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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Drethon Re:always come back to MS Word (277 comments)

I have MS Office because I had to have specific formatting for a thesis and a paper that was published from it. Since I have it I've just kept using it but I'm not sure I would start a new computer with MS Office.

3 days ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

Drethon Re:So basically... (286 comments)

Yes. Given that typically for that person with the 1-2 year degree they have worked longer than I have to get the same pay. After a few years in the field I consider time on the job to vastly out weigh time in school.

about a week ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

Drethon Re:So basically... (286 comments)

I did my Bachelor's degree just for the piece of paper to start a career. Since then I found most of the real learning happens after college, both on the job and on my own time. I then went back for a Master's degree to separate myself from the average engineer. However I think the most important thing I learned from going back to school is I didn't need to go back. I keep looking at taking classes since I last graduated and keep deciding I can learn those topics on my own just fine.

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Drethon How often? (595 comments)

So is it likely that we will shortly have a new universe start forming in the middle of our current one?

about two weeks ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Drethon Re:Its called paying attention (364 comments)

I wish they were timed properly in my area. I tend to drive with a cruise controller for a bit more gas efficiency (or my inability to control my right foot properly...), on most of the streets in my area many lights are synchronized but about every five miles there is one sstreet that is not on the usual grid pattern and always seems to be out of synch.

about three weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

Drethon Re:Projections (987 comments)

I wasn't making commentary about it, just answering the question...

about three weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

Drethon Re:Projections (987 comments)

Is there anywhere in North America that you can even buy flood insurance any more?

Anywhere that doesn't get flooded? Ever? Even by 1000 year floods?

about three weeks ago
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How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

Drethon Looking forward to it (202 comments)

I used to have nVidia 3d glasses which were good but definitely not great. Not sure I want something as massive as the Oculus but it is at least a good start.

My real interest is when the Google glass integrates a real time camera and audio system to create a minority report interface with voice control. Give me a full wearable PC, even if I probaly can't keep my arms in the air for very long. Also I'm hoping Google glass will get varaible focus at some point so you can overlay closer objects.

about three weeks ago
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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

Drethon Re:Three keys (97 comments)

And yet they try to make tablet computers do everything a PC does (or at least claim the tablet is taking over from PCs).

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Drethon Re:Woe to the archeologists (440 comments)

Not sure the wasted food should be placed on Costco's doorstep or on the peanut processing plant.

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Drethon Re:And so this is Costco's fault? (440 comments)

I swear if people lived within their means the entire economy would crash...

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

Drethon Re:That's it (243 comments)

If they don't delete local files, I'll wait and see before claiming the sky is falling.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Drethon Re:A few things to consider (370 comments)

And the cost at those local state universities is usually pretty good.

about a month ago
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Cisco Plans $1B Investment In Cloud

Drethon Re:Listen to Woz (61 comments)

Yep but at least I never lose control of a copy, even if someone else's servers also have my data now.

about a month ago
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Cisco Plans $1B Investment In Cloud

Drethon Re:Listen to Woz (61 comments)

Depends on what that data is.

Personal data that no one else needs to see? Sitting on my HD behind firewalls that should keep it where I put it. If it is really private data and rarely used I may keep it on a CD sitting on a shelf. No guarantees in life though.

Private data that I want to work on at multiple locations but will not be catastrophic if someone else gets ahold of it? On a NAS at home, behind those same firewalls and wired into the network. Should be about as secure as sitting on my HD but if someone manages to hack my router and NAS... well...

Limited shared data? Now I start wandering into the cloud and Dropbox seems pretty good to me so far. Never actually leaves my hard drive but is available for others I choose to play with. Am hoping no one ever hacks that account but I knew the risks when I put it there.

Stuff I want to make public and don't really care much about? At this point I don't particularly care which cloud has it so long as they are fairly stable.

about a month ago

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C/C++ Most Popular Again?

Drethon Drethon writes  |  about 2 years ago

Drethon (1445051) writes "On this day in 2008 a submission was posted that C/C++ was loosing ground so I decided to check out its current state. It seems that C has returned to the top while Java has dropped by the same amount, VB and PHP have dropped drastically, C++ is holding fast but now in third place and Objective-C and C# have climbed quite a bit.

2008 data thanks to SatanicPuppy:

1. Java.....20.5%
2. C........14.7%
3. VB.......11.6%
4. PHP......10.3%
5. C++.......9.9%
6. Perl......5.9%
7. Python....4.5%
8. C#........3.8%
9. Ruby......2.9%
10. Delphi...2.7%

The other 10 in the top 20 are:
JavaScript, D, PL/SQL, SAS, Pascal, Lisp/Scheme, FoxPro/xBase, COBOL, Ada, and ColdFusion"
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What is holding back the paperless office?

Drethon Drethon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Drethon (1445051) writes "CNN has an article (are we up to the millionth article on this topic?) asking if the paperless office has arrived: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/18/paperless.office/index.html?hpt=Sbin.

This got me wondering, what are the main things holding back the paperless office? Just off the top of my head the main thing keeping me printing out documents is the ability to spread a dozen pages of a document under review out on my table and marking it up by hand. PDF and Word markups are not too bad but they still lack the ability to spread many pages out to look over at the same time and could be improved to make markup a bit less restrictive. I do find myself printing out less with the use of dual monitors to have source documents and work under progress up at the same time, perhaps something like Microsoft's tabletop computer used as a desk will let me have at least a paperless desk.

I know there are other reasons why offices are not becoming paperless. What are your reasons?"

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