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Comment: Re:Spam on Gmail? (Score 1) 261

by Kvasio (#48133573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

I second that.
I have a domain for my business, and also another domain to catch the most typical typo. The latter one was previously used.

I hardly get any spam addressed to my primary domain; those would be mainly from my "national" spammers harvesting companies registry.
And with the second domain - typically I get 300-500 messages per day, with false negative every 10-20 days. So gmail is indeed very efficient.
However, on the break of August and September there were 4 or 5 days when I would get between 4000 and 6000 spam messages per day.
All of that nicely landed in spam folder.

Until few months ago I also had my longest running email address (since 1994 or early 1995) which was constant target for spam (as in ~1995 spam wasn't an issue so I used valid email on usenet). For over a decade that email was handled by the machine with RBL + SSL, declining messages from open relays. Still, I had to use a bogofilter + set of rules to trash all emails encoded with Asian charset (not to feed bogofilter with that; I don''t have any peers writing in asian languages) or originating from AOL/.cn/.ru (same reason) . This was also very efficient; but much less user-friendly than gmail.

Comment: Re: What does this have to do with tech news? (Score 1) 878

by Kvasio (#46508431) Attached to: Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

this makes nerds aware, that in the forthcoming months their electronic hardware may experience several EMPs followed by long-lasting black-out.
And if your computer cave is not that deep, nerd should also consider he may ceise to exist.

This is news for nerds by all means.

Comment: Re:So..... (Score 1) 878

by Kvasio (#46507917) Attached to: Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

you seem to underestimate the gravity of situation.

Russia was perhaps "loser" in the 1990s, but for over a decade Putin has done what he could to grow european dependence on russian natural resources and capital.

And Putin mastered the art of "dividing the EU". It is only a couple of years that EU finally decided to try to speak with one voice. Still, Putin knew what he was doing buying people where needed.

I heard a diplomat who spent some years in Moscow said, that Clinton's major failure was not making Russia democratic state. At that time Yeltzin was "a modelling clay". Even later, Putin at the very start of his presidency has even asked if Russia could join NATO. Clinton's error no.2.

Comment: Re:And the US could turn Russia into vapor (Score 3, Funny) 878

by Kvasio (#46507647) Attached to: Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

well said.
Unfortunately, this time Europe is more corrupted by Russia.

British are weak, as "Russians are your major investors and bought a couple of football clubs". Besides, I question their army's ability to do their trade.
German responce seemed hard, but unfortunately CDU's coalition partner, SPD are in reality russian agents. Former chancellor from that party is now employed by russian gas company. Besides, for russian-german relations it is business as usual (LetterOne is russian).
France would traditionally do anything to retreat or surrender. And communist trade unions would do anything to support rebuilding "USSR 2".
Italy is a corrupt farce that was unable to impeach a paedophile moron from the post for over a decade. They have very amicable relations with Russia.
Austria does plenty of business with Russia, they are HQ for russian company's subsidiaries in EU.
Greece, Bulgaria will remain silent, as "Russians are their brothers in orthodox faith".
Sweden lost ability to defent itself from own crowd, and with strong socialist sentiment they are unlikely to fight, in physical way, anyone.
Spain, Portugal fart in general direction of any troubles on the opposite side of continent.
Hungary seemed to act "independently" to some point, but few months ago prime minister Orban was "pacified" by Putin with major russian investment.
Czechs are trained in France to prepare quick welcome parties to any occupiers.
Poland, Romania and Lithuania are too weak to stand against Russia. They are heavily dependent on Russian petrol/gas. While they mostly understand the severity of situation, will remain not understood by the rest of EU, as "they are idiots who are always agains Russia".
Estonia, Latvia are checkmated, as they have huge (40%) Russian minority. If they speak too loud, Moscow will "hear Russians living in Tallin, requesting help"..
Finland and Slovakia will remain silent in hope, that in case of conventional military conflict Russian troops will opt to drive through other countries.
Cyprus is Russian bank.

Don't expect any Churchills :-(

Comment: Re:And the US could turn Russia into vapor (Score 4, Insightful) 878

by Kvasio (#46507183) Attached to: Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

China has a choice here, as they could switch to Euro.
Russia won't switch to Euro, so what would they buy instead? Gold? they are gold supplier. Would make no sense. Yen? They did not end WW2 yet.

And TV idiot forgot, that in global nuclear conflict there are no winners. With the possible exception for rats, cockroaches and tardigrades.

Comment: incentives (Score 1) 131

by Kvasio (#46353469) Attached to: Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

Such a tax would in practice erase the extra profit margins the studios are gleaning from the foreign subsidies, thereby leveling the competitive playing field for American workers and eliminating the purely economic incentive for the studios to engage in mass offshoring

or ... to move entire companies abroad. Given that more and more movie content is CGI, it would be cheaper to fly movie stars to the set somewhere in Asia.

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.