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Comment: Re:Someone is full of himself (Score 4, Insightful) 279

by bruns (#42388619) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Anti-Spam Service Extortion?

Hola, thanks for pointing out this to the AC above. I'm the current maintainer of the AHBL, Brielle.

After a while of maintaining a DNSbl, you start to refine your policies and how you handle things - unfortunately, with the amount of douchebags and assholes who operate mail servers and networks out there, those policies tend to get more restrictive and locked down to prevent abuse.

We used to offer a whitelisting service, where responsible ISPs could register to avoid auto-listing of their blocks. Had to nuke that due to being lied to and threatened (big surprise there). I used to provide free consulting to smaller ISPs who got listed to assist them in cleaning up their networks, securing their servers, etc. Had to nuke that program too - you can thank GoDaddy for that.

These ISPs, the ones that whine about being listed, usually have a good reason why they are listed. They won't publicly admit it obviously, but the almighty buck tends to override the common sense that you need to properly control and manage your own networks. If you are willing to allow your customers to spam, abuse, and just be downright shitheads from your IP space in exchange for money, then you need to be willing to accept the consequences.

The only reason why things are the way they are today, is because people don't know how to behave and be a good online neighbor. In other words...

"This is why we can't have nice things!"

Technology

Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video) 233 Screenshot-sm

Posted by Roblimo
from the whatever-you-just-said-made-no-sense dept.
If you're working at home or from a coffee shop or, really, anyplace outside your company's offices, they need to hear you when you talk, and you need to hear them. The same goes for dealing with clients via VOIP or video, the two communications techologies that seem to be driving POTS into obsolescence faster than we thought possible just a few years ago. In this video, Plantronics PR person Karen Auby -- who works remotely most of the time herself -- explains how Plantronics products help make work easier in a world of "unified communications."

Comment: Re:EXIF Info (Score 1) 305

by bruns (#34351250) Attached to: US Government Seizes Torrent Search Engine Domain

Also, if you check the HTML code, you'll see references to 74.81.170.107, specifically https://74.81.170.107/xxxxxx. Take a peek at the security certificate it hands out (expired in 2006).

It seems to try and use piwik AND google analytics to track visits. It just seems _really_ shoddy and i'm leaning more towards this as a publicity stunt perhaps.

I wouldn't trust GoDaddy either - they will lie to save their own asses and bottom line.

Comment: EXIF Info (Score 3, Informative) 305

by bruns (#34351192) Attached to: US Government Seizes Torrent Search Engine Domain

Out of curiosity, has anyone bothered to look at the EXIF information in the big image that was posted?

Camera Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh
Image Created: 2010:11:18 09:37:21

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Photoshop document ancestors: adobe:docid:photoshop:48e1c40a-d380-11df-b51a-eeb855fff641
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Draw your own conclusions. :)

Comment: Fairly reliable way to get mail out of old clients (Score 1) 385

by bruns (#33489120) Attached to: Best Way To Archive Emails For Later Searching?
Theres one method i've used fairly often in the past for getting mail out of an older client - provided the older client supports imap (lookout and lookout express do).

First, setup a new account on your imap server just for archival purposes (you can setup an imap server on any UNIX/Linux distro and even Windows with Cygwin fairly easily - dovecot is a good place to start). Make sure its using either mbox or maildir (preferred).

Second, setup said account on all the mail clients you'd like to archive. Make sure you are setting them up as imap and not pop3.

Third, drag the contents of each local folder/inbox/etc to a folder on the archive specific imap account. It will take a while, but the entire contents of your mailbox will be copied over, message by message, in imap's way of doing things, then deposited by the imap server into a the local format of your choice.

You've just created flat text versions of client specific archives. Create folders, sub folders, etc and organize things in your modern client which can easily do imap. You can easily search with any numerous free packages, archive and compress permanently with squashfs, or even just leave them available through imap to search with the new Thunderbird's (3.1) global indexer.

Comment: Re:Find a Recruiter (Score 1) 373

by bruns (#30784790) Attached to: How To Get a Job At a Mega-Corp

And when your contract is over at Microsoft, be prepared to be without a job for at least 3 months before they will consider rehiring you. Within those 3 months, you are not allowed to work in the computer field. I've had more then one friend who worked for MS on a contract basis and they were royally fucked over - alot of broken promises for full time non-contract work and being forced into a position they weren't hired for.

Comment: Something we learned (Score 1) 156

by bruns (#30717550) Attached to: Best Buy Abandoning "Optimization" Service?

When we purchased our 42inch LCD last year, we had already figured out which TV we wanted, and went to the local BestBuy store to get it. First thing we did when we were approached by one of their people...

"We're here for this TV, and only this TV. We're not interested in extended warranties, or home theater systems and overpriced cables, and we're not interested in someone coming to our house to set it up. We're both experienced IT individuals, we've already got great HDMI and optical cables from monoprice, and a Sony 5.1 sound system that could knock the screens you have on the wall off at 50% volume. If you can't just ring us up, we'll find someone else who can."

He had us rung up and walking us out the door in 5 minutes with our new TV.

One thing we've learned, and it works equally as well with Dell and Verizon sales too, is that if you put it all on the table up front, and make it clear you will walk right then and there if they don't play by the rules, 9 times out of 10 there will be no issues. Hang up and call again, or find another sales person, there will always be someone willing to take your cash if the first person won't.

Comment: Simple, easy explanation (Score 1) 460

by bruns (#30635330) Attached to: Do IT Pros Abuse Their Power?

Because, unlike the rest of the employees I don't visit Anime sites during business hours, saturating the T1 on a deadline, install 'codecs' which are actually viruses, and then lie to the boss and IT that I got a malware virus while using juno webmail and that I was just checking during my lunch hour.

Nothing impresses the boss more then lying to his face when he's got the logs of your web browsing from the past month sitting in front of him and he knows about your interests in tentacle porn.

That, my friend, is the difference between IT and regular employees.

Comment: Parts (Score 1) 970

by bruns (#30317956) Attached to: What Do You Do When Printers Cost Less Than Ink?

Where I am, there's a local surplus store that does robot workshops once or twice a month. Most of the motors, gears, etc come from scrap printers - they'll pile them out back, and recruit the kids and adults in the workship to rip them apart and collect the parts they need. Whats left over, is sent off for scrap/recycling.

Not only does it help teach the kids how to build things, but they learn the value of salvage and reusing components.

Comment: If the roles were reversed... (Score 0, Troll) 586

by bruns (#30026456) Attached to: Malware Can Download Child Porn To Your Computer

So, how much do you want to bet, that if the prosecution had found it, that they would have 'accidentally' forgot to tell the defense? Knee jerk reaction for a conviction is modus operandi for the police, regardless of if the person is guilty or not.

I love how the game law enforcement plays requires people to defend their innocence rather then the prosecution proving guilt.

Comment: Re:Reality (Score 1) 352

by bruns (#29696611) Attached to: In-Game Advertising Makes Games Better?

If you didn't know, there is a reason why those ads are bright/shiny/big/etc - Times square is the only place in the city that requires business owners to have illuminated signs, in essence encouraging developers/business owners to create these huge billboards and such.

It would be pitch black in times square at night if there were no ads.

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