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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

jbolden Re:You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (230 comments)

The integration is really good but it assumes you have a SharePoint administrator setting it up. As far as glacial file transfers that sounds like a SQLServer issue generally. You need to make sure the server is setup to handle the file transfers. As far as wiki vs. SharePoint.... SharePoint works well because it can allow deep linking within office documents to one another in a reliable version controlled way. You can also do really powerful searches.

As for not allowing extensions you need, that's definitely a configuration issue that shouldn't be happening.

2 hours ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

jbolden Re:Disagree (230 comments)

1) Of course a RAID can be used as a backup. RAID doesn't back itself up itself up but that's a different question.
2) How are tapes any better for linear writing than HDD?
3) Certainly tape drives can go a long time.
4) HDD can be used over and over as well.
5) If the volume of data is small the cost factor goes down which kills the only advantage of tape (other than longevity).

2 hours ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

jbolden Re:You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (230 comments)

SharePoint is a lot more than a shared network drive. I'd say it is a light version of Documentum. If you or the team is using it as only that then: you aren't using it right, no one setup it up right and/or you weren't properly trained.

4 hours ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

jbolden Re:I wonder how much damage... (230 comments)

Keynote is free now with Macs and iOS devices and free online for everyone. That being said Keynote underwent a pretty substantial downgrade. Apple's goal is 100% compatibility between the iOS, Web and OSX versions so they've had to pull features out and gradually add them back so that they work well on all platforms.

Prior to the downgrade (and you can still use the old version on modern macs) I'd say that:
Powerpoint has somewhat better integration with 3rd party software and some more advanced features
Keynote is far better at creating a good looking presentation for someone who doesn't use Powerpoint regularly.

After the downgrade Keynote is just frankly a much less feature rich product that still looks pretty.

5 hours ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

jbolden Re:LibreOffice (230 comments)

Assume you are right and one dies. Given the huge features overlap, the same file formats and the fact both are open source, what difference is that going to make? The users will just relatively seamless switch over when the time comes.

5 hours ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

jbolden Re:LibreOffice (230 comments)

I think that's fair. OpenOffice as it exists today is a merger back of the Lotus Symphony code. So there was a fork and an unfork.

5 hours ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

jbolden Re:What now? 1 billion! (230 comments)

Access has a user friendly GUI for non-programmers or light programmers to do work in. It is the GUI not the engine that makes Access worthwhile. Which is why Base for OO/LO was important. The backend can easily be SQLServer.

5 hours ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

jbolden Re:Disagree (230 comments)

OK what data do you have. I have for 2012 it was down to $1.06 billion (drives and media) falling at a rate of 30% annually. What are your figures?

6 hours ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

jbolden Re:Disagree (230 comments)

I don't have 2013 figures but 2012 tape was down to $1.06 billion (drives and media) falling at a rate of 30% annually. I'd say the media is dead. The problem is the price isn't going down much. We are still near $.01/g which gets you in the range of bad HDD. BTW most commercial RAID allow for read only.

The issue of longevity is a very big advantage of tape. The problem is that the overwhelming majority of data doesn't need decades of retention. It is just a small fraction that does, in which case that small fraction can just be redundant and duplicated in with whatever other long term storage solution is needed. It is possible that tape might find some tiny niche and stabilize but that's going to be close enough to dead.

Heck, when it comes to long term storage I still think microfiche is a good solution for long term storage. 200 years from now I have no idea if a tape is readable or the data format will be usable but I'm pretty sure people will still have magnifying glasses.

8 hours ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

jbolden Re:Disagree (230 comments)

The article is mainly talking about from now will 2020. I'd have to agree I don't think it will happen by 2020. I suspect even by 2030 mass storage solutions on HDD will still be around. It took a very long time for HDD to kill off tape entirely.

10 hours ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

jbolden Re:We live like kings and queens already (230 comments)

I have a 1st year MBPr. 256g SSD has been constraining. I wish I had gone for the 512g option even at close to $2/g at the time.

10 hours ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

jbolden article is a bit weird (230 comments)

The article is a bit weird. It keeps saying to ignore consumer: low price, cheap parts, focus on mobility as inapplicable to enterprise. But then it focus on enterprises disks that aren't far removed from consumer models rather than enterprise models like IBM's flash solutions (ex 840: 33T per U so more than 1P per rack). If we are going to look at enterprise flash I don't understand why you would focus on smaller solutions. Obviously the $8-14g price is even higher but it is at those price points that flash makes sense because it is allowing virtualization to replace multiple servers and thus replacing real estate, network and energy costs not raw HDD costs.

