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Comment Re:So Let Me Get This Straight (Score 4, Informative) 246

Full integration with Active Directory, for fine-grained permissions over all aspects of the mail/calendar system.

For example, with Exchange and AD, I can create a distribution group, and delegate "ownership" of that group to a specific user, so they can add/remove users to that group. I can set that group to "open" or "closed", meaning users can either join it/leave it without owner approval, or not.

I can give an arbitrary user access to another users entire mailbox, or give them only permission to "send as" a different user, or distribution group.

I can allow only certain users to send to specific addresses, meaning I can have a "My Entire Company" distribution group that only specific people can send mail to.

And then there are similar permissions/delegation options for calendars, and Public Folders, and even Skype for Business. If you have VoIP phone systems, and compatible phones, you can even access all of your mail/calendar/Skype messages from your phone.

I can set deletion and archive polices for each user, or a group of users. I can set mailbox size limits per user, or per group. I can create a "discovery search", meaning I can allow access to a user's mailbox, but only for mails that meet a specific search criterion.

And of course, there is a cottage industry of add-ons for Exchange to do a million other things. Mimecast, for example, allows automatic off-site archiving of all email (with an Outlook plugin to search the mail), and automatic failover to Mimecast's servers if Exchange goes offline.

It's just endless. Exchange has no real competition. Is it perfect? No. But it's better than anything else for corporate messaging, by a wide margin.

Comment Re:I'll have to give it another look.... (Score 2) 111

Do ANY Linux desktop environments save window position? I don't think any of them do. It's up to the developer of the application to handle that, under Linux.

And you know what? The "your window position isn't always saved" thing drives me NUTS on Linux. It's one of the little "fit and finish" things that Windows and OS X do so well, but never seems to get taken care of with Linux DEs.

Comment Microsoft could TAKE OVER the smartphone market.. (Score 5, Insightful) 154

All they need are these features:

A phone that can be fully-managed with Group Policy/Active Directory

A phone that has a fully-functional Outlook client, with ALL the features of desktop Outlook that are practical to cram into a phone

That's IT. Most businesses would jump at the chance for those. Mobile security is a big issue, and there *still* isn't a truly good Exchange client for any phone (though some are close).

The fact that MS hasn't realized this stuff is mystifying. What are they thinking?

Comment A more interesting question... (Score 2, Interesting) 889

What Linux-only apps would you like to see available on Windows?

I honestly can't think of any. Almost all the useful apps available for Linux are available for Windows, too. And what's left is mostly Linux-specific system-management stuff.

And THAT is the problem with Linux on the desktop. There simply aren't any compelling applications that aren't ALSO available for Windows or OS X. Yes, security is good (though ACL support still sucks, which is ridiculous), and not having to worry about viruses is nice, too. But those are secondary concerns, honestly.

Comment Re:So now we have a new paradox... (Score 1) 172

He's not trying to "solve" anything, dumbass. He's trying to figure out how the universe works.

If information isn't *actually* destroyed by a black hole, that's something new about the universe that we didn't know. It's a new discovery.

Not all science is about "solving" things. In fact, almost none of it is.

Comment THIS is a "golden age"? Yikes. (Score 2, Insightful) 71

I'm sorry, the fan-made "Star Trek" stuff is terrible, because the actors are terrible. It's as simple as that. They get pretty much everything right, otherwise, but without decent actors, it doesn't matter. I mean, the acting is high-school-level bad.

Good actors are rare. It's an ability you're born with, I think. You have to have "presence", and the right voice, and the right mannerisms...none of the actors on these shows have ANY of that.

Comment It's interesting, but... (Score 1) 116

Unless they can get a bunch of developer on-board for *native* games, then nobody will care.

The "streaming games" thing is a red-herring. For some reason, everyone seems to think it's a great idea, and it *is*, but not as the PRIMARY way to play games. Especially if you need a fairly powerful PC with an Nvidia card to do so. Streaming over the internet is okay, but it's SO dependent on your connection quality (and your bandwidth limits). It can work, though, obviously. But I wouldn't want to be stuck with it for AAA titles.

Still, for $199, they might have something here - a relatively cheap and powerful console that runs Android software could be pretty cool. It would almost be like a return to the old "home computer" days.

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score -1, Troll) 375

Of course assholes and trolls will fuck it up. And Google will fix it.

I think this is a great idea. No, it won't be perfect. But de-ranking sites that are full of lies and misinformation? That makes sense.

Of course, conservatives will hate this, since lying is how they stay in power.

You want your site to be ranked highly? You better check your sources.

Comment Re:Copyright issue? (Score 5, Interesting) 285

I thought the same thing.

The VAST majority of pornographic images/videos on the various sites are being used without permission (as the joke goes "Who pays for porn on the internet?"). The porn industry has been more aggressive in trying to stop that in recent years. Google either got a pile of DMCA notices from some porn producers, or is trying to AVOID getting DMCA notices.

Comment This whole thing is a disaster waiting to happen (Score 4, Interesting) 233

But...I can't decide if that bothers me or not. The sheer *audacity* of this project impresses me. I kind of want to see it happen.

Unfortunately, the mission is basically a death-sentence for the people involved. And not because of the one-way nature of the mission, but because the people behind this don't have a clue. I would be amazed if anybody actually made it to Mars alive. Hell, I'll be amazed if they make it into space alive.

Comment Wow, that actually looks decent (Score 1, Flamebait) 84

KDE has always had great functionality, but the actual *look* of it was always clunky-as-hell. Too many typefaces, too many buttons/widgets, and nothing ever seemed to "fit" correctly. It was just half-assed. Shiny, but half-assed.

This looks good. Maybe KDE will finally have the polished look-and-feel that Gnome (and the spin-offs) have had for 15 years now.

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