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Comment: Does the USN or USAF do this (Score 1) 307

by CQDX (#48236555) Attached to: US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

AFAIK they recruit excellent engineers that meet their fitness requirements so what is so different about the USA?

Really, anyone who isn't disciplined enough to stay somewhat fit, or to get fit enough for basic, really isn't military material IMHO. Physical discipline and mental discipline go hand-in-hand. Are cyber-warriors allowed to stuff their faces at the DEFAC? Will they be excused from all field exercises? Will never be deployed in country, attached to MI units?

Comment: It's so true (Score 2) 213

by CQDX (#48149703) Attached to: Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

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.

Comment: Re:Why Chemistry? (Score 4, Informative) 29

by CQDX (#48091017) Attached to: Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To Trio For Microscope Advancement

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.

Comment: Re:Land of insanity (Score 3, Insightful) 421

by CQDX (#47737909) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

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.

Comment: Why not build next to the factory? (Score 3, Informative) 100

by CQDX (#47602265) Attached to: Tesla's Already Shopping For More Office Space

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.

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 296

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.

Never make anything simple and efficient when a way can be found to make it complex and wonderful.