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Comment Re:Yeah, but when will they make a larger iPhone? (Score 4, Funny) 162

Having hands that one of my kids once told me resembled bear paws... oversized and clumsy, something about the same size as the Galaxy S3 would be ideal for my purposes, because I've always found the iPhone display to be unusably tiny for anything involving complex interactivity (such as texting, for instance).

Puny human iPhone make Hulk sad.


Submission + - These 19th Century Postcards Predicted Our Future (

kkleiner writes: "Starting in 1899, a commercial artist named Jean-Marc Côté and other artists were hired to create a series of picture cards to depict how life in France would look in a century’s time. Sadly, they were never actually distributed. However, the only known set of cards to exist was discovered by Isaac Asimov, who wrote a book in 1986 called “Futuredays” in which he presented the illustrations with commentary. What’s amazing about this collection is how close their predictions were in a lot of cases, and how others are close at hand."

Submission + - Apple hires Amazon's Bill Statssior to head up Siri unit (

An anonymous reader writes: Another interesting hire over at Apple these days. Kara Swisher is reporting that Apple recently hired William (Bill) Statsior to head up the company’s Siri division.

Statsior previously was in charge of A9 which is Amazon’s search and search advertising unit and has been at the nation’s largest online retailer since 2003. Before working at Amazon, Statsior had stints working at Oracle and AltaVista.


Submission + - Humans' Risk for Cancer May Be a Result of Our Large Brains (

An anonymous reader writes: What's the opposite of a silver lining? A hypothesis floating around in the scientific community, and published in PLoS One, argues that our big brain is the reason that humans are so prone to cancer.
The huge brains in humans are responsible for humans' long lives, which is why we are able to spend so much time lavishing attention on our children and learning new things.
But the downside is that the lack of apoptosis may put humans at risk for tumors, since the destruction of malfunctioning cells would lower the risk of cancer. "Reduced apoptotic function is well known to be associated with cancer onset,"

Submission + - File-Sharing for Personal Use Declared Legal in Portugal (

M0j0_j0j0 writes: After receiving 2000 complaints regarding "illegal file sharing" from ACAPOR on P2P network the Portuguese justice refused to take the case into court on the premise that file sharing is not illegal on the territory, if, files are for personal and not commercial use. The court also stated that the complaints had as a sole evidence the IP address of users, and that it is a wrong statement to assume an IP address is directly related to one individual. Torrent freak has a piece in English with more details here and the original source in Portuguese here

Submission + - SPAM: How To Make Your Own Website Hosted On Your Own PC.

cybersleauth writes: "It is about Pollution, Heat Islands, Permafrost And Glacial Melt, Methane Bursts, Heat Islands And Other Things Contributing to Global Warming And Climate Change.There are many Videos including some to NASA, EPA,FDA.

There is also a Sreaming Video of Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Prize Winner for her work on Telemerase, The Fountain Of Youth!
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Submission + - SPAM: Email Deliverability Best Practices

