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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

just_another_sean Re:And... (279 comments)

Well, if you read TFA (no, I'm not new here) they have a sidebar call out that answers your question...

"Software licenses for productivity suites cost Toulouse 1.8 million euro every three years. Migration cost us about 800,000 euro, due partly to some developments. One million euro has actually been saved in the first three years. It is a compelling proof in the actual context of local public finance," says Monthubert.

So about 8K in migration costs vs. 18K in licensing. Assuming another 2-3K of unforeseen support over training issues or missing features that haven't been caught yet it should be a significant savings. And if you factor in the migration cost as a one time payment and assume support costs go down over time as people get used to the new system than the savings become very large indeed after the three years cited in the article.

3 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

just_another_sean Re:Good to hear (279 comments)

Most of what I've ever had to use it for was pretty simple so genuinely asking here; is Dia not a good Visio replacement? Are there features in Visio that make it more attractive for even simple stuff or is it that Visio has advanced features that haven't been replicated elsewhere?

3 days ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

just_another_sean For trivial programming (368 comments)

I find Vi/G**/Make is still pretty simple. And things like SDL, GTK, QT, etc. simplify things even more. Having watched Windows development evolve for a long time I can sort of see what the submitter is saying but on the other hand anyone who ever wrote a C program for Windows in the 90's using the original Petzold books should really appreciate the frameworks available for Windows programming these days.

Again, I'm talking "Coding for fun, hobby, learning" here, just simple stuff. If it's a business app or something where the subject matter is complex than my feeling is the tools are still more helpful in overcoming that complexity than having to do everything from the bottom up.

5 days ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

just_another_sean 3M (78 comments)

Well, if they come up with a scheme to encrypt the paper maybe it will finally be safe for all those lazy users to store their passwords on a post it note. Should be able to squeeze at least 640K onto a post it note, should be enough for anybody.

5 days ago
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

just_another_sean Re:Privacy Badger (194 comments)

Although a bit of a long read, the article about the data collected and what the stat's mean is pretty helpful. And unique among 4.3M is pretty bad. It means you are easy to identify and track.

What the results mean (PDF): https://panopticlick.eff.org/b...

about a week ago
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

just_another_sean Re:Privacy Badger (194 comments)

Yes, Privacy Badger is a great tool. It's a little tedious when loading content from CDN's, can make pages look pretty bad unless you let a little tracking in... So I also keep my privacy set to delete everything when I close the browser. I also follow the guidelines here ( Scroll down to the Web Browser section ). It's Debian specific but easily translated to whatever mozilla based browsing experience you're using.

As mentioned in the HowTo you can check your "fingerprint" here: https://panopticlick.eff.org/.

And all that said, I have no idea at the moment if any of the above defeats the technique from TFA.

about a week ago
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Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten

just_another_sean Non-EU (64 comments)

You can always visit a non-EU version of Bing to receive uncensored results.

That's interesting. Is it the same with Google? I guess I never saw one way or another but I have assumed until now that gone from Google's results meant all of Google, not just TLDs in Europe...

about two weeks ago
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Pushdo Trojan Infects 11,000 Systems In 24 Hours

just_another_sean Re:Missing information (32 comments)

This is what I was wondering... AFAICT the first link is /.'ed and the second link doesn't go in to any technical details. I'm assuming Windows until I hear otherwise but the geographic mix is interesting; are these Windows XP boxes? Is the fact that the infections are concentrated in India and Asia an indication of the many people there that have not upgraded?

I'd never heard of Pushdo before this, anyone else know more about it?

about two weeks ago
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Committee Formed To Scrutinize Australia's Web Censorship Law

just_another_sean Re:They should block these 11 IP addresses (24 comments)

Google of course. I'm sure a lot of Sys Admins recognize that without even thinking, who doesn't ping google.com the minute they have a new machine up, running and online?

about two weeks ago
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Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

just_another_sean Re:Trey Parker and Matt Stone could be liable... (83 comments)

I'd say Trey and Matt would have lines that rival Apple fans lining up for new iStuff of people ready to sue them. But I think in their case parody and satire protects them where Activision is going for gritty and realistic.

But IANAL and all that. I really don't know what to think here; Noriega is scum but laws should apply equally to all, regardless of how much of a dick they are. I know I wouldn't want people profiting off my depiction without my permission. Lucky me, I'm a nobody and don't really have to worry about! :-)

about two weeks ago
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Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

just_another_sean Re:double law standards (83 comments)

He's in prison under Panamanian law. Sure, we helped put him there (and profited from his crimes before that became unfashionable and he became less willing to be controlled) but he's in prison for violating Panamanian law and was put there by the Panamanian judiciary.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

just_another_sean Thordis! (590 comments)

One of the early What If? comics Marvel put out was about Jane Foster finding Thor's Hammer instead of Don Blake. There is a hilarious summary of it here. Not sure if it's the earliest example of Thor as a woman but's its gotta be close!

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

just_another_sean Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

OK, so he means Obama and several other administrations over the last ~60-70 years. Seemed specific to Obama to me in the OP but put your way I guess their's a point to be made in there somewhere...

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

just_another_sean Re:What? (382 comments)

Oh I agree with you. But that's what makes the whole petition thing a great PR machine. I'd argue that almost any change people are requesting will require at least some level of approval from the legislature so Obama can say "Oh, I agree and am as passionate about (insert topic here) as you are, but that do-nothing congress, well, sorry but we can't do much..."

It's not that it's Obama's fault but I find the whole thing disingenuous at best, similar to his campaign messages* that got everyone excited enough to vote for him.

* And here again there are really no differences between either party, or one politician over another.

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

just_another_sean Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

If he can declare war without congressional approval...

When did he do that?

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

just_another_sean What? (382 comments)

An internet petition that went nowhere? Unpossible!

Seriously, the White House petition site is just PR. I'm no Obama hater but anyone who thinks that would ever be an effective way to influence policy is probably still sitting on the edge of their seat waiting for Firefly to come back on television.

about two weeks ago
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WebODF: JavaScript Open Document Format Editor Deemed Stable

just_another_sean Re:Yippie... (91 comments)

Next up! A web browser written in Javascript.

No need to wait, it's already here.

about a month ago

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Russia offers $110,000 to crack Tor

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  2 hours ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "The BBC reports that Russia is trying hard to get volunteers to crack TOR so that its users can be identified. The contest is open to Russians only and contestants are required to pay 195,000 roubles (~ 5,460 USD) to enter the contest.

Considering TOR is heavily backed by various US Government agencies is this just another front for a new Cold War?"

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Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 3 months ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Coverity Inc., a Synopsys company, released the 2013Coverity Scan Open Source Report.
The report details the analysis of 750 million lines of open source software code through the Coverity Scan service and commercial usage of the Coverity Development Testing Platform, the largest sample size that the report has studied to date.

A few key points:

* Open source code quality surpasses proprietary code quality in C/C++ projects.

* Linux continues to be a benchmark for open source quality.

* C/C++ developers fixed more high-impact defects. Analysis found that developers contributing to open source Java projects are not fixing as many high-impact defects as developers contributing to open source C/C++ projects."

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Lessig Wins Fair Use Case

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 5 months ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "An Australian record label that threatened to sue one of the world's most famous copyright attorneys for infringement has reached a settlement with him.

The settlement includes an admission that Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, had the right to use a song by the band Phoenix."

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Milton Everett Olin Jr. Killed in Bike Accident

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 8 months ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Milton Everett Olin Jr., A former chief operating officer of the online file-sharing service Napster was killed when he was struck by a sheriff’s patrol car while riding a bicycle, authorities said Monday.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Olin and the patrol car were traveling in the same direction on Mulholland Highway in suburban Calabasas when the collision occurred.

The deputy, who was not named, was taken to a hospital for treatment of cuts and bruises. The cause of the crash was under investigation."

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Rebuilding the internet

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about a year ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Alex Polvi is living the great Silicon Valley archetype. Together with some old school friends, he’s piecing together a tech revolution from inside a two-car Palo Alto garage.
In a nutshell these guys are trying to use Linux to give the masses a cheap and reliable way to build server farms similar to Google or Amazon. It's an open source project called Core OS. Is "rebuilding the internet" on a single, standard server platform a good idea or is such an homogeneous environment an undesirable security problem waiting to be let loose?"

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FSF on Oracle v Google, software patent threat

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 3 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "The Free Software Foundation has chimed in on Oracle v. Google. The main
point they make is that Oracle is only going to hurt Java in the long run by doing this. They mention Sun and the GPL'ing of Java
in 2006 and Oracle's previous stance against software patents.
And of course they get a plug in for IcedTea (suggesting Google would have been better off using it instead of rolling their own).
More at Groklaw..."

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The Missing Link

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 5 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "It's a find that has even Google getting in on the action; scientists have discovered "the missing link", a 46 million year old skull in Africa.

