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Comment Re: bit rot (Score 2) 475

Multiple copies may be one solution, but it introduces another problem that doesn't have an elegant solution... you need a tool that can verify the integrity of your data (across the multiple copies). How do you choose which one is "correct" when you migrate and copy to a new system? In addition, how are you sure that any given copy is actually complete? What if you want to permanently delete a file from your archive?

I mitigated some of these problems for my photo library by using version control software. But they're not really designed for this purpose. Git runs into memory issues when you have repositories that run up to tens of GB. Subversion works, but you end up with a duplicate copy of all your files in your work tree.

There really isn't a very good archival solution I've found so far that allows you to be sure about the integrity of your data in the long term when talking even at the 100GB level, let alone the multi TB level.

Comment Re:That's not "net neutrality" (Score 1) 81

And maybe spamfiltering should be forbidden at that level. Because the entry in that field for companies is very hard. You can't buy your own spamfiltering for Google, Hotmail or ISPx. And something else is at play too: ISPs don't give much for your email. They rather overblock than underblock. It is often seen as a cost only. 50% of ISPs do a poor job at filtering.

One example: I would like a DMARC test in my spamchecker. Good luck convincing your ISP if they don't have it.

But to come back to your argument: Filtering should only be done at the request of the user/buyer of service (and/or therefore necessary for the security of the ISP).

Comment Re:The elders of the internet (Score 1) 216

There is no 'best' way to spamfilter bad emails. The definition of spam is unknown and being redefined constantly by spamfilters (which is a little different from what recipients think spam is).

The problem is that the process of 'what is spam' is quite complex for humans. For instance: Suppose I gave you permission to send me bulkmail and you only start to use it two years later. Is that spam? For one person it isn't, for the other it is.

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