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Comment: Re:Ads (Score 3, Insightful) 284

by dotancohen (#48435053) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Haven't seen ads since I installed adblock plus and no script. Cost me nothing.

Exactly. Now I can get off Adblock and start contributing to the websites I visit.

I would happily pay $1-3 per month for an ad-free but publishers-making-money web. I think that they found the sweet spot of enough money to fund the program vs. too expensive for most web users. I signed up before even reading the comments here, I've been waiting for this for years.

Comment: Re:Moving "east"? (Score 1) 69

by dotancohen (#48409017) Attached to: Fascinating Rosetta Image Captures Philae's Comet Bounce

Where is "east" on the comet?

The comet's axis which appears to spin in a counterclockwise direction from above is its north pole. From a location in which the pole is perpendicular to the angle of view, east is the direction against the comet's rotation, i.e. the direction which appears to be rotating towards you.

Admittedly, this is somewhat difficult to imagine for a non-spherical object, but it works out.

Comment: Re:Anti-Spam Measure? (Score 1) 245

by dotancohen (#48367317) Attached to: ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

MTA to MTA is still on port 25, yes, but mail submission via a MUA is no longer recommended on port 25, and many ISPs specifically block 25 as an anti-spam measure.

MUA submission is done on:
1) Port 587 plaintext, or
2) Port 587 encrypted by specifying STARTTLS, or
3) Port 465 encrypted

I've not heard that 465 is depreciated until now, and in fact I actively avoid STARTTLS so I use it.

Comment: Re:Anti-Spam Measure? (Score 1) 245

by dotancohen (#48367095) Attached to: ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

I am aware of port 25 being depreciated, but not 465. Is there an RFC that I should be reading? I still submit mail specifically on port 465 so that I can avoid STARTTLS and require encryption. Of course, seeing how I manage the MTA I have that luxury.

If port 465 is no longer recommended I would like to know when and why that happened. Thanks.

Comment: Re:Always RTFA (Score 1) 245

by dotancohen (#48367075) Attached to: ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

If you're relying on the MTA to keep your email communications secure, you're doing it wrong. If data is important enough to encrypt, encrypt it at the sender side first.

In this case, sending email over TLS is akin to browsing the web over TLS: You let the browser / MTA handle the encryption at a lower OSI layer than the application layer. Thus, it works transparently and without hassle to the end user. Would you suggest using GPG to manually encrypt and decrypt all your communication with any HTTPS website?

Note that the STARTTLS command is a fix for using port 587 to send encrypting mail instead of the port which is dedicated to it: port 465. It is like sending HTTPS down port 80 with a special flag. Properly configured MTAs should be using port 465 for email over TLS instead of port 587 with a "special flag".

Comment: Gnome did the same thing to KDE, even worse (Score 2, Interesting) 268

by dotancohen (#48359205) Attached to: GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

Gnome had no problem usurping the KDE term "Activities" as a synonym for "Virtual Desktops" even though KDE had been using the term to mean something else for years:

The Gnome move is even more confusing than the Groupon move as the new Gnome term _replaces an existing term_ and additionally is also a UI term similar, but not quite exactly, like the KDE term. At least nobody is likely to confuse a Gnome tablet with a Gnome desktop environment.

Comment: Re:The Pentagon is more important than climate cha (Score 4, Insightful) 163

by dotancohen (#48346845) Attached to: The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change

Is that parody or is that news? I cannot believe that one-sided, war-mongering, short-sighted propaganda piece is called 'News'. It packs more lies, ridicule, non sequiturs, and manipulation into three minutes than I've even seen before. Are people really expected watch that and then form their own opinions? If that is how Americans get their news, it explains so much about American ignorance, xenophobia, and thirst for war.

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