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VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

markdavis So? (264 comments)

>"Phoronix notes how it has been a long time since last hearing of any major innovations or improvements to VirtualBox,Phoronix notes how it has been a long time since last hearing of any major innovations or improvements to VirtualBox"

And this surprises anyone? This is what happened with most everything Oracle acquired from Sun- they poisoned everything. It is what they do best. It is also why OpenOffice was forked.

Fortunately, VirtualBox still works very well... for now. And I, for one, like that it is stable.

yesterday
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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

markdavis Re:Native UI conventions...? (145 comments)

You may believe what you like. I have a computer degree (BS), am in charge of an I.T. department serving 500 employees, have been a computer professional for nearly 30 years, and have probably used more different types of machines and operating systems than you have even read about.

We support LO every single day, and it if looked different and acted differently on different machines, this would not help with support- it would hinder it. I am not saying this might be perfect for every organization, but saying that looking native makes support better is not necessarily true.

yesterday
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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

markdavis Re:Native UI conventions...? (145 comments)

Spoken like a MacOS user. I knew it reading just the first sentence.

It is more important to business that the UI look the same across platforms (I know, I am business, and we use LO) so I am not sure why you would use that as a reason for looking more native.

yesterday
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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

markdavis Re:I wonder... (145 comments)

>"...if I can still make it crash within ten seconds, like all the previous versions. :-p"

I have 150 people using it every day. It is nowhere near that unstable. Having it crash is actually a very rare event.

2 days ago
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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

markdavis Re:Let me guess (145 comments)

> They added MS style ribbons, all in the name of UX

Thank God no. But they did add a somewhat strange "Sidebar" type thing a few versions ago and it has progressed enough that they turned it on by default. Unfortunately, it is riddled with lots of pretty major bugs (the sidebar; lots of unresolved bug reports but work is progressing).

At least you can turn it off... for now. I hope we can continue to do so....

Anyway, LO is a great program and there are lots of improvements with each release.

2 days ago
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The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

markdavis Re:Stupid comparison (135 comments)

I suppose, but it is misleading- many people will read it as the "app" industry is more return or revenue than "[all of] Hollywood", not "one single aspect of Hollywood earnings among many." Of course, I expect such things from sensationalist reporting.

2 days ago
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The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

markdavis Stupid comparison (135 comments)

Deidu points out, is just about as much as Hollywood earned off U.S. box office revenues the same year." That means the American app industry is poised to eclipse the American film industry.

Um, except Hollywood doesn't earn as much from US box office as it does from these:

* NON-US box office
* Disc sales
* Rental fees
* Merchandising rights

So how is this comparison (and the headline) valid?

2 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

markdavis Re:Nope (332 comments)

Interesting points!

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

markdavis Re:Nope (332 comments)

>"You lost all credibility when you said upscale. You just showed that you don't understand that you've been caught in a marketing gimmick.

Apparently you don't understand the technology at all, because upscaling is a real and useful feature, not a gimmick. And I said "upscale" because nearly ALL consumer equipment does it and you have to factor that in when comparing to something that is much higher resolution. It narrows the gap further.

>"And ... pretty much everyone can tell difference if you put them side by side"

Wrong. Perhaps if they are 1 foot from the screen, but that is not a "reasonable size or distance".

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

markdavis Re:Nope (332 comments)

So you are assuming people always have, everywhere they need:

1) Access to the Internet
2) Reliable access to the Internet
3) High enough speed access to the Internet
4) Reasonably priced non/metered Internet
5) No problem with some entity knowing exactly what, where, when, and how they are watching everything.

Streaming is not a suitable replacement for physical media in all cases.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

markdavis Re:Nope (332 comments)

>"So by most you mean 51% of the 7 billion or so out there?"

Reasonable setup- 60" TV viewed at 8 feet:

No, by "most" I would estimate 75% of people off the street would not be able to tell you they were watching an upscaled DVD on that setup instead of 720P or 1080P (without showing them that) and be perfectly happy. Maybe 50% of those 75% would probably still not even notice a difference if you flipped between the upscaled DVD and a 1080P source in that same setup.

And I would estimate 99% of people off the street would not be able to tell any difference between 1080P and 4K in that same setup- even when flipping between the two. The number would be higher for really large TV's, or really close viewing, but it will still be an insignificant number.

Now, the results for the typical Slashdot demographic? The numbers would be much further along the "I can tell" scale, but I bet not as much as you might think.

Resolution is a rapidly diminishing return once you reach "very good". It is the same insanity of putting a 2K display on a 5 or 6" phone. It is WAY beyond the human eye resolution discrimination for any typical person held at any reasonable distance (like 12 to 14 inches). So rather than being a useful feature, it becomes more of a marketing gimmick- a spec just to sell devices to consumers that don't know any better. The net effect is it just pushes up the price and places more demand on the battery.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

markdavis Nope (332 comments)

>"But, will consumers care, and will they be willing to upgrade their HDTV's, AV Receivers, and Blu-ray players to adopt a new format whose benefits may only be realized on ultra large displays or close viewing distances?"

Nope

4K is such a crazy marketing gimmick. Most of the population can already barely tell the difference between a quality DVD upscale and a Bluray at any reasonable size or distance. The manufacturers *want* to keep making everything obsolete so people "have" to keep buying new stuff, and re-buying their content over and over.

about a week ago
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With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension

markdavis Re:Tabs on side?? How about tabs on BOTTOM. (117 comments)

Although I agree with a lot of what you said, the issue is that the code was already there to put the tabs on bottom. They removed it for no good reason except to enforce their vision of looking exactly like Chrome. First the changes to the URL bar, then the style, then the addition of the menu button, and now removal of tab location choice. It is a sucky thing to do. If we wanted Chrome, we would use Chrome.

