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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

rstanley Re:Not just Ubuntu... (145 comments)

"Just the only one that matters"


A new user coming to the Linux world would think that "Ubuntu" is the ONLY Distro out there. Don't know if you are serious or joking, but you are so incredibly WRONG! They ALL matter!

At least I post under my name and not anonymously!

2 days ago

LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

rstanley Not just Ubuntu... (145 comments)

A lot, if not most Distros have LibreOffice in their Package Managers, and a lot, if not most install LibreOffice with the initial default installation. Ubuntu is NOT the only Distro in use.

2 days ago

"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

rstanley From a resident of NYC (397 comments)

I am quite happy with all the precautions that were taken in preperation for this storm. Better to be over cautious than not! Clearing all the roads in the Tri-State area allwed all the plows to clear the roads better than if they were dealing with a lot of cars, and accidents on the road! Same with all the rails, commuter, and Subway.

I was living in Boston during the blizzard of '78, where everyone went to work as usual, then the storms shifted and the call for evacuation was called at 2pm. TOO Late!!! The damage was done!!! The city was shut down for a full week, and Route 128, all lanes, in both directions, end to end, were a bumper to bumper parking lot for the entire week!

I congratulate the Goveners of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, plus the Mayor of the City of New York, for their correct decisions in preperation for this storm!

4 days ago

User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

rstanley Old hardware / technology never dies,... (189 comments)

It just gets renewed, reused, and recycled, not only in more wealthy Western countries, and Third World countries, but by poorer people all over the world. (Hopefully with Linux and other FLOSS software installed!) There was an article in Slashdot in 2013 about an IBM 402 with punch cards, still in use!!! (I wonder if it could run Linux?) ;^)

But seriously, even though most of us are using computer less than 5 years old, a lot of old computers are still in use. What about 16 bit embedded systems, many running Linux! I have to agree with Linus, if the old technology in the kernel, does not adversely affect newer technologies, and people are still using it, then there is a legitimate reason for leaving it in the kernel. I trust his opinion.

IMHO, I think the FLOSS community has an obligation to continue to support older hardware & technologies that certain other proprietary O/S manufactures have long ago abandoned. Isn't that one of the reasons the Free Software and Open Source Software communities, and software were created in the first place?

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

rstanley Dump the progressives!!! (464 comments)

I LIVE in the bottom half of my bi-focals!!! I was not warned ahead of time about the distortion when I was sold progressives, and returned them within 24 hours!!! I was led to believe that the progression was all the way across, not circular.

I am very happy living with tri-focals.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Wireless LED Light Setup for 2015?

rstanley At least give it 6 months! (68 comments)

See what new technology is available, THEN start planning what you will do! ;^)

about a month ago

Extracting Data From the Microsoft Band

rstanley Re:Can you ever trust Mickey$oft??? (51 comments)


By all means! Trust Mickey$oft, the NSA, and who knows who else, with your life and all your data! ;^)

As for me, as I say: "Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and all your data in your pocket!!!"

In other words, I will keep my data out of the so-called, "Cloud" and on my own servers, under my sole control!

about a month and a half ago

Extracting Data From the Microsoft Band

rstanley Can you ever trust Mickey$oft??? (51 comments)

Why would anyone allow Mickey$oft to spy on you even more they already do now through their O/S's, Bing, etc...???

Anyone who does deserves the results!!!

about a month and a half ago

Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

rstanley Re:Rules of Robotics & AI (583 comments)

Not at all! Only the rules that would protect us that the AI system would not be alowed to alter or ignore.

about 3 months ago

Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

rstanley Rules of Robotics & AI (583 comments)

Start with Asimov's "Rules of Robotics" and expand it as needed, and prevent the AI system from disabling the rules.

Skynet in real life would never be allowed to take over.

Bottom line, unless the AI system was written by Mickey$oft, I am not too concerned. ;^)

about 3 months ago

Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

rstanley "The Internet is full of deranged people, ..." (993 comments)

And this individual is obviously one of the worst! I was not familiar with the name before this, but am familiar with the projects he has worked on. Linus may have his temper, but he has good intentions, and is usually right when he does yell at someone! Poettering just rants. I don't advocate physical violence against anyone for any reason, even him. I have NEVER heard of physical threats against ANYONE in the Free software/Open source community until now. If he has been threatened, he brought this upon himself.

"I have no intentions to ever talk about this again on a public forum." Thank goodness for this!!! ;^)

If he feels this stongly against Linux, and the Open Source community, then perhaps he should leave Red Hat and move to Redmond Washington. He might be happier working for a certain company located there! ;^) I am glad I don't work for Red Hat, and don't have to deal with him, or listen to his rants on a daily basis, as I expect some have to endure.

about 4 months ago

Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

rstanley Re:Oh Great Just What We (Don't) Need (174 comments)

"So now we're proposing something even worse."

Why do you think it will be worse? Give them a chance and let's see the released version.

about 4 months ago

Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

rstanley Balmer leaves Mickey$oft, ... (142 comments)

And 10 office furniture stores, and office chair repair shops in Redmond are closing down! ;^)

"civic contribution"??? ROTFLMAO!!!

"teaching" He teaches??? WHAT??? ;^)

about 5 months ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

rstanley Not the first time! (277 comments)

I long for the good ole days when they actually send out paper invoices in envelopes! ;^)

And from the archives:

"In December 1999, Microsoft forgot to renew the domain name Passport.com,
and so rendered its Hotmail service partially crippled. A Linux
programmer, Michael Chaney, paid the $35 fee and promptly handed over
ownership to Microsoft."

It happened again in 2003:


Will they ever learn? ;^)

about 6 months ago

On 4th of July:

rstanley The Linux Kernel... (340 comments)

was invented in Helsinki Finland, by an unknown Geek at the University (At that time!). Should we chastise him for moving to Portland Oregon???

Linux, all the computer languages, and tons of other software is currently being developed by individuals and organizations all over the World! Who cares where???

What happened in 1776 was an important event to all countries, especially those countries owned and controlled by the "British Empire" at that time. That one event led to a lot more revolutions, and constitutions based on what happened then.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

rstanley Emacs for ... (359 comments)

C, C++, Perl, Bash, HTML, basic text files, whatever...

NO vi!

Flame me if you wll! ;^)

about 7 months ago

Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

rstanley Ubuntu only AFTER Debian! (641 comments)

It was recently announced that Ubuntu would adopt systemd in future versions as well.

Yes, but only AFTER Debian, the Distro that Ubuntu, (and many other Distros) are based on, made the decision to switch to systemd. Now if Ubuntu would just go along with Wayland, ...

Linus has the final say in the Kernel, and I have to agree with his decision. He has an excellent track record! ;^)

about 10 months ago

Subversion Project Migrates To Git

rstanley Hotmail (True!) (162 comments)

When Mickey$oft first bought Hotmail in 1997, and for many years after, it was running Qmail, on FreeBSD, and Solaris computers! (See also, Qmail.org)

IMHO, it hasn't worked as well since they moved it to their own software! ;^)

The "joke" is on Mickey$oft! ;^)

about 9 months ago


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