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Open Source-Friendly Smartphones For the Small Office? 222

Thunderstruck writes "I work in a small office with just two computers. Both machines run long-term-service releases of Ubuntu, with Gnome, and Evolution for scheduling, contact management and electronic mail. We plan to stick with Linux long-term. For telephone service, we're using smartphones. In order to keep everything straight, we need phones that can synchronize easily with the calendars and contact data on each owner's desktop machine. We cannot use cloud based services for this function due to ethics rules, and for security reasons. Right now, we do all of this with older Palm phones, but these are a dying breed. What options are out there right now for phones that will sync with Evolution (or another good Linux PIM suite) which do not require data to go through the cloud first?"

Comment Here in Kentucky it hasn't been that great. (Score 1) 345

The Kentucky school system switched to MS's cloud email last June. It has been a pain in the ass for most of the stuff that we have to do. Most of the administration of the system has to be done in Powershell instead of a nice GUI. They have had frequent crashes and issues with the service and we experience slowness working with it daily.

Also if you use IE to work in the OWA interface it is horribly slow, which is funny since you would think that is the one that MS would work on. Chrome and Firefox help quite a bit.

MS has routinely screwed things up by not entering licenses in load balancers, or servers and I get really tired of clearing the cache in our browsers so that our users will get bounced to another server.

Also it only works with Outlook 2007/2010 and some of the online collaboration tools won't even let you print out of them.

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Infinity Ward Fights Against Modern Warfare 2 Cheaters 203

Faithbleed writes "IW's Robert Bowling reports on his twitter account that Infinity Ward is giving 2,500 Modern Warfare 2 cheaters the boot. The news comes as the war between IW and MW2's fans rages over the decision to go with IWnet hosting instead of dedicated servers. Unhappy players were quick to come up with hacks that would allow their own servers and various other changes." Despite the dedicated-server complaints, Modern Warfare 2 has sold ridiculously well.

Comment Crowdsourcing Engine (Score 1) 208

What they should do is use the massive ability of MMO players to do hard labor. Think about all the information that could be parsed by NASA MMO players. Parts of the game should be looking at Hubble Images for specific items, or comparing red shifts. It has been fully shown that MMO players will "grind" up against a work load to get to the next whatever, so that should be something that NASA exploits.


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