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Comment Thing about spam (Score 5, Interesting) 80

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 Lots of luck (Score 1) 87

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:Rights vs. Facts (Score 2) 169

And white conservatives wonder

Some may, but the many white conservatives are quick to assume and project, denigrating the subject of the beating by sneering "you need a safe place snowflake?" and shouting "DEPORT THEM!".

Oddly enough, white conservatives are the ones that squeal the loudest if they are unfortunate enough to experience a rights violation. I do not think any rights violation should evoke schadenfreude no matter the subject, but I do sometimes have to remind myself of that. I am bitterly disappointed that as a society, we can't agree that skin color shouldn't make a difference in your rights, or that being "illegal" somehow strips the protections of law such as a lawyer, speedy trial, and other rights. The reasons these should apply to anyone citizen or not?

Because there are more than 10,000 citizens illegally deported. The next one could be you.

Comment Rights vs. Facts (Score 4, Insightful) 169

One my have the "right", but to any annoyed cop, that won't stay the baton to the face, the chrome bracelets, and the ride to jail. As the saying goes, "You might beat the rap, but you won't beat the ride." Until immunity is limited, and some type of consequences attain to violation of the law, bad actors in LEO will continue to behave badly. When a cop violates the law, and the taxpayers fund their defense even in the most egregious of circumstance, there is little motivation for departments or individuals to root out and stop abuse from bad cops. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

We are fortunate that there are few bad actors, but we are unfortunate that their brothers and sister officers are usually very reluctant to report those that are.

Comment Americans are insane? (Score 3, Insightful) 180

Er, how is that news? Look at what happened November 8th, 2016 for insanity index. Forecast; High.

Chance of dunderheads: 100%
Protectionism, Xenophobia, and nut job anti-consumerism regulations to be expected for the next two years.
Sticking busybody noses into random vaginas guaranteed.
Skyhigh medical bills and health insurance: Paid for by lobbyists that stand to gain.
Hilarity, hypocrisy and hysteria: delivered.
Global shunning: On the way.

Comment Re:lack of foresight (Score 1) 193

There have been many people that argued the preamble implies citizen only

This goes to something I say here frequently; Who is a citizen of this land is in the eyes of the beholder. Because unless one has some native American blood in them, they are an illegal immigrant. You could ask Chief Ten Bears what he thinks, but we violated those treaties (three or four of 'em) and it eventually killed him. To come back to the point, unless one wishes to bend over backward and read into it things that were not put in, the rights granted were not the exclusive to citizens. They apply to anyone within the jurisprudence of the US, and I would include areas were it is de facto, rather than de jure.

Comment Re: Hyperbole stew (Score 1) 512

* will get a STFU pinko commie Muslim , love it or leave it....*
I like to point out to those that say "America, love it or leave it!" is like saying "My mother; drunk or sober!".

When someone you love commits an error, one generally, out of love, points out the error. It is not a statement of hate to say "Hey, that's wrong", it can be the greatest expression of love. This is what confuses some, as they use the attempt to discuss a possible error or injustice not to correct that error or injustice, but as a club to stifle and shut down discussion. Because if one thinks something is wrong and says so, obviously they do it out of hate and a desire to destroy. That's a pretty sicko attitude I think.

Comment Solve for fair taxes (Score 1) 174

This issue is very simple to solve with a few changes to tax policy.

1. Remove deductions for Intellectual Property payments. This is the chief way corporations avoid tax. Example, Burger King / Tim Horton merger.

2. Profit, no matter where situated, is taxable in the country of origin. Example: If Apple sells 100 billion in the US, then the gross profit of that 100 billion is due in the US. Self dealing exchange of expenses by off shoring 99.9% of the price of the phone (or other product/service) would no longer be allowed.

These steps will never be taken because they would be incredibly disruptive in the first place, and in the second place, there is no will in Washington to make corporations or billionaires actually pay taxes as the average person does.

Comment Preformers preform, slackers slack (Score 2) 163

Doesn't much matter if folks come in to work, or if they work in their underwear at home while skipping a shower for a week. Their productivity is about the same from all I can see. I do feel it's a lot easier for a slacker to goof off at home than in the office. I worked with one person for over a year that was remote, and they told me after they left that basically they surfed the internet and did personal projects most of the time. About the only time they did actual work was when metrics with deadlines were imposed or there was a major outage.

Comment Re:Hyperbole stew (Score 1) 512

spewing rhetorical nonsense like Larson is doing is unnecessary and counterproductive to a thoughtful, rational discussion about the subject.

I apologize if I seem to have ignored that point. I will say that there might - possibly - be a slippery slope there. As an example, every totalitarian feels that a free and responsible press is desirable - as long as they get to define what is "responsible", and can remove the "free" from those that are "irresponsible".

But your point is well taken: Hyperbole, hysteria, and factually free discussion is antithetical to reaching conclusions and solutions that are acceptable to the majority while being consistent with freedom.
Which brings me to the next of my worries, the tyranny of the majority. I know that it is impossible, but my desire is a system of government where, if one wished, one could simply turn their back on the government and everyone else and just not be bothered. Impossible, I know, but I wish it were not.

Comment Re:Hyperbole stew (Score 1) 512

As a US citizen
I believe I pointed out that one need not be a citizen to have civil rights. A point you seem to be ignoring? I will presume it is unintentional.

you have not lost one single of your rights as spelled out in the Bill of Rights or the US Constitution. Not a single one.

Incorrect. I have lost many rights. The right to be secure in my person and effects is routinely violated whenever a law enforcement officer searches my car (happens about 5 times a year - I live near a prison and they sometimes search after an escape when they have absolutely no probable cause to suspect that I am transporting an escapee). I have my right to remain silent violated when a court orders that I unlock my phone, or to decrypt my files. I have my right to representation violated by voter ID laws that are unconstitutional but not struck down to "avoid voter confusion." I have my right to free speech violated every time I keep my mouth shut for fear of angering government and "drawing notice" - and that happens, I've seen it from both sides.. You have your rights violated every single time you are stopped and the police demand "license, registration, and proof of insurance" because now you are being forced to prove you did not commit a crime, rather than the government having to prove you did.

These may seem like small potatoes to you, and if so, I will remind you that there is no such thing as "being a little bit pregnant." Either you have rights, or you don't.

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