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Comment Re:How often are the addresses re-validated? (Score 1) 101

>Either this is bullshit


> or you have a total of 10 users.

I have 171 users.

>Try running an ISP, even a small one with just a few hundred users, and watch how much bitching you have to deal with when you block ConstantContact, MailChimp, SendGrid, etc..

We get some rare/occasional bitching, and we explain why we do what we do, and they are then appreciative of our very low spam rate and find some work-around.

One can't do that as an ISP, since it is like censorship. But we are not an ISP and can do what we want. Most people *like* getting rid of all the marketing **** Email. Rarely it is an issue with some newsletter or whatnot that we can't get, and if it is important, the sender can send it directly from their own domain (and usually they are cooperative in such cases).

The reality is the reputation of a sender can be VERY tarnished by using a third-party mailing system. Not my problem. They are free to use a third-party, I am free to block those third-parties.

Comment Re:How often are the addresses re-validated? (Score 1) 101

>"The biggest problem is We have no idea when it is happening, or if there are complaints, which messages are actually true spam, and which messages are just "legitimate marketing" that look spammy."

Is there a difference? Spam includes UCE (Unrequested Commercial Email). Unrequested marketing junk *is* spam. I report it as such and ban most mail servers that send such stuff to my users. When I first started doing that many years ago, the very first to be banned, permanently, was Constant Contact. And boy were they pissed! They actually tried to tell my users we were doing something wrong and went over my head to try and be removed (and the CEO laughed at them). Now I ban several hundred such marketing houses.

>"Nobody really sends detailed abuse complaints anymore or provide any data that could be meaningfully used for reliable spam content identification without false positives. They just put IP addresses straight to blacklist"

The word "nobody" is pretty strong. I report *every* spam I get, in detail, to spamcop. Thankfully it is only a few messages a week that slip through, but I take the time to do it.

You might not like RBL's, but they are a keystone to our anti-spam. We don't do automated content examination or even ratings at all. Just greylisting, country banning, several RBL's, dropping messages with improper headers, checking that the domains on the Email server and sender are actually valid, and our own blacklist (coupled with a whitelist for both filtering and greylisting for those places that we consider mission important).

Comment Remember? (Score 1) 284

>" Do you remember first seeing or installing Windows 95? Do you have any systems still running it? "

I was installing Linux at the time, not MS-Windows. And yes, I still have almost all my systems running it (although not the same version, of course, and certainly not the same distro).

Comment Re:Left, right (Score 1) 240

Poor Microsofty serf... so sorry to offend you. And yes, I have a 75" high-end TV, whatever that matters.

Oh, my mouse is Microsoft, also. They can't make an OS worth a damn, have destroyed innovation for decades, have cost consumers and taxpayers countless billions of wasted dollars, have illegally ruined tons of competitors, but certainly have made some very decent keyboards and mice!

Comment Translation (Score 3, Insightful) 16

>"its embedded server encryption hardware that tests the authenticity of a platform and its operating system before sharing data"

Translation: "Use our proprietary hardware and software and forget about using anything open-source like Linux".

Reminds me a lot of that horrible, crappy "Trusteer" junk that some banks are trying to force on people, especially corporate customers. https://www.trusteer.com/Prote...

Comment Doesn't matter (Score 1) 44

I have had a 360 since it came out and I am pretty picky. But the "flat tire" part doesn't bother me at all. The 360 is a great design with lots of nice features (besides being very rugged, stylish, and affordable).

Please note, the "incredibly short video" is not of any real watch, it is just an animated mockup. So although I don't think it matters much either way, it doesn't prove anything at all.

Comment PSD files are not part of web development (Score 2) 233

>"The industry format for graphic designs is PSD so The Gimp (XCF) is not really an option."

That has to be the stupidest statement I have read in a week. Who cares what the "industry format" is for "graphic design"? That has nothing to do with a web coding school. And GIMP opens PSD files just fine. Did you even TRY this before posting?

There are cases where it is difficult to replace an MS-Windows environment. Web development is certainly not one of them.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1197

>"But deadly force should only be used to defend people, not stuff."

What about pets? Seems to me there are more than just two categories. Would you consider them "stuff" or "people"?

I know if I believed someone were seriously threatening bodily harm for one of my cats in my house or on my property, I would view that as no different than a threatening a family member. It is a live entity that I love and cannot be replaced.

Just curious...

Comment non-experts? (Score 1) 112

>"Non-experts are less likely to use password managers: some find them difficult to use, some don't realize how helpful they can be, and others are simply reluctant to (as they see it) "write" passwords down."

Yeah, because only non-experts would worry about a closed-source, unknown, third party having access to all their extremely sensitive passwords, stored on a server outside their control, stored with unknown methodology, connected to the Internet, with who-knows what access to the data.

Yeah, only non-experts should be worried.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 216

>"you will be able to do the same from your wayland desktop, just like you can do it from your OSX desktop or your Windows desktop. Just install an X server app and away you go."

We have heard that before. And I will believe it when I see it actually working, and working correctly in the real world, and with network performance at least as good as X, and working with *all* Xclients.

Tell me, how would one manage thin client machines that run ONLY an Xserver and use XDMCP? And also when that user has Xclients launching from other non-login hosts too? And sometimes even local Xclients. We do ALL that in our environment.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 2) 216

>"The GNOME idiots have been making it a point to break compatibility and remove "old" (aka "working", "currently used") features. You are delusional if you think they will continue supporting X once they declare the Wayland version to be "standard"."

BINGO!!!! +1000

And then other projects will marginalize their X ports too, perhaps LibreOffice, perhaps Firefox, who knows. But at some point there will be no way to continue to really run a full-blown X11 workstation, and that *SUCKS*. Because rest assured, there are some severe issues and limitations with Wayland. Of course they are going to dismiss those as "old stuff nobody cares about anymore". Or point to some unstable demo code that nobody cares about. Or some ridiculously complex work-around that is flaky at best.

I am certainly not opposed to Wayland in CONCEPT. The problem is that it won't be adding something new we can choose, it will be something that destroys X11 and negates any possibility of improving X to something like X12.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 2) 216

>This statement is fundamentally crap. Every day I run multiple kde 4 applications on multiple systems back to a single desktop with ssh. The applications are not degraded and I don't have to disable any X11 features to do it.

If I had mod points, I would mod you up AND the parent of your reply down.

We use remote X even when it is not remote- thin clients. X11 works great both locally and remotely. I do wish that there was an X12 effort rather than the attempt to throw X completely away... which I am quite certain this is where it is headed with Wayland. And I absolutely know this is going to be a nightmare for me when projects stop supporting X11 for reasons that most people are not expecting or covering.

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