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LibreOffice 3.3 Released Today

kainino Re:What idealistic state? (470 comments)

The main problems are with weird 'features' MS added (outside of the specification), probably as intentional feature bloat to thwart other office suites importing the files. OO/LO is perfect, I believe, with Word 2000 and older .docs, while slightly lacking in some of those newer 'features.'

Word 2004, though, as I have discovered, has a horribly broken implementation of the .doc format. Any OO/LO-saved .doc will lose all of its formatting in 2004. I call this a Word 2004 bug (and it may have been fixed—my teacher may have an old version; I don't know), because it works fine with 2003, 2007, and 2008, and I know OO/LO follows the standard.

more than 3 years ago
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PC Gamers Crush Console Brethren

kainino Re:Shocking news: (387 comments)

Depending on your hub and controllers, it may be an underpowering issue. If your hub isn't externally powered you might want to consider getting one that is (one with a power adapter). If you have multiple ports directly on your computer, you can test this theory by plugging a few controllers in directly and seeing if they work.

more than 3 years ago
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Problems With Truncation On the Common Application

kainino Re:Not new; irony. (135 comments)

It is obviously not just an interface to the paper form. The paper form allows you 150 words. Not 1,000 characters or something similar. If you write in tiny tiny letters, you're still only allowed to use 150 words, even if you could fit 500 in the space allotted.

It is just an interface to the paper form. It's not a very good interface to the paper form. We already know it is buggy :P. And the word counts obviously apply either way; they are nothing to do with paper or online forms.

more than 3 years ago
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Problems With Truncation On the Common Application

kainino Not new; irony. (135 comments)

This problem has existed at least since last year (I applied last year) and presumably ever since the invention of the online Common Application. I find it amazingly hilarious and ironic that the problem is only getting publicity in the year in which the Common Application added warnings about the problem to the website. The obvious solution is to use a monospaced font and allow exactly the correct characters on the online form. (Note: some sections of the application already are in monospaced fonts. This should be easy.)

It is not explained why an electronic submission must have such strictly enforced limits.

It is because the form is actually just an online interface to a paper form. The warning tells you to look at the preview of the printed application to check for problems.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Overclock People's Brains

kainino Re:Uhhhh.... WHAT? (314 comments)

Did you just create a group of lawyers? Is this legal?

FTFY. And yes, that is "legal." *brickdodge*

more than 3 years ago
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New MacBook Pros Launched

kainino Re:I wonder (411 comments)

That Authorized Apple Distributor is a scam, seriously. Take it to just about any other and you'll have it replaced in no time. Maybe even go as far as reporting the place to Apple.

more than 4 years ago
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Woman Creates 3-D Erotic Book For the Blind

kainino Re:Is that picture supposed to be erotic? (113 comments)

FTFA (don't kill me—I read the article because the picture had no nose or mouth and weird eyes, which had to have a reason):

A male torso from Tactile Mind; the Braille message is informational more than lyrical — he wears a mask, he has a muscular bare chest ...

So, it's not supposed to look or feel like a face.

But it's creepy.

more than 4 years ago
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Largest Sodium Sulfur Battery Powers a Texas Town

kainino Re:Four megawatts of power for up to eight hours? (301 comments)

It is badly worded, but I am pretty sure it means that it can hold 32 MWh (megawatt-hours). That is a unit of energy, whereas watts are a unit of power (energy per unit time).

In SI, if unconventional, units, the battery holds 115.2 gigajoules.

more than 4 years ago
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The Value of BASIC As a First Programming Language

kainino Re:Seconded! (548 comments)

My first-ever exposure to programming was in BASIC, using Learn To Program BASIC by Interplay. This was probably 2000 or earlier--I was about 8 or less. Needless to say, I wasn't very good at it. But it definitely taught me to love programming.

I never really learned anything involving more than simple command line style logic (LTPB BASIC had mouse/sprites/sounds as well), but maybe that's a good thing. I had a magic 8 ball, a program for figuring out the week day of a given date (based on a method my dad gave me), and some other "meh" stuff.

Somewhat interestingly, the next thing I did, IIRC, was learn HTML and JavaScript from WebMonkey. During that time period I forgot most of BASIC, and pretty much all I can remember how to use off the top of my head are REM and PRINT.

Nowadays, though I don't (never did) program all that much, I do "real" programs in C++, and I regularly use Python for quick little scripty things (often helpful for homework, and Python 3 works great as a calculator).

more than 4 years ago
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"Immortal Molecule" Evolves — How Close To Synthetic Life?

kainino Re:Computational Beauty of Nature (270 comments)

You should see how livid one became with which I was interacting?

more than 4 years ago
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Which Linux For Non-Techie Windows Users?

kainino Re:ER... Why? (766 comments)

If I were helping a clueless computer user, Linux is the first thing I would think of. Why? Safety. Security.

These are the people that are most likely to fall for Trojans, etc. Sure, things like phishing is just as much of a threat on any OS, but why leave more gaping holes than necessary?

more than 4 years ago
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Deadline For Data.gov Arrives, and Delivers

kainino Oh, god, the images (81 comments)

.... Seriously, what did they use, FrontPage 2007? The top part of the page is almost entirely images of text.

That said, it works perfectly without JavaScript. They did something right.

more than 4 years ago
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HP Patents Bignum Implementation From 1912

kainino Re:Now if we only knew what the patent was about! (144 comments)

To the best of my knowledge:

Without this, if you want to find out the higher up (leftmost) digits, you have to consider every single binary digit (except the last few) to find out what it's going to be.

With this, you can just say, "what's the digit at byte x?" and you will get to digit. But this is just about the same thing as storing bignums as strings (in decimal, hex, base64, whatever).

more than 4 years ago
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Best Buy $39.95 "Optimization" At Best a Waste of Money

kainino Re:Friends (504 comments)

I go there occasionally to try things out (like keyboards/mice/monitors) so that I can know what I'm buying online. Though the local mouse selection recently wasn't good enough, and I ended up buying something they didn't have. Actually, that was because I didn't like the ones they had. So I guess they're useful for something?

more than 4 years ago
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Each American Consumed 34 Gigabytes Per Day In '08

kainino Re:Massive exaggeration (245 comments)

This is all kind of silly. You could see it as an exaggeration or a gross understatement. You could fit your results to your ulterior motives. If you recorded all of the input to your eyes, ears, touch, pain, temperature, taste, smell, etc in full detail 24 hours per day, that would probably be measured in petabytes. If you're at a real theater instead of a cinema, that doesn't mean that you're not taking in an equal amount of information via your senses.

more than 4 years ago
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How Heavy Is a Petabyte?

kainino Re:library of congress (495 comments)

I would instead argue that a year is:

  • 1 light-year = 9.4605284 x 10^12 kilometers
  • 1 light-year = 5.87849981 x 10^12 miles

long. In other words, one light year.

more than 5 years ago
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What RSS Feeds Do You Use?

kainino My feeds (243 comments)

In order of interestingness:

I just put all those in the toolbar in Firefox and click one and run the mouse over them to look for new ones.

more than 6 years ago

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