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Comment Re:Go talk to Spamhaus (Score 2) 95

What actionable material have you been sending them?
IP's are next to useless (mostly zombie hardware and outside whatever jurisdiction you report it to).
Email addresses are nearly 100% fake, so useless. Same for sender domain names.
Domain names and hosting is recycled within minutes (literally!) and paid for with stolen credit cards.

Comment Re:Who proposed tem? (Score 2) 264

Greenpeace wasn't founded to stop pollution or preserving old nature. It was founded to stop nuclear testing.
Those other goals might well be good goals for an environmental group and this is not a criticism of going after these goals.
I'm just using Greenpeace as an example of an organisation that could have been the breeding ground for new groups, but instead chose to justify it's own continued existence by drastically altering it's own purpose.
Likewise, standardization of smileys might be a good goal, but probably not one for the Unicode Consortium to handle. UC could be breeding ground for a group that could try to standardize smileys, but UC itself should only adopt them afterwards and stick to symbols already agreed upon in the outside world.

Comment Re:Who proposed tem? (Score 2) 264

I call this the "Greenpeace syndrome". After having achieved ones goal, the organisations' continued existence becomes the new, unspoken goal.
For Greenpeace this meant taking on new targets which had nothing to do with (or were almost opposed to) the original goals (which is why Patrick Moore left).
For the Unicode Consortium, having come close to including every existing character, this means inventing new ones to include and grasping for straws.

Comment WordPress is a security problem (Score 5, Insightful) 51

WordPress is a security problem

I know I'm going to catch flak for this.

WordPress and all of it's plugins and themes are a huge target for hackers and reliably available online.
The main problem is that users don't regularly update, or rather that they can't in many cases.
That is, assuming the plugins are updated for security holes at all.

I wouldn't be surprised if hackers had databases of the exact versions, plugins and themes of millions of WordPress installations.
Just wait for a new public disclosure, replicate the exploit and attack the matching sites in your database.
They could have hundreds of freshly hacked WP sites every week.
These sites may only stay hacked for a few days or weeks, but it's simple economics.

Comment Re:Metabolic rate doesn't vary that much (Score 1) 381

The idea that weight purely depends on intake and activity is as insane as the idea that weight is purely genetic.
Many factors weigh it (no pun intended) and there is no generic "recipe" that applies to all humans.
This MIT thing is not going to be a solution for every obese person, but it may well help some to control their weight better.

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 4, Interesting) 755


Costs of an "everybody the same" system could be much lower. Less overhead for inspectors, services, etc.
Any employment would benefit the unemployed immediately (starting to work 1 or 2 days a week is actually a financial loss to somebody on welfare).

Some people will game the system (probably the same that are currently gaming the welfare system), and these will more likely go unpunished.
For a community as a whole, this may actually be cheaper than trying to go after these hopeless cases.

It's not clear whether it'll work, but it might. The Dutch Utrecht-experiment will be interesting.

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel