MythBuster's is so full of junk science that I feel dumber after watching an episode and find myself wondering things like the will the great ball of fire in the sky rise tomorrow and is the earth flat.
Intent is the only difference between much of this "malware" and enterprise wide desktop management tools installed with the
#1 the companies want a glut of workers so they can pay them nothing and use them as tools discarding when completed.
#2 Women being slightly smarter than men don't WANT to go into an industry built on virtual slavery and worker abuse. In general they aren't as flexible or willing to commit as much to a career given the option of a family, there are of course exceptions everywhere, but as long as the IT industry is run like a feudal system that thrives on worker sacrifice it is unlikely to achieve a balance of genders. You can't hire those who don't apply, and you can't force women into a educational course they don't want to pursue.
So this is what Phillips is doing with the extra billions they are getting in profit and kick-backs from hugely over-priced LED light upgrades forced on people.
Don't fool yourself on this one.
Okay... but maybe too late, yeah?
You can set up a filter that removes (what you consider to be) an acceptable TP:FP ratio, but it won't be effective for long. The Spammers are constantly adjusting their tactics to get around filters. Eventually the noise will take over and you will either lose an unacceptable amount of non-spam email or you will receive an unacceptable amount of spam email.
Perhaps the assessment is too pessimistic? Although individuals, organizations, etc. come and go, here we are years later and most people don't seem to worry too much about SPAM on a day-to-day basis....
You cannot win with filters, period.
Depends on what a "win" is... but if a simple solution that is rooted in nothing more than thinking first (i.e. giving out unique addresses when solicited) & being smart (e.g. filtering known abusers and doing one's part with respect to compliance) results in a little learned and a whole lot of utility then perhaps one can win with filters...
The truth of the matter - that a lot of people seem to either not be aware of or not be concerned with - is that spam is an economic problem. Spammers don't send out spam to piss you off, they send it out to make money. No amount of filtering or criminal prosecution will change that; in fact it generally just increases the total volume of spam that traverses the internet continuously. We all pay for this spam to be transmitted, stored, processed, downloaded, etc, even if we never buy any spamvertised product. We pay for it in that it increases the consumption of internet bandwidth, it increases the consumption of storage at ISPs, and has other downstream impacts as well
Although bandwidth is (essentially) free and SPAM is as much a behavioral problem as it is an economic problem one would tend to agree with the expressed sentiment; the only problem/oversight is that the people who send SPAM also pay! No matter how passionately one feels about the commons the subtlety is that debasement of said commons is everyone's concern; as such, suggesting (or even expecting) that government be involved (e.g. via a CAN-SPAM act and enforcement of said act) is not unreasonable. Perhaps the problem (and its persistence) has something to do with how we weigh our (domestic/national) interests against a global interest when said interest spans geographic/cultural/social/economic boundaries?
If you want to make a difference on spam, you need to go after the only thing spammers care about - money. The most effective tactics ever used against spam have been the ones that prevented spammers from getting paid, nothing else - not even the sum total of all the filters ever installed worldwide - has had an impact even remotely near it.
IMHO we can all do our small part and have a reasonable hope that society will accommodate the same...
And in addition to getting a real email account that is free of any ISP, I could also suggest that you use a free forwarding service such as spamgourmet.com.
It's a great suggestion (especially in light of the fact that there are *very* few providers who will allow one to both establish an unlimited number of forwarding accounts on one's domain & turn off automatic filtering to allow for manual filtering and reduction of false positives. One can even implement it to a certain extent with Gmail using the '+' character feature which is built-in to the service (http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/2-hidden-ways-to-get-more-from-your.html)...
Uhmmm, why are you using your ISP's email in the first place?
Depends on how/when you look at it... but (along the way, say around 2003-2005) some ISPs got really strict with standard mail configurations (which they called "open relays' and decided that, rather than fighting the good fight which is concomitant with their privilege of being a service provider they would simply marginalize their own customers (who, in most cases, really didn't have a choice between ISPs). As such, the impetus to run one's own mail server, in some cases, got (unwillingly) sacrificed.
It's far better to use a third party email provider, so that you can switch ISPs at will without having to change your email address.
In theory yes, but (in practice) depends on the third-party provider. It should be noted (as none of the replies happened to mention it) that, due the availability and perceived need for SPAM filtering software (around 2003-2005) many providers implemented filtrations with little (if any) control of said filtering being offered to their customers; given the high cost of false positives (in just about every way) it behooves one to check with a third-party provider about whether filtering can be turned off before finding out the hard way that whitelisting (and, indeed a capacity to peruse filtered messages to recover false positives) is reserved by the third-party provider.
At what point do you think raising and monitoring a 3 yr. old ISN'T a full time job ???? I'd imagine the lady is looking forward to getting back to work and getting some rest. As for going back into computing and programming I can't blame her, the industry SUCKS. IT companies expect you to give them your entire life while they lowball your salary, try and get you to work overtime for free, biatch and moan when you take your vacation days, and generally take advantage of you as much as possible, while complaining all the time that you cost too much and always looking for a way to cut people rather than produce a superior product.
The key would be transparency or the lack thereof. If I could access the same source data base as the government is using I'd really have very little problem with this.
A storm trooper is unlikely to be a US citizen, and should be treated as a hostile combatant/invader at the very least.
The empire must be stopped at all costs....
This has happened several times already. A 9 year old sporting a very realistic looking CO2 pellet gun was killed a couple of years ago, and a bank robber dressed a sawed off shotgun up as a super soaker. The key is don't wave anything around that can be misinterpreted as weapon, people have no common sense and the cops will arrest anyone for anything and then let the DA decide whether to press charges.
He wrote about teens jumping in front of convoys of automated big rigs a long time ago, out of sheer boredom and an innate desire to cause chaos. Even in Methuselah's Children the long lived had methods of switching off auto drive to avoid being tracked everywhere at all times. It has been pointed out previously what about people on farms driving completely off the grid, not to mention the totally unresolved issue of whose at fault when my auto drive car is involved in an accident, or the choice HAS to be made between saving MY life, the driver or some stranger on the side of the road who wants to commit suicide by being run over...
Now I can finally snort whiskey and drink coke...
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