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

Mullen Professional Mass Emailer (405 comments)

At the company I work at, I run several large high volume mass mailing servers that send million of messages a month (50 million last month). Here is what I recommend you do:

1) Get forward and reverse DNS setup and most importantly, the forward and reverse DNS information must match.

2) Set up and use DKIM for all outbound traffic.

3) Have the SPF information in your DNS records. Don't put your block of IP's in SPF record, just the one IP that you use for sending email. Make sure there is a "-all" in the records so that it makes it clear that all other email claiming to be you is discarded by other server.

4) You will need to setup Feed Back Loops and proper SWIP (If possible) contact information. You will need to go to the big 10 ISP's and submit the FBL information to them and get put on their White Lists. Don't lie to them, just tell them your personal email server that is having issues sending mail to them and you want to get on their White List. FBL's are usually for people who send high volumes of mail, include Newsletters and some "spammy" mail, but I find it helps regular mail servers if you set up FBL information.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

Mullen Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

Let's cede the argument that Bush made a mess in Iraq. If Obama's planned and announced withdrawal of troops basically took the bandage off the wound and it took the scab with it, then there's plenty of blame to go around if it gets infected. Public calls for a withdrawal could have taken a backseat to ensuring gradual stabilization of the country and reduction of forces. Obama was still adored by the masses and could spare a little political capital to go along with the military and intel leaders. But he slowly replaced those leaders with "yes" men who painted a withdrawal with no consequences.

Say it real slow to yourself, the US can't post troops in countries without a forces agreement. Iraq did not want to agree to an agreement that would have kept US troops in the country. This is not a Obama or Bush issue, it's a Iraqi government issue. When it is time to go, it is time to go.

about three weeks ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Mullen Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

Creationism is Religious subject and Evolution is a Scientific subject. You can't compare one with the other and Creationism does not belong in a science classroom since it does not pass being a working hypothesis. There is nothing to debate and pretending that Creationism is debatable subject in the context of Evolution is a insult to Science.

about a month ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

Mullen Re:His Peace Prize will solve everything (425 comments)

You don't decline a Peace Prize. You gain nothing by accepting it but you lose a lot by declining it.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Mullen Re:Nope they are clever (336 comments)

> You regularly use NFC for payments? You must be some kind of wizard.

I use Google Wallet all the time: Pete's Coffee, 7-11, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Target (I'm pretty sure I used it at a Target last time). With the Target hacking, most of the Payment Terminals are being replaced and support Google Wallet.

about 2 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Mullen Stupid Blame Game (1198 comments)

Why is Elliot Rodger being put into the Nerd category? I have not seen anything on this guy that would put him in the Geek or Nerd category. What languages did he code in? What con's did he attend? What was his comic book/manga collection like? What technical degree's did he hold? This discussion has nothing to do with "misogyny entitlement nerds" but a genuine crazy kid.

Just because some guy is a Asperger social reject does not put him into the category of nerd or geek. Elliot has major issues and he blamed women and people who had social skills for his troubles. He was an entitled little shit who thought having a BMW, traveling the world and wearing $500 sweaters would automatically get him the girls. It turns out he lacked the one major component in the Get The Girl Formula that you really need, a personality. He found an outlet in Men's Rights/The Red Pill/Misogyny but he could have found an outlet in any of the other shitty beliefs that exist in our society like 9/11 conspiracies, Little Green Men and the Black President is from Kenya. Blaming a sub collection of a sub portion of our culture is not going to find the answer to the complex problem of what to do with truly mentally ill people.

about 6 months ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

Mullen Re:California is dead, TEXAS is where it's at... (190 comments)

> Look, I am not a Texas cheer-leader or anything, but I will say, at least we have jobs, and a much lower unemployment rate than the average. All of my kids are in private schools, because of the education thing... still our cost of living is significantly lower, and our lifestyle significantly higher than when we lived in California.

