Google I would trust more, but it's really the technology I'm interested in trying anyhow.
Imagine for a moment some entity that knows almost as much about you as you do. I would suggest that they may have little difficulty establishing a dialogue with you that would be fairly agreeable to them.
Imagine the worst employer you've ever worked for. Now try and imagine this employer having access to your most important personal information. This combined with your identity documentation, financial information, buying habits, entertainment preferrences, family ties etc. and you will work that overtime shift, anytime he demands it of you.
Imagine a political party with unfettered access to every piece of data that exists in any database anywhere. How much of a majority do they need in the election? If they've got enough money they've got it, and anything else they want.
Now imagine the same scenario except this time replace yourself with a loved one. If you aren't paranoid enough, yet, does the thought of a loved one being manipulated by this entity work better at arrousing your paranoia. This scenario will be played out in our lifetimes.
This amount of knowledge/power/control in the hands of a benevolant entity would be bad. In the hands of a tyrant/corporation/government this would be catastrophic. Period.
As I write this I'm firmly convinced that I've gone off the deep end except that I don't think I have. I'm just extrapolating and hypothesizing. Why wouldn't some entity use data this way? The ways we're manipulated already lead me to believe that these things will happen in the near future and the data that will be needed to do this is being gathered, organized, copied and shared already.
If this all sounds ridiculous why would businesses use loyalty programs? To make sure that you get free stuff? I don't think so. Loyalty programs allow them to, with your blessing, build databases on willing victims. The free toaster or trip to Vegas will cost you, no doubt. Information is very valuable or there wouldn't be so many ways to buy and sell it.
A single bit of data isn't, in itself, a threat. A collection like nothing we've ever seen before may be.
This is not a game. This is freedom, democracy, free speech and human rights dissolving in front of us.
To quote a very old song:
In the year of 1984,
When the thought police come knocking at your door,
Think "I'm out!".
If I get anymore you're top of the list.
By the way, I have been using Gmail for almost 2 months now, but I haven't got any "invitation" to invite my friends to use Gmail. Does Google just randomly select current beta-tester and send them Gmail invitation that they could forward to their friend(s), or they have some sort of criteria for people who is qualified to receive that invitation?? Just curious...
I found Gmail very fast, but when I tried to attach some less than 2MB files in my email, sometimes it will just "time out" and die on me. I think it's still a bit buggy, just curious what other people's impression about Gmail if you also have an account?? Thanks!
Please add me to the list if anyone has a spare invitation.
I don't know how Google decides when to give you more invitations. When I first got the account, I got two invitations, then I got three more quite recently (all spoken for, alas).
I don't actually use Gmail very much, although I keep meaning to do so. I guess I'm not a big fan of web mail in general, although the Gmail interface is definitely less obnoxious than most.
I think you can swap them, should you track down the person who has moodle.
The really nifty conversation feature doesn't work with my mail from Moodle.org and each message on a topic is listed separately.
I don't know how or why this works (or not, in this case) but it would be neato if it worked for Moodle generated mails.
(Apple's Mail.app also has a neat threaded view, I'm not sure whether Moodle mails confuse this, or any other mailer, as I only switched the option on after Gmail convinced me of its usefulness)
edit: Slight clarification, this does sort-of work sometimes (say 1-2% of the time) when a person comments twice in the same thread.
Maybe it needs these:
It appears that Google is using something quite complicated to guess when there is a link between emails rather than rely just on these headers. But it does seem to take them into account as my other mailing lists have these and it succeeds in matching them even as the subject line changes.
It's my first patch to Moodle, you'll find it at http://opensource.mediagonal.ch/moodle/patches/mailheaders/ (includes a screenshot). The patch also adds a "List-Id:" header so mail clients can filter the incoming mails by course id.
By the way: you can expect a number of other patches from us, we decided to commit a whole bunch of enhancements (mainly to the quiz module, IMS/QTI stuff e.g., if moodle.org is interested in such a feature).
Martin, if you could check the patches and if possible apply them?
I note that var_export($CFG) should be something everybody new to Moodle development should do
This is a really neat development. It seems more and more folks are getting GMail accounts.
What exactly will this new feature do for people who receive GMail?
Me too!!! Me too!!!
Me too I like an invitation a gmail!!!
If some else has a spare invitation could they please send it to me as I get hardly any space with my ISP's e-mail account thanks.
Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org ... it should include a link to proof that you've helped the moodle community somehow, or the open source community in general.
If you've ever helped anyone on the forums, or posted a patch, send a link. If you haven't, help someone, send me a link, collect ;)
(obviously this doesn't apply to the 2 I've already given invites away to for free, although they can feel free to play the game as well)
The rules, again:
If you've ever helped anyone on the forums, or posted a patch, send a link showing it to email@example.com . If you haven't, help someone, send me a link, collect ;)
thank you very much
But if you enjoy having your privacy invaded, Amazon has come up with a whole new way to make it easy, their A9 search engine. The search results are the same as you would get from Google since they use Google's search engine. But it is much more invasive of your privacy.
And Martin, it's time you trademarked "Moodle" or else that pink cow is going to haunt you forever.
eslteacher at gmail dot com and they are yours.
I have 6 gmail accounts to share. Seeing that someone here was kind enough to share one with me, I would like to return the favor for moodlers everywhere.
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you one.
ehi martin creoq eu tengo un problema con el moodle por que cuando una persona se quiere suscribir jamas le llega el correo de confirmacion y ami como admnistrador me llega el correo de error
te agradeceria tu ayuda