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Comment: Re:Associations (Score 1) 390

You can't encourage people to ... associate me with incompetence with stupidity, and douchebaggery.

No, only you can do that. ;)

The bullies never like it when you hit back and it turns out you can hit back harder. Now his complaint is that they are doing the same thing to him that he asked his followers to do? Yeah, that is gonna suck for him.

Comment: Selective greylist (Score 1) 301

by mrball_cb (#37706068) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reverse DNS a Worthy Standard For Fighting Spam?

The way I handle this is I greylist any email that comes in if:
1) it has no reverse dns
2) or the reverse dns matches certain patterns that indicate dynamic ip's

The rest comes in undelayed and is exposed to further checks. Note that it's ludicrous to require forward and reverse dns to resolve to the same thing. In today's age of hosting multiple domains in one server/cluster, it's just not reasonable to have PTR records defined that way.

Comment: Wrong blame (Score 2) 218

by mrball_cb (#37705854) Attached to: Dutch ISP Files Police Complaint Against Spamhaus

You're blaming the wrong entity. If you're concerned with this, you should be complaining to your ISP _whom_you_pay_ that they use Spamhaus. You have control of your service, go buy it from someone who doesn't use Spamhaus. Spamhaus isn't screwing with your Inbox, your ISP _whom_you_pay_ is screwing with your Inbox by their choice to use Spamhaus.

Don't get me wrong, I think Spamhaus is one of the best things since sliced bread. Why does your ISP _choose_ to use Spamhaus? Because the extra cost and resources involved with NOT using Spamhaus would impact their bottom line and they would have to charge you more.

Before all the botnet takedowns, RBL's used to account for blocking about 80-85% of inbound connections. Now it's down to less than 50%.
$ emailstats
Webmail System Statistics for 2011-10-12

  TotalIncoming: 187662
                      RBL: 100601
                  Spams: 19439
              Viruses: 192
            Accepted: 67430
LocalDelivered: 53243
          Forwarded: 14187
      PercentGood: 35.9316

Comment: Re:Not our experience (Score 1) 142

by mrball_cb (#37316580) Attached to: Linux Kernel Moves To Github

Chances are you didn't do the two main things that Linux requires for changing hardware out from underneath it:
1. Regenerate the modules needed at boot to access the harddrive(s). Cent/RH/Mandriva all have grub load an initrd with modules that the kernel needs to access the controller(s) and ...
2. Change the module needed for network hardware.

Other possible issues are network device mac address change (Cent/RH tend to hardcode the MAC address into the interface config file), hostname changes, network interface reordering, adjust boot parameters to be friendly inside vmware, etc. These are small though compared to the two main ones above.


+ - Analyzing (all of) Star Trek with face recognition->

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An anonymous reader writes "Accurate face recognition is coming. Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition, a face recognition start-up spun off of Carnegie Mellon University, has posted a tech demo showing an analysis of the entire original Star Trek series using face recognition. The online visualization includes various annotated clips of the series with clickable thumbnails of each character's appearance. They also have a separate page showing the full data of all the prominent characters in every episode including extracting thumbnails of each appearance."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Simple Green (Score 1) 512

by mrball_cb (#25455143) Attached to: Recovering Moldy Electronics?

Electronics are pretty hardy and sturdy, helped by the fact that most boards nowadays are covered with a skin that protects from a great many contaminants. When I worked repairing electronics, we used a simple procedure:

1) Replace all electrolytic capacitors which were older than 7 years or had been exposed to continue high heat. In your case it was submerged, so it's likely that water got inside of them (they're vented) and they should be replaced regardless.
2) Remove any old style power transformers before cleaning. Modern switching power supplies are ok, much more sturdy.
3) We scrubbed boards with a toothbrush or small paintbrush using a mixture of water and simple green, though orange based cleaners work well too. We used about a 3:1 (water:cleaner) ratio. Then rinse with water and let air dry. The worst caveat is buttons or other things with tiny space which can hold water. We typically unsoldered those before we cleaned the boards, but if that's not your strong point, just make sure to dry everything before applying power again. A hairdryer and a few days of airdrying works really well in this capacity. Plus it also gives you time to see if mold returns, indicating a spot you should focus on. (I also never came across anything that the cleaner actually damaged, but be watchful for foam or other potentially dissolvable items. We were working on industrial electronics, so the manufacturing process may be a little different.)
4) Did I mention to make sure everything was completely dry before reconnecting and applying power again?

