mcloaked writes: We get all kinds of news about new developments but one subject has been lacking for some time and that is email clients for linux (or Windows for that matter).
A number of reviews mostly not all that recent have pointed to the main clients as Thunderbird, Evolution, Claws-mail, and Kmail as possibilities. Up to about a year ago Thunderbird seemed to be "the" email client with the best mix of positives.
However there are no recent reviews that I have seen and in the meantime Thunderbird has moved to monthly releases which are more maintenance releases, with security fixes, with little real functional change — and little new development. Thunderbird won't be changed into the future much, if one interprets the available news information.
Evolution is reported to be rather prone to being buggy, and kmail even more so. Claws-mail has limitations as does kmail.
So where is the future going without any real innovation on available linux mail clients? We need a well maintained and capable mail client, with preferably good calendar integration (webcal/google calendar), properly supported html composing, good maildir format storage for local mail, good security support including the capacity to deal with both gpg and s/mime encryption and signing. It needs a good modern UI, and good import/export facilities as well as good integration with its address book, including good import/export of addresses.
Are we likely to see this kind of package as we move into the future or will mail clients slowly disappear? At the moment it looks like email client support is dead — maybe users are moving more into web mail and the cloud rather than having a properly functional mail client on their desktops?
another random user writes: Bitcoin-Central, a currency exchange that specialises in virtual cash has won the right to operate as a bank. They got the go-ahead thanks to a deal with French financial firms Aqoba and Credit Mutuel.
The exchange is one of many that swaps bitcoins, computer generated cash, for real world currencies. The change in status makes it easier to use bitcoins and bestows national protections on balances held at the exchange.
Under European laws, the deal means Bitcoin-Central becomes a Payment Services Provider (PSP) that has an International Bank ID number. This puts it on an equal footing with other payment networks such as PayPal and WorldPay. As a PSP it will be able to issue debit cards, carry out real-time transfers to other banks and accept transfers into its own coffers.
mrvan writes: "Guido van Rossum, the proclaimed python Benevolent Dictator For Life, is leaving Google in january to work for Dropbox. He is currently employed by Google, where he spends half his time developing the Python language. In their announcement, DropBox state that they relied heavily on python from the beginning, citing a mix of simplicity, flexibility, and elegance, and are excited to have GvR on the team. While this is without a doubt good news for DropBox, the big question is what this will mean for python (and for google)."
nathan34 writes: "Stores run the risk of consumers becoming more discriminatory and more strategic if they wait too long to unveil discounts, Cohen said. Shoppers really start to compare prices once the excitement of early deals wears off and their wallets start to thin out. It's not just start times that are competitive. Retailers from Target to Toys R Us to Best Buy have all unveiled price matching programs designed to bring customers in early. "
TheSync writes: In the wake of Hurrican Sandy, the New York State Attorney General has subpoenaed Craigslist, demanding that the site identify more than 100 sellers whose prices on post-Sandy gas, generators and other supplies were of an “unconscionably excessive price” during an emergency. AG Eric Schneiderman said: “Our office has zero tolerance for price gouging [and] will do everything we can to stop unscrupulous individuals from taking advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives."
stevegee58 writes: The Mitt Romney presidential campain accidentally launched a transition web site the day after the election. Sporting a "President Elect" seal and a catchy new tagline ("Smaller, Simpler, Smarter") , the site was up briefly before the gaffe was discovered and the site taken down.
Fortunately an alert blogger, Taegan Goddard, found the errant site and published some screen shots.
McGruber writes: Federal agents arrested Paul Ceglia (http://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2012/10/26/feds-charge-paul-ceglia-of-trying-to-bilk-facebook-and-mark-zuckerberg/) this morning. Ceglias has been charged with attempting to defraud Zuckerberg and Facebook in a multi-billion dollar scheme.
Ceglia's bogus lawsuit, in which he claimed to have once been promised a 50% stake in Facebook, has been the topic of several past slashdot stories (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/01/11/2248211/paul-ceglia-fined-5000-in-facebook-case) and (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/08/07/2041200/facebook-we-have-proof-ceglias-contract-is-fake) and (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/07/03/1229257/man-claiming-half-of-facebook-suffers-setbacks) and (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/04/12/2210203/ceglia-sues-for-50-facebook-old-emails-as-evidence) and (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/07/21/2218257/facebook-wants-ownership-case-thrown-out)
Escape From NY writes: 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers stolen from the SC Department of Revenue. This is still a developing story, but anyone who filed a SC state tax return since 1998 my be at risk.
zacharye writes: How bad is HTC’s current tailspin? So bad it makes Nokia look like a growth company. HTC’s handset volume declined by -43% in the autumn quarter vs. Nokia’s -23% volume decline. This is very interesting because HTC is using Android, the world’s most popular smartphone OS that is powering 40% annualized growth among its vendors. Nokia is limping along with an unholy mix of the obsolete Symbian platform, the moribund S40 feature phone platform and a niche OS called Windows Phone...