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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Klync Relay Host (405 comments)

My Domain Registrar provides SMTP relaying (TLS & authentication required), so I can configure my MTA to use that as its "smarthost" to get around this particular problem.

about two weeks ago

Stubborn Intel Graphics Bug Haunts Ubuntu 12.04

Klync Bug hunt? (320 comments)


... There's your problem right there. Now that I found it, do I get a prize? How did packages with this bug ever get stamped "LTS"?

more than 2 years ago

The Web Is Not the Internet

Klync Re:well duh (412 comments)

Well, you can have the firehose, which can be gamed, or you can have VA Systems^W^W Geeknet spend their hard-earned revenues on hiring editors like Timothy to hand-curate the content.... which would *you* prefer?

more than 2 years ago

A Million-Year Hard Disk

Klync Re:If ancient people taught us anything... (394 comments)

Rightfully, your post is currently showing for me as +5, Interesting. Unfortunately, that fact kinda invalidates your point. So, now we're apparently stuck in the "this sentence is a lie" paradox. Fortunately, it's also completely off topic, thus re-validating your point and setting the universe right again. Yay!

more than 2 years ago

U.S. Students Struggle With Reasoning Skills

Klync Re:What do you expect? (488 comments)

The problem is that decision makers need actionable data in order to inform decisions. Whether this is for legislators parceling out funding or administrators deciding on admissions, it applies across the system. The system is designed so that the system works smoothly; not so that children are educated nor that society is improved. I would love to agree with you and say "let's just fix this glaring problem"; But, how? Just about everyone I've ever met who's associated with the education system knows that standardized tests are a joke; and they want, desperately, to enrich children's lives. But the system fights them at every turn. It's no conspiracy, it's emergent behaviour. How do we push this side-effect out from the system?

more than 2 years ago

Avira Premium Anti-Virus Bug Disables Windows Machines

Klync Now *that's* secure (151 comments)

Just need to encase the PC in cement and bury it at sea, and then those evil hackers will never be able to get to it! ... of course, that's going to cost you extra....

more than 2 years ago

B&N Pulls Linux Format Magazine Over Feature On 'Hacking'

Klync No big deal (301 comments)

That's okay, I'll just head down the street to buy a copy from .... Oh, wait .... I know! I'll just go online and order it off .... Oh, shoot. Hmm, where did all the competition go? Oh well, I guess I'll just read whatever B&N or Amazon recommend for me..... Aaah, Excel For Dummies. Excellent.

more than 2 years ago

Twitter Leaked Obama's Visit To Afghanistan

Klync headline incorrect (177 comments)

I love to hate on twitter as much as the next slashdotter, but the summary makes it clear that the headline is incorrect and misleading, possibly to the point of damaging Twitter's reputation. What you *meant* to say was:

Afghanistan news site TOLOnews Leaked Obama's Visit To Afghanistan (via Twitter)

more than 2 years ago

All-Optical Networks: the Last Piece of the Puzzle

Klync Re:"Yes, the January birthstone." (36 comments)

Actually, I found that little tidbit amusing, and I was surprised to see that nobody else commented yet on the irony of a connection between January and an optical diode

In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions,[1] thence also of gates, doors, doorways, endings and time. He is usually a two-faced god since he looks to the future and the past. The Romans dedicated the month of January to Janus.


more than 2 years ago

Climate Change To Drive Weather Disasters, Say UN Experts

Klync Re:It's more than just global warming gas (572 comments)

You didn't say exactly how, so I'm going to guess that you were talking about one part FUD, with one part rewarding ignorance.

more than 2 years ago

RIM Firing (Nearly) Everybody

Klync Re:Titanic is sinking (440 comments)

Wrong analogy. A better one would've been the coach for a losing team. Say, the Toronto Maple Leafs, for example. Jim Balsillie should've completely stepped aside *at least* a year ago, and not doing so was a reckless move that cost the shareholders millions of dollars, and cost the company to miss a critical window to "get back in the game". Things don't look good for RIM right now, and from the outside, that appears to be largely due to this man's arrogance and pride. Maybe he had the "captain of the ship" analogy in his mind as well; who knows? Whatever the explanation, his resignation is long overdue and quite possibly too late.

