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Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 1) 551

by theshowmecanuck (#47701247) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
Not sure how the Evolution email client is doing. But I think the part of Outlook that most overlook is the Exchange server. That is what keeps all the meetings and other crap synchronized. So it takes more than just the client. I personally don't know of any open source email servers that have the range of Outlook/Exchange (above email itself). If there is something like that, someone let me know. I'd be interested to check it out.

Comment: Re:Looks like some editorializing by the submitter (Score 2) 87

by theshowmecanuck (#47701217) Attached to: Blackberry Moves Non-Handset Divisions Into New Business Unit
Missed the market shift? No, they pulled a Novell. They got too big for their britches and assumed because they were number one, they could dictate how things should be. They stopped innovating and became relatively stagnant. Meanwhile others went around them and delivered stuff that the market wanted and before they knew it, they weren't number one any more. I call anything like this Novell Syndrome.

Comment: Re:Zillow has walk ability score for every home (Score 2) 211

by theshowmecanuck (#47687633) Attached to: Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math
In downtown Toronto (city is about 2.5 million, metro around 5.6 million), there are a huge numbers of families and schools. The students there are just as smart as anywhere else in the country. Crime is low. Of that gang crime that is there, it is of the variety imported from the U.S. along with the guns. And most of that is not in the down town.

Comment: Don't forget buildings in context (Score 1) 98

by theshowmecanuck (#47676727) Attached to: Correcting Killer Architecture
Then there is the converse of a single building reflecting light. A lot of places fail to look at how many buildings work together to form dark urban canyons where light is blocked because of over building or bad planning. And canyons can turn into wind tunnels themselves. Granted this idea as a whole falls partially or mostly on urban planning, but still should be thought of when planning new individual buildings. Downtown Vancouver seems to be seeing some of this lack of meta planning in their Yaletown/West End neighbourhoods with their high rise condo boom. It might even be too late in places.

Comment: Re:So ... (Score 1, Insightful) 213

by theshowmecanuck (#47671577) Attached to: How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier
We already know nature can create deadlier viruses. These are a bunch of irresponsible geeks seeing if they can make the most deadly strain for the mental masturbation and bragging rights. They don't need to do this to plan for disaster. And the only way their biology is likely to be of use is if their own strain escapes. Nature will make its own version which they will need to analyze for possible treatments. You don't need to create a potential civilization killer to learn those techniques either. Hubris is the right word for this.

Comment: Re:Poor documentation (Score 1) 38

This sounds like a bunch of bullshit by obfuscation. It doesn't matter the expected level of the end user. If they need documentation they need it. There is no excuse for shitty documentation even if this isn't the only project plagued with it. Telling people to comb the Internet for how to use a non-trivial piece of software is the surest way to see it implemented wrong in the largest number of ways. And this applies really, to anything requiring instructions. In this case it is very important to the user that it be done right.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang