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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

CQDX It's so true (213 comments)

My company has been trying to hire the 12 year old and younger set because they are cheap but out of all the ones we've interviewed they can't pass the technical phase of the interview process.

Out of desperation we've been forced to hire CS and EE college grads that learned how to code as undergrads. They're ok. They typically know C, Java, Python, and such but we have still not found a candidate that has 2+ years experience writing device drivers in Scratch.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

CQDX Re:outsource your wedding (447 comments)

Don't have to pay them. Just say "free lumpia" and you'll fill the tables.

Or marry a Filipina. Half the town will be related. The remainder will be honorary "aunties" and "uncles".

about two weeks ago
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Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To Trio For Microscope Advancement

CQDX Re:Why Chemistry? (29 comments)

Because it's a molecular spectroscopy technique. This is work is in the realm of chemical physics, the overlap of physics and chemistry. There are more than a few occasions where physicists have been awarded the prize in Chemistry because their work has had its greatest impact in chemistry research.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

CQDX Morse code straight key (635 comments)

I have a terrible fist but IMHO no station is complete without a straight key on the desk. I have a J-38 and J-37 on a Mae West board.

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

CQDX Re:Land of insanity (421 comments)

If I was a kid today I'd probably be institutionalized.

When I was in 1st grade or so the Vietnam War was on the news all the time and I was just getting into plastic model building. My favorite thing to do was to build Army tanks and helicopters and play war with them. One day at school we had to write a little story and draw a picture with it. I wrote little scenario where a bunch of Army tanks and helicopters were blowing a bridge with a bunch of NVA crossing it (didn't know what a NVA was, they were just the bad guys). The picture had lots of explosions and bodies flying everywhere. It was very colorful and had a lot of detail. I got a good mark for my creativity.

In the afternoon we'd play Army with plastic guns that looked liked the real thing. None of this pink gun shit. We didn't shoot imaginary dinosaurs. We were out hunting Germans and Japanese soldiers. Whoever got stuck being the enemy would at least have fun hamming up his death scene. I guess it wasn't such a big deal back then because I grew up in San Diego and there were more than a few WWII vets that would egg us on.

I don't look forward to seeing what our world will be like when the current crop of kids grow up to be our nation's leaders.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla's Already Shopping For More Office Space

CQDX Re:Nowhere on the Peninsula is meaningfully closer (100 comments)

Real estate in Fremont is expensive but more *affordable* housing can be had in the nearby communities of Milpitas and Newark. In any case, Fremont is much, much cheaper than Palo Alto and surrounding communities (I'm leaving East PA out of that consideration).

about 3 months ago
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Tesla's Already Shopping For More Office Space

CQDX Why not build next to the factory? (100 comments)

Just north of the Fremont plant is undeveloped land that is right next to the new BART station. They could build there allowing employees to take mass transit and also be within walking distance of the factory. If they out grow the space, or hit lean times, they should be able to rent the space at a premium since it is next to the station.

about 3 months ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

CQDX Re:sure, works for France (296 comments)

That was true until MS brought the ribbon then it was "Why is IT forcing me to upgrade?"

Now it's happening again with the latest Office with their Metro-ized GUI.

First thing I did when I got a new shiny laptop with Office 2013 was install LibreOffice so I can focus on working, and not relearning how to do my usual tasks with a new UI.

Actually what I really did first was install VMWare and get Xubuntu installed but you get my point.

about 2 months ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

CQDX What about the rise of new species? (342 comments)

Without RTFA, have they surveyed our dumps and sewers? I'm sure there are a huge number of new species that are arising out of our garbage just waiting to take over. I just hope they don't have a hanker'n for BBQ humans.

about 2 months ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

CQDX Re:You don't need so many workers (300 comments)

Just run XFCE, MATE, and any other XP like desktop and be done with it. Don't waste time with Unity, Gnome 3, the latest KDE, etc.

Honestly, if you working on Linux and you are pissing around trying to get your desktop customized to your liking, then you really aren't working, are you?

about 3 months ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

CQDX Re:You still won't get a job in my field (376 comments)

Race and gender don't matter. Only skill set, experience, soft skills, etc. We do, however, discriminate a little, mainly on what school you graduated from, or for those with graduate degrees, who was your advisor.

about 4 months ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

CQDX You still won't get a job in my field (376 comments)

If you are woman or minority that got into tech through Codeschool and the like, you won't be working in my shop. We only hire people with real CS and engineering degrees that have done their time learning more than the web language|framework flavor or the month.

about 4 months ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

CQDX We'll be overrun by double-wides! (501 comments)

The only natural predator of trailer homes are tornadoes. Are we prepared for the inevitable population explosion if we defeat tornadoes in the Mid-West? I don't think we'll be able to build Wal-marts fast enough.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

CQDX Python + Qt (466 comments)

With Qt you can develop for desktop or mobile, with a GUI or not. With Python you can do simple scripting all the way up to full-blown apps. Once you become familiar with Qt you can also fallback to C++ if you need the performance. You also have the option using Qt's GUI as traditional widget or Javascript based Qt Quick.

about 4 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

CQDX T-Mobile works for me (482 comments)

Haven't signed a contract in 3 or so years since I left Sprint (and Verizon before that). I've been on T-Mobile with their sort of hidden $30/month plan of 5Gb 4G data, unlimited text, 100 talk minutes. I say it's sort of hidden because this rate is only available if you start a new account online. I never gab on the phone but I do surf and stream alot so this works for me. Currently using a Galaxy SII which is more than good enough.

about 6 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

CQDX Re:How long before a remote cutoff? (1374 comments)

Not long at all. Government agencies are already looking into automobile kill switches. We KNOW they are already illegally spying on us. Why give them one more way they can subjugate us?

about 6 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

CQDX Re:Police and military? (1374 comments)

Of course they'll never agree to adopt the technology. First, it means you can't use your buddy's backup weapon if your weapon malfunctions. Second, it won't be long before the technology becomes available to jam the system so you can't fire your weapon.

about 6 months ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

CQDX We have/had a black President... (410 comments)

a black Attorney General, black Supreme Court Justices, black Secretaries of State, and numerous black Senators and Congressmen. Yet there have been few Latinos in the upper echelons of the government and even few Asians. I think affirmative action has already done it's job and is no longer needed.

about 6 months ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

CQDX Re:A chilling EMP scenario (271 comments)

Yea but if it got rid of social media and insipid reality shows, it might be awash.

about 6 months ago

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