtoit Re:track record (249 comments)

having a look around, it seems that a lot of the Government fleets (Estonia and Argentina to name two) are comprised primarily of Audi A8s.

12 hours ago
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

ihtoit Re:track record (249 comments)

the Antonov 225 has six engines. OK, there was only ever one built. BUT, its immediate predecessor, the AN-124, is a commercially available, fully configurable airlifter/cargo/passenger airframe, which remains the largest of its type in the world. 25% greater carrying capacity than the Lockheed C5 Galaxy.

Ukrainian, for the win.

12 hours ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

ihtoit Re:not the point (360 comments)

Mir=X but Mir !=X11

basic functionality is pretty much the same, but the framework is different enough to be called a new approach to the same problem.

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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

ihtoit Re:Probably won't happen soon (344 comments)

the way to do it (and fuck Mythbusters, or Brainiac, this works) is to pump water in through the keyhole or whatever hole, stuff in a detonator cap and fire. You will blow the door clean off the hinges and the money will be a bit wet. Water is basically incompressible, the pressure wave from the detonation will seek the path of least resistance to escape the system which confines it.

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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

ihtoit I call bullshit (344 comments)

I'm in the UK, if there had been even one ATM blown up it'd be all over the news.

Absolutely. Fucking. NOTHING.

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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

ihtoit Re:Carl Sagan (220 comments)

Jodie Foster doesn't know how to play weak, to use her own words (celebritytypes.com interview). She'll only pick parts that portray strong women because that's how she sees herself: an embattled person in a gender-biased and male dominated world, where she has to continually prove herself not just to herself but to everybody around her who she sees as just wanting to watch her fail. THAT is why you'll never see her in the role of Elizabeth Bennett. Sure, she had a go at Anna the schoolteacher in the story of the King of Siam (Anna And The King, against Chow Yun Fat) and pulled that off, but that was because the character was bolshy and defiant to her expected role as subservient to the King who actually knew nothing of manners, never mind gender equality.

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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

ihtoit Re:not the point (360 comments)

+1 informative

yesterday

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Amazon to open data centre in Germany

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 3 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "News from the London Financial Times: Amazon will offer its corporate customers the option of running internet services and holding data in Germany as it addresses concerns from European businesses about the threat of online spying in the US.
The retailer’s cloud computing arm has unveiled plans to build centres in Frankfurt as businesses and governments in continental Europe have shown increasing alarm at revelations of widespread internet surveillance, exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden."

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Leon's Law: Police Cam Pilot Commences In London

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about a year ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Following the death of Leon Briggs in police custody last November, public calls for police to wear recording body cameras have at last borne some fruit: a pilot scheme on East London has beat officers wearing switchable video cameras for them to record interactions with members of the public. However, some are not as thrilled about the idea of being surveiled while going about their public duty as those members of the public asked and responded who said that public accountability is the only way to restore public trust in the police. Supporters of "Leon's Law" have already expressed concern that these cameras have switches that allow the officers wearing them to turn them on and off at will when the technology exists on a commercial basis to equip officers with continuous-recording HD cameras.

More on this, continually updated with media links."

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Stars In His Eyes: New England Electrician Takes 14kV, Shrugs It Off

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  1 year,3 days

ihtoit (3393327) writes "An electrician was let with stars in his eyes after an electric shock left him with some unusually shaped cataracts.
The 42-year-old man from New England went to doctors a month after he received a 14,000 V shock to his left shoulder, when his eye sight deteriorated.
He has since had the cataracts removed and although it is believed the cause was damage to his optic nerve doctors are not sure why they were star-shaped.
Sources: New England journal of Medicine, ITV"

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John Doe Lawsuits Baseless, So Says DC Federal Judge

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  1 year,8 days

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Four people accused of sharing illegal copies of the movie "Elf-Man" persuaded a federal judge there is not enough evidence to support copyright infringement claims against them.
          Elf-Man LLC, producer of the direct-to-DVD release "Elf-Man" sued Eric Cariveau et al. in Federal Court a year ago, accusing them of sharing a peer-to-peer file of the movie.
          Elf-Man claims the defendants illegally copied and distributed the movie online.
          "Despite the industry's efforts to capitalize on internet technology and reduce costs to end viewers through legitimate and legal means of online viewing such as through Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, there are still those that use this technology to steal motion pictures and undermine the efforts of creators through their illegal copying and distribution of motion pictures," Elf-Man's attorney Maureen VanderMay wrote in the complaint.
          U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik granted Elf-Man's motion to initiate discovery on the IP addresses of defendants, but noted that "the risk of false positives is very real."
          "It is not clear that plaintiff could ... make factual contentions regarding an Internet subscriber's infringing activities based solely on the fact that he or she pays the Internet bill," Lasnik wrote in the order.
          Elf-Man named 18 individual defendants in its first amended complaint. A default judgment was ordered against two of them; claims against the Doe defendants were dismissed. Claims against four other named defendants were also dismissed on the grounds of their implausibility."

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New views of famed supernova reveal giant dust factory

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  1 year,23 days

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Astronomers using the ALMA radio telescope in Chile have released images and data showing the oft-postulated but unobserved (until now) dust shell ejected by the supernova remnant SN1987A. "We have found a remarkably large dust mass concentrated in the central part of the ejecta from a relatively young and nearby supernova," astronomer Remy Indebetouw, of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the University of Virginia, said in a statement. “This is the first time we've been able to really image where the dust has formed, which is important in understanding the evolution of galaxies." SN1987A was the first catalogued supernova event in our Galactic neighbourhood in 1987. It lies 168,000 light years (987 quadrillion miles) away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which means that at the time of the explosion, woolly mammoths still roamed Europe and Mitochondrial Eve saw her first sunrise."
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Cancel the eulogy: ISON survives brush with Sun

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about a year ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Comet ISON flew through the sun's atmosphere on Nov. 28th and the encounter did not go well for the icy comet. Just before perihelion (closest approach to the sun) the comet rapidly faded and appeared to disintegrate. This prompted reports of ISON's demise. However, a fraction of the comet has survived. Spaceweather.com has an animation captured from satellites showing the emergence of what remains of our visitor."
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