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Comment Simple solution (Score 1) 279

Use of RBLs isn't government-mandated.

When customers contact us because they can't receive certain mail, we try to whitelist the IP(s).

When customers complain that they can't send mail to a certain person because our IPs are blacklisted, we ask them to ask their recipients to have our ranges whitelisted. It's almost the only way this is going to work. No point in trying to have someone whitelist our range over the phone in a company with several layers of managers between a helpdesk-agent and a server-operator.
We don't host any spammers, but sometimes accounts get hijacked and spam does get sent from our IPs. When we find out, we stop it.
But still, blacklistings do happen.

Comment 1963-11-22 (Score 1) 658

On that grassy knoll. Taking a picture.

Then, 2001-09-11, need to check and make sure, I'm not on the wrong tower for another priceless picture....

Did the visitor-platform actually open that early in the morning?

It would be futile to try to warn people - both stories are too incredible to be believed. However, I think I heard that Kennedy was virtually unguarded the night before he was killed - so it would have been possible to sneak into his suite and leave a message....

Comment Re:No matter what the outcome actually is.... (Score 1) 1184

Where I work, there is a growing number of prior-Apple users. Recently, an update rendered his (and thousands of others) WiFi useless.

How recently exactly? I can't remember when the last iOS update came out. It must be months.

The Apple geniuses tell him it's a hardware problem and can't replace his phone because they are out of that model. .

I've never had to have anything replace from Apple. So if they had his model in stock, would they have just replaced it on the spot? What was the path of action suggested by the Apple Genius?

Android is screwing Apple's image up since it is showing people what they can't do with iPhone which is, for the most part, the biggest reason Apple users are growing dissatisfied.

I keep hearing "Apple doesn't let me do some things on the iPhone that I can do on Android" - but I've never heard anything useful other than hacker-y stuff.
Nothing, normal people would like to do and that isn't available as an app.

They don't have the iconic demi-god in charge any longer and no one knows how to think different any more. Business is always risk averse and Jobs was always just the opposite... unafraid to go out there with something and sell it as something awesome. Meanwhile, the rest of Apple thinks something actually has to be awesome before they can sell it.

Welcome back to the dying Apple. Law suits will be their only source of income soon.

This sounds a bit bitter, doesn't it? Jobs also (almost always) knew when to make his move. While from the remaining crew, certainly nobody wants to be remembered as "the one who screwed it all up", I still see them doing a better stewardship than e.g. the guy who took over from Bill Gates who squanders the money in "bold" acquisitions (remember the Yahoo acquisition?) and high-profile projects that lead nowhere and have to be written-off a couple of years later.
I do have to agree that the iPhone is no longer the "It-Phone" and "my" office of nearly 30 is about 2/3ds or so Android. But that doesn't say a lot. I just shows that people here have too much time on hand to tinker with their phone ;-)

Comment Re:Nice Political Flamebait (Score 2) 1469

I have always been of the opinion that while Christian conservatives decry Islam as evil, they are secretly jealous of it. Afterall, Islam has permeated many governments in the Middle East to a degree which most Christian conservatives could only hope to achieve.

US right-wing conservatives are very similar to fundamentalist muslims - that's probably the reason they hate each other: it takes one to know one.
They are really the two sides of the same coin. Each of them thrives on the existence of the other.

Just imagine for a minute there was universal peace around the world (or just peace between Israel and the rest of the Arab world, all issues cleared etc - the need to Hamaz and all those other nut-cases would vanish instantly - as well as for their Israeli counterparts.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 240

Telecommunications equipment is designed to be evesdropping-friendly; Complete with port mirroring, trace and audit logs, selective forwarding based on rules... it's all standard. We're not even talking about the law enforcement black boxes, this is just stuff used for legitimate business purposes. The moment any such 'bug' went active, it would set off alarms -- by necessity, the communications would have to occur over the provider's own network. Unless their network admins are idiots they should notice the abberant traffic.

I thought, ETSI LI regulations require that the LI (lawful interception) can occur even without the Telco knowing it happens.

That said, concerning the notion brought forward in the article: it just means that there's another nation spying on the telco-infrastructure.
AFAIK, most LI-equipment is developed by companies that are more or less obvious front companies for the nations' intelligence agencies, often run by former intelligence-agency staff.
To truly believe that there's no system behind this is, is akin to believing in the tooth-fairy.

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