I would be willing to bet that high property taxes, huge electric bills and funding private education for your kids (Depends on how many you have), that your Total Taxes + School Fees + Electric Bills are not any lower than my California Taxes and Property Taxes. I don't need private education or have $500 electric bills.

Plus, Rick Perry.

about 6 months ago
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California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

Mullen Re:California = 1D10T Errors (420 comments)

> Rather, it is all about killing agriculture in the southwest to free up more water for California urbanites.

Agriculture uses about 70%, with industry using 20% and urban populations using 10% of the water. Agriculture, you know, that stuff you eat from those greedy bastards in California.

> Nevada rancher stand off...

Bullshit. It's about some welfare rancher not paying his grazing fee's. Pure and simple. He has no intellectual or legal argument, so he is whipping up the dummies over on Fox News to call out the Tea Party morons to protest his desire to rip off the Tax Payers.

about 7 months ago
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For the First Time Ever, the FAA Is Trying To Fine a Drone Hobbyist

Mullen Re:Pretty big differencfe (297 comments)

Technically, the sky does cross state lines.

about 7 months ago
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Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter

Mullen Forget Cars! (174 comments)

People talk about cars as the next big thing, but in reality, it's trucks. Google 18 wheeler will be able to get on the highway and travel across the country in a couple of days. The big transit points and warehouses are already next to the freeway, just load up Google 18 wheeler, have it take off and two turns later it is on the highway trucking across the country. Just need to make gas stations with attendants that will fill up the trucks gas tanks and check the tires.

about 7 months ago
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How the FCC Plans To Save the Internet By Destroying It

Mullen Re: Congressional fix? (217 comments)

Well, the USA does not. To get a heart you need to go before a panel to decide if you are "worthy" and you will survive. If you will not survive or you are not going to take care of yourself, you will not get that heart. I'm pretty sure that the "insurance will pay for a heart transplant while you are laying in bed with inoperable brain cancer which is expected to kill you within 2 months" is Right Wing propaganda bullshit.

about 7 months ago
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Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

Mullen Re:Austin, great but not my kind of town... (193 comments)

What they are doing is using "code words" for what they don't want around them. They don't want it to be diverse; White's Only. They don't want ANY Gay people around. They don't want any "Femanazi's" around (*Gasp* asking for equal pay for equal work is like cutting off my penis!!!!!). They want Bible to be the main focus of education in their schools.

Don't be fooled with the polite code words, they want to go back to 1950's.

about 7 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Mullen Re:Lobbying aside (423 comments)

It would not be hard to make it clear to people how much "The Man" is taking.

For example, this is what the IRS might send you:

You make: $X
Your deductions: $Y
Your Tax: $Z
Percentage Paid: %R

For the vast majority of the people in the US, the IRS knows everything it needs to know about you to do your taxes. There is no reason why a voluntary system like this would not work.

about 7 months ago
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Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

Mullen Re:How to Falsify Evolution (243 comments)

> Same with evolution. Point out a fossil that doesn't fit, and win a prize. except you can't, so you don't.

I always say to people that don't believe in Evolution that if they can collect the data, then make it reproducible and can write a good paper explaining it all, then they can win a Noble Prize and completely and utterly change a major branch of science. Their name will go down in history one of greatest minds ever in the entire length of mankind.

For some reason, none of these people ever take me up on my offer.

about 8 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Mullen Re:Why should YOU care that TX education is fucked (770 comments)

It does. Everyone who spews the bullshit, "Texas buys the most text books and thus controls the market" is just wrong. The textbook market it broken into two markets that can be described as California and Texas. The reason you don't hear about California is that were are not Bible thumping morons and Science rules our Science Classes and Religion is rules the Religion Classes. Same thing with our Sex Ed. You don't hear about the controversy about California Sex Education, because there is none. We teach real sex in our sex ed. classes.

about 10 months ago
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Overstock.com Plans To Accept Bitcoin

Mullen Re: Guesses as to end effect? (202 comments)

