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Comment: Just blacklist their mail servers (Score 4, Interesting) 227

by gnunick (#49598099) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think

I don't know about the "jobdiva" site mentioned at the "norecruitingspam" site, but I can certainly relate to getting too many unsolicited requests for my latest resume for "amazing opportunities" somewhere across the country. Obviously you didn't read my resume, asshole--it links to my web site, which always features... my latest resume!

Once I get more than one such email from the same domain, I just add 'em to my Postfix blacklist (surely I can't be the only engineer who still runs his own mail server?).

Sometimes I'll even add them after the first email (if there's any legit recruiter named "Satish Kumar", I'm sorry about the unfortunate coincidence).

Here's what my blacklist looks like at the moment: 550 Your mail server has been blocked due to abuse. 550 Your mail server has been blocked due to abuse. Satish Kumar. 550 Your mail server has been blocked due to abuse. Satish Kumar. 550 Your mail server has been blocked due to abuse. Satish Kumar. 550 Your mail server has been blocked due to abuse. Satish Kumar. 550 Your mail server has been blocked due to abuse 550 Your mail server has been blocked due to abuse 550 Your mail server has been blocked due to abuse (sending the same message twice to the same user on one day). Arunkumar.D

Also, anyone who clearly hasn't read my resume (I know nothing whatsoever about Informatica... I just worked at a place with "Informatica" in the name) gets blacklisted. If you don't read my resume, you're lazy, and you're spamming. If you do read my resume, you'll also see the bit (in the first paragraph) about having little interest in working outside my city limits, and absolutely no interest in relocating. That alone has greatly reduced the far-away recruiter solicitations.

I used to work with big outfits like Tek Systems, but I've asked them to leave me alone (unlike the spammers, they will actually listen). Nothing wrong with them; I just decided I'd rather support local businesses. I've found two local recruiters, working for local companies (or self-employed) based here in my city. Both of them have gotten me great jobs. Any persistent out-of-state recruiters (who aren't named Satish Kumar) get a polite response explaining that I'm not looking for new recruiters. Any half-way decent company will respect that. I really don't get that many unsolicited offers anymore, and the ones I do get tend to be more interesting.

Comment: Re:The important bits (Score 2) 81

by gnunick (#49363619) Attached to: Citizen Scientists Develop Eye Drops That Provide Night Vision

DMSO is one of the most effective solvents known and makes the solution pass readily into the eyeball.

Yes, and absolutely everything else that it has been able to dissolve before it gets dropped into your eye also gets transported directly into your body.

As you rightly point out, it is a very effective solvent. Inside or outside of the lab it's dangerous stuff. I've always marveled at the "health nuts" who think DMSO must be good for you because it makes you smell like garlic.

Comment: European Air Force (Score 2) 148

by gnunick (#48932893) Attached to: Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center
Why does a "group of over 30 players from all over Europe" care about heightened security, and how could they even afford hosting in such a datacenter?

The [European Air Force] was founded in 16th December 1998 by Serval and some other flight sim players from the Netherlands.

Comment: Re: Hitchhiker's (Score 1) 422

by gnunick (#48889029) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Oh c'mon. HHGTTG was originally a radio series, and worked well in that form. It worked far better, IMHO, as books.

But how could anyone *ever* turn the books, with their nuanced and nerdy humor, into a single feature film (or even a series of films)? Of course, movies are rarely as good as the books they're made from--and if they are, they're still *always* very different stories.

Movie-fying HHGTTG just wasn't possible.

When I went to see the movie I had low, low expectations, and wasn't disappointed. I wish no one had attempted such an impossible feat, but what they produced was just as good as I expected. It was, incidentally, pretty crappy. Or at least, I'm sure Marvin would have thought so.

Comment: Re:Not to sound too paranoid (Score 1) 207

by gnunick (#48578097) Attached to: In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

Yes, a slightly different execution, but sounds like the same basic tech.

Opt-out is good to have if it works (like you'd ever know...). But I don't think most people know that Google is even doing this. I had no idea until I got a job working with traffic information systems. Before that, I always assumed Google Traffic was getting data from local governments (e.g. from loop sensors embedded in the pavement, etc.).

Comment: Re:Not to sound too paranoid (Score 1) 207

by gnunick (#48576885) Attached to: In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

According to a local news story I heard reported a few weeks ago, there are systems in place used for traffic monitoring that already grabbing wireless data from people's cell phones. Apparently the technique is being used simply to model traffic patterns and for planning purposes.

Yes, there certainly are such systems, and they're not all that new. The most prominent one is probably Google Traffic.

Comment: Re:also applies to flash and acrobat (Score 1) 111

by gnunick (#48161017) Attached to: Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

Preferences > Show advanced settings > content settings > Plugins > click to play.

When it's hidden so deeply (in Chromium) that I had to keep referring back to your instructions to find exactly where it was, I'd say that installing Flashblock is about 10x easier. In any case, thanks for the tip.

Aside from compatibility testing, about the only reason I ever use Chromium is for viewing sites which break with Firefox+Flashblock. So I guess I'll find out before long if Chromium's "click to play" feature is any better on such obnoxious sites.

Click-to-play should the default for all video and/or sound-producing content, with the ability to easily whitelist sites you trust.

Comment: Re:Pointless? (Score 1) 171

by gnunick (#46861617) Attached to: Designer Creates a Water Bottle That You Can Eat

Yes, in salt water you DO have free sodium and chlorine ions floating around. That's exactly what you have. Sodium (Na+) and Chlorine (Cl-) ions, that is. They are not molecules at this point. Boil off the water and the ionic bonds reform, recreating crystalline salt (NaCl).

Yes, at least one person around here definitely needs to review their chemistry notes. :)

Comment: How about some better links, with more pictures? (Score 2) 34

As soon as I see an "ibtimes" domain, I know better than to RTFA. I don't understand why /. ever posts links to their crappy sites unless they're getting kickbacks on click-throughs.

So how about looking for some alternate sources? Googling "Zeleniy Yar mummies" suggests that this isn't some ibtimes hoax after all.

This Siberian Times article seems to have the most information with lots of great pictures, the fewest ads, and other sites credit it as their source:

Comment: Correction: Signal NOT from the engine monitors (Score 4, Informative) 382

(From TFA):

Corrections & Amplifications

U.S. investigators suspect Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 flew for hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, based on an analysis of signals sent through the plane's satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of onboard systems, according to people familiar with the matter. An earlier version of this article and an accompanying graphic incorrectly said investigators based their suspicions on signals from monitoring systems embedded in the plane's Rolls-Royce PLC engines and described that process.

Comment: Re:Likewise (Score 2) 322

by gnunick (#46220961) Attached to: What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

Which, due to Linux's efforts to guard every user account against every other user account, is an absolute nightmare.

With a comment like that, it's quite apparent you don't know much about Linux system administration. You should read up on the appropriate uses of 'sudo' before you go messing things up.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955