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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

ssam Re:For example (145 comments)

Looks like the column limit is still an issue. https://bugs.documentfoundatio...
"The tl;dr is: "increasing the column limit will increase the the memory needed for every sheet extremelly" unless we "change the column container to a dynamic container," a change that "might take much more time" than a month."
On the other hand 4.2 made big changes to how data is held in spreadsheets https://wiki.documentfoundatio... so maybe there is some improvement for large sheets if you don't actually hit the the hard limit.

Maybe you could file a bug for the second one.

yesterday
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

ssam Re:Liberated? What about the hardware? (229 comments)

You have to take steps to make progress. You can take something useful and make it more open (like librem) or you could start from scratch and make something very basic that is completely open.

You can take bigger strides towards openness and get something like Novena, but then you make other sacrifices (size, cost, performance).

I guess if you had infinite money you could make a high spec, completely opensource laptop.

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

ssam Better software support (592 comments)

For a bunch of software that some people use, life is just easier on Linux. Applications like Gimp, Libreoffice etc tend to work better. Last time I tried GIMP on mac os x you had to click everything twice, once to focus the window and again to actually click something (maybe fixed now). Sometimes there are up to date no Mac builds of a project because none of the developers use mac, and none of the users with macs know how to compile it. Installing things can be a big pain compared to having a good package manager.

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

ssam shell scripts (329 comments)

And yet some people still cling on to shell scripts for their boot system.

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

ssam Re:Serious question (329 comments)

"set -o nounset" at the top of your bash script. Then bash acts a bit more like a real programming language, and gives an error if a variable is not set. More tips (and by 'tip' i mean pretty much essential knowledge) at http://www.davidpashley.com/ar...

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

ssam set -o nounset (329 comments)

This is why you should have
set -o nounset
set -o errexit
at the top of every bash script. Also no one should be allowed to write a bash script unless they have read http://www.davidpashley.com/ar...

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

ssam Re:why start after the fact? (219 comments)

For some rough numbers, at 5V a raspberrypi A+ takes 500mA plus 250mA for the camera ( http://www.raspberrypi.org/hel... ). Maplin sell a 5V 10Ah portable battery pack (for charging phones and tablets) which weighs 330g ( http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/mapl... ). So off the shelf hardware gives you a 13 hour battery life.

I assume if energy efficency is your goal you could do a bit better.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

ssam Re:Minor setback (213 comments)

I assume that meant the boat was undamaged, not the rocket.

about three weeks ago
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Manufacturer's Backdoor Found On Popular Chinese Android Smartphone

ssam Neo900 (82 comments)

The Neo900 looks even more attractive.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

ssam Shotwell (259 comments)

Shotwell https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Sh... is very nice for browsing/tagging. I just wish it had a more advanced raw editing mode like RawTherapee or Darktable.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

ssam Re:lightroom darktable (259 comments)

RawTherapee is great for editing the raw files, but I wish it had a better browser to photos. My perfect software would probably have shotwell as the browser/tagger and RawTherapee as the editor.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

ssam Re:The obvious answer (488 comments)

Actually yes, assuming you have a phone (or similar) with GPS.

There are a couple of projects collecting locations of cell phone towers and wifi hotspots to allow geolocation to devices without GPS and faster geolocation for with GPS. Having opensource databases means you can do lookup without having to report your location to a google/apple/nokia and means you can do offline look ups. See https://location.services.mozi... or http://wiki.opencellid.org/wik... or http://openbmap.org/

If you are cycling on cycle paths, then you could record GPS traces and upload them to openstreet map. That will require a bit of time on the computer, but the valuable work is the actual recording.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

ssam Re:Look what those assholes did to gedit. (488 comments)

e.g. Pluma which is a continuation of gedit 2.x maintained by the MATE project.

about 2 months ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

ssam Could help public transport (237 comments)

I live and work in a big city, so I cycle and use public transport for about 98% of my journeys. The remaining few percent I take a taxi, which is expensive but rare enough that its not an issue. If it were 5% journeys that I could not do by bike/bus/train then I would probably have to get a car, in which case probably 90% of my journeys would be by private car.

So if you make taxis cheaper, then maybe there are a lot of people who would no longer need a car for those occasional journeys where public transport or bike is not a good option. They can then use public transport most of the time, and taxis occasionally. In cities a bus is always going to be the cheapest (unless the price of fuel and labour drops to zero)

about 3 months ago
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Fukushima Radiation Nears California Coast, Judged Harmless

ssam Re:caesium 137 bioaccumulates (114 comments)

Because quantities do matter. 8 Bq/Tonne is tiny. If you drank this water for a year (3 litre per day), and your body somehow managed to store every Caesium atom, then that would be less radiation than 1 banana and less than 1% the radiation that is in your body naturally.

All this article shows is that radiation is easy to detect, even in tiny quantities, and gamma ray spectroscopy lets you identify the isotope, which in some cases means you can trace the origin.

The "no safe level" meme is mad. Its like saying that because if car hits you at 50 mhp you have a 50% chance of dying, so if it hits you at 1mph you have a 1% chance of dying (linear no threshold), even a 1 in a million chance of dying is dangerous, so even cars travelling at the speed of continental drift are dangerous.

about 3 months ago

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Fairphone reaches 5000 preorders, starts production

ssam ssam writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ssam (2723487) writes "The Fairphone is an ethical smartphone made using conflict-free materials under fair working conditions. It has a Quadcore CPU, dual SIM and all the usual smartphone specs. They needed 5000 preorders to start production, and reached that goal today."
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CERN Physicists Announce the Substandard Model

ssam ssam writes  |  about 2 years ago

ssam (2723487) writes "Now that we are on the verge of completing the Standard Model of Particle Physics, it's time to look to the future of the field. Five physicists at CERN present their new state of the art theory: The Substandard Model of Physics!"
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Decay: A Zombie Film Set at the LHC

ssam ssam writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ssam (2723487) writes "I'm part of a group of physics PhD students who are about to release a feature-length zombie film, shot entirely on location at CERN near Geneva (although not officially authorised by CERN). It was filmed on borrowed DSLRs on home made rigs with a non-existant budget, and will be released online in a few weeks under a CC-BY-NC licence. For now there's a trailer on the site and youtube to whet your appetite!

The film follows a small group of students (played by physicists) after a disastrous malfunction in the LHC. As they try to escape from the underground maintenance tunnels, they are hunted by the remains of a maintenance team, who have become less than human."

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