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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

utoddl Re:OpenOffice? (277 comments)

If that were true then there would not have been 100 million downloads of Apache OpenOffice, would there? Therefore...

Sorry, that was me. I left curl running in a loop on a 56kb dialup and went on vacation. My bad.

2 days ago

Have we found our last fundamental particle?

utoddl There's at least one left (1 comments)

We've still to find any warp particles.

about three weeks ago

One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

utoddl Re:Hack it to add American names like "John Smith" (286 comments)

I have a friend who's son is on the no-fly list since he's 3 years old! He's twin brother is not.

Oh yeah, will I'm DEAD and on the no-fly list, and they can't fly my body back to my hometown for burrial. So there!

about three weeks ago

New York City To Get Manhole Covers That Wirelessly Charge Electric Vehicles

utoddl Lay what? (112 comments)

The charging stations could be embedded in asphalt or pads that lay on garage floors.

They lay... power-up eggs that the pac-man vans pick up? This makes no sense.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Use Markdown and Pandoc?

utoddl Re:favorites... (204 comments)

Okay, I'll run with that. So documentation is really just code that we run on users. Suddenly writing documentation has much more entertainment potential.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Use Markdown and Pandoc?

utoddl Re:favorites... (204 comments)

Also, programmers write software, not documentation.

I've been contributing to a project over the last 20 years (which happens to be a text editor) which has 80+ pages of documentation in texinfo. I'm not specifically recommending texinfo; it's what the project started with and it works. The point is, the build process renders a plain text version of the texinfo documentation, then a script reads the formatted docs to build several of the program source files, including hash tables of the commands, static text for the internal "help" commands, enums (it's C code), etc. You literally cannot add a new command to the program without adding it first to the documentation. It's a slick way to keep the documentation in sync with the code. The same idea could surely be implemented with many other document source formats. It's a step towards Knuth's Literate Programming without going overboard.

Programmers certainly can and should write documentation.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations?

utoddl Re:Deep down.. (610 comments)

The lower classes (the 98%) don't care about default because they see it as comeuppance for the robber barons who have all the money to lose anyway. It's only a catastrophe for those with something to lose. For the rest, it's an inconvenient equalizer. (Actually probably much more inconvenient than equalizing; hope we don't find out.)

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

utoddl PAE drove me off, thank goodness (631 comments)

I didn't realize how luck I was that Ubuntu quit supporting non-PAE (i.e. all of my) machines. I was forced back to Fedora/MATE (GNOME was jumping the same shark) and it's nice to just use the machine again. They drove me off before I had a chance to hate Unity. So, thanks for that!

about 7 months ago

Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

utoddl Is this related to their screwed up paging? (729 comments)

I wonder if this is the same thinking that went into screwing up paging in Evince (a GNOME project). I find lately that middle-click in the Evince scroll bar does nothing, and left clicking causes a jump to that location (like middle-click is supposed to do, and does in other apps) rather than a page forward. And then there's replacing the menus with buttons on the right like chrome. Ugh.

Fortunately, I've moved to MATE (and mate-doument-viewer a.k.a atril).

I wish GNOME would switch to EBCDIC. Then we could finally sweep its dust from the floor and get back to having fun. Bye, GNOME.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is Patent License Trading Not Trolling?

utoddl licensing vs transfer (191 comments)

I have no problem with licensing of patents. What I find absurd is the notion of transfer of patents. If someone invents something they ought to be able to profit from it even if they don't produce. But what sense is there in allowing trolls to buy innovation rights from others?

"Patents: license them or lose them. No sales or transferes allowed." Soon as they make me king.

about 7 months ago

N. Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"

utoddl Re:Sign We the People Petition (555 comments)

It's a state politician screwing up a state law. Do you want federal politicians to be able to overturn state laws on a whim?

Since you mention it, the same Republican legislature (North Carolina) is pushing a proposal to repeal any local ordinances that go beyond federal regulations. This is their broad stroke approach to "doing away with anti-business regulation". This same bunch that's been screaming "states rights" for years is now doing just the opposite now that they've finally gained power.

about a year ago

Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

utoddl Re:No (629 comments)

Humor detectors exists though. Most people have 'em. Obviously not everybody though.

about a year ago

Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

utoddl Re:No (629 comments)

"Accelerating one ton to one-tenth of the speed of light requires at least 450 PJ or 4.5 ×10^17 J or 125 billion kWh, without factoring in efficiency of the propulsion mechanism. This energy has to be either generated on-board from stored fuel, harvested from the interstellar medium, or projected over immense distances."

Or you can borrow it from the future, where it will be generated conveniently enough in exactly the right quantity by slowing that one ton down. We just haven't figured out how to shift the energy equations in the temporal dimension yet.

about a year ago

Crowdsourcing Failed In Boston Bombing Aftermath

utoddl Re:Some other relevant stories (270 comments)

Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner.

about a year ago

Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

utoddl Re:He's a moron (572 comments)

Orth has also now switched his Twitter account settings to private.

...or as we like to call it, "not-always-on".

1 year,14 days

A Quarter of Sun-Like Stars Host Earth-Size Worlds

utoddl Re:Great! (105 comments)

We've found evidence that our closest neighbor was once hospitable to life


about a year ago

Reuters' Matthew Keys Accused of Anonymous Conspiracy

utoddl His passwords should not have worked (127 comments)

So how would his knowledge of passwords from when he used to work there be of any use? Do they not immediately change all the passwords he had when he left the company? Did they let him keep his keys to the building as well? The real villain here is the victim's IT department.

about a year ago

An Ode To Skulpture

utoddl The Saddest Part (56 comments)

The saddest part of this whole story to me is the screenshot itself. I'm looking at it on a 10-year-old IBM ThinkPad T42, and there's considerable blank space in my browser window both above and below that screen image, plus my browser's title bar, menu, location bar, bookmark bar, my gadgets at the top of the screen, and my bar thingy at the bottom of my screen... The ancient screen is 1050 pixels high; the screenshot is768 pixels. Modern laptop displays are missing a quarter of their vertical pixels! Why did people ever stoop to buying this crap? Nobody sells any laptop with anything close to the 10 year old standard in vertical pixels in any reasonable price range these days.

I guess it matters more now than ever how good a UI is, because it has to work in such tight vertical spaces -- rather like a coal miner. With so many other aspects (pun intended) of computers improving year after year, this one thing -- vertical pixels -- seems to have taken a turn for the utterly stupid. It makes me sad.

about a year ago

Want a Job At Google? Better Know Microsoft Office!

utoddl Re:In the workplace... (243 comments)

Or do they mean Excel as in "Kleenex"?

I think the mean Excel as in "Charmin".

about a year ago


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