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Comment Thing about spam (Score 1) 32

The thing about spam is that for as long as I can remember (at least back to 1997) people have insisted upon a technical solution for spam. The issue is that spam is not a technical problem. It's a human problem. Like any other problem/response cycle, if you are solving for the wrong issue, don't be shocked if the solution isn't as bad or worse than the problem. Another issue, not directly on point, is Google Email and anti-spam. I know of several organizations that have completely shut down their email infrastructure in favor of Google email services. An unaddressed problem is that these organizations have also laid off their email folks since "Google takes care of it all" so subtle and not so subtle issues often go not simply unaddressed, but unknown to the organization. The result has been a high rate of false positives, including senders without DKIM. I once got into a argument with John Lavine about DKIM, in which he got pretty passionate. I argue that DKIM is:

1. Needlessly opaque

2. Prone to abuse from over zealous admins

3. Google does it wrong (Checking the header chain all the way back instead of the last system the recipient does not run)

4. Breaks email standards

5. Doesn't solve any issue that SPF does not solve more directly, without possible abuse, and much more simply, requires far fewer CPU resources and skill, and does not break email standards in the process.
I'm told that "I'm too stupid" to know how it works and "I should get out of computers since you obviously are too stupid to know your f'ing job!" (both quotes from right here on slash dot). I won't try to prove otherwise, but one question I've asked over and over again is how DKIM, checked back further than the last untrusted relay, does not break email standards for list or forwarded mail. SPF won't break those, DKIM will, every time.

So getting back to our muttons, I'm not surprised that Google's spam engine (or anyone's, for that matter) has a high false positive rate, or a lower than desired true positive rate. That issue is simple - they are attempting to solve a problem with technology that isn't technical in nature. Stop using a hammer to try to screw in a light bulb. Doesn't work well.

Comment Re:Were they ever in it? (Score 1) 106

Perhaps this is just my perception but I've always thought the plan was to develop the technology and then license it to car manufacturers. Did anyone honestly think that some technology companies were actually going to manufacture entire cars without any experience in the field of manufacturing let alone automotive manufacturing?

I'd classify Tesla as a tech company and they're certainly giving it a go.

I think Apple might have gone for it if Steve Jobs was still around, I think he would be a lot more aggressive in entering new product categories, and car sales are fundamentally about style and marketing, Jobs' strong suit.

It would be very tough to break in but a company like Apple has enough cash to make a bet, note they wouldn't be going head-to-head in dealerships but would aim for the luxury market where margins are higher and they don't need a big footprint.

Comment Re:Too good to be true. (Score 2) 160

It doesn't work like that. Radiative heating/cooling works via exchange of IR. You're not just giving it up; everything you're radiating at is proportionally radiating back at you. So you cool the most when you're radiatively exchanging with something that's very cold. Aka, you want to be radiatively exchanging with the cosmic microwave background, not with low-altitude clouds. That's the whole point of radiating at low absorption frequencies in the atmosphere: so that you're exchanging with space, not with atmospheric air.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 897

This is just plain wrong. You should read/watch the news. Land wars, the kind fought with rifles like the ones you say are useless, still make up and decide 99% of armed conflicts. You think because drones entered the scene everything is magic hollywood effects? We blast and just send in soldiers to hand out food?

Don't be so daft. You are the one that is wrong, and the numbers show it.
How about you go tell ISIS how futile a rifle is, meanwhile they're about to seize a landmass a quarter the size of Europe.

Once an armed conflict starts weapons are easy to come by. ISIS is actually a great example of what I'm talking about.

Their origin in Iraq is unusual as they were part of a long-term insurgency partially made up of a former standing army, once you have a violent conflict it's always easy to get more guns into the country (and they got a lot of US military hardware Iraqi troops left behind as they fled).

But in Syria Assad did two things when the Arab spring started, first he started torturing and committing outrages to turn the protests violent, and second, he released all the extremists from his jails. He was faced with peaceful protests and he worked hard to create a violent Islamic insurgency, the reasoning being that while lots of people wanted the peaceful protester to take power no one wanted the Islamists in charge.

