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Comment: Re:asking for trouble (Score 1) 248

by Penguin Programmer (#42082553) Attached to: Companies Getting Rid of Reply-all

I think you mean at the top.

A company that's come close to abolishing Reply All is the global information and measurement firm Nielsen. On its screens, the button is visible but inactive, covered with a fuzzy gray. It can be reactivated with an override function on the keyboard. Chief Information Officer Andrew Cawood explained in a memo to 35,000 employees the reason behind Nielsen's decision: eliminating "bureaucracy and inefficiency."'

I hope somebody replied to all, quoting this entire memo and putting "OK" at the bottom.

+ - The real Free and Open Source Exchange Replacement-> 2

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extrafu (1924872) writes "Recently, the SOGo developers at Inverse developed together with the OpenChange team a storage provider that reuses much of the SOGo code. This means Microsoft Outlook can talk to SOGo just like if it was an Exchange server. This is a major step in the FOSS groupware world as costly MAPI connectors can now be avoided for Microsoft Outlook users and they can benefit from a modern groupware server to handle all their needs. A video demonstrating Outlook connected to SOGo through OpenChange server is available from the SOGo website. And yes, everything is available under the GNU GPL and is under active development."
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Comment: Whichever makes you prove things (Score 1) 466

by Penguin Programmer (#30671726) Attached to: Which Math For Programmers?

As a grad student in CS who has also worked in industry, I've never directly used any but the most basic of math (matrix multiplication etc.). The reason math is important for programmers is that it teaches you to think. It doesn't really matter what kind of math you take - as a programmer you're unlikely to ever use it directly, and even if you do you really only need to know the practical aspects. What's important is that you take something that makes you prove things and think analytically. Those ways of thinking are what is important for all computer scientists and programmers.

Comment: Re:WTF, Google. You're teaming up w/Adobe, too? (Score 1) 343

by Penguin Programmer (#28638375) Attached to: Google Reveals Chrome Hardware Partners

You're building a new OS based on the Linux kernel + Chrome Browser, which is cool because these are both high-quality Free Software projects. But then you wander off and sidle up to Adobe instead of working with Free Software such as Gnash.

Gnash is all fine and good, except that it's a piece of shit and doesn't work. Just like open-source Java.

Look, I like open source as much as the next guy (more, probably), but more than anything I like working software. Google can either spend lots of man-hours making Gnash work properly with all the Flash out there on the web today, and then spend more man-hours keeping it up-to-date as Adobe adds new features that various popular websites take advantage of, or they can just partner with Adobe and use real Flash, spending just a few man-hours to integrate it into their system. Google is a business, and while they may make some choices ideologically, in most cases they need to use the best tool for the job. In this case, that tool is Flash.

Comment: Re:Yup (Score 2, Informative) 436

by Penguin Programmer (#28624175) Attached to: Judge Rules IP Addresses Not "Personally Identifiable"

An IP address DOES identify a computer- but not the way the judge thinks. My IP address identifies my router, which in turn owns 5 to 6 computers. With the wireless open, it could refer to the whole neighborhood, for all I know/care. They need to revise, an IP address identifies a NETWORK, but not neccessarily conclusively any particular computer.

A router is still a computer. An IP address identifies a computer. Whether that computer has other computers connected to it, and forwards traffic from those computers using its IP address, is an entirely separate matter.

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