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Comment: Is Google complicit in spam? (Score 1) 176

by msblack (#28591355) Attached to: A Look At Google's Email Spam Prevention

I find it very strange that my Gmail account received so much spam long before I ever started actively using it. It's not like me e-mail address is made up of one or two words. I cannot for the life of me understand how anyone would possibly guess my e-mail address (two letters plus an uncommon word). I'm guessing someone got a hold of their user list. Anyhow, their spam filter is fairly accurate.

Comment: I wish I paid (Score 1) 479

by msblack (#26852945) Attached to: Microsoft Sued Over Vista-To-XP Downgrade Fees

When I purchased my Lenovo ThinkPad 51 weeks ago, I sadly opted for Vista Home Premium because it looked like my work was ready to deploy Vista. Looking back, I wish I had paid the extra $18 to get XP Professional. With the sole exception of improved networking features, Vista has been a horrible experience. My decision had nothing to do with money.

Comment: Why can't Microsoft ever get this right? (Score 2, Insightful) 202

by msblack (#26815085) Attached to: MS Critical Patch Fixes 8 Vulnerabilities

Why in the world would an e-mail delivery system ever consider executing external code? Exchange should simply look at the delivery address. If it is a local address, place the message in the user's mailbox. If an external address, forward to the next hop. What's so difficult with that task?

CommuniGate Pro has never had this problem. IronPort appliances don't have this problem. Exchange should stick to its sole job as a delivery agent and stop trying to be so smart.

Can't we live without OLE?

Privacy

+ - Free phone calls if we can listen too

Submitted by netizenx
netizenx (1161159) writes "Using voice recognition technology a company will offer free phone calls in exchange for advertising. Is this the future of communication?

Startup "Pudding Media today announced pioneering technology that will speed the transition to free calling by displaying fun, entertaining and valuable information and offers on any computer or handset screen or inbox based on relevant keywords spoken in a phone call." http://puddingmedia.com/news/press/pr20070924.html"
Education

+ - UK Schools will "Fight Cyberbullying"

Submitted by Plutonite
Plutonite (999141) writes "The BBC is running a story on UK schools reportedly being told to fight what they call "cyberbullying", or bullying with the aid of (network-based)technology. They have been told to confiscate mobile phones, and — slightly more controversial — to investigate and get material removed from personal social-networking sites. Are schools supposed to be doing this as an extension of their duty to prevent physical bullying in school, or is this is yet another example of governmental intervention where it is not due? Should British youth be brought up knowing that their life on the web is being documented and controlled by people other than their parents?"
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - MIT Student Arrested for "Bomb Art"

Submitted by Damocles the Elder
Damocles the Elder (1133333) writes "Apparently Boston remains a place where you shouldn't show off your computer parts. According to a pair of local news outlets, an MIT student was arrested for wearing what's being called "fake bomb art" in a Boston airport. FTA:

Star Simpson, 19, had a computer circuit board and wiring in plain view over a black hooded sweat shirt she was wearing, said State Police Maj. Scott Pare, the commanding officer at the airport. "She said that it was a piece of art and she wanted to stand out on career day," Pare said at a news conference. Simpson was "extremely lucky she followed the instructions or deadly force would have been used...[s]he's lucky to be in a cell as opposed to the morgue."
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Space

+ - Do You Need a Permit to Land on the Moon?-> 4

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Billosaur
Billosaur writes "With the recent announcement of Google's X-prize for a successful private landing of a robot on the Moon, someone has asked the Explainer at Slate.com if permission is required to land something on the Moon? Turns out that while there is no authority that regulates landing objects on another world, getting there does require the permission of the national government from where the launch takes place. This is in accordance with the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, signed by 91 nations, which regulates the uses of outer space by the nations of Earth. Specifically, Article VI enjoins: "The activities of non-governmental entities in outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, shall require authorization and continuing supervision by the appropriate State Party to the Treaty." Start your paperwork!"
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Privacy

+ - Do Not Call listings to expire in 2008.->

Submitted by
Ant
Ant writes "Yahoo! News report that the cherished dinner hour void of telemarketers could vanish next year for millions of people when phone numbers begin dropping off the national/United States (U.S.)'s Do Not Call list. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which oversees the list, says there is a simple fix. But some lawmakers think it is a hassle to expect people to re-register their phone numbers every five years. Numbers placed on the registry, begun in June 2003, are valid for five years. For the millions of people who signed onto the list in its early days, their numbers will automatically drop off beginning next June if they do not enroll again... Seen on Blue's News."
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Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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