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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

redmid17 Re:NT is best (190 comments)

So does Windows. You just have disable automatic updates. You can actually do that at installation time.

about a week ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

redmid17 Re:NT is best (190 comments)

So don't let it automatically update.....

about a week ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

redmid17 Re:NT is best (190 comments)

Are you gaming on your office computer?

about a week ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

redmid17 Re:What about for iPhone? or Windows Phone? (368 comments)

I'm sure there are apps for iPhones. No idea about Windows phones though, small market and tiny app selection.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

redmid17 Re:Android and call recording (368 comments)

The Voice Record app works fine for me. Like I said below, I typically use it to record meetings for review later, but I've used it on phone calls. It's not a professional recording setup, but it works fine for recording calls.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

redmid17 It's pretty god damn easy (368 comments)

Use your smart phone. It's got a recording app that works when you call people, and the quality of my recordings have been surprisingly good. I usually use it to record sessions with clients so I can review them later, but it would work in a pinch for CS calls.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

redmid17 Re:If only... (131 comments)

If it doesn't matter *what* conference you attend, tell us what your job is or where you'd like to visit.

Then again, if he had put that much thought into the question, he probably could have answered it himself.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

redmid17 Re:If only... (131 comments)

He didn't even tell us what he does, so it's kind of hard to recommend a conference or two based on the most generic job title ever.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

redmid17 It would be a bit of a help (131 comments)

to know exactly what you're doing. IT supervisor is about as generic as consultant.

Do you run the helpdesk?
Are you in charge of the student hourlies?
Do you have a cadre of minions running the data center?

If you don't know that, what would get you fired in 2 seconds?

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

redmid17 Re:Good to hear (296 comments)

I have know. It appears more painful than a root canal. Pass

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

redmid17 Good to hear (296 comments)

Germany experienced both sides of the coin: http://www.infoworld.com/d/ope...

The French police seem to have had a good amount of success as well: http://www.zdnet.com/french-po...

There are probably always going to be use cases for the majority of users to be fine with Open or Libre office. Some specialized functionality in finance might merit excel. There is nothing I've found on Linux that easily replaces Visio or Project ( libre-project is fine for reading, but I've had many issues with creating them). It's what I use at home (lubuntu). At work, I do have to say I prefer Outlook/Exchange for integrated mail and calendar, but I could probably live without Word/Excel/PPT.

Here's to hoping Libreoffice and the other forks can continue to expand and refine their software.

about a month ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

redmid17 Re:no you are wrong (291 comments)

Are you really not getting this?

The error was probably fixed early on with the app, but the manufacturer or phone company didn't want to spend time and money to retest and recertify that app for bundling with a new or same version of android on a low end phone. There's no budget for it and won't be because people DGAF.

For someone who's apparently actively involved in software development and has done it himself, you sure have little to no idea about the business cases behind the projects and products. This is something I would expect an 18 year old intern to grasp.

about a month ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

redmid17 Re:Lies, lies, lies (225 comments)

I'm assuming none of those companies were trying to hire you for programming or management position.

about a month ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

redmid17 Re:no you are wrong (291 comments)

Not really when you're endgame is to ignore the low cost phones. They have to update and package those applications within separate versions of Android, since different versions are certified to run on different hardware platforms. Those phones don't come out at the same time and the UX on a low-end phone will suffer if it has the same OS, applications, and capabilities deployed as a high-end phone.

As has been repeated in this thread ad nauseam, you bought a shitty cheap phone, the kind that never get updated with anyone but security fixes, with practically no prior research.

about a month and a half ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

redmid17 Re:no you are wrong (291 comments)

It's pretty god damn obvious. Nokia or LG buy a shit ton of low to midrange cell camera components. Those components are used in their low to mid level cell, probably across several product generations, or they were leftovers from purchasing for higher end models.

They are generating little to no money from these cheap ass phones nor do they drive product innovation or quality advances. These defects don't get fixed because there is no money in it and the percentage of people buying these phones AND complaining is minute. It's the same reason Linux isn't support for most commercial software.

about a month and a half ago
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Update Your Shelf: BitLit Offers Access To Ebook Versions of Books You Own

redmid17 Physical books are great (82 comments)

but they take up a lot of room, and when traveling I find it much easier to bring my kindle fire. With as much as new books cost, especially hard covers, there is no real reason to not bundle an ebook with the physical copy. The last few years I've shelled out $15-$30 on brand new hardcovers (preorder to impulse buy). I enjoy reading them and then stick them in my bookcase. I don't really want to get them torn up while traveling and they are huge. That gives me three options: purchase another physical book in paper back, buy the ebook, or download an ebook. I've already spent upwards of $30 on the book, so giving more money isn't really an enticing option. The $30 is probably enough to buy the hard cover, paperback and ebook a year after it comes out.

Just bundle them. Do it as a pre-order thing. People might even be enticed to pre-order something they wouldn't otherwise.

about 2 months ago
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US Court Dings Gov't For Using Seized Data Beyond Scope of Warrant

redmid17 Re:We are all criminals (63 comments)

That statute (federal) is for unauthorized access, not using it for unauthorized reasons. You have access to the computer. If your company revokes that access and you continue to go on slashdot from that computer, then it becomes a felony (on top of a likely trespassing charge).

about 2 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

redmid17 Re:By mistake? (711 comments)

To say that Tim Cook was saying people went to intentionally buy an iPhone, but accidentally bought an Android phone is disingenuous. You know what he meant. And if you don't, you have a serious English comprehension issue. I knew what he meant. He used the absolute wrong words to convey it. To not understand that, you have a serious English comprehension issue.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

redmid17 By mistake? (711 comments)

I won't knock either. I've used both. Cook's statement is just plain incorrect.

You don't purchase something and replace it because you bought it buy mistake. You get the replacement if you need a new phone or feel the upgrade is worth it. Maybe a few of those people walked in wanting an iPhone and walked out with an Android phone (with no interference from sales staff). That would be the only time anyone bought it "by mistake."

about 3 months ago

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