EmailDelivered writes: "Email deliverability is a big issue for any business owner or online marketer who is using email as a marketing channel.
It’s important to understand “email deliverability” in context of the other email marketing metrics.
Email deliverability is the first line of defense when it comes to getting your subscribers to open your email messages and take the desired action. In other words, if the email message is not delivered in the first place, inbox vs. junk folder placement is a non-issue nor is whether or not they open the message, read it, or click on a link inside of the email message.
So, before we can look at any of the other metrics to help judge the effectiveness of your email marketing, we need to look at email deliverability best practices.
These 10 email deliverability best practices will help ensure that the ISPs don’t turn your messages away before they reach your subscriber.
1. Email Authentication – this is really just a fancy way of saying “to prove that the email is coming from the person or entity that it says it is”. There are a number of methods used to authenticate a Sender’s domain including SPF, SenderID, DKIM (domainkeys identified mail), domainkeys, and more recently DMARC (domain-based message authentication reporting). It is important that these are in place and set up properly.
NOTE: Even if you are using an email service provider to send your messages, you may still need to update your SPF records for the sending domain (i.e. the from email domain).
2. List Hygiene. List hygiene is, perhaps, one of the most important email deliverability bet practices to pay attention to after proper email authentication. List hygiene is also something you have total control over whether you are hosting your own email client or using a 3rd party provider (ESP).
3. Register for Feedback Loops. If you are hosting your own email program, you’ll have to register for feedback loops manually for each of the ISPs. If you’re using and email service provider, they will handle removing subscribers from your list who click the “spam” button. However, it’s not enough to just remove complainers from your list. You should also be monitoring your complaints. Which types of messages generate the highest complaints?
4. Be Consistent. This is area that is most overlooked. Yet, it goes hand in hand with email deliverability best practice #2 and #3. If you send to your list sporadically, you’ll have higher numbers of unknown recipients as people change their email addresses fairly regularly and turnover is pretty substantial. In addition, if your subscribers haven’t heard from you in 3 months, they’re more likely to hit the spam button because they either don’t remember signing up for your list or are no longer interested in the messages.
5. Pay Attention to Engagement. Engagement metrics are essential when it comes to email deliverability and this one issue is going to play a larger role in the future. It’s not about the size of your list, but rather the quality of your list. For any subscribers that haven’t taken some sort of action in the last 3-6 months, consider sending your campaigns from a different IP address AND instituting a re-engagement plan for those subscribers. Keep your most active subscribers separate to ensure the highest email deliverability rates (and highest inbox placement rates).
6. Check Your Domains. There are 3 main reasons messages get blocked before they ever get to your subscribers. These include: IP-reputation issues, message content, and blacklisted domains. Unfortunately, most email marketers don’t know that domains in the email messages can be causing blocks. And if you’re using an ESP, they virtually never tell you. So it’s important to pay careful attention to every domain in the message and check each of them against known blacklists prior to sending.
7. Check Your Content. As the saying goes Content is king! And ultimately your content is going to impact your delivery rates. Run your messages through a spam checker or some sort prior to sending your messages out. One thing to note is that while there are all kinds of claims that words like “free” and “money” will cause your messages to get blocked (or wind up in the spam folder), it’s not so cut and dry. The big lesson here is to write for your audience. Don’t try to “trick” the spam filters or be sneaky! Often times, there’s a real person at the other end of your email messages and if it looks like spam and smells like spam, they’re going to mark it as spam and either send it to the junk folder or reject it entirely.
A Simple Test: Pretend that you received the email message in your inbox. Would you think it looks like spam? Would you read it? Delete it? Mark it as spam?
8. Include HTML and Plain Text Versions of Your Messages. While this is more of a usability issue, we still want to include this as an email deliverability best practice because HTML can cause a number of issues when it comes to sending your messages. Think about how web pages look different in different browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc.). Well, in addition to all of the browsers, there are dozens, if not hundreds of email clients, each with a slightly different method of handling HTML email. So, if you are going to use HTML email, be sure that it is formatted properly and that you also include a plain text version of your email.
9. Comply with the Can-Spam Laws. Can spam compliance is very simple, yet too many online marketers/business owners simply don’t do it. To comply with can-spam, you must not use misleading header information or misleading subject lines. You must include your company contact info and a method for people to unsubscribe. And you must honor all unsubscribe requests within 10 days. It’s a good idea to review the can-spam law. Not only is it an email deliverability best practice it’s also the law!
10. Develop A Process for Managing Bounces. There are essentially 3 types of bounces: hard bounces, soft bounces, and technical bounces. You should have a process in place for managing each of these bounce types that ensures you are keeping valid subscribers and removing those that are not.
Bonus Email Deliverability Best Practice Tip: Use Confirmed Opt-in. While this may not be practical or make sense in all cases, it’s by far one of the email deliverability practices that all of the ISPs agree on.
The Reason? It ensures that people that are receiving your messages truly want to receive your messages. They’ve taken the extra step to tell you that they DO, in fact, want to receive your emails.
NOTE: Contrary to popular opinion, double opt-in does not guarantee email deliverability or inbox placement. The other 10 email deliverability best practices must be in place

To receive your Email Deliverability Best Practices checklist along with the full PDF download of this article, visit [spam URL stripped]. Heather Seitz is the co-founder of [spam URL stripped], which is a full service email deliverability management and consulting company built to help online business owners get their email messages delivered."

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Submission + - comcast dns ( 1

randini writes: "Dear slashdot,
    I work in I.T. for a small company, and we recently have been having problems with slow internet. After some digging we noticed that comcast DNS servers were dropping between 20-70% of packets. Dns Server Address, we switched to using opendns, and now our packet loss is at 0%, i was just wondering if anyone else has noticed this or if anyone is aware of an active attack against comacast. i recall a few months back anons claimed they were going to perform a "reflection attack" agianst dns servers on the net, but i am not sure what came of that. Any light you can shed on this for me would be great."


Submission + - Google Maps App for iOS: When's It Coming? (

Nerval's Lobster writes: "The controversy over Apple’s native mapping software hadn’t stopped some 100 million iOS users from downloading the latest version of the software by Sept. 24. But Apple dumping Google Maps in favor of its own app, along with that app’s widely-viewed-as-subpar performance, has left smartphone and tablet users wondering when Google will issue a Google Maps app for Apple’s App Store, akin to what it did with YouTube.

The apparent answer: be prepared to wait a bit.

“We have not done anything yet,” Google executive chairman (and former CEO) Eric Schmidt told an audience in Tokyo, according to Reuters.

The New York Times spoke with unnamed sources within Google, who said that Google is indeed developing a maps application for iOS with a target launch date of the end of 2012, but that the search-engine giant had been “caught off guard” by Apple’s decision to switch map apps."

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