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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

xvan Re:OpenOffice? (262 comments)

AND excluding Libre Office.

yesterday
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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

xvan Re:Probably typical (120 comments)

Good one, mod this guy up!

3 days ago
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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

xvan Re:Online protests work? Nope! Live one? Nope! (76 comments)

In the particular case of Argentina, protests have done something...

2001 Riots took down the president.
Kosteki & Santillan deaths lead to early elections call.
125 Protest lead to the congress tie, the law wasn't passed.
Last year the (illegal) police strike and subsequent riot.

Similar events can be found through all latam

I believe that the main difference between US and latam is:

a) Latin Amerca has strong presidential systems. US has a strong party system.
So in Latin America presidents have more political capital to spend. In US the political capital isn't theirs but the party's.

b) From the outside, the US seems to have a really fucked up concept of free speech. Just the concept of "Free speech zones" is ludicrous to me. If there is no economical / social impact produced by the protest, no one is going to give a fuck about it.

c) Like anywhere else in the world, US media lies, but unlike anywhere else in the world, the US media AND the US government are both pro status quo, so the protest news are minimized or hidden.

d) The subsets of 'People that have the balls' and 'People that protest' don't seem to intersect frequently in the US.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

xvan Re:Huh? (451 comments)

Which is irrelevant because the suggested direction is Windows to Linux, not Linux to Windows. What is needed is Windows apps ported to Linux.

Agree... But if we think about the scenario we have now you won't improve your office productivity with Linux tools because they don't exists. So you need to think the ( (weight factor) * productivity / cost ) ratio. The productivity lost by not having the right tools in Linux, vs the productivity lost caused by windows bad maintainance (That's one reason you'd switch) and the cost (of windows licenses + your current windows admin) vs ( linux admin cost).

I've seen lots of old XP PC's that crawl because of bad / null maintenance. That's a productivity loss also.

Having supported both in variously sized companies, I can safely say this is a false statement. In fact, the primary reason for maintenance was people doing non-business things(surfing porn, etc) on the business computers.

And so, in Linux that wouldn't be an issue, you wouldn't loose productivity because of maintenance, and that's what dancing pigs are about.
Some little guys don't have proper support. They just call some guy when it's needed, and sometimes they don't realize they need it . For places with little / null maintenance Linux is better.

I am not sure what you mean by "dancing pigs".

This dancing pigs

With the rest I agree, but I still think there are cases for small size business were the migration could save you money... Exchange isn't ubiquitous, specially with this new 'cloud' trend. So if your office work flow doesn't depend on any crucial windows application, and you expect your company to grow, In a medium term (say 6 years) you'll be saving money.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

xvan Re:Huh? (451 comments)

If you require QuickBooks Pro 2013, then you require a newish windows / office, which require new hardware + new licenses...

I don't know of any useful userland linux program that hasn't been ported to windows...
You'd never switch to linux to increase productivity by upgrading your tools...
You'd switch to linux becasue:

1) It's easier to mantain than widnows, (for the little guys), and that reduces support costs.
2) It's more secure than for the user (not because of the os, but because dancing pigs won't be able to dance on linux). That also reduces support costs.
3) It provies longer life to your hardware, saving you money.
4) Its free and that saves you money.

The mayor obstacle for typical environments that don't require special sofware are the huge amount of VBA excell files. If your company doesn't use them much then with some windows boxes kept for those special case you'd befine.

about a week ago
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Facebook and Google's Race To Zero

xvan Re:Zero? (53 comments)

Why QoS should prioritize VoIP over bittorrent? If both customers are paying equally, the bottleneck should apply to them equally.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

xvan Re:Wrong paradigm here (186 comments)

have*

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

xvan Re:Wrong paradigm here (186 comments)

The Linux way would be to have a group per application, run the application with 'sg', and have an iptables rule per that group... SELinux should has fine grained networking, just google them.

about two weeks ago
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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

xvan Re:FTP? (161 comments)

What?????? I suppose you never heard of DDNS?

about two weeks ago
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Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

xvan Re:Wait (140 comments)

Notepad is horrible, it doesn't even recognizes the text encoding... WordPad, on the other hand...

about a month ago
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Enlightenment E19 To Have Full Wayland Support

xvan Re:Heading off all the E haters (140 comments)

one must endure one of the, if not the, steepest learning curves of any DE out there.

steeper than the awesome?

about a month ago
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Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware

xvan Re: Really? (169 comments)

You're proposing this from an american point of view... There are countries with other issues. Banks collapse in the rest of the world, and people don't get their money immediately back. As banks sometimes collapse in inflationary periods, you are effectively being stolen by banks and governments.

about 1 month ago
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Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

xvan Re:Still Worth It (276 comments)

Too lazy to google
Do they lend you a dead tree book?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

xvan Re:It ain't the price (125 comments)

Wasn't that the same thing people said when google launched the marketplace?

about a month ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

xvan Re:In their defence. (417 comments)

If porn turns you into a criminal, why societies tolerate porn?

about a month ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

xvan Re:In their defence. (417 comments)

We are taking about students circumventing internet filters. That means they don't give a shit about policies... Why would they turn in their phones?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

xvan Re:Who Fucking Cares? (287 comments)

I do hate when yahoo "hides" things? Have you recently tried to download an attachment in the webmail?

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

xvan Re:Not sure I see a problem (306 comments)

Same argument can be made about MS Windows. It's... free.. you can download it anywhere, to any computer and use it.

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

xvan Re:Indeed. But how can they be "stolen"? (704 comments)

It's an equivalent to knowing that ip xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx hacked you. (Welll you could extract more information with investigation... but who would fund it?)

about a month and a half ago

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