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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

christopherfinke Refine your definition of spam (261 comments)

Some of it is UCE, partially due to a couple dingbats with similar names who apparently think my gmail account belongs to them.

This isn't spam; at worst, it's bacn with a case of mistaken identity.

As someone whose full-time job is preventing spam (I work on Akismet, which checks about 380MM Web comments per day for spam), my general response to these kinds of questions is this: Fighting spam is hard because what's spam for you is not always spam for someone else, and spammers are continually changing tactics -- what worked to prevent spam yesterday may not work as well tomorrow, so it's a constantly moving target.

In my experience, GMail's filter is just ok. I see about 50 spam per day end up in my spam folder, 3 or 4 that make it to my inbox, and maybe one false positive per month (when I bother checking). That's a 94% success rate with a 0.3% FP rate (based on my ham email activity), assuming that they're not instantly discarding blatant spam that wouldn't even merit ending up in the spam folder (which they very well might be doing). If Akismet had this same success rate filtering comments on my blog, I'd have to manually mark 230 comments as spam each day instead of Akismet's missed spam average of about one per day. I don't complain about it though, since fighting spam is hard (see above).

about a week ago
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More Nintendo Console Rumors

christopherfinke Re:Hmm (150 comments)

No one is going to call it Nintendo Stream, they'll call it Wii 2 or Wii Stream.

Just like everyone called the Wii the Gamecube 2, right?

more than 3 years ago
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Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?

christopherfinke Re:I used to collect DVDs (1162 comments)

I've got over 800 CDs - some as old as 35 years and still they work just fine.

Wasn't the CD only introduced in 1982 (29 years ago)?

more than 3 years ago
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YouTube Hit By HTML Injection Vulnerability

christopherfinke Re:Someone needs to lose their job over this (224 comments)

reject any comment with the < or & characters in it.

What if you want to comment about AT&T or write a mathematical equation stating that x < y.

Users should be able to enter anything they want; htmlspecialchars() and nl2br() ensure that it will be displayed exactly as they entered it.

more than 4 years ago
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YouTube Hit By HTML Injection Vulnerability

christopherfinke Re:... if you want to keep it (224 comments)

You can turn this option off, or you can specify the language of the dictionary you want to use for spell-checking.

more than 4 years ago
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YouTube Hit By HTML Injection Vulnerability

christopherfinke Re:doesn't work anymore (224 comments)

I'm the author, and I uploaded a new version that works with the latest YouTube design a few days ago. It's just pending approval by Mozilla.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Arrives On Android

christopherfinke Re:Why then (164 comments)

If the mobile version supports plugins, and those plugins are in the same format as the desktop ones. There's no guarantee of either, though.

It does, and they are. There are a few tweaks that add-on authors should make to their add-ons to support the mobile versions (mainly UI-related), but those are trivial for most cases. I say this as someone who has ported more add-ons to Firefox for Mobile than anyone else (as far as I know).

more than 4 years ago
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New Super Mario Bros. Wii Tops 10 Million Sales

christopherfinke Re:One of the few games I bought (164 comments)

Or "going bubble" when someone cannot pass certain section.

I think you mean "bubbling up." (At least that's the term we somehow latched onto.)

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

christopherfinke Re:Caps Lock Key (806 comments)

...or anyone that does data entry for a living, where all-caps is the standard.

more than 4 years ago
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The Worst Products of CES 2010

christopherfinke Re:Synthetic Snot (214 comments)

I have some of this (or an identical competitor), and it works just fine.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Mobile Threatens Mobile App Stores, Says Mozilla

christopherfinke Re:Beta is terrible (278 comments)

I clicked the "get add-ons" on the welcome screen and it only gave two options (URL fixer and some location add-on).

Those are add-ons recommended by Mozilla. This page implies that there are 726 total add-ons for Mobile, with AdBlock Plus here.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Mobile Threatens Mobile App Stores, Says Mozilla

christopherfinke Re:Ahem (278 comments)

Yeah, because it's not like Android has an enormous company like Google betting on its success oh wait it does.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Mobile Threatens Mobile App Stores, Says Mozilla

christopherfinke Re:Beta is terrible (278 comments)

No inertial scrolling.

The nightly I'm using has it.

One window per instance, no tabs.

The betas have had tabs for a long time. They're in the left toolbar.

Package is not "optified" - it installs to the device root instead of /opt

Fixed 3 weeks ago

Currently there are only three add-ons not marked "experimental"

I myself have written five add-ons for Mobile that are out of the sandbox, so I don't know where you're getting your numbers.

even in experimental there's no AdBlock Plus

Support added 2 weeks ago

It sounds like you haven't tried Fennec since the early betas. Might be time to give it another shot.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Mobile Threatens Mobile App Stores, Says Mozilla

christopherfinke Re:Nope. (278 comments)

Firefox already has location awareness, the next version of Fennec is expected to have a camera API, and I believe the phone that Mobile Firefox is debuting on provides an API for the microphone that Firefox can use.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox 3.5 Reviewed; Draws Praise For HTML5, Speed

christopherfinke Re:"A nonprofit foundation" (436 comments)

"Nonprofit" doesn't imply a lack of revenue.

more than 5 years ago
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Tiered Data Plans Coming To the iPhone?

christopherfinke Re:Quote from the summary. (142 comments)

Just like consumers have figured out that it doesn't really cost the carriers $0.25 to send and receive each text message?

more than 5 years ago
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Most Bank Websites Are Insecure

christopherfinke Re:Bank logins (269 comments)

And Sallie Mae.

more than 6 years ago

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Spam Test: Day 28

christopherfinke christopherfinke writes  |  more than 11 years ago Four weeks have passed, and this is only my second journal entry, but there is a good reason for this. I was waiting for something spectacular to happen (the flood of spam), but alas, it never did. In the end, I received zero spams as a result of my test. Thusly, I can make the induction that spam does not exist - case closed.

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Spam Test: Day One

christopherfinke christopherfinke writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Around noon today I listed an e-mail address in plain view of any e-mail harvesters on a comment page of Slashdot (http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=55721&cid=5425563). I won't repeat that address here, lest a spammer find it here as well, but lets just say that it involved a certain spamtest at a certain opticdesign.com...

It's about three o'clock, and no spams yet. (Perhaps the harvesters are not surfing at +1). I remain optimistic, but I assume there is only a limited amount of time until spammers would stop searching that comment page. Time will tell.

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