This is a pretty sad story for me. As a Canadian IT worker, it will definitely impact my career; as someone who holds insurance and pays into the government's retirement fund, I know I've lost money even though I'm not technically a shareholder. I have friends who've worked for them and co-oped for them while getting their CS degrees at U of Waterloo. It's pretty sad to watch such a blazingly spectacular failure unfold from a company that had *everything* going for it.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish

Klync Measurement Error (1276 comments)

A scientist (or any academic) can always produce an interesting study with an interesting result, when they get to frame the question. This article summary starts out:

'The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea. But...

There's your problem right there. The democratic process does not exist to choose the "best" candidate or policy. Democracy is advocated on the belief that all individuals have an inalienable right to a degree of self-determination; to participate in the maintanance of the system that governs them. It is about being fundamentally free, not correct.

more than 2 years ago

Google: IE Privacy Policy Is Impractical

Klync Re:Impractical to Microsoft, MS also send invalid (258 comments)

If this is "Do no evil," I shudder to think about the damage Google could do if they decided one day to deliberately engage in evil.

cf. Hank Scorpio, Globex Corporation.

more than 2 years ago

No More SSL Revocation Checking For Chrome

Klync Being Google (152 comments)

It's so easy to turn the Internet into whatever you want it to be, when you're the largest advertiser, largest service provider, largest search engine, largest content provider, software maker, hardware-platform-vendor, and even an ISP.

Have we reached the point where google's "too big to fail"?

more than 2 years ago

Study Says Quantum Wavefunction Is a Real Physical Object

Klync Re:Nothing unreal exists (373 comments)

I think you fail to understand what the term "abstract" means. My mind's conception of a circle may have a physical manifestation in my brain, but my mind's conception of that circle is not the abstract circle.

Before you start quoting Descartes, perhaps you need to revisit your Plato.

about 3 years ago

Comcast Begins Native IPv6 Deployment To End Users

Klync Re:Yeah right (326 comments)

If you can't cook toast, then you probably shouldn't be bringing your phone in the shower with you, either.

about 3 years ago

FEMA, FCC Hope To Forestall Panic Over National Emergency Alert

Klync Re:In other words... (210 comments)

I would mod you up if I could, if only because that was such an incredibly clumsily worded sentence. Still, you have an interesting point. Even during drills, we should all remain Vigilant Guardians. With all due respect, and admitting that I'm being totally pedantic (but hopefully helpful!) here, please let me illustrate how you could break down what you've said to make it easier to follow:

Do you really think a few minutes' delay will matter? After all, in the last few years these terrorists haven't managed to set off the bombs they've brought onto planes and into NYC.

about 3 years ago

AOL To Discontinue LISTSERV

Klync Re:This is huge news! (80 comments)

> Why did we need to invent twitter, web fora, and IM when we had Listserv, USENET, and IRC?

Because corporate firewalls blocked everything except port 80. So, everything moved onto port 80.

As an aside, ten years ago I predicted to my colleague that one day we'd see DNS over HTTP, and probably even TCP over HTTP. I've recently seen *both* of those come to pass via /. stories, although I don't have the links handy atm.

about 3 years ago

Mastercard, Visa To Help Target Ads

Klync Re:If you have nothing to hide (222 comments)

I'm going to leave the rest of your comment aside (my opinion is pretty much the opposite, but we're all entitled to our own), and answer this one:

for years now I get ads and coupons in my monthly CC statement, usually targeted to stuff I buy, how is it different from what the summary mentions?

The difference is that, in the case you mention, the advertiser hands over their ad copy, along with a profile of their target demographic, and says to Visa, find the 200,000 of your customers (or whatever #) that most closely match *this* profile, and send them this ad. But, this new plan sounds more to me (although the details aren't precisely discussed in the articles) that Visa will run a service that lets advertisers sign up and repeatedly query "does this customer match this profile?"

In the first case, Visa is giving you the advertiser's info; in the second case, Visa is giving the advertiser your info.

more than 3 years ago


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