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Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 293

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.

Comment: Re:You don't need so many workers (Score 1) 300

by CQDX (#47456927) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

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?

Comment: You still won't get a job in my field (Score 1, Flamebait) 376

by CQDX (#47337105) Attached to: Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

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.

Comment: Python + Qt (Score 5, Informative) 466

by CQDX (#47240767) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

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.

Comment: T-Mobile works for me (Score 1) 482

by CQDX (#46892015) Attached to: Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

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.

Comment: We have/had a black President... (Score 2) 410

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.

Comment: QST and QEX (Score 1) 285

by CQDX (#46774827) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?
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.

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