I guess if the article is just saying that mid sized server solutions (say $5-100k) are unlikely to go all SSD before 2020 I have to agree. But I think it should have been more specific. Once you exclude the consumer space and the mass storage space we are probably talking a tiny fraction of the whole HDD market.

10 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

jbolden Re:I loved the ads (273 comments)

A full page in a print magazine had to get you far enough through the sales process that you would remember the product and be willing to talk to a sales person. A banner ad has to get you interested enough to click on the banner to go the site. The proper comparison is the website to the ad.

yesterday
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

jbolden Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (282 comments)

Today there was another report from NBC on the ground in other towns where they interviewed Ukrainian military officials who had switched to the Russian flag. They didn't like their pay, they didn't like the hours and they were happy to switch. There were interviews with police who were being asked to arrest or shoot at the very people who had been supporting them a month earlier when everyone was against them. This wasn't Russian propaganda this was an American network representing the real grievances of the people on the ground.

I think I've given more than enough evidence that sources that if anything are biased towards the anti-Russian side investigated and found genuine discount. I'm not going to keep responding to, "This whole business of covering up a rigged poll is not impressing anybody outside of Kreml's media space.." That is clearly unequivocally and verifiably false. At this point you are simply ignoring evidence that contradicts your spin that no one believes Russians that Crimeans were unhappy.

It's not a comparison of Ukraine vs Russia. As a Ukrainian, I am comparing Russia and EU/US

So was I. I gave growth figures and comparative economic figures. Russia's economy is far smaller than EU/US (though on par with many EU countries) but is growing much faster. Showing a healthy government under Putin contrary to your comments above about shrinkage. Again GDP data is public.

As for not having contempt for Russians I think you should read your comments in this thread.
 

yesterday
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

jbolden Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (282 comments)

By the same token, you should grant a right to secede to all sorts of communities - including small town and cities. Doesn't it sound convenient to grant secession rights based on regions?

There have been border adjustments for towns between the USA and Canada. Northwest Angle Inlet (pop 102) is going through the process to move.

The internet is available to a very limited number of people, and the information provided in Russian is mostly one-sided. I do not see how one is supposed to have a choice in this kind of arrangement.

I'm pretty sure I can find a pretty wide diversity of sources in Russian. Ukraine internet usage is 33.7% and Russia is is 53.3% so I'd say that's rather widely available.

Russians are free to drink vodka and play balalaika anywhere they want, given there's no violence.

With comments like this I have a lot trouble understanding why you want Russians in your country at all. You obviously have contempt for them, why keep them?

Notwithstanding the unfoundedness of this statement, would you recommend a direct rule by Kreml as the better alternative?

No but I don't consider Russia to have the same sort of problems you do.

Which are virtually non-existent? What did Russia invent in the past 23 years, exactly?

I could ask the same thing about Ukraine. But a few examples in IT
Relex is a huge player in software
CROC telco virtualization
Kaspersky Lab is one of the biggest software security companies in the world
Eagle Dynamics a major player in simulation ...
you can google as well as I can. Clothes is another huge area for Russia. You can just look at the data on GDP it isn't just selling raw materials.

So you are saying 123% turnout rate in Sebastopol was a no big deal, who cares. The maximum number of pro-annexation support I heard of was 41%. This is the highest number by far. What sort of numbers do you have?

Yes. I'm saying that the polling indicates that troubled referendum or not the measure would have passed by a huge margin. The Kiev poll you are citing was before the overthrow of the president that Crimea had voted for. The numbers I've heard were 78% in line with the Yanukovych vote in the first place. Most reputable pollsters (USA based so this is not kremlin controlled) believe that the referendum as run because it didn't offer anything other than the '92 constitution might have been much higher. I haven't heard one USA agency that doesn't think 50% was easily achievable.

Why not more? Normally, elections are covered by more than 5-10 independent news agencies. How come you can only name one which is non-Russian?

You had said none and I personally watched NBC based reporters. CNN had 2 teams Anna Coren's and Anderson Coopers'. Amy Kellogg from FOX. Alex Marquardt from ABC. CBS had 3 teams Elizabeth Palmer's in Crimea while Charlie D’Agata and Clarissa Ward's stayed in Kiev. The BBC had a few teams... As far as I can tell anyone who wanted to cover it could.

yesterday
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

jbolden Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (282 comments)

Still, a proper method is to actually perform proper elections. This was not done in Crimea.

I agree. If the international demand were for a proper election and a better process to be followed I wouldn't have an objection. If the international demand is for Crimeans to forever be part of Ukraine with no possibility for redress then I don't support it. And that is the current demand, an assertion that Crimeans have no right to secede.

