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    JayGee: the article referenced at 53 above gives methods for those kind of conversions, allowing saving into formats which should be portable into the future....
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why do you use Microsoft Word?"
    Joel Spolsky writes about how the .doc "format" came about here, and explains why it's buggy to translate, emulate or even render with other software: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2008/02/19.html The real takeaway is that word -> rtf is actually a feature complete file...
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    On a related theme, there is more than usual public outcry and effort to defeat the GCSB law in New Zealand at the moment. Have a look at Twitter #GCSB for a sample, and polls indicating 75% national concern....
  • Commented on The World Shrinks Under The Weight of Madness
    Well, I'm glad to see you add some credibility to Ayn Rand, and Alan Greenspan. Educational link, that....
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    Yeah, representative democracy. Roman style? An earlier alternative was direct democracy, Greek style, where citizens (at the time, land owning free men, I think?) voted on the ISSUES, not on the society of lizards (Adams) who would bend said issues...
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