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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

westyvw Re:No word on cost (176 comments)

I agree. Fancy features like the OP mentioned are worthless if the app itself sucks at doing its primary function. Laggy, bloated, ad-laden, crippled, non extensible, garbage. When it is horrible at managing music, I cant see the point of giving a damn about remote ratings.

about 5 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

westyvw Re:Short-term costs...LONG TERM savings! (264 comments)

I agree. I would go furthur. If your users are even aware there is a filesystem or locations for them to save work, you have a problem. Define workflow, manage it, and make it obvious what you expect them to do and why.

about 6 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

westyvw Re:I wonder about man hour figures... (264 comments)

You are WAY over simplifying the mystical licensing systems in Windows. It is one of the most confusing things to manage, and yes I know what I am doing.

Second, I never really understand this training with office products. The best training you can give anyone is to teach them to stop using office products becuase the last thing a company needs is a bunch of random content producers. Get your work into a content management system (and NO that is not Sharepoint), and force workers to only create content as it specifiucally relates to their job, and not via word processors and spreadsheets.

about 6 months ago
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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

westyvw Re:These are NOT... (325 comments)

LOL thanks. The second film got even more stupid.

Shiny object theatre for sure.

about 7 months ago
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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

westyvw Re:Certain Disappointment (325 comments)

Difficult to be entertained while doging the minefield of plot holes. An hour of Hot wheels crashing in mid air with circus music and lens flare would be about the same as Abrams Trek.

about 7 months ago
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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

westyvw Re:Certain Disappointment (325 comments)

What? Abrams is a moron. He hasnt done anything, and I mean ANYTHING worth while. Its like he heads in the right direction and then flies of a cliff (or lans flares a time warp) whatever.

about 7 months ago
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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

westyvw Re:Certain Disappointment (325 comments)

I would have been happy if they had stopped with A New Hope. The slope of suck just got steeper with each additional movie.

I would rather just see a new space movie and skip the star wars altogether.

about 7 months ago
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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

westyvw Re:Certain Disappointment (325 comments)

There is only 1, which is number 4. All others are a travesty, so adding another wont hurt much. The horse already has lost its scent its been down so long, but hey they keep smacking it.

about 7 months ago
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The NSA: Never Not Watching

westyvw Re:Constitution (568 comments)

With unlimited minutes and free long distance to just about anywhere, I dont think your argument makes any sense....

about a year and a half ago
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GIS Community Blocks Esri's Geospatial 'Open Standard' REST API

westyvw Re:Their API's are exactly what you would expect (53 comments)

Yes, buggy. Slow, and often WRONG. Analysis using their product is sketchy at best. Better watch your data types, they play fast and loose with conversions in the internal code (INT to FLOAT for example).
Worst part is that they sell you a viewer, then charge to edit, then charge more to analyze. Please, between PostGIS, Sextante, R, Geoserver, and QGIS I really cant see the point of using ESRI at all.

about a year and a half ago
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GIS Community Blocks Esri's Geospatial 'Open Standard' REST API

westyvw Re:Lesson learned (53 comments)

Thats because you don't need all of that. PostGIS --> Geoserver --> Web page. Need a GUI? Qgis. Analysis happens at the database level, just like any other query.

about a year and a half ago
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GIS Community Blocks Esri's Geospatial 'Open Standard' REST API

westyvw Re: Lesson learned (53 comments)

Yes, but being a GIS expert means you can use projects, datums, etc. PostGIS has over 700 functions, and the database is more than simple features. Planer systems are not that complicated, you can do it without ESRI. ESRI uses GDAL and PROJ4 in their own systems, yet this is open to you.
The difference is that most GIS folks dont understand that a update to a record is nothing more than just that. The spatial column isnt special, analysis is available through functions, and the output is available via a GUI (Qgis) or a Web presentation (geoserver).
Its a situation where any data person can deal with this information, its not as specialized as ESRI wants you to believe.

about a year and a half ago
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Botched Security Update Cripples Thousands of Computers

westyvw Re:Microsoft Security Essentials... (274 comments)

Dont you find it odd that Microsoft has a bolt on product to protect the parent product? Why wouldnt that protection be there already? Of course it is free, it should be free, a computer vendor should take security seriously.

When I have to make a recommendation to someone unfortunante enough to be running Windows wont bother to move to a secure environment, I do reccomend MS Windows essentials or MS End Point. It is the least obnoxious of all the system protection.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

westyvw Re:Linux Format (363 comments)

I too like linux format. Great monthly magazine. I really enjoy finding out about new software or techniques that I may not have heard about or tried before. Beats the other linux mags hands down too.

about a year and a half ago
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ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"

westyvw Re:Shun, shun, shun (863 comments)

So you are saying Linux had a desktop you liked at one time, but no longer? At least Linux had a decent desktop at one time, unlike Windows.

about a year and a half ago
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LibreOffice 4 Released

westyvw Re:MS Office mewlers and shills, queue here! (249 comments)

Except Libre office has much better functionality, even though its less on price. Better integration with Calc, better formatting, better large document handling, the ability to extend it through the language of your choice, the ability to use scripts to update presentations without ever opening them, etc. I had both Microsoft and OpenOffice years ago, and when working on large (3000 + page documents) that I didnt want to use Latex for (mostly due to sharing with my editor), I prefered OpenOffice. In the end, we all use these "office" suites for purposes that are better served in another application. How many of us fought with layout in a word processor, when we all know Illustrator or Inkscape would have been a better choice? In the end LibreOffice has functionality, particularly today, that rivals or exceeds the suites you pay for.

To address your father, he really should not be sending documents to his clients in a processing format, but rather a PDF or use an online tool for collaboration. In the business I worked for, you could get fired for sharing a document in its raw format: too great a risk of sharing redacted or edited information.

about 2 years ago
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Valve and JJ Abrams Collaborating On Half-Life, Portal Movies

westyvw Re:Time Travel (208 comments)

Yes, it will all lead up to some non-sensical ending that unravels everything before and makes you wish you had never bothered seeing it in the first place.

about 2 years ago

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