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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

gmuslera Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

In global thermoclimatic war, the only way to win is not to play. No matter which country did the final pollution/greenhouse emission/etc, what matters is that there is only world for all of us, lose it, and lose all.

about three weeks ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

gmuslera History is written by the victors (495 comments)

And won't be nobody to write it by then if mankind loses. Thats the weak point of that work. Or we manage to defeat it (preferably pretty soon), or we all lose, and won't be noone to blame us in that future year.

about a month ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

gmuslera Peekaboo (235 comments)

Even if was the government (or any of the associated companies, or a low-level new hire, or whatever) doing it, would be not the first time that the government uses the authority meant to fight terrorism with other purposes.

about 1 month ago
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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

gmuslera Offline vs online (223 comments)

Your online password could turn to be an offline one if the crypted version of it was in a server with a vulnerability/been hacked/given to authorities.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

gmuslera Ask the project community (155 comments)

If you won't support it elsewhere, ask the community if anyone of them want to host/support it. It just requires an i.e. github account to host the code, and the key pieces of information of forums/wiki pages/etc could be move there by the community if there is enough interest.

In the end, if the project wasnt developed exclusively by your company developers, it belongs to the community too.

about a month ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

gmuslera Missing part (489 comments)

Anyone that complain about government, denounce abuses, disagree with GHCQ surveillance and so on will be considered trolls.

about a month ago
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First Teleportation of Multiple Quantum Properties of a Single Photon

gmuslera Big jump (107 comments)

From single photons, to complete atoms, to complete molecules, to a proof of concept on something that could be called alive (or at least working enough to be able to reproduce in the right environment). Each one of those steps are pretty big jumps in complexity, that may bring their own showstoppers to the party. But probably will give hard numbers to the real impossibility of teleporting humans.

about 1 month ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

gmuslera Re:Let us not over react nor under react. (209 comments)

If well this is a particulary human harming virus, and in concentrated dosis, let not forget that each drop of sea water have 10 millon virus and 1 millon bacterias (and, hopely, most won't be harmful for humans). We live in a world with them.

Anyway, what would be the difference between a big corporation doing that by mistake or not, or terrorists announcing that they did exactly the same? Effective or not, that should had been ranked as a biological weapon attack.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

gmuslera Maybe only 1000 (549 comments)

1 millon is a very big number. Mankind odds for the future could be vastly improved if we send maybe 1000 (specific) people to Mars. Or to the bottom of the sea, or maybe just sacrifice them in a volcano.

Seriously, for sending big amounts of people and materials elsewhere you need more than rockets, maybe an space elevator, or a cheaper/more efficient way to send big loads to space (there are several alternatives for non-rocket spacelaunch)

about 2 months ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

gmuslera Re:Bash is a very crappy programming language. (329 comments)

The vulnerability is in the language parser, not the language design by itself. Imagine that in java (or whatever is a "proper" designed language for you, just that don't be PHP) you put some weird syntax that makes the compiler to execute injected code.

about 2 months ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

gmuslera Re:Soon to be patched (329 comments)

The Microsoft that delays releasing patches for zero-day vulnerabilities so the NSA can exploit them first? The one that took 7 years to fix a known vulnerability? The one that took 7 months to fix a remote IE exploit after it was reported, just because it wasn't public enough?

And with linux, as long as you install from your distribution (that already have most if not all that you will ever need to install), you have security fixes for all of what you have installed, not just the kernel or a minimal core of apps.

about 2 months ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

gmuslera Re:Why does Mozilla even bother with Firefox OS? (132 comments)

Firefox OS It is already on market, and is probably very used on markets like India and South America

And to understand why it matters you must understand the players. The manufacturers are providing cheap phones where they can run without the restrictions/conditions of WP/Android, same goes for carriers (that are actively pushing Firefox OS phones in emergent markets), and developing apps considering that is Firefox OS around means doing open, multiplatform web apps, not just for one OS/device, that is in the end Mozilla's goal, if Ubuntu touch means more html apps, then it will be something possitive for Mozilla.

You can access and install apps from the Firefox Marketplace on Android, it turned Firefox OS irrelevant, or made it more relevant than before?

about a month ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

gmuslera Re:battle with Android and iOS first! (132 comments)

Considering that you can install ubuntu touch in several of the existing android phones, it is already battling with Android on the installed base.