If they want to remove crap and bloat and simplify the base browser (like it is SUPPOSED to be, that was the GOAL of Firefox), then made the damn "developer tools" an add-on. 99.9% of Firefox users have absolutely no need for them, so why is all that long and extremely complex code part of the native browser- making it complicated, and taking up lots of space?

about two weeks ago
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With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension

markdavis Tabs on side?? How about tabs on BOTTOM. (117 comments)

Meanwhile, Firefox takes away the choice for users to have tabs on bottom (below the menu bar and bookmark bar) , like many want. Since Mozilla now has SUCH a desire to be EXACTLY like Chrome, it should be no surprise they would remove user choice, and even add an annoying and identical menu button on the right.

Thankfully, for now, you can get sane behavior back with the "Classic Theme Restorer" add-on. Yet again, Add-on's save the day and show off one of Firefox's main strengths. Back to Chrome- who knows, maybe they will start adding user choice?

Considering how important browsers are to a user's computer experience, I fail to understand why Chrome is so hostile to customization and why Mozilla is following that same path now. Let users put things where they want them (at least without artificial limits), and don't take away existing customization options!

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

markdavis Hampered? (562 comments)

>"Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications"

Yeah! The Gov't should be hampered by inconvenient stuff like the Constitution or freedom, due process, liberty, privacy, or other annoying things that WERE the cornerstone of the formation of the USA.

about two weeks ago
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Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

markdavis Re:Really? (512 comments)

>"he provides Koran quotes objectively proving the opposite:This is because the Messenger Muhammad said, "Whoever insults a Prophet kill him.""

What I find interesting is that in Islam, Jesus is a Prophet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

And let's examine what Jesus spent his life and sacrificed his life teaching:

* Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone

* A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.

* Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

* But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

* If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.

* All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbor as yourself.

* For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

* if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins

* But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles

Jesus, a prophet of Islam, teaches forgiveness, tolerance, love, and non-violence.

http://reason.com/blog/2015/01...

about three weeks ago
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Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

markdavis Re:commercials = FAIL (196 comments)

Oh, they are all already out of business because of DVR's on cable and satellite services? I think not. The cable and satellite companies DO pay for access to the channels (and quite a bit, at that). And even with ability to fast forward through commercials, many people (myself included) still see things and stop and play interesting/relevant commercials.

I am neither clueless nor cheap. I know exactly how this stuff works and I will not pay any price for content which forces commercial viewing. And if that means I have to pay more for access to the channels... fine. So how is that clueless or cheap?

I am certainly not alone in this feeling. The genie is out of the bag, and many of us will never go back. Next step- I want to pay for only the channels I want/watch. I am tired of subsidizing extremely expensive and totally uninteresting sports channels and other such nonsense.

about three weeks ago
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Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

markdavis commercials = FAIL (196 comments)

Total FAIL. It is streaming only, no DVR. That means you will happily be forced to watch commercials. I wouldn't even take the service if it were free.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Is Building a New Browser As Part of Its Windows 10 Push

markdavis Re:At least it's not ... (248 comments)

>"At least it's not "Your desktop IS your browser."

It might as well be if someone designs a site or vertical application that requires that browser. That will lock you to that browser *AND* that operating system.... and everything that is forced on you with it- licensing, updates, registration, spyware, locks, whatever.

Give me Firefox- an open source browser that runs on all platforms and is designed by an open organization with no vested interest in the underlying OS.

about 1 month ago
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Chaos Computer Club Claims It Can Reproduce Fingerprints From People's Photos

markdavis Re:IMO, The biggest problem with fingerprint.... (80 comments)

>"Deep vein scans? What practical use are those if it takes so much effort to confirm the identity anyway?"

Have you used them? I have. A deep vein palm scan is easy, and takes only a few seconds. In addition it is pretty cheap and simple too.

about a month ago

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Yahoo Changes IM Servers- Incompatible with Pidgin

markdavis markdavis writes  |  more than 5 years ago

markdavis (642305) writes "As of June 17, 2009, many Pidgin users are having trouble connecting to Yahoo! IM accounts because Yahoo! seems to be upgrading their servers to a new version of their software. The new version requires a new authentication method and the latest version of Pidgin does not support this new authentication method. The next version, 2.6.0, will, but it has not yet been released. The only current workaround is to manually select a "pager server" that hasn't been upgraded yet. Some people will not notice this problem until they disconnect. Others have noted that GAIM appears to be unaffected yet Kopete *is* affected."
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markdavis markdavis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

markdavis writes "For Linux to really succeed in business, it must have support by vendors for the core financial applications (General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Payroll/HR) first.

I am the IT Director for a long-term-care medical facility (400 employees) and found out a few weeks ago that the vendor that supplies our GL, AP, HR, and Payroll software is dropping support for our platform (Linux) in November (after using them for four years). They code in Progress and have decided to convert to a proprietary web GUI (IIS + IE6 + ActiveX) rather than use Progress + Apache + any browser. This means we either abandon Linux or we are in the market for new accounting software modules (I bet you know which is my preferred choice).

All businesses require the core accounting functions, mentioned above. Most companies also require "industry specific" software which is customized for their industry. For example, in healthcare, AR (Accounts Receivable) is VERY different from all other industries. It is 2007, so hopefully the Linux choices for at least the core, non-industry specific financial software have improved since our last search, four years ago.

I have been working on an RFI/RFP (Request for Information/Proposal) and identifying as many possible vendors as possible. I have searched through hundreds of vendors so far and identified 39 possibilities, but could always use more.

Hence the questions: Do any other slashdotters use Linux server AND client (or web browser under Linux) software for financials in a medium or smaller/medium sized organization? If so, what do you use? Do you like it? Problems? Any advice (other than "give it up")?"

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