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Comment: A Better Solution (Score 1) 1163

by merc (#41962721) Attached to: Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

What the Seperatists [as I am now calling them] should do is:

* Find a better country that fulfills all of their political, economic and social needs and desires. I'm sure for many of these fine folks there is something in the Middle East, Northern Africa or Eastern Europe that qualifies.

* Pack their bags

* Renounce their U.S. Citizenship.

I see no cause that Americans should drag down these good folk with our democratic ways. Secession is utterly unnecessary.

Comment: My SSH Utility (Score 1) 284

by merc (#39477349) Attached to: Getting the Most Out of SSH

Feel free to check out a little perl utility I wrote for creating aliases or shortcuts for remote ssh logins. If you have a lot of hosts to manage it can make your life easier:

http://www.cpan.org/authors/id/L/LD/LDAVIS/remote-ssh-access-1.7

Download the file, name it "remote-ssh-access". To read the perl documentation just use "perldoc remote-ssh-access"

Comment: Misleading language in this story (Score 1) 218

by merc (#37707066) Attached to: Dutch ISP Files Police Complaint Against Spamhaus

This story really rubs me the wrong way. They make it sound like Spamhaus has their fingers on the Internet's routing tables and at any whim can block or unblock networks that they don't like. This is simply not the case.

Spamhaus is no different from an op ed journalist or a food critic: All offer opinions about varying matters of public interest. Spamhaus, in this case, publishes an opinion in the form of a list of IP network ranges. In their opinion these networks can or may be responsible for transmitting spam or malware on the Internet.

PEOPLE ARE FREE TO USE OR NOT USE THIS INFORMATION AT THEIR DISCRETION.

But why is it that when the nutters at the Westboro Baptist church want to prance up and down the street and hold viotriolic hateful signs that all of a sudden we're so quick to point out that free speech is so vital for our society? Instead of bikeshedding over whether someone has a right to form an opinion about some Dutch ISP, how about instead we talk about how the spammers are themselves infringing on the propery rights of others by crapping on the internet? Lets stop pretending that the Internet is a public resource, it's a collection of private networks.

In any case, I have been a Spamhaus subscriber for scoring mail on my network and I appreciate the work that they do. I'd hate to imagine what the spam fighting landscape might look like today without Steve Linford and Spamhaus' efforts.

Comment: Re:Get a life (Score 1) 131

by merc (#35399586) Attached to: A Spamming Attorney Gets Sentenced To 40 Months

These anti-spam crusaders are getting annoying. Seriously, people have nothing better to do with their time. They fancy themselves nothing short of Nazi hunters. Get a spam filter or open a gmail account.

I can't possibly imagine how anti-spammers are annoying anyone other than the dirtbag spammer themselves. And really... Nazis? Please. Your strawman argument amounts to less than even a good net trolling.

Personally, I applaud Mr. Silverstein's actions. I'm glad there's someone out there with the guts to go after these thieving scumbags.

Comment: A quote for the times: (Score 1) 1135

by merc (#34258766) Attached to: TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
-- C. S. Lewis

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