It runs in different fronts. With WP8 is battling against an unified desktop/mobile OS (something that iOS and Android aren't doing). With Sailfish/Tizen is battling for developers of QT/linux environments (and getting enough developers will be good for all 3 platforms),

And as any race, your immediate objective is to catch the ones that are right infront of you, not the ones that are on top, To be the 3rd mobile platform is a good near term objective.

about a month ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

gmuslera Re:Most rational people never believe in AGW (207 comments)

The fact is that the planet is trapping more heat due to more greenhouse gases. The actual manifestations of it may vary with time. But eventually all heat sinks will saturate. And that wont be nice.

about 2 months ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

gmuslera Layers (221 comments)

Not just thin. The time has come for cluster-targetted distributions. Openstack, CoreOS and others are minimal linux meant to do mostly a supporting work for loading over them as VMs or container clouds the more bulky application linux servers/images/containers. All is about having a bunch of servers (real or virtual), installing something minimal that builds a cloud on them. It's linux all way down.

about 2 months ago
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Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

gmuslera Misplaced fear (130 comments)

You already have a privacy vanishing cellphone connected with privacy destroyer social networks. But cars are destructive in the real world. Can be used to kill you or others blaming you, or just put you in jail.

about 2 months ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

gmuslera Batteries not included (171 comments)

I suppose that it explain all the buzz around dark energy.

about 3 months ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

gmuslera Speck in the tip of the iceberg (307 comments)

This kind of people have government-approved full access to the (potentially naked) selfies of all underage girls of the entire world, celebrity or not, and they surely abuse of it. And are supported for doing that.

about 3 months ago
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Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

gmuslera Re:1 week's warning (68 comments)

Was my biggest concern. Shortly after it got discovered was concluded that won't hit us. But we got a short time notice, in the case that it would be precisely calculated where it would land, and that be over/near a big city (even with the low odds of it), would be no way to stop it, and for some scale of cities 1 week of advice won't be enough (or will do by itself enough damage).

We should hope that bigger/more damaging rocks should be more visible and that we get aware of them with more anticipation, but in the other hand, we are using now the money that we could invest in detect or even avoid that kind of end of the world scenarios on saving banks of their own risk taking or creating new wars.

about 3 months ago

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Google's experimental fiber network

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gmuslera (3436) writes "Not enough speed from your ISP? Google seems to go into that market too. "We're planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We'll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.". The goal isnt just to give ultra fast speed for some lucky ones, but to test under that conditions things like new generations of apps, and deployment techniques that take advantage of it."
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Google launches SideWiki

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gmuslera writes "Today Google launched SideWiki, a tool that enables you talk about the page you are visiting, and even share them on twitter, facebook and others. In this stage is a feature of the new Google Toolbar for Firefox and Internet Explorer, but have an API to be access that content, and will add make it available to Chrome. If well the idea is good, wonder what kind of misuses could have, like doing public comments on private pages, or lawsuits to google because someone criticized a website or an article in in some way the website itself."
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Google Apps out of beta

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gmuslera writes "Google Apps (and that includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk) are officially out of beta, yes, really, even if is just to say that they wont be as beta forever. For Gmail, that was more than 5 years, probably a world record."

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GMail

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 9 years ago Still getting amazed by gmail. More a year ago it come to ligth, with 1gb mail space, something that were orders of magnitude bigger than the common in big webmail providers.

Then come the invitation crazyness, it started to evolve slowly but always in the right direction, last Apr 1st doubled and more the mailbox size, and added a web wysiwyg editor that is simply amazing in its simplicity, but there was always one problem for me. I live in an spanish-speaking country, and a lot of people (family, friends, etc) that i would want to invite to gmail had little or no english knowledge, so even for the very limited text in english that is in the interface giving them mail there would be more a problem than a favor.

But today gmail added the last piece of the puzzle. Now is multilingual (supporting 12 languages, well, 11 if you dont think uk english is an entirely new language compared to us english ) and i can start spamming with invitations around here.

What can be next for gmail? more integration with other google services? some kind of extra personalization/personal portal/etc for it? Whatever it is, they keep amazing me.

