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Comment BINGO !!!! (Score 4, Interesting) 212 212

#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.

Comment Re:No filter is truly effective (Score 0) 269 269

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...

Comment Re:Why use ISP email? (Score 0) 269 269

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

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 (

Comment Re:Why use ISP email? (Score 0) 269 269

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.

Comment Living under a rock ?? (Score 1) 250 250

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.

Comment Where have you been hiding ?? (Score 1) 535 535

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.

Comment Robert A. Heinlein (Score 2, Interesting) 341 341

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...

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Presentation to the elderly - any suggestions?

Kittenman writes: After reading in the local press of yet another 80-year-old being fooled out of his money by some phone scammers, I've contacted the local 'Grey Power' and offered to give a talk on how to keep safe from phishing, phone scams, attempts to install malware... This has been accepted (me and my big mouth). I've some thoughts on what to present — of course — but I wonder what other slashdotters would choose?

Submission + - Tony Stark Delivers Real 3D-Printed Bionic Arm To 7-Year Old Iron Man Fan-> 1 1

MojoKid writes: Here's your feel-good story for Thursday afternoon. Albert Manero, who has a degree in Aerospace engineering from the University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, has made it a point to serve others. He helped found Limbitless Solutions, a volunteer foundation that uses 3D printer technology to build bionic arms for children that have either lost a limb, or were born with partially developed limbs. Seven-year-old Alex fits into the latter category and Manero, with the help of the Microsoft OneNote Collective Project, has been hard at work to develop a new 3D-printed bionic arm for him. And once the project was finished, Microsoft and Manero were able to find the most "qualified" person on the planet to deliver the arm to Alex: Tony Stark AKA Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. Awesomeness ensues, of course.
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