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Comment You can't afford it anymore. (Score 0) 244

Having some insight into the actual products and mechanisms by which spam filtering is done, I can say fairly conclusively that the biggest issue at hand is that consumers cannot and will not pay for the hardware necessary to do spam filtering anymore. Let me explain:

In days of yore, spam filtering was done with an appliance (or server/service) that did heuristics scanning. This mechanism worked well, but people found that there were a lot of repeat offenders -- so let's just block them entirely with an RBL (realtime block list). This is easy to do with IPv4, as we have a relatively small amount of offending addresses. The amount of resources to load this RBL into memory and process emails in real-time was reasonable.

Enter the modern age:

Spam emails have gotten incredibly sophisticated. I've noticed that some blatant spam has even gotten through gmail's filters to my inbox lately. Heuristics are a large part of it, but when they're so complex, we really need to lean even more heavily on RBLs. Unfortunately, that's no longer feasible. Now that IPv6 has taken off, if you end up on the block list, you simply change your IPv6 address, and you're back in business. Since we have (for all intents and purposes) a limitless supply of IPv6 addresses, it's unreasonable to have an IPv6 RBL -- especially one that *any* appliance can load into memory and process in real-time -- for the same cost as an appliance that would previously handle an IPv4 RBL.

Here, we find our conundrum: spam has gotten to the point of bypassing all but the most brilliant of heuristics scanning mechanisms, and RBLs are no longer an option. In order to have an appliance capable of handling *everything* that a modern spammer can throw at you, you'd be looking at spending tens of thousands of dollars of raw material cost on a server -- plus the software and overhead to develop the solution into a consumer-facing product. That is in contrast to the relatively inexpensive solutions that were so prolific only a few years ago.

tl;dr: IPv6 killed the spam filter.

Comment I've done it. (Score 0) 405

Spamhaus' RBL has a permanent block on Comcast's residential prefixes. You can't petition them to change it, so you're always going to be blocked. Sorry. Aside from that, Comcast blocks outbound SMTP, for spam reasons. It is absolutely possible to get Comcast to unblock your traffic -- I know, because I've done it. (I have the phone number and name of the guy I talked to taped to my modem... but that's not with me, at the moment. Sorry.) If you do get them to unblock the traffic (they'll ask you why you need to, etc. It's a very personal process.), it'll be good until you reboot your modem. If that happens (let's hope the power never goes out), you'll have to call back and have them unblock it. So, yeah: you can absolutely get Comcast to unblock it. The problem comes down to getting other mail servers to accept the email as NOT spam (thanks Spamhaus!).

Submission + - Best eyefinity gaming monitor(s)?

HaDAk writes: I'm getting ready to upgrade my whole rig, and with it, I want a new set of monitors. I'm looking for something 23+", able to be mounted on VESA mounts, DisplayPort capable (although, not entirely necessary, this would be nice), with tiny bezels. Ideally, I'd like to spend under $300 per monitor, but given the stringent list of requirements, I would understand a more costly solution.

I plan on doing gaming and photography work, so color representation and response rates should be exquisite. Extra bells and whistles (microphone, speakers, etc) are not necessary.

Does anybody have any suggestions for a great monitor to look at?

Submission + - Ancient Confession Found: 'We Invented Jesus Christ' (

HaDAk writes: American Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill will be appearing before the British public for the first time in London on the 19th of October to present a controversial new discovery: ancient confessions recently uncovered now prove, according to Atwill, that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ. His presentation will be part of a one-day symposium entitled "Covert Messiah" at Conway Hall in Holborn (full details can be found at

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