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Internet money

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 9 years ago I suppose that around this exist a lot of "solutions" already, but at least i don't know them enough to consider them internet-wide solutions.

The idea is simple: to have an internet-virtual currency, for paying for products and services that goes around internet, that don't mean moving phisical things in the real world.

The widest way to pay for that kind of things now in internet are credit cards. Worldwide credit cards are relatively few, and not accesible for really everyone. Maybe Paypal could go around this idea, but don't know it enough and maybe not.

The idea is to have an easy way to have a virtual interchange way for doing "virtual" thing, being download mp3, access ebooks, registering domains, etc, no phisical goods involved, but things that can be transfered or used thru internet. You can earn them with donations, posting banners, doing some real work (translate things, writing programs, the old google invites, hosting files, etc), but the critical point here is that real money is not obligatory (maybe the system could be enritched having some way of interchange between virtual and real money)

For this to work should be internet wide and try to be something unique and not tied with a commercial company, but maybe to an international organization (UN?) or standards body (something like ietf, w3c or things like that)

Of course, 2 questions remains for me: Have this some internal contradiction that make it impossible? Exist already something like this?

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GMail more accesible

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 9 years ago Was about to send a story with this, but there is not enough meat for it. Seems that GMail now, between other new features have a "plain HTML" mode, that supports most available browsers. Is nice to read in console with i.e. eLinks your mail there, with most of its interface too (there are some missing interface feature, like address autocompletion, that needs bigger/featureful browsers), but it would work with not last-generation browsers too, and probably will not complain for browsers that don't know.

When i first read the news tried with the normal, old, and plain links and with w3m too, but in both complained about dont having cookies support, so had to go to bigger text-mode browsers.

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Lets rape before the world is over!

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 10 years ago In that editorial of reallylinux.com, some concerns are exposed about the "fairness" of US legal system, related to how it solved the Microsoft trial, the SCO threat and the possibility of linux being declared (again) un-american.

But the more intesting part was the comparation on how the US legal system penalizes piracy and rape.For duplicating and selling DVDs you will get twice the prision time and 25 times in fines than what you could get for raping.

This will damage even more the classic "geek" image, that could prefer to copy a dvd at a higher risks than, god forbids, get a woman in a way or another.

Jokes apart, i suppose that a lawyer could find more clever examples where Law is more far from Justice or Moral than in this one, or what happens when in the Justice scales you put a bunch of money on one of the sides, but at least for me that this kind of things happens is pretty bad.

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Online Colaboration vs. Tikiwiki

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 10 years ago Today i made this comment about online collaboration, related to weblogs, comments and slashdot.

There i put 3 of the most common ways of collaborating thru web: blogs (or announcements, or news, they behave in a similar way), discussion forums and wiki (well, in fact pages about something, wiki enables a common way to collaborate on them but could be others). One of the things i liked about TikiWiki is that it provides all those ways, and some more (i.e. in drawings, or in tabular data, etc).

But what i miss is alternatives. Is a need that must be filled, and for now is the main tool that try to consolidate all those online collaboration ways, at least giving the surrounding tools that it implies (i.e. security to be able to define where the collaboration could occur and with who, or an unified way to see whats happening on the site, etc). The only alternative i'm aware of is TikiPro that is a fork from TikiWiki.

Of course, i could not looking in the right direction. Existing CMSs (i.e. probably Typo3 have all the individual tools) could have ways to edit "static" content (like in wiki), have a way to publish news (like in a blog) and have forums, but the examples i briefly saw not reached the needed integration between them and maybe other ways to collaborate, not only in a small team but potentially the internet as a whole, and with no training required (that should exclude Typo3 :). Maybe there are alternatives that if well they don't look like Tiki, they enables all those kinds of collaboration in a easy way and with some security, but in any case, still not found them and is a need.

Of course, i'm not saying that TikiWiki is bad (in fact is pretty good), but what is good is diversity, different approachs to similar tasks, new points of view, and for now there is none.

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Crop Circles

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 9 years ago Remember the trailer of "Scary Movie 3"? There was the explanation of crop circles... an arrow to the house with a legend saying "attack here!".

