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EU Should Switch To ODF Standard, Says MEP

tshawkins Re:Why switch to that Euro-weenie format? (111 comments)

Also, switching MS Office versions makes documents unreadable.

Show me a document where upgrading your office version made it "unreadable".

Its people being forced to upgrade thier older perfectly functional versions of office to read documents being created by people who have upgraded. There are at least half a dozen major varients of the "word doc". In government that is a major problem.

about 5 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

tshawkins Re:Tracking (436 comments)

This is where it all starts getting too complicated again, there are already other systems that do that and they got disabled, when you start adding functionality and connectivity you add significant vulnerability. It should be a very simple standalone, inaccessible device, serving one simple task. Answering the question "where the fuck has my $123 MILLION plane got to".

about 5 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

tshawkins Re:Tracking (436 comments)

Put it in end of the wing, try getting at that when the plane is in flight. Self contained, self powered tracker. Run for 7 days on an external charge. No connection to internal systems or power supplies.

about 5 months ago
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A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

tshawkins Re:I wonder (154 comments)

Its the same question that should have been asked of the doctors that assisted with the torture and stress programs, the psychologists that aided and abetted the threats made against detainees families. The aviation engineers that built remote controlled ariel death machines. The lawyers that twisted and bent the law to try to justify all the above. There is a tendancy for professions to remote themselves from the consequences of thier actions, and to adopt both the "obeying orders" and the "if we dont do it, somebody else will" defense. Scumbags the lot of them, there is a very hot place waiting for them all.

about 6 months ago
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Windows XP SP3 Causing Router Crashes

tshawkins Re:Before anyone goes on a MS rant (337 comments)

Really? Do you know it's the router's fault and not XP SP3's fault? Sure, you can say "an OS should never crash a router" but that's simply not true. If the OS abuses the router in ways that it simply can't handle and shouldn't have to, the OS is at fault.
Errrh, a router should NEVER crash, you should be able to stream absolute crap at it for years on end without it crashing. part of a routers role is to reject malformed packets and request resends, not go tits up at the first sign of trouble. Christ if routers behaved like this the whole net would be down most of the time, do you realised how much damaged data flows around the net.

more than 6 years ago

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