It's exactly what I'm talking about, authoritarians want an internal threat so they can be the lesser of two evils, so Assad created that threat.

In the US, if you hate Muslims and want to take away their rights the first thing you want to do is get as many guns as you can into their hands. Inevitably a few of them will use them and you'll have the public outrage to do whatever you want.

Comment Re:its basically a sun shade that you can see thro (Score 1) 160

Even I can see through this lie. It's really just Maxwell's daemon sorting molecules. Just another BS story on Slashdot that will get hype for a few days and then no product will ever come to market. An obvious clue that even the "inventors" know this is complete bullshit is the claim "All the work is done by the huge temperature difference, about 290C, between the surface of the Earth and that of outer space,". Is anyone buying that crap? 'cause if you don't then it is pretty obvious this can't work.

Comment Re:Obama was letting them in (Score 1) 897

Trump is at least trying to slow the flood of people who would tend to kill us.

What people are these? Immigrants have lower crime rates than native born and terrorism is an extraordinarily rare way to die.

And yes, I know some were "American". They tend to be children of immigrants. Some are actual immigrants. Some are from long-established American families... but turned to jihad by immigrants

When native born Muslims turn to terrorism it's not because they were "turned by immigrants". It's typically because they're caught between cultures and are trying to find an identity, they feel rejected by the US because of all the people who call them "American" so they look for an identity by trying to reacquire their own culture as an outsider. This can lead an extremely tiny fraction to turn to terrorism.

often having been converted to Islam while in prison.

I'm not even sure what alt-right meme you're tapping into this time but I assume it's some kind of African-American Nation of Islam reference? Can you point to any Muslim terrorist who was converted to Islam in prison?

Comment Lots of luck (Score 1) 82

But maybe the public nature of the attorney-general's assault -- charging Spectrum for illegal misconduct -- will lead to a call for alternatives. Maybe it will generate momentum for better, faster, wholesale fiber networks controlled by cities and localities themselves.

With over 73 million dollars spent by cable lobbyists, not counting telephone monopolies, in 2016 alone, I think we'll be waiting a long time for that bus. Nothing like choking things in the crib before they get out and become...bothersome.
About the only viable alternative to cable is terrestrial microwave, and that's not too hot for most of the providers. Their head ends are oversubscribed 5,000 to 1 in some, and others use a bridge rather than route scheme, so if some customer turns off the equipment, down goes your internet.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 2) 897

Non-Americans understand you believe that, but we also understand that you're wrong.

You're entitled to your opinion, but it's our country and this is how we have chosen to live. You don't have to come here or live here if you don't want to. What we Americans resent and oppose utterly are foreigners telling us how to live or trying to take away our rights, including our individual right to bear arms.

I wasn't presenting an opinion, I was presenting a fact. An opinion would be "you should have more gun control", when I originally wrote the comment I included that opinion, but then I decided to simply stick with the fact "guns do not protect you against tyranny". Now, you can argue that fact is wrong, but don't act like I'm just presenting some unsubstantiated opinion.

Guns might have been useful before the 20th century, but they are not a good defence against a modern government, if anything they actually enable authoritarians by giving them a reason to crack down on the civil liberties that actually do keep governments in check.

Governments behave differently when the people are armed. They are more restrained, less authoritarian and more cautious in the exercise of their powers. As for enabling authoritarianism, the first thing that authoritarians everywhere do is disarm the populace because they know perfectly well that an armed people will not stand for tyranny. For example, one of the first things that both the Soviets and the Nazis did when they gained power was to restrict gun ownership. Coincidence? I think not.

That authoritarian governments try to disarm their enemies, and that gun ownership enables authoritarian governments, are not mutually exclusive.

More more guns you have the more murders you have, and the more society-wide anxiety (since you realize that aggressive obnoxious guy at the bar might be packing). That creates a demand for a stronger more authoritative government to keep the violence at bay.