The MyDoom virus avalanche make me remember that scene... some clueless window user is having in a very visible corn field the "attack here" message, and even they put it on tv to be sure that no alien (well, for the analogy, call them crackers, spammers, scriptkiddies, etc) is unaware of it, in a world when is certain that aliens exist (for more evidence, check server log files, or even the amount of spam in your inbox).

And the hidden question, how to "fix" the problem, how to make in short term that users be aware of that behaviour, and an a long term, that they not do that again?

The short term problem could be or not very hard. Maybe an antiworm like the one that appeared with codered/nimda could be made, when the server/user gets a mail with the virus, it try to connect to the infected machine (the one listed in the last "Received" line) using the backdoor that the virus install and uninstall the virus or upload some text info to the user desktop. The main problem with this is first moral, and if the code to use the virus backdoor is widely known those computers will not only be warned, surely will be hacked. But ,anyway, I think that giving the amount of mail traffic the virus is already having, that risk would be acceptable.

The long term solution is a bit harder. Mail worms exist since last century, but users still have no clue on how to behave with them. How much damage should to this or any future massively spread mail worm to take government, legislation, etc to try to stop from the root the problem giving the red card to the use of Microsoft Products, Outlook or similar? Just hope that that kind of measures don't limit freedom for the well behaved internet users (you know, those that change freedom for security dont deserve any of both or something like that).

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War: reasons given before vs. realities after

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 11 years ago Now that the war is over, is interesting to compare what was claimed to be the justifications to do the war before it, and what really we have now.

  • WMD:
    • Before: Iraq have WMD, plenty of them, and they plan to use them agains US. We have proof of all of this, but we show them only to few peoples.
    • After: No WMD were found. Not even a mass scale searching was done. The only unauthorized weapon found in inspections was long range missiles, and the one that was sucessfully used during the war agains Kuwait did a minor harm, not contained chemical nor biological threats.
  • Kill Saddam:
    • Before: Saddam was the entire goal of the war. US will not even start the war if Saddam gets killed. They wanted to do a surgical attack to only kill Saddam and go out of Iraq
    • After: After taking Bagdad they lost interest on Saddam, assumed that it was killed after bombing his bunker and stoping searching for him, even if there are rumors, videos, etc that points that he is alive. After Bagdad was taken, and Saddam was assumed dead, they continued to attack the remaining cities of Iraq.
  • Combating Terrorism: no ties on international terrorism, Al-qaeda, etc, were found nor being even proved, either before or after the war.
  • Promotion of Democracy:
    • Before: We will free the Iraquis from a despotic/criminal/etc government. We will give them Democracy. We are the leaders of the free world.
    • After: they give them Anarchy. They feel that they (not the iraqis) have the rigth to decide who can be candidate and who not. American "freedom" is more like corporate freedom, and individuals (or satellite countries) are getting less rights and freedoms as time goes. And... assuming and saying that another culture and maybe way of thinking want our way of government is like saying that all Poland wanted to have a Nazi government
  • Geneva convention:
    • During the war: Iraqi forces showed US soldiers taken prisioners on TV, that violates Geneva Convention, cried all high level US politics.
    • Since more than a year ago: "Al-Qaeda" prisioners held in Guantanamo were shown in TV a lot of times, and they have there a lot of people under the 16 age, probably a lot of children there.
  • Rescue the Iraqi people:
    • Before: we do this for the Iraqis
    • After: the top priorities were to make sure that the oil wells are ok. One of the first things that was done after the war is over is to cut an oil line that sended oil to Syria. US soldiers did nothing to protect 7000 years old archeological treasures, and stolen pieces there were found in USA days after.
  • Iraq has ignored the UN resolution: UN also says that the war should not be started, and US ignored it, damaging more the UN credibility and maybe existence than Iraq
  • Only to Iraq:
    • Before: We are attacking only to Iraq. We are only against Saddam Hussein.
    • After: We don't know in how many months or days, but the days of Syria , Iran, or North Korea (or all of them) are counted. And even France will face consecuences.

Maybe this shows a little better what could have been the real reasons of this war.

