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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

masterofthumbs Re: I tried the switch also (296 comments)

I had a class this semester where the professor distributed homework in .docx format. LibreOffice had the worst time displaying even the simpler circuit diagrams that were made using Smart Art. Even if I converted the document to PDF, the screwed up formatting would carry over. I ended up finding out that Dropbox would convert any docx to PDF when you would preview the document in your browser. The formatting Dropbox would display was identical to how the document was displayed in MS Office so I would just save that PDF and work off of that.

On Linux, the problem was even more of a pain. Any of the .pptx he used in lecture would have really weird fonts (font size was either too big or too small) when I would open them in Libre. I found out that I didn't have any of the MS ttf fonts installed but even after installing those, the slides still weren't exactly right. These were both slides that he had made himself and slides that were given out from the publisher of our textbook.

about a month ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

masterofthumbs Re:Reality - Support (296 comments)

Installation of enterprise versions of Office are incredibly easy. Pop in a disc or download the executable and run it. I believe its maybe just one prompt asking where you want to install it. After that, it just installs without any interaction.

But in reality, IT would just have an image to push to every machine that would include Office so install time is negligible.

about a month ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

masterofthumbs Keywords (401 comments)

Skilled worker [that costs too much for their profit margins].

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

masterofthumbs Re:Falun Gong / Falun Dafa (268 comments)

Key point to remember, only the government has granted the right of free speech to you. Any other sort of organization that you belong to and have signed some sort of agreement with can still act against you for what you say.

about 2 months ago
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France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

masterofthumbs Re:As in many things in life... (138 comments)

If you fire from the ground, the birdshot will hit the ground near the same velocity that it left the barrel at. That's conservation of energy.

about 2 months ago
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France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

masterofthumbs Re:As in many things in life... (138 comments)

So when the birdshot and the flaming bits of drone (LiPo batteries kind of catch fire when punctured) come down upon a person, I hope they hold the shooter liable for any injury and damages.

about 2 months ago
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France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

masterofthumbs Re:Easy. (138 comments)

Assuming you are shooting the paintball at the average velocity of 91.44 m/s (300 ft/s is the maximum velocity that fields will allow you to use although the paintball could be fired faster but with less accuracy), the paintball's maximum height it could obtain would be 426 m (1397.64 ft) above the shooter. However at this height, the paintball has no more energy.

If the drone is flying at 1000 ft (304.8 m), you can expect the paintball to be moving at 48.86 m/s (160.30 ft/s). At this speed, the paintball probably won't even break on the target.

Conclusion, you might be able to hit the UAV and *possibly* break something but chances are you will miss anyway and the paintball won't even break.

Also, none of this accounts for drag or wind speed which would slow it down even more.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

masterofthumbs IR LEDs and IR Filters (478 comments)

Install tons of super bright IR LEDs inside the bus. Most cameras will probably pickup the IR light and it will hopefully overexpose any shots they try to take [with their phone they smuggled in after you confiscated all devices before they got on]. In addition, install IR filters on your own cameras to try to filter out the IR light being blasted inside.

about 6 months ago
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Verizon Discontinues Home Automation Service After 2 Years

masterofthumbs Re:Security systems aren't home automation. (85 comments)

It was mostly things like remote controlled power strips, IP cameras, thermostats, and electronic door locks. I'm not surprised they stopped selling the service since most of those things either don't need a computer to control (IP cameras with a built-in server or a central reciever for multiple cameras) or could just be set to a timer (power outlets and thermostats). It was a neat service for people who didn't want to put in the effort to setup their own stuff and wanted a all-in-one deal to control all of those things but kind of useless in the end.

about 7 months ago
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

masterofthumbs Re:Verizon is denying it: (298 comments)

I hope you realize Verizon Wireless and Verizon the ISP really aren't the same company.

about 7 months ago
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Snapchat Users' Phone Numbers Exposed To Hackers

masterofthumbs Re:Snapchat, phone numbers?! (69 comments)

Considering the application runs on your phone, it pulls the number from the phone automatically. You also need to log into the application using a username and password so the phone number isn't used for anything really affecting your login. The phone number is used to help anyone that has your phone number in their contacts to find you on snapchat. Unless you make your snapchat username the same as your real name, there is nothing tying some random collection of letters to your phone number other than this DB.