I don't think it's coincidence that gun-rights activists are generally in favour of harsher laws and more aggressive police. When you think you're in a dangerous society you want a strong government to keep control.

Comment Re:Obama is to blame (Score 4, Interesting) 897

Pretty much all Trump supporters are not racists

Everybody is racist. At least to some degree, if you think you're colour-blind or your biases are grounded in dispassionate statistics then you're delusional.

Now, do Trump supporters show more racial biases than other people? Yes. Whether you call them "racist" is just a question of where you draw the line on using that particular label.

that is yet more Fake News

You keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means.

In the face of a shooting why are you trying to make people hate others more, not less?

We're trying to wake people up to the danger posed by the rhetoric that Trump is pumping out, and he's not just creating threats on the right, if I were an Al-Queda or ISIS recruiter right now I'd be over the moon.

What triggers this shooting was a vet who couldn't get assistance from the VA.

Are you always so understanding when seeking the root cause when a Muslim does something terroristy?

After eight years, that is on Obama - as is Obama and supporters stirring racial tension

Yeah! What was Obama thinking Presidenting while black??

and giving focus to a violent angry drunk man.

I don't think Trump drinks.

Mathews apologized to the family's in her statement, calling Purinton's actions "senseless." She said he had a drinking problem that became worse since his father passed away in October 2015, and he'd been trying to get assistance from the VA.

The families of home-grown Muslim terrorists tend to be very apologetic and horrified by the actions of their relatives, do you also bold their family's response when trying to humanize the perpetrator?

Comment Re: I blame Trump. (Score 4, Informative) 897

Cool. Then let's blame Obama for Orlando, San Bernardino, etc.

See how fucking stupid you are?

No, because Obama was always condemned the extremism that led to those attacks, and condemned the acts themselves after they happened.

Trump, on the other hand, was completely silent the last time a right wing terrorist killed people, and has done basically nothing to speak up against the extremists in his base. Even getting him to disavow the KKK or condemn anti-Semitism is like getting a toddler to eat vegetables.

There is absolutely no double standard in holding Trump accountable for this.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 4, Insightful) 897

They genuinely believe that the right to bear arms is a good thing and the deaths that result, while tragic, are the price of freedom.

Here is the thing foreigners don't understand about guns in America. The reason we have an amendment to the Constitution which permits citizens to own guns is twofold:

1) The Founding Fathers, almost all of whom were British subjects, saw firsthand what happens when only the government has firearms. They can use those weapons to quell public outcry over anything, claiming the people were "rioting" or were "a threat to peace and order" because the people can't effectively fight back. If you read The Federalist Papers, Hamilton, Madison and Jay all say the same basic thing: citizens who have weapons are more fully able to defend themselves from the government.

That may sound odd to Europeans, but if you look at your history you should be able to see the logic behind this amendment.

Non-Americans understand you believe that, but we also understand that you're wrong.

Guns might have been useful before the 20th century, but they are not a good defence against a modern government, if anything they actually enable authoritarians by giving them a reason to crack down on the civil liberties that actually do keep governments in check.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 897

No he isn't.

Your co-worker is dead because some fucking asshole shot him.

Taking away guns does nothing to fix the underlying issues in a situation like this. That fucking asshole who shot your co-worker is going to hate your co-worker and do violence to him, guns or not.

There is no silver bullet. These are complex times with complex social issues that take insightful determination to solve. Knee-jerk reactions like "take away guns", "kick out the Muslims", "build a wall", "get a gun" and the like do not go very far in terms of a solution. Bigotry, hatred, sexism aren't going to be fixed like that.

"Doing something" for the sake of reacting may not be the best choice.

A right wing terrorists shot somebody to death, there are two underlying issues. The fact that right wing extremism is being enabled at the highest ranks of the US Government, and that the US is so infested with guns that it's really easy for unstable individuals to get guns. You can try to fix both.

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