Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!



Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

gmuslera Re:Better leave now (179 comments)

Even for going small distances like to Mars space radiation is a big problem. The fastest probes that we send out (that don't have to carry a complete ecosystem for us to live) could need more than 25k years just to get to the closest star system, at more than 100 times less distance than that planet. Probably no human will ever reach another solar system, so visiting there is badly out of the question.

Whats left? Contacting with a possible civilization there? Our planet has been with this size and in this orbit for more than 4000 millon years, and had a capable to send signals to other systems (maybe in very short range) for just 0,000000025% of that time, and who knows for how much time we will be around or trying to communicate. Was a civilization willing to communicate be around there 500 years in the past sending signals to us so we could get now a hint that someone is there?


How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

gmuslera Re:All I have (240 comments)

Used to have a Nokia N900. Was a great pocket computer, but a not so good cellphone. Today's smartphones fall somewhere between both extremes.

2 days ago

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

gmuslera Path to obsolescence (136 comments)

You should try to become replaceable. Make most your task become automatic or trivial, that systems try to heal themselves when known problems arise. That anyone else can understand how exactly the systems work based on your documentation, or see that a problem is about to happen based on your monitoring.

That will make your work easier, be able to take appropiate vacations, and be irreplaceable when (not if) things change.

5 days ago

CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

gmuslera Precedent (116 comments)

prawns fed on the new diet grow 40% faster and are healthier and more robust.

Look similar to the the claims for the rations given to cows, while their meat is not the healthier one. When the ultimate metric is rate of production instead of quality (specially if have health consequences) a lot of consumers will be harmed.

5 days ago

It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

gmuslera Cognitive biases (470 comments)

Teach what are and how to recognize all of them. Then using that to explain how pseudoscience come to be will be just an exercise.

about two weeks ago

It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

gmuslera Re:Yeah, so? (470 comments)

Forgot time travel on DeLoreans, thing that will be confirmed in Oct 21 of next year.

about two weeks ago

MariaDB 10 Released, Now With NoSQL Support

gmuslera Re:warning citizens (103 comments)

Nullius in verba, if in doubt, you can always check the source in this case. And if you can't check the source, then you can't trust.

about two weeks ago

IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

gmuslera 0.3 - 4.8C (703 comments)

Why that wide range? It is taking into account if we take active measures to diminish it or try to not make it worse, or keep running as if nothing is happening? Or just the uncertain of predicting a so complex system with so much unknowns as is the global climate system?

In any case, with so uncertain final impact, maybe food and water shortages will be just the tip of the iceberg. Rising the average world temperature so much (at least, for close to the worst case) should have a lot of very visible effects in all the ecosystems.

about three weeks ago

Docker Turns 1: What's the Future For Open Source Container Tech?

gmuslera Not replacing virtualization... (65 comments)

... but rationalizing it. Sometimes you just need to run more or less isolated single apps, not for a full blown OS. In a lot of usage scenarios is far more efficient, (both in disk/memory/cpu usage and app density) and probably more flexible. In others full OS virtualization or running on dedicated hardware may be the best option.

It also brings a virtualization-like approach for apps in the cloud. You can have cointainerized apps in aws, google apps and many others, something like having a vm inside a vm.

Is not the only solution of its kind. Google is heavily using containers in Omega (you can try their container stack with lmctfy), you can use openvz, lxc, or solaris zones or bsd jails. But the way that docker mixes containers (not just lxc by 0.9) with union fs, making them portable and to have inheritance, is a touch of genius.

The missing pieces are being added by different projects. CoreOS as a dedicated OS for containers (that coupled with etcd and fleet could become a big player in a near future), OpenStack/OpenShift bringing manageability, and maybe someone could bring to the table what Omega does with google containers.

about a month ago

Facebook Introduces Hack: Statically Typed PHP

gmuslera What it fixes? (230 comments)

This list should be updated. With a bit of luck it won't be a fractal too.

about a month ago

Malware Attack Infected 25,000 Linux/UNIX Servers

gmuslera Re:From the Article (220 comments)

Maybe those credentials were posted on github by devels and then scraped from there. Or from google, there is a bunch of id_rsa that pop up with trivial searchs.

Anyway, 25.000 linux/unix servers looks like a very low number, considering the 500.000.000 servers running apache or nginx, even with multiple domain hosted in a lot of them.

about a month ago

A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

gmuslera Security updates (199 comments)

Old, unmaintained legacy versions may not have security fixes for reported problems. And if well in open source software may have maintainers for old versions if enough liked them, for companies may not be profitable to keep updating old versions (unless the support contract/terms of service forces them).

about a month ago

IBM Distances Itself From the NSA and Its Spy Activities

gmuslera Even with the best of the intentions (61 comments)

... they are tied to a country which government can require them to put backdoors in software and hardware, and not to tell