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+ - Secure email with French military and Thunderbird->

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Fred_A writes "The French military have for a while both evaluated and in a number of cases switched to FOSS.
When the DGA (lang=fr) needed a secure email client and couldn't find a commercial one, they naturally also used FOSS and used Thunderbird to create Trustedbird.
The email client supports a number of useful features such as triple wrapping (sign, crypt, sign), signed receipts, delivery status notification...
As expected from users of FOSS, the new developments are being open sourced and could well end up in a Thunderbird near you one of these days.

And just so that it's out of the way, " (.deb, .tar, .exe and src), FOSS crypto email client, only dropped once".
(Disclaimer : despite my being French, I have nothing whatsoever to do with the project)"

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+ - A new way of looking at the world-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Rendering flat maps always introduces some form of topological distortion – the aesthetically-pleasing Mercator projection alters the proportions of continents, while the whacked-out Peters projection preserves size at the expense of considerable continental warping. Computer scientist Jack van Wijk has brought a software engineer's mindset to bear on the problem, devised some strange and ingenious representations of our planet."
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Comment: Re:buh? (Score 1) 408

by Ragein (#30367010) Attached to: Between last big computer upgrade and the next ...
Less fanboyish but also along the same lines.

I'm running a MacbBook2,1 the gig of RAM was starting to annoy me until I switched from OS X to Ubuntu and now it feels faster than it did when new plus all the hardware that matters is in good shape. The only problem I have with it is the badly designed top section that holds the k/b and trackpad broke where the separators for the screen hit it, although this is a well used laptop regularly hitting over a month uptime and surviving over eight months on yachts. Theres not much chance of me upgrading hardware anytime soon but when I do it will most likely be another MacBook.

Programmable Quantum Computer Created 132

Posted by Soulskill
from the four-out-of-five-ain't-bad dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A team at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) used berylium ions, lasers and electrodes to develop a quantum system that performed 160 randomly chosen routines. Other quantum systems to date have only been able to perform single, prescribed tasks. Other researchers say the system could be scaled up. 'The researchers ran each program 900 times. On average, the quantum computer operated accurately 79 percent of the time, the team reported in their paper.'"

Comment: Re:Salaries and firing in Uruguay (Score 1) 357

by Ragein (#30145426) Attached to: Total number of conventional, paid positions I've held:

Well... I'm 28, not from the US (South America, maybe that's relevant, is job-hopping as usual in Europe?)

I'm 23 and live in the Uk, I have held six jobs since I was 16 so for me it's pretty common but I have to admit six jobs in seven years is abit much.

I worked in McDonalds for a few years till I was 18, took a techie job at a local highschool, moved to another techie job at a council. For a few years Ive helped another school whenever they had a big job on which although probably not "conventional" has paid me a fair amount and kept me working whilst I got my yachtmaster qualis. I then got bored of the industry and decided to teach sailing so worked for a holiday company in Turkey for 8 months till I got deported.

Then came back to the Uk and took the first job I could find... another highschool techie job. I'm just hoping it's not going to be a vicious cycle.

+ - Best Call logging system for a small department

Submitted by Ragein
Ragein (901507) writes "I work in a UK High school with two techies and around 900 users and would like to implement a call logging system so we can keep track of and prioritise our daily and project work. The important bit is that we have no help desk so users need to be able to log calls without our interaction, an intranet based website or email system would be most appropriate. I would prefer to use FOSS if at all possible because being a school we have no money for projects like this, The back-end can run from a Linux or Windows based machine but the interface for managing calls must be usable from a windows box due to a windows disciple boss. Have any other /.ers been in a similar situation? What did you use to implement this and what problems did you run into along the way?"

Comment: Already Happening (Score 3, Interesting) 359

by Ragein (#29283087) Attached to: UK Plans To Link Criminal Records To ID Cards
I do not really like the idea of mandatory Id cards but on this particular story I have a differing opinion.

Although this is not with ID cards you already need a CRB check to work with children, this uses a photocopy of your passport to check who you are. If Id cards are a safer identifier of a person biometrics and all and if they can be used to instantly give a CRB check (only to appropriate bodys local councils, schools ect)then I have to say it's a great idea.

A person can wait up to six months to get a CRB check at the moment which in most cases means the person cannot start their job if working directly with children or have to be supervised if they work indirectly.

Sources - Personal experiance

Comment: Re:The times, they are a-changin'... (Score 1) 237

by Ragein (#28970669) Attached to: What Accounts For Most Of Your Computer Time?
Before I started working in IT I would use a computer for most of my recreational time (see wow). After that I started working in IT and kept up the same usage recreationally which really burnt me out (burnt out 20yo ^^) and ended up jacking the job in to go teach sailing. Whilst doing that I would use a computer for approximately an hour a week and that was mainly to skype my gf. Having had my respite I moved back to the Uk and got another job in IT which means that I spend all day fixing other peoples boxes and when I get home I tend to read a book watch a film or go out with the gf something that takes me away from a screen. Admittedly I do use a computer for about one hour a day at home even now but it's nothing compared to the old eight hour working day then home by six and playing wow till 12.

"You know, we've won awards for this crap." -- David Letterman