.. what is meant by death by Powerpoint?
25 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008
"Have any of you actually tried to use it for anything important?"
Yes, probably unlike you.
I've worked as a freelance translator for nearly 20 years. For the last few of those I've been using Open Office daily to turn do my work - and not a single complaint from a client about the quality of the finished product.
Whenever the likes Geldof or Bono open their mouths, I'm afraid I'm reminded of the wise words about singers from the KLF's tongue-in-cheek guide to making a Number One single, i.e.:
"Singers - good or bad - are invariably a problem... they also tend to confuse their role as singer of songs with that of would-be world leaders."
"Open source is useful to a degree but only to developers and those wishing to wade through the code".
That sir, is what is technically known as complete tosh. I use Open Office for my word processing and other business requirements, Firefox for my web browsing and Linux as my operating system. All these are free/open source. However, I'm neither a developer nor do I have a desire to examine source code: I'm a freelance translator with a business to run who wants stuff that works for me, doesn't cost the earth and keeps the BSA's software police from my door because it's all legitimate.
Taxation should be used to fund public services, not be collected for distribution to line the pockets of private business.
This is rewarding the music industries for not keeping pace with technology and adapting their business accordingly. What the Japanese government is proposing is like putting a dinosaur on life support.
This is just small change to salve MS' conscience after producing a dog of an OS that requires a high-powered beast of a machine on which to run.
As for low-powered computing* this has already been done (e.g. LTSP and thin clients); it's just that Redmond's radar cannot spot it.
* e.g. 20 workstation mobile suite & server laptop power consumption = 500 W.
Yesterday's terrorists, e.g. the likes of such internationally acclaimed figures such as Nelson Mandela, would probably have died in jail had legislation like this been in effect at the time.
How much longer can it be before plod can arrest people on a charge of 'looking at me in a funny way'?
“The disc was apparently password-protected, but this can be overcome fairly easily by an IT-literate person."
For those without John the Cracker, the password can presumably be obtained by reading the post-it note stuck on the CD cover, if previous revelations of British IT security procedures are to be believed.
Mine's the one underneath the pointy hat marked with a large capital D.
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