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Comment It can be done with a bit of work (Score 2) 217

I have continuously run my own email server since around 1990 in one form or another. Established a vanity domain in the mid 1990's and started hosting email on my own domain. I must say that has been a more difficult task as time has gone on and has required I be more savvy about IP reputation and how to maintain it. Sometime last year I moved my email server from a VPS to a dedicated host and my wife began complaining over this past summer that she could no longer send email to and friends as well as Optonline. Given that she's a dog trainer trying to expand her client base this is pretty much a disaster for her. I attempted to work with the ISP hosting my dedicated server and they were not interested in fixing *their* IP reputation. Seems the above mentioned providers were blocking *all* of the IPS's IP addresses out of hand. They insisted they'd have to work with the ISP and while they were sympathetic they wanted to work the issues through the ISP. There's more to that I'm sure but after my ISP frustrating me by not being responsive I talked to some new folks. First question I asked before signing on was "how is your IP reputation?" After a lengthy explanation on how they have "high profile reputable clients" they assured me I'd have no problems. So I signed on the dotted line, installed a Puppet client on the box and set things up so the box would get configured as my mail exchanger. During shakedown I didn't notice problems right away so I edited DNS and pointed my MX records to the new box, added my SPF and DKIM records for the new host and powered off the old box. The very next day I composed an email to someone that I communicate via email on a fairly frequent basis and after hitting "send" got a bounce notification within minutes. Verizon was blocking the new server. New problem. It took many attempts and iterations I finally worked out between my new ISP (who graciously gave me a second IP address for outbound email) and Verizon I finally got whitelisted. So, yep, the Internet has become increasingly hostile to private email servers, but the problems can be worked out with some effort and tenacity.

Comment Cuts both ways. (Score 1) 643

I happen to be very pro law enforcement and I agree with the Senator. If body cams had been in place in Ferguson I would imagine the extremes in the story of what happened would have been cleared up over night. Video from the policeman's vest would either exonerate him or convict him. No grey areas there. If I were a policeman I'd want a vest camera.

Comment Loose Lips Sinik Ships (Score 1) 248

For the safety of the country there are certain things that need to remain secret. Some complain our government doesn't do enough to protect us. Others see the boogeyman behind everything the government does. Criteria for no-fly list? I imagine there is an element of secrecy there and it would largely depend on intelligence generated through a number of sources. Are there mistakes made? Of course. Unfortunately the process is administered by human beings who are flawed vessels at best.

Comment Two sides of the coin (Score 2) 534

As much as it pains me I see two sides of this issue: 1) Anyone who is a public employee is subject to oversight in my humble opinion. Especially folks that wear badges, carry weapons and have arrest powers. It effects several of the rights of US citizens. 2) I understand the need for operational security, especially where organized crime (drug cartels, for example) are involved. If SWAT is used, for instance, in taking down a major drug dealers "safe house" and the probable cause they had was the result of undercover police then I'd say that is an example of records that need to be sealed for the safety of the undercover police involved. Undercover cops hang their skins over the line enough just doing what they do. There needs to be a fair balance between allowing law enforcement to do their jobs and the public "right to know." Some secrets I don't believe should be public knowledge if the safety of the lives acting on good faith are involved. Remember: law enforcement is done by human beings. I shudder to think of a "Robocop" scenario playing out in this country.

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