Then why would you comment on something you clearly stated you dont know anything about? I dont know any thing about brain surgery, so I dont give advise about brain surgery. Just kinda makes sense.

about a year ago
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EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

Mullen Re:Theft (1010 comments)

Here on Earth and not Planet Black and White, there is thing called, "correct response to a problem". Here on Earth, we handout measured punishments based on the actually crime committed and the damage done to the victim. The offender in this case stole 5 cents of electricity. Which, while technically is a crime, is not a large one and not one worth the time of a police officer. If, for some reason, it did come to the attention of a police officer, they should have issued a warning since that may have all that is needed. Having a state employee deal with this is a net loss to society and its people since the officer could be doing other things like chase murders and rapists.

about a year ago
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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

Mullen Re:Double standards... (710 comments)

Whoa there Mullen.. Rein in the horse a bit.

I get so annoyed with you people because you are corrupting the discussion of science and for what, so you can push your personal religious views ahead of science? Your suppression of science causes great harm to this country and to the human species, in general

I have posted a brief outline of the evidence in other posts today, I'm loathed to do it again.

Because you have none.

So where you want to think there is nothing out there, there *is* evidence. I don't suppose it will be enough for you, but never the less it is there. Let me give you a thumbnail sketch of part of it. Life is complex in its higher forms, yet is simple enough to continue to procreate. There are many forms of life, yet they all break down into standard building blocks that imply design. The universe is winding down like an old watch and will eventually run out of entropy, yet here we are.

This means nothing! Just creationist jibber jabber that says nothing and falls into the realm of unobservable, unprovable and untestable. You have stated nothing here which can be proven. You can't say, "It's complex, and yet it reproduces, so that implies there is a creator". Why must complex things have a creator? Why can't over the eons on time these things work themselves out? Yes, they are complex, but over long periods of time and trillions and trillions and trillions of different attempts and combinations, why can't they work themselves out (I know, a overly simple explanation of the process. I know I am using super dumbed down explanation for the forming of life)? Why is that so hard to understand?
And why does the Universe winding down have anything to do with this? Yes, the Universe may some day turn into a realm of space where everything is evenly spaced out and has the same energy, but that may occur BILLIONS years from now. Plenty of time for life to rise and fall and rise again, and fall many many many times.

Again, I'm not claiming proof, only evidence. Evidence that has convinced many throughout the ages. You would assert the negative. That there is no creator, so I believe that the burden of proof does not fall to me but to you. How can you be sure? How do you prove the negative? I don't think you can logically, so I contend that logically you have to accept that a creator might be possible, like it or not.

Have a good holiday.. I'm done here.

Again, you don't get it. You have stated there is a creator. I say, "okay, show your proof", then you give me gibber jabber. I don't have to disprove anything, I can just sit here with thousands of other scientists (or wanna be scientists) and examine your evidence. When you gather enough evidence that passes muster, we will accept the theory of a creator and you will collect your Noble Prize. Your name will be spoken throughout the ages and I will be a fool.

Until then, stop ruining this country by dumbing down our kids with your non-sense.

1 year,2 days
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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

Mullen Re:Double standards... (710 comments)

Why is it so crossways with your thinking to believe in a creator?

Then fucking show your evidence! You have not one little drop of evidence at all. Nothing! You can put out all the assumptions, guesses and straw man arguments you want but in the end, you have ZERO proof of any creator of any kind. You can say, well it all goes back to Big Bang and he created that, but you have ZERO evidence. There is a lot of evidence for the Big Bang, but none for what was before it or what created it. And, if you say, "well, prove me wrong", then you have already lost the debate because when you state a theory or fact, you have to provide it with evidence.

1 year,3 days
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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

Mullen Re:Science isn't critical thinking... (710 comments)

Well since we're using poor metaphors, winning the lottery would be like winning a coin toss about 25 times in a row.

More like a thousand times and then getting struck by lighting right afterward.

1 year,3 days

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