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Comment: Totemo (Score 1) 155 155 - somewhat pricy, but very nice handling:

based upon a ruleset, it can send mails encrypted with PGP or S/MIME (if keys are known), as encrypted PDF (sender gets password for manual transmission) or store the message on a webserver and just give login/password to the recipient.
if no prior key exchange happened, the PDF-solution creates a PGP-key and a S/MIME cert and sends both public keys with the PDF, so the recipient can choose whatever they want.
when receiving mails with attached PGP/SMIME public keys/certs, totemo takes the certs and stores them for future communication in the opposite direction.

I've seen other solutions, but Totemo seems pretty mature and works very well for me with several companies.

  - Hubert

Comment: In 1996 this was done ... (Score 4, Informative) 254 254

... by the Harvest Project, which installed several local data collectors, and which then added a search engine over all those collectors. The cache system added in between is still known today: Squid.

  - Hubert

Comment: HMI in automotive is not new (Score 5, Informative) 215 215

I don't know for Ford, but German automotive manufacturers have dealt with human/machine interfacing for a very long time,
and in the process have not focussed on software/screen only, but also added many more interfacing methods like buttons, dials, cameras facing into the car and outside.
Names that come to mind are car manufacturers (Audi, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz) and their suppliers (Continental, Hella, Vector Informatik).

The whole topic has been covered not by computer science or engineers, but very much by information science.
So maybe you want to have a look there if you are into this topic.
Keywords: driver assistance, hmi, navigation systems

  - Hubert

Comment: mmm, R! (Score 1) 91 91

R is a very impressive, mature program that does a hell of a job.
I best liked connecting R data sets to a PostgreSQL database
for my PhD thesis, and then doing statistical data on SQL selections
without bothing about the SQL bits any more.

Also, I see lots of universities in Germany step up and teach R, which I think is good.

  - Hubert

The computer is to the information industry roughly what the central power station is to the electrical industry. -- Peter Drucker