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Comment: Re:Not your problem. (Score 1) 619

by enFi (#36382484) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

[...] you're poisoning the spam filter rules, and making it harder for the filter to distinguish between legitimate and truly spammy email.

Worse, if you're doing it on a webmail client, you're essentially poisoning the communal filter.

Not necessarily. I hope a good spam filter takes the recipient into account as context. E-mail from Verizon to me? Spam. E-mail from Verizon to my co-worker with FiOS? Maybe not. E-mail addressing Mr. Smith delivered to neo@? More spam.

+ - Induction Heat & Levitation Coil Floats Molten->

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enFi writes "Arduino forum user imsmooth posts the details of making an induction heater (such as to prepare metal for forging), and then modifying the coil and upping the power to 10kW so it can melt small pieces of copper or steel and levitate the molten blob. The video in the post is impressively cool. (What could go wrong?)"
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+ - Firefox 4.0 (Final) Now Available For Download->

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An anonymous reader writes "It isn't officially announced yet, but the download link for Firefox 4 (final) is already live. If you have downloaded Firefox 4 RC2 (released last Friday), you already run the final code, according to Mozilla. The official launch of the new browser is still scheduled for tomorrow, March 22."
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Comment: Re:Bar codes? (Score 2) 370

by enFi (#35525950) Attached to: Is the Business Card Dead?
Like a QR code? I hear it's all the rage in Japan (and catching on pretty fast here, too).

I made some cards for my photography: front is a little section of photo with a QR code to that particular photo on my site, back is my name and URL. But, as it happens, I haven't actually really used them yet –as much because paper is inconvenient as because photography is a hobby, not a business, for me.

I always end up throwing away business cards –small paper objects do not have any permenant place in any of my filing systems –but a physical object with easy and non-error-prone analog-to-digital conversion seems useful (especially if they have space for annotation somewhere on them).

Comment: Re:Just get a WiFi SIP phone... (Score 1) 208

by enFi (#35449946) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Phone, Voice Over WiFi?
Reading comments, the smartphone + data plan + commercial SIP sounds the most promising. Sometimes I like to Figure It All Out, but right now asterisk and all sound like a bit too much trouble. I did buy the Nexus S, and am (as expected) finding mobile internet/maps/e-mail tremedously useful (or at least fun). And, I barely talk at all –I've had a PAYG for the last two or three years –so having that on the side (and forwarding missed calls to it) might be a good backup for occasional loss of coverage.

Comment: Re:Cellular Terms of Service (Score 1) 208

by enFi (#35449902) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Phone, Voice Over WiFi?
The people in the Clear store said they didn't throttle per-service (I specifically asked about SIP/VoIP, and they also mentioned torrents), though I don't know if they're authoratative (or entirely knowledgeable; they misheard 'SIP phone' as ZipPhone at first). But yes, a detail that's important to check.

Comment: Re:Skype is your best bet (Score 1) 208

by enFi (#35448852) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Phone, Voice Over WiFi?
Good to hear it has potential to work. My concern so far is mostly the missing incoming calls: I often turn on the phone (just testing in the house) and see that the WiFi has disconnected, despite apparent strong signal. (However, Line2's pricing seems more straightforward than Skype's, though Skype is what I initially looked at.)

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