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Comment: Please consider both sides... (Score 3, Interesting) 139

by sithlord2 (#48295515) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?
Basically, there are two sides to implementing SPF and DKIM:

- Outgoing mail: yes, it's probably a good idea to set up SPF and DKIM on your outgoing mail-servers and DNS. You'll less likely end up in the "junk" folder of Hotmail or GMail. Setting up SPF and DKIM is actually not as hard as some people seem to think. There are enough free services on the Internet that will check if your config is correct. While you are at it, make sure your mailserver is configured to use the STARTTLS SMTP command. Most spammers don't use TLS over SMTP, so it's a little extra that can give you an advantage in anti-spam filters.

- Incoming mail: this is where most of the problems arise. There are a lot of mail servers out there that don't implement it, or don't implement correctly. For my personal mail setup (which runs on PostFix), I decided to implement them as they should be (SPF softfail/hardfail according to sender DNS records etc...). If you run a business, this might result in loss of business mail, so might want to ignore SPF and DKIM

TL;DR: Configure it for your outgoing email, ignore it for incoming mail. ("Be Strict with Yourself and Lenient Towards Others" - Fan Chunren )

Comment: Re:It's not the knife... (Score 1) 118

by sithlord2 (#47782809) Attached to: PHP 5.6.0 Released
Sure, but a programming language should not work AGAINST the programmer, and this is exactly what PHP does.

Take a look at this page, and no, it's not an anti-php rant, but an overview of actual facts about PHP:

http://eev.ee/blog/2012/04/09/...

I made a few PHP projects myself, but since I discovered Python and Django Framework, I would never go back to PHP again.

Comment: Re:Belgians and Congo... (Score 1) 453

by sithlord2 (#47007789) Attached to: Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet
And why do you assume that the aliens are any better than us?

Q: Why would an alien civilization contact us in the first place?
A: Because they need something from us.

We already know that providing modern technology to civilizations that are not on the same level as us, is not a good idea. Since an alien civilization is more advanced than us (I mean, they are able to visit earth, while we are not capable of visiting other inhabitable planets yet), they already know that too.

So the only reason they would contact us, is if they need something from us, and they need it very badly. And they will probably take it by whatever means necessary.

An alien civilization that contacts us, means big trouble, no matter what...

Comment: Belgians and Congo... (Score 2) 453

by sithlord2 (#46956995) Attached to: Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet
Do some research about what we did during the colonization of Africa. The same story goes for the discovery of America. We promised them "civilization", promised them better lives, but in the end we just exploited the native population for our own benefits.

If suddenly an alien civilization would show up and make the same promises, we are in deep trouble...

Comment: did you think of... (Score 1) 345

by sithlord2 (#42276495) Attached to: Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

- Implementing DKIM?
- Implementing SPF?
- Make sure the sender address doesn't bounce?
- Make sure you don't open thousands of connections to the receiving party for each recipient ? (in case of yahoo, hotmail, gmail, ...)
- The contents of the e-mail is not considered spam? (provide unsubscibe link, no big images included, etc...)


Setting up a mass-mail infrastructure is not to be taken lightly. There are lots of reasons why you could be listed as a spammer. That's why most companies outsource their their mass-mailing to 3rd parties like MailJet, MailChimp, SendGrid...

Comment: Re:Micro-ISVs (Score 1) 141

by sithlord2 (#41824619) Attached to: Poor SSL Implementations Leave Many Android Apps Vulnerable
Okay listen... Starting a business costs money... a lot of money. If you don't have the funds to overcome a year without income, you shouldn't be starting a business in the first place. If you are out of a job, I hope you saved money when you still had a job.

And read the second part of my sentence: involving investors. Maybe you can convince former businesspartners to invest in your company? Or maybe contact an ex-colleague who happens to be out of a job too?

You may not like the truth, but that doesn't change the fact that starting a business costs money. I considered the same thing when I was unemployed, and I almost started one too. But I took a look at the worst-case scenario (giving my current financial status at that time), and I realized that things could get very ugly if I didn't start making profit after the first 6 months. That's quite a short period, and given the economy at that time, I was not sure that would be the case. So, yeah, I know what you are going through. Ofcourse, if you already have an interested customer who's willing to spent his money on you for a year, than I guess you can take the risk.

You can also try to do some freelance consulting (team up with some big consulting companies if you have to). It allows you to make money, and gives you the freedom to start your company when your finances are looking better. Most IT freelancing jobs don't require a big investment (laptop+office suite software+some bookkeeping stuff). That's how Joel Spolsky of Fog Creek Software started his company, I believe... (do consulting to bring in the money, while working on his software product)

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