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Comment: Combination of Lync and Wacom Tablet... (Score 3, Interesting) 164 164

We use the combination of Microsoft Lync, where you can start a common whiteboard, and a Wacom Tablet, so you can do some freehand drawing.
It is not free. But the cost is offset after one meeting with members from all over the world...

Comment: Re:Title is bogus (Score 1) 395 395

correct! title should say old car...

especially when the french car industry is most advanced in the area of diesel engines - renault nissan decided several years ago concentrate the design of diesel engines within renault and gasoline engines with nissan.... peugeot is even selling complete engines to bmw. some minis and bmw series 1 use peugeot engines.

i doubt very much that the french goverment would give such important area of the french industry

Comment: 127.0.53.53.... why not 127.0.42.42? (Score 4, Funny) 164 164

>ping answer.to.the.ultimate.question.of.life.the.universe.and.everything
Pinging 127.0.42.42 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 127.0.42.42: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=249
Reply from 127.0.42.42: bytes=32 time1ms TTL=249
Reply from 127.0.42.42: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=249
Reply from 127.0.42.42: bytes=32 time1ms TTL=249

Ping statistics for 127.0.42.42:
        Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
        Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = eternity, Average = ask Deep Thought

Comment: Nokia Phones by MS = New Blackberry? (Score 1) 535 535

With the strong influence Microsoft has on big corporation's IT (Exchange/Office/Outlook) it would not surprise me that within one or two we would see strongly integrated phones for those corporations. If they make some attractive, usefull and secure phones (Nokia WP are hardware wise very attractive...), Microsoft could wipe out Blackberry.

Comment: Re:TSA only = US focused (Score 1) 199 199

In today's times where you need a Visa to enter the US, a lot of people bypass it. In the past it was difficult to fly from let's say South America to the Far East, because everybody had to fly via the US. This is a thing of the past. You can now fly via Dubai or South Africa. You can even do a round the world tour without stepping on US territory a single time, but went through all continents.
With the Visa requirement, the US tracks foreigners. With TSA, the US tracks it's own citizen...

Comment: Video and Voice... (Score 1) 175 175

A chat and email solution is one aspect.

But we humans can convey more information via spoken language and mimics. An audio and video connection for interacting with the team member across the globe is important.

Use IM with integrated Audio and Video, and which enables desktop sharing for collaborative working.

To stitch further the sense of a team despite of the distance, you can extend the office with the view of the other offices' common room filmed from a camera onto a video wall. Of course there is a privacy issue, and not everybody is comfortable with it. It is worth a try

When do we get the connected rooms across several rooms from Dan Simmons' Hyperion???

Comment: Issue of storing electricity (Score 1) 450 450

An issue that needs to be solved is the storage of electricity, as sunlight is available only during the day. Although it is not addressed in the article, the issue stays. One proven technology is hydroelectric storage using dams in the Atlas or in continental Europe. But the capacity is not high enough. But in any way, the Desertec is definitely a alternative to fossil fuels.

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