When I have to give a reason to a newbie on why not buy anything from spammers, I only have to point that the spammer evidently is a liar (forged mail address), a thief (stole bandwidth, and resources from the people that he used as open relay) and have not respect for the end user (being spammed without asking is a start), so it should not to be trusted at all. Now, we see that US government, in relation with this war also lied, also have not respect for the intelligence of US citizens nor for UN, for the human rights, for the people that they say that are protecting, and for the human life. Maybe all this war was an act of thief (a violent one, killing a lot of soldiers, civilians, giving chaos to a country that, well or bad, don't had it) and all could be for oil, not justice

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War on perspective...

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 11 years ago A lot of things should have been said and linked till now, but sometimes you find refreshing ways to put points of view about this war.

Terry Jones , from Monty Python, wrote some letters to the London Observer on this themes. This letter in special could the the start of a revolution (is right with Bush did? could we all do the same? this put a bit of perspective on things), but there is more from here to here. All of this is in fact previous to the start of the war, wonder what he could be thinking now, but as a friend send me the link just today, well, I wanted to share my fun .)

More locally for my country (.uy=Uruguay, and don't bring back that old Simsons joke :), when the war started a newspaper here put in their frontpage in big letters "Hitler invades Iraq". I'm not exactly friend of this newspaper, not want to defend it, but, well, this title make the day for a lot of people here. The same day or the next a letter from the American Embassy was made public complaining "a bit" on this newspaper, and a few days ago the newspaper published the editor's response (sorry, in spanish, babelfish and google refused to fully translate it) to the letter, fundamenting why he thinks on Bush in such terms. Is a bit excesive and shows the way of thinking that I hate about the newspaper, but for one time I agree with most of what he says.

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Spam

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 11 years ago I don't receive a big amount of spam (only 20-40 daily), but even in that numbers is annoying.

With the years I changed whay I do to be less worried with it, like putting filters that moves to a temporary folder what don't have specifically my address in the to: or cc: headers, with more or less success (at least when I checked that folder I knew that most will be spam and only tried to determine what would be for me but don't had my address in the headers. Anyway, after I lost some emails I discarded that "solution".

For a time I used Brightmail, but had the problem that I have to download my mails from them, and they acted as a bridge with my ISP mail server. By then my speed (normal modem), my ISP speed (256kbps?) and even my country internet connection speed (few Mbps) makes this process something very slow, effective (few false positives and negatives, but catched most of the spam), but very slow, so when they started to charge for the service I simply don't subscribed to it.

In some moment I decided that this was not enough, learned about SpamCop, and start reporting spam to them, as a try to lower the amount of spammers, maybe not the proffessionals, but at least the beginners that don't understand why is bad. This in fact makes spam to give me more job than before, I have to determine when a message is spam, forward it to spamcop, then follow the link in the spamcop reply and confirm the reports that would be sended, but gived me the feeling that I was doing something about the problem itself, not just minimizing the effects on me. There are tools to automatize a bit spamcop, the first one subscribing to it :), but there is spamcup that could do the spam confirmation part automatically, procmail recipes to forward spam to spamcop, and so on.

But things are not so perfect with Spamcop. First, that spam actually increased since I'm using it. Is not spamcop fault, spam increased everywhere, but gived me the feeling that I was doing some kind of evolutive action on spammers, forcing them to be even nastier than before. Also I noted that, because new (or maybe not so new) ways to send spam, the reports usually don't go to the administrator of the site where the spammer have the email or site (I know about forged headers, I'm not talking about the poor guy that was put in the "From" line), but only to the administrator of the open relay. And third, because is so much reporting without lowering the actual spam I receive.

Spamcop tries to lower the amount of spammers, but what about my mailboxes? There are a lot of ways to filter spam, some more intelligent or effective to others, but most required changes in my mail configuration (I could have used fetchmail+procmail, but as I read also my mail from work a truly automatized solution could give me problems, so I'm still downloading mail with my mail client directly from my ISP mail server). I was very tempted to do the move when I hear about the results of using SpamAssassin and was tempted also by a lot of new approachs to the problem (TMDA, Vipul Razor and more), but the moment I was more close to do the change was when the revolution started with the article "A Plan for Spam" and started to see results and implementations based in this bayesian filtering.