Scientists working in Africa have discovered a Stone Age skull that could be a link between the extinct Homo erectus species and modern humans.
"[This skull] shows the continuity of the evolutionary record, so in that sense it is a link [between Homo erectus and modern humans]," said Scott Simpson, a paleontologist from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.
Researchers discovered the skull five weeks ago at Gawis in Ethiopia's northeastern Afar region (map of Ethiopia). The area is rich in fossil and archaeological deposits ranging from 10,000 years to 5.6 million years in age.

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IBM to Linux Devs - Stop Copying Windows

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 5 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Bob Sutor, VP of Open Source and Standards at IBM tells Linux developers to "stop copying 2001 Windows. That's not where the usability action is."

Quoted at the LinuxWorld Conference in San Francisco, Bob thinks that what the open source community needs to make Linux popular as a desktop OS used by consumers and businesses are "some really good graphic designers."

This of course is on the heels of their announced initiative to partner with popular distros and push Linux out to the mainstream.

The article goes on to say

Sutor offered "predictions" that collectively seemed more like a roadmap of where IBM would like to see Linux evolve over the next 10 years. Among the areas developers should focus is in making the OS more green, Sutor said."

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R E S P E CT - Find out what it means to IT

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 6 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Computer world has an interesting article up on why doesn't IT get the respect they deserve.
I'm sure a lot of it will sound familiar to the /. crowd but one thing I didn't expect is that the lack of respect by employees goes far beyond IT... If the survey cited is to be believed the problem presents itself in all aspects of an orginization and is generally caused by ... you guessed it ... clueless management.

From the article:
Why don't IT people get more respect? ...when it comes to how our fellow employees think about us, IT work is a train wreck. Users break the rules we set up, ignore the processes we develop and generally act as if we're clueless in what we do.

But why? As it turns out, it's not just us.

According to a recent survey... More than one-third of employees surveyed — 37% — said they ignore company rules when they've developed a better way of getting work done.
Sound familiar to any of you?"

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just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Todd Bishop has a post on his blog concerning some comments made by Eblen Moglen concerning the ramifications of MS distributing SLES vouchers once the GPLv3 goes into effect.

Eben Moglen, legal counsel to the Free Software Foundation, discussed the details of the draft General Public License Version 3 — including its defenses against the Microsoft-Novell deal — in an online seminar hosted by OpenLogic Inc. today. ... Moglen said the recent "saber-rattling" further illustrated the importance of protecting against Microsoft's attempts "to disrupt free software production through the inculcation of a large inventory of most-likely invalid patents."
If this is correct can Novell afford to stay on GPLv2 versions of all it's software? Does even one distribution of a peice of GPLv3 software under the MS/Novell deal render MS's patent claims moot? As usual, more coverage over at Groklaw."
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just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "A 16 year old NY boy, Robert Santangelo, has responded to a suit brought against him by the RIAA and has filed a countersuit.

Quoth the article:
"Santangelo is the son of Patti Santangelo, the 42-year-old suburban mother of five who was sued by the record companies in 2005. She refused to settle, took her case public and became a heroine to supporters of Internet freedom."

Having dropped the case against Patti in December of 2005 the RIAA turned around and sued her children. The article goes on to point out that the daughter, Melissa, has a default judgment against her to the tune (NPI) of $30,750. The reasoning behind both Robert's defense and countersuit are discussed and finally the article quotes an RIAA rep:

"The record industry has suffered enormously due to piracy. That includes thousands of layoffs. We must protect our rights. Nothing in a filing full of recycled charges that have gone nowhere in the past changes that fact.""
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just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 6 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Big Business says Patents are Good for Small Business

An article at PC Pro UK (reg required) points out obvious big businesses bias and EU Patent Office collusion in a recent patent study. While this was supposed to be a comprehensive survey welcoming comments from many sources, in the end the study as published is nothing more then the opinions of a few big businesses (SAP and MS on the top of the list) and the European Patent Office. From the article:

A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking almost any participation by the small business community.

Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by large corporations and the patent industry."
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just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Techworld has an article up discussing a letter (pdf) leaked to them about OSS in Europe. Written by the ISC (Initiative for Software Choice) it claims that OSS is a serious threat to the "software eco-system" and that wide spread adoption would have "dire consequences".

Funded by Microsoft (and others) the ISC exists to convince large governments around the world not to invest heavily in deploying and using OSS. From the article:
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Lueders sent the letter on 10 October to leaders of the Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, in response to an EC-commissioned study into the role of open source software in the European economy (referred to by Lueders as Free/Libre/Open Source, or FLOSS).

In the letter, he criticized the study as biased and warns that its policy recommendations, if carried out, could derail the European software economy.
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Is this a sign of desperation from the propriety world or just business as usual?"

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