Comment: Re:Creationism in Europe? (Score 1) 824

by lbrandy (#22097266) Attached to: Texas Creationist Museum Facing Extinction
Racism in Spain, AIDS denial (listing mostly US authors) and homeopathic beliefs in Britain do not amount to evidence of irrationality in Europe on anything like the scale of the US.

Your argument is simply false. Specifically, AIDS denial in parts of Africa and homeopathy in Britain are, in fact, more prevalent than, say, young-earth creationism in the US.

I consider your assumption that the cultures involved produce this type of stupidity to be in direct contradiction with the evidence. And anyone who has spoken at length with religious fundamentalists, creationists, conspiracy theorists, or any other promoter of psuedoscience like pyschics, etc (or even more broadly anti-knowledge like psuedohistory and psuedomathematics) will quickly realize it wasn't just a simple failure of their education system. It's something far more fundamental.

Wisdom From The Last Ninja 539

Posted by Zonk
from the real-ultimate-power dept.
I Could Tell You But... writes "The AP has a story about ninjutsu master Masaaki Hatsumi, last living student of Japan's last 'fighting ninja.' He offers advice from the heart of Ninjadom, like 'always be able to kill your students,' and describes the current popular ninja image as 'pathetic.' At age 76, students are speculating on his successor, who may for the first time be non-Japanese." From the article: "As I cautiously raise the sword with a taut two-handed samurai grip, my sparring partner gingerly points to Hatsumi. I avert my eyes for a split second - and WHAM! The next thing I know, I'm staring at the rafters. Keeping your focus is just one of the lessons thumped out on the mats of the Bujinkan Dojo, a cramped school outside Tokyo that is a pilgrimage site for 100,000 worldwide followers. They revere Hatsumi as the last living master of ninjutsu - the mysterious Japanese art of war practiced by black-masked assassins of yesteryear."

Live Commercials Will Save TV? 157

Posted by Zonk
from the that's-different dept.
Vitaly Friedman writes "Entrepreneur Mark Cuban doesn't believe that traditional television advertising is dead, it simply needs to be more interesting. And what's more interesting than being live? From the article: 'It's no secret that the traditional 30-second spot has been losing much of its luster with advertisers. With the rise of other media options (videogames, home theater systems, Web surfing) on the one hand and the recent growth of DVRs like TiVo on the other, traditional television advertising has been feeling the squeeze. Broadcasting executives are struggling to figure out the economics of the new digital landscape, and have been willing to try just about any creative idea, such as TiVo's plan to replace old commercials with new ones when watching recorded shows.'"

NSA Spying Comes Under Attack 324

Posted by Zonk
from the get-out-of-my-head dept.
maotx writes "The NSA's no-longer-secret surveillance program came under a two-pronged attack this week on both political and legal fronts. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania threatens to cut funding to NSA's spying program if President Bush's administration does not come clean on how it works. Separately, two hearing dates have been set for a lawsuit that seeks to prove that AT&T illegally cooperated with the NSA and violated federal wiretapping laws in doing so. Sen. Specter emphasized that he doesn't want the issue to fade into the background, saying that he'd like to see 'public concern and public indignation build up.'"

New Internet Regulation Proposed 429

Posted by Zonk
from the i-do-love-a-good-fight dept.
bumgutts writes "Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has suggested a mandatory website self-rating system. The system, very similar to one suggested under Clinton's administration, would require by law all commercial websites to place 'marks and notices' on each page containing 'sexually explicit' content, with penalty up to 5 years imprisonment." From the article: "A second new crime would threaten with imprisonment Web site operators who mislead visitors about sex with deceptive 'words or digital images' in their source code--for instance, a site that might pop up in searches for Barbie dolls or Teletubbies but actually features sexually explicit photographs. A third new crime appears to require that commercial Web sites not post sexually explicit material on their home page if it can be seen 'absent any further actions by the viewer.'"

We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.