Well, time and job matters also, so I took my time to do the change, and by the time I was to do it I found an approach that will minimize the impact on my current way to use mail: POPFile. It is "simply" a pop3 proxy server with a bayesian mail classification engine and a web based administration, written in Perl. As is runs in my box, I don't have extra delays while the mail travels from my ISP to where the classification is done and then to my computer, and also I just have to change where is my mail server and my username in the mail client configuration and is running. Also have the good surprise that it actually is a bit more tweaked than "normal" bayesian spam filters, so w r i t t i n g w/o/r/d/s with html comments and more modifications that don't put a serious obstacle for reading, but yes for bayesian filtering will be bypassed, and other countermeasures for the latest spammers tricks to avoid this kind of filtering.

I'm actually using it. I defined classes for mailing lists, for virus reports (my ISP have virus filtering, what saved me of maybe Gb of useless mails), for nigeria-like scams, for spamcop reports, and of course, for spam and real mail. Have in my desktop an icon to go to the web interface to change the unusual misclassifications that it do (since my last restart of statistics, it classified 3200 mails, with 75 errors, and almost none of them was a classification as spam other kind of mails... the only cases were when something sended me web pages by mail instead of links).

It could get better, of course, I could do finally the migration to having my own mail server in my computer, or using a fetchmail/procmail scheme to use spamassassin or others to increase a bit the spam detection and elimination. But using popfile at a mailserver level is not possible, as a start, using it in a multiuser way is not very recomended, its administrative web interface, needed for configuration, training and avoid propagating mistakes, well, is very open, you can see all the mails that passed thru it, and if well, you can avoid connection from other computers, there will be a person that could or must see the mail from all others.

I think that I saw out there some bayesian based spam filters that permits, by mail, to make corrections on classifications, but I don't know how easy and comfortable to use would be that kind of things, specially for the initial training. But watching at freshmeat I read something very nice... you can use SpamAssassin to train Bogofilter, and I think that this almost finished to close the circle, the only needed could be some easy way to inform bogofilter that a previously classified spam is not (that I think will be rarely used by the combination of spamassassin with bogofilter), and the "learning by mistakes" part of the bayesian filtering will be done, and this kind of things could be installed at large at ISPs.

Of course, this will not solve the spam problem, spamcop, laws, a new kind of mail system, a more effective way to close open relays, etc, all of this is needed. But if spam delivery becomes massively unreliable a lot of people will think on stopping to do it.

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War

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 11 years ago I'm normally not interested in political, military or even other countries matters, but things are getting worse last times.

Seems tha the Bush family was very angry with Saddam Hussein and used they a bit influential position to move all the world in a war to solve that problem.

For this, they alleged that Iraq has a lot of mass destruction weapons ready to overtake the entire "free" world, that they will give the weapons to terrorists, that they eat children and they have all their population under slavery, so they must be stopped with a large scale war.

Now, after the UN inspectors, almost no weapons that could be calified as for mass destruction (more than weapons that could reach long distances) has been found, and the "dangerous" ones were destroyed, but even with this, the war started, against a almost unarmed country, risking the lives of several millons of peoples that "want" to be freed.

Now, what will happen if no mass destruction weapons are used by iraq (the alleged reason for the war) nor found (or is not clear if the ones that they possible find in an hipotetical future are planted by US forces), what if the alleged reason for the war proved or is in doubt that it was valid?

What changes in the world could this make? I suppose that the media could manage to give the world the impression that US was right, that this had to be done, showing only happy people in Iraq, showing fake or planted nuclear, chemical, biological or whatever weapons that the public opinion could want to see, but for the ones not impressed by the things that the media could show.

For a start, I could see an increased hostility to Bush in particular and US in general. If the wining of the war gives Bush popularity inside their country, then a reelection will be almost sure, and things will only grow worse. If US do this with impunity, they could do this again. As I said here, half joking, half talking seriusly, truth can be manipulated to justify the attack to more countries, north corea, pakistan, cuba, china, other non "democratic" countries, etc.

Once you say that you are doing war in the name of peace and attack before the other could attack you, you can do anything

In my country a newspaper on what I don't have a good opinion put in their front page "Hitler invades Irak". In World War II Hitler started invading countries saying that in the country there was nazis wanting to be freed, not so far from current situation (maybe we won't have mass killing of muslims, but, who knows, by now anything look possible). I know that this comparisions could make a lot of people angry, but saying "i'm not like that" and doing almost the same things not helps avoiding this kind of things.

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