Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 23:47 UTC
Legal "He's one of 10 reverse-engineers working full time for a stealthy company funded by some of the biggest names in technology: Apple, Microsoft, Research In Motion, Sony, and Ericsson. Called the Rockstar Consortium, the 32-person outfit has a single-minded mission: It examines successful products, like routers and smartphones, and it tries to find proof that these products infringe on a portfolio of over 4,000 technology patents once owned by one of the world's largest telecommunications companies. When a Rockstar engineer uncovers evidence of infringement, the company documents it, contacts the manufacturer, and demands licensing fees for the patents in question. The demand is backed by the implicit threat of a patent lawsuit in federal court." And then people wonder why I call Apple and Microsoft patent trolls. These are the people destroying this industry, with Apple, Microsoft, RIM, etc. money. Sickeningly low.
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Thanks for the honest answer. I do understand that these choices are hard in the real world.

For what is worth, I set up a friend who is also a translator such as yourself with Kubuntu and Office 2007, using Cross-Over office.

Depending on other translation aids you may or may not use, that might be a workable solution.

We all make compromises, but should not lose sight of our aspirations and where the real problem lies. In light of this, I can concede that you would use Office or even Windows if there is no other way for you to make a living, but why in God´s name buy a Windows phone?

A closer reading of your post reveals that it remains nearly impossible to interoperate with Microsoft Document Formats in a realible manner, which is part of the reason why Microsoft made its XML formats so convoluted and dependent on prior Microsoft office formats. Isn´t that kind of a sad state of affairs in the XXI century?

As far as Katrina, I now live in Spain, but I happen to have been in the US when katrina kit and helped set up community centers running LTSP to help people get online and connect with family members as well as coordinate recovery and rescue efforts, so one of your given examples did not apply to me, but yes there are areas of my life where I could also be far more consistent.

Edited 2012-05-23 07:12 UTC

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