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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

CQDX Re:sure, works for France (176 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.

8 hours ago

Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

CQDX What about the rise of new species? (250 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.


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 two weeks ago

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 a month ago

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 a month ago

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 a month ago

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 a month ago

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 3 months ago

"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 3 months ago

"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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

CQDX Sharp EL-500 Scientific Calculator (702 comments)

Got it as a gift from Dad when I started junior high in the '70s. I used it daily until I got an HP-11c. I lost the HP sometime in grad school but I still have the Sharp and still use it. I always preferred LEDs over LCDs anyways.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

CQDX QST and QEX (285 comments)

QST comes with membership in the ARRL but can also be found in some radio and electronics stores. QEX cost extra but is worth it if you are really deep into building your own stuff. Nuts and Volts is pretty good too. There are electronic versions of these three but I'll only pay for the printed version. If they go electronic only I won't renew my subscription.

about 3 months ago

Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

CQDX The simple solution is to (355 comments)

give the toddlers a bunch of building blocks and hang the tablet from the ceiling.

about 3 months ago

San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

CQDX Set up shop in Morgan Hill or Gilroy (359 comments)

Many tech workers with kids and who want a house live down there where it's cheaper. Set up office down there (too) and hire the 30+ set. It will take some of the pressure off of their Mountain View facilities. And it was dumb to expand into SF. It was ridiculously expensive already and very hostile to big business, even ones that are liberal and cool.

about 3 months ago

Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

CQDX 2 tips for preppers (311 comments)

First, pack at least couple solar powered calculators. You can get cheap scientific calculators at the dollar store. They'll be worth their weight in gold during the second Renaissance. Second, don't give the mathematician any weapons. Let him be a mule, carrying any tech books you find along the way. Give him a pencil and pad of paper and let him re-derive the whole of known mathematics.

about 3 months ago

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

CQDX Re:What does the agreement REALLY say? (477 comments)

It's 4:30 over there. Quit'n time. You'll have to wait until 9am tomorrow before anyone over there is allowed to answer.

about 3 months ago

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

CQDX Re:In other news... (477 comments)

Yes, but are their business units in France the ones that do well? Or is their satellite offices in other countries like the UK and Germany that pick up the slack?

about 3 months ago

Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

CQDX Re:You can't have it both ways... (250 comments)

A benefit with Palo Alto and surrounding communities is that you can actually find parking. And it's almost always free! Or if you like to ride a bike, the roads are actually bike friendly. The streets are wide and many with dedicated bike lanes. And for the weekend trek, there are many scenic routes with little or no traffic. Live in SF? Hell no! Disclosure: I'm in Mountain View.

about 4 months ago


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