Crimea is the worst when it comes to pro-Russian propaganda. How can you expect a "free" choice from people who are receiving information pre-packaged in a certain way, and having no or very weak alternatives?

And I don't buy your distinction that information that agrees with you is policy debate and pro-Russian stuff is propaganda leading to brainwashing. There is a functioning press and they have internet. Perfect no, good enough, yes.

You are free to discuss your arguments if you feel so, or have any.

Neo-liberalism is leading to a high degree of concentrated wealth.
The EU social structures undermine many of the cultural values that Russians want.
The EU democratic structure creates too many levels and thus reduces democracy to formal democracy.
Ukraine by being the border between Russia and the West could end up suffering terribly in a war, see Germany's history.
Better integration with the Russian educational system and access to research opportunities in Russia.
etc...

How come Russians to this day can't find an escape in a higher order, so nicely exemplified by U.S. and EU ?

The GDP of Russia has gone from $200b in 1999 to over $2t today. In the same time period the USA GDP has less than doubled. I'd say they are escaping but it takes time. They have economic growth.

What is called "developed world" these days did not accept their "solid evidence" as anything but a profanity.

That's not true. NBCnews, Washington Post, FiveThirtyEight... did an analysis and they didn't support the contention of fraud. Carl Bialik's in particular is quite good. Volodymyr Paniotto of KIIS who did polling in Ukraine for years is well respected in the west.

f) no independent press allowed

That's not true. NBCnews had people on the ground.

yesterday
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

jbolden Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (282 comments)

And estimations vary drastically depending on who's estimating. What's the point of estimating then? To make oneself feel a bit better regarding something you have no definite data of ?

Elections are just estimates all sorts of situational factors come into play. Estimating is how you govern societies. You do the best you can to figure out policy preferences and usually those estimates are going to be pretty good. If you are wrong things change. The point is to try and align the government with the population.

Are you entirely sure that the Crimean people are that stupid as to not realize that the Russian troops freely walking on the streets aren't exactly the sign of the same "prosperity" coming to Crimea as well?

No I'm not entirely sure. But it appears the Crimean people wanted more than just material wealth, otherwise they would have supported joining the EU.

This is an example of how Russians think these days. There's a large number of Russians supporting such world views - and they were carefully brainwashed by Russian propaganda machine.

You don't see a problem with attributing pro-Ukrainian beliefs to reason and pro-Russian beliefs to brainwashing? It is hard to argue if you are going to believe that no one could possibly disagree with you based on their analysis of the plusses and minuses.

Okey, so originally it was ethnicity, now it's language.

Language is part of culture. Ethnicity is a question of identification. A French child raised in Russia would be Russian.

Do you realize this claim is not supported in any way, except for wild speculations?

No it is supported by solid evidence. Ranging from polling to a referendum to street interviews to public reaction.

. And since we can't grant them that, how can we trust them with the rest?

Well if you are going to attribute their views to brainwashing you can't. If on the other hand you assume that people are evaluating their circumstances and deciding based on those evaluations then you could look at things like election results.

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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

jbolden Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (282 comments)

So if the people of Chechnya decide to leave, Putin will let them go?

He should. Frankly I think if they had handled Russia's legitimate concerns better in the early 1990s regarding a pipeline treaty they could have left under Yeltson.

yesterday

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Screen shots and light review of Microsoft Office 15 early beta

jbolden jbolden writes  |  about 2 years ago

jbolden writes "Winsupersite has recently published a light review of the upcoming version of Microsoft Office Microsoft Office 15 Preview. The new Office a new Metro look and feel with more traditional elements showing the transition towards the Windows 8 paradigm. There is a button which resizes screen elements to make the interface touch acceptable. The mechanics of the ribbon interface have changed, though some of the menus are still too small to be usable with finger / touch. Skydrive is fully integrated into the save menu."
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Time for another round of Fink vs. Macports

jbolden jbolden writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jbolden (176878) writes "Its been a while since /. has had a discussion of Fink vs. Macports vs. other alternatives like Homebrew. I wanted to just have an open discussion on people's thoughts."
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FCC considering free internet for USA

jbolden jbolden writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jbolden (176878) writes "According to the Wall Street Journal the FCC is considering a plan to provide free wireless internet. The plan would involve some level of filtering but might allow adults to opt out. CTIA has argued that this business model has traditionally failed (see Slate magazine analysis as to why). Hearing are coming up soon, so /. seems like a good place to start a conversation on where the tech community is on this issue."

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