Also, the previous exploit only worked if you knew a valid phone number that also happened to be a snapchat user.

about 8 months ago
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Fighting Zombies? Chevrolet Reveals New "Black Ops" Concept Truck

masterofthumbs Re:Snicker Snort. (220 comments)

In some carburetors, the newer ethanol mixed gasoline will separate so that the ethanol gums up inside the carb and basically disables the engine until you break it down and clean it out. I've never had the issue with a car but I've had at least a couple of ATVs where the fuel separated after a long time in storage.

about a year ago
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Devs Flay Microsoft For Withholding Windows 8.1 RTM

masterofthumbs Re:Oh really, briansjw? (413 comments)

So when it gets released and pushed out over Windows Update, the average user's install won't break because some little driver has an issue with how Windows 8.1 does things. Having the RTM out early also allows OEMs to make sure they are picking hardware that will work best with Windows 8.1 and have 8.1 machines ready for to be sold when 8.1 drops. By not having an RTM, Microsoft is telling everyone to go screw themselves and that they'll have to figure out if stuff works on Release Day.

1 year,7 hours
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Microsoft Is Working On a Cloud Operating System For the US Government

masterofthumbs Re:summary (171 comments)

Of course not. Server software is not the cloud, duh! They are just the exact same things but different names. Don't tell the customer though.

1 year,16 days
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Apple Announces a Trade-in Program For Third-Party Chargers

masterofthumbs OR (117 comments)

Or I could take that $10 and buy a thousand cheap knockoffs at wholesale prices straight from China and throw them out as they die.

1 year,21 days
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A Year of Linux Desktop At Westcliff High School

masterofthumbs Re:I understand, it is Very hard to leave Windows (283 comments)

To be fair, the difference between XP and Vista/7 wasn't that drastic. Sure the colors changed but if anything, it was still XP underneath with an updated look (and some cool new tools). Windows 8 is where they went off on a tangent and put a little too much tablet UI in a desktop OS.

1 year,27 days
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Rice Professor Predicts Humans Out of Work In 30 Years

masterofthumbs Re:what will people get paid for? (808 comments)

Why not just replace the man with an automatic feeding machine? Then there won't be anyone to touch the equipment. At that point you can just remove the dog from the equation as well.

about a year ago
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BitTorrent Bundle Puts a Music Store Inside Torrents

masterofthumbs Re:Nice try, but not as good as a website (78 comments)

Distribution via an artist's website is kind of a pain. You have to go to each of your favorite artist's site and hit download a couple of times for whatever they are offering. Distribution via torrents is much easier. Throw your band's promo torrent up on any of the popular torrent indexing sites (The Pirate Bay, Isohunt, RuTorrents, etc) and now those files are centrally available under a single website. To take it one step further, work with any of the major music streaming sites (Spotify, Pandora, even Youtube) to show links to the promo torrent files (magnet URI would work even better, no files to host). Now when ever someone streams their favorite artist, they can get the promo torrent and then get recommendations for other artists they might like and download their promo torrents too.

BitTorrent as a distribution method can be used legitimately, it just requires giving users a little taste before you start asking for money.

about a year ago
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Omnidirectional Treadmill: The Ultimate FPS Input Device?

masterofthumbs Twitch Shooters (292 comments)

Very cool but I would imagine this is much easier to use in games like Battlefield, ARMA, and Day Z where you aren't going to be doing too much close quarters fighting (TF2, Counter Strike, etc.). I can move my mouse faster than I can turn my head. Not to mention, the large maps on those games will definitely give you a nice workout.

about a year ago

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