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Comment: Real name (Score 1) 383

by cybersaga (#42752719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Name Conflicts In Automatically Generated Email Addresses?

I work for the Ontario government. Several years ago, we consolidated several email systems (about 60,000 people) into one: ontario.ca. We use real names (first.last@ontario.ca). Numbers are added by default by Exchange if an address is taken (first.last2@ontario.ca), but we let people pick whatever they want if they don't like that: middle initial, even the city they work in if the middle initial isn't enough. It doesn't really matter what their email address is, as long as it's appropriate and has their name in it.

Cloud

+ - Germany Declares Facebook Like Button Illegal 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Not only has Germany declared Facebook's facial recognition technology and wild Facebook parties illegal, but the country today found Facebook's Like button in violation of its strict privacy laws. Commissioner Thilo Weichert, who works for the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection (ULD) in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, said the social network’s plugin, which allows Internet users to express their appreciation of something online, illegally puts together a profile of their Web habits."

+ - The Cube: Data Center Squared ->

Submitted by 1sockchuck
1sockchuck (826398) writes "If the Borg had a data center, it might look a lot like The Cube, the new server farm for French hosting company OVH. The entire building is optimized for air cooling, with racks lining corridors along the cube's hallways. Air flows into the cube-shaped building, through the racks, and into an open central courtyard that effectively serves as the hot aisle. OVH, which builds its own custom servers, recently announced that it hosts 100,000 servers."
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Real-Life Frogger Ends In Hospital Visit 314 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the going-for-the-logs dept.
BigSes writes "A 23-year old man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game Frogger. Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck Monday evening. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his friends. Chief Jimmy Dixon says the man yelled 'go' and darted into oncoming traffic in the four-lane highway. Has it come time to ban some of the classics before someone else goes out and breaks a few bricks with their heads after eating a large mushroom?"
IT

Cuil Proves the Bubble Is Back 496

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the so-sick-of-it-already dept.
MattSparkes writes "Cuil may only have launched this week, but it seems that they're already enjoying late-'90s boom-style comforts. 'Lunch is ordered in every single day. Huge fridges burst with snacks and drinks. Bowls of strawberries and muffins lie around the rest area. The company pays for a personal trainer and gym membership for everyone. A doctor calls round each Friday, after the weekly barbeque, to see if everyone's in good health. Employees drift in an out at times that suit themselves.' Seems like an awesome place to work, but how long will their $25 million VC funding last at this rate?"
Education

+ - Freeing the good stuff from university labs

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netbuzz
netbuzz writes "University research labs are not supposed to be like Vegas: What happens in them is not supposed to stay there. A nonprofit from the Kauffman Innovation Network launching this morning at DEMO 07 aims to free the fruits of academic research that would otherwise sit trapped on university shelves. Bonus: Site translates academic-speak into English.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1095 9"
Software

+ - Outsourcing The Project Developer

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Foofoobar
Foofoobar writes "I work at a telecom here in Seattle and we just hired a new CTO whose first decision was to outsource all our internal tools that sit on top of a framework I built and maintain as an open source project to our team in Manila who barely understand OOP much less MVC. As the developer of the project and the lead developer in the company, I have never seen this done before. Are there any other developers of open source projects who have had had companies in which they have implemented there projects and had themselves removed from the project just so it can get outsourced? What were the repercussions? Was this a positive experience?"
Google

+ - Google loses "Gmail" in Europe

Submitted by Hippie Hippie Shake
Hippie Hippie Shake (666) writes "Google has just lost the right to use the name "Gmail" in Europe, according to the EU. From the article: "Daniel Giersch, a German-born 32-year old entrepreneur, has just announced that his company received a positive ruling last week from the Harmonization Office supporting his claim that "Gmail" and his own "G-mail" are confusingly similar. G-mail is a German service that provides a "gmail.de" email address, but also allows for a sort of "hybrid mail" system in which documents can be sent electronically, printed out by the company, and delivered in paper format to local addresses." It looks like "Google Mail" from here on out, at least in the Old Country."

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