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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

jafac Re:I wish they'd fix the missing functionality (144 comments)

Excel has a very stubborn and evil UI bug. It's been there forever, and it appears that MS has no intention of ever fixing it, or ever giving users an option to suppress the behavior. Ever try to scroll a large document, and you'll see what I mean. It is impossible to scroll by half-cells (or >1 cell). It's very annoying, especially when you have cells which contain a paragraph or two of text, and makes it almost impossible to navigate without losing your place as you're reading a spreadsheet. The other really horrible issue is that tab-names can only be llike 15 characters. If you need a more descriptive name for tabs, well, then, fuck you.

11 hours ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

jafac Re:Nope (241 comments)

Tizen on smartwatches does have some pretty good battery life.

Apps?

Not so much.

Also - samsung writes SHITTY UI's.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

jafac Re:"Half Baked"? (241 comments)

I use an S5. I don't hate it.

I used to use a Samsung DVD player - I actually loved that thing.

I was slightly less impressed with the GG2. (running Tizen).

I am appalled and horrified by their absolutely craptastic "SmartHub" system on their TV. Not sure if it's Tizen-based, but it's really, really bad.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

jafac Re:"Half Baked"? (241 comments)

yet, still, nobody needs or wants it.

about two weeks ago
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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

jafac Re:You gotta be kidding me... (168 comments)

give up.

There are people out there who will NEVER be convinced; because they'd rather sit on their high-horse and morally judge people for being fat. The simplistic worldview that fat people simply overeat, and that there's nothing else going on, is too compelling, even if it is wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

jafac Re:Try Here (184 comments)

I've had my Samsung S5 (Verizon) complain that TowelRoot was malware.

Also, after rooting, the update process seemed to fail from that point onwards; I can't install any vendor-provided update successfully.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

jafac more to fear (227 comments)

Honestly, I'm far more afraid of DUMB programs, set loose by psychopathic human operators. Humans will do almost anything to fuck over other people, and make a buck. An antelope thighbone is a simple tool. One that can be misused. A program is just a much more sophisticated tool.

Why are we afraid of the moment when a tool decides to use other tools, when any human can do horrible things.

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

jafac Re:Ironically, bottled mineral water is exploding. (441 comments)

even in the nuclear industry, we regulate, and monitor - - obsessively. Yet, accidents happen.

In the drilling industry - we're FAR less strict. I think it's almost guaranteed that accidents in fracking are more the rule than the exception.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

jafac Re:Never had such issues (325 comments)

there's a utility for MBP's called "SMCFan Control" - however, it has been a bit "flaky" in my experience.

If you boot to either Fedora or Ubuntu, there are some great temperature/fan/CPU controls that can be used to moderate heat.

The MBP is absolutely fucking amazing hardware. You pay for it though. And there are trade-offs (no 3-6 disk slots, that's for sure).

about three weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

jafac Re:How about unburdening Cable services (448 comments)

yeah, cable news has gone down the shitter - but frankly, that's been a very strong trend since 1982 or so.

about three weeks ago
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Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

jafac Re:SF Economic Plausibility (300 comments)

Right. If only someone had the vision to write (Economic) Science Fiction. . . (or maybe that's Fantasy writing right there. . . )

about three weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

jafac Re:No... (598 comments)

Yes; I'm looking back at my "mac fanboi problems" from the 1990's, and the reason I bought Macs then, was to run Mac OS, or some mac-only software - the hardware was always pretty much playing "catch up". The fishtank-iMac was the first glimmer of hope on the hardware front. The dual G5 was amazing, even if OS X was kind of rough.

But at a certain point, it became obvious that the OS team was being pillaged of talent for the i-device (iOS) team. The fact that Apple pulled all support for PPC kind of put a knife in it for me. And that's when I went over to PC hardware.

Windows 8 was an amazing opportunity for Apple - and they totally blew it. Microsoft tripped, stumbled, and Apple could have curb-stomped them with a great development effort to tune-up OS X. They blew that opportunity off. And Microsoft STILL isn't really on their feet yet.

Now: I have a macbook pro - because it's just an "insanely great" piece of hardware. But the ONLY reason I'm running OS X is to be able to use VMWare Fusion. If VMWare Fusion's features were available on Linux, that's what I would be running on my MBP.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

jafac Re: not original (190 comments)

I suspect arson was somewhat frowned on then as it is now.

lol. If it "creates jobs" - then it is pretty much accepted with open arms, if not worshiped and deified.

about a month ago
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Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

jafac Re:Just get f.lux! (179 comments)

just a word about this program - sometimes it gets flagged as spyware. I don't know if it's because f.lux has to know your location (in order to time the local sunset) - or if there's something else going on. There are some other programs. There is g.lux, and redshift, for starters.

about a month ago
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Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

jafac Re:a progressive new group (323 comments)

Oh look, here come the same "social engineers" that brought us soaring male suicide rates and burgeoning single motherhood with it's associated social outcomes,

The only problem with this statement, is while these theories on raising children are a relatively new thing (last 100 years or so) - it can not be demonstrated that any kids are ACTUALLY being raised this way. Maybe a few, here and there, but by and large, most parents still raise their kids using traditional violence-based methods.

So to blame these new science-backed techniques for the "decline of modern civilization" is just a bunch of bullshit; to justify frustrated parents whose first tool in their parenting toolbox is the paddle.

about a month ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

jafac Re:Land of the free (580 comments)

Lol, in Gary, you're at much higher risk from industrial pollution than you are from random hooligan violence on the street. That shit gets into your body every day, all day long. You can't shoot it back. And it's completely legal.

about a month and a half ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

jafac Re:Land of the free (580 comments)

Exactly.

And if NK wanted to REALLY threaten Sony; they'd just assassinate Seth Rogan. Seems like the easiest and most sensible thing to do. Seriously. The rest of this just makes no fucking sense at all.

about a month and a half ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

jafac Re:Unbelievable! (191 comments)

he idea of moving the population to local cities where they can use public transportation especially in less dense areas like the United States, just won't happen. If you tell the population that they need to move from their houses which they have put a lot of money in, and live in an area the matches how they want to live and go to a crowed loud crime ridden city, will cause a lot of people to put a gun to your face, whether or not it is legal to have guns.

bah. Worked out well for Stalin, didn't it?

about a month and a half ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

jafac Re:Move to a gated community (611 comments)

People are still moving to the central valley and commuting to jobs on the coast

Why are there only jobs on the coast?

I think this is the real root of the problem. Everybody wants to cram into (for example) Silicon Valley - because it's where the best paying, most stable jobs are. Why can't these employers employ workers elsewhere. I've actually worked for a company that tried that tactic. Guess what? During hard times, (or mergers), they tend to shut remote sites down, and the workers are laid off or uprooted.

But yeah - a lot of problems would be resolved if employment were more distributed.

about a month and a half ago

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Natalie Portman: Not Petrified (of Science)

jafac jafac writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jafac (1449) writes "Turns out, that Natalie Portman, much abused by slasdot geeks, was, herself, a Science geek, in High School, and studied Neuroscience at Harvard. Who knew?

Okay, don't answer that. I don't care."

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jafac jafac writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jafac (1449) writes "As discussed in this SpaceDaily article, the video footage from the launch, earlier this week (available at www.spacex.com), of the Falcon 1 vehicle, seems to show a problem with the stage separation. I noticed this when I watched the video last night — it appears that the top of the first stage bumps the engine nozzle.

The upper stage guidance does a good job of setting the craft straight after this bump, but some odd things happen after that, including some kind of ring flying off the engine, and a wobble that gets progressively worse until the vehicle goes completely out of control. I've been fascinated by the availability of these kinds of videos more and more; but this is the first one I've seen that documents a failed launch — (Elon Musk's denials notwithstanding), and because of that, it's probably the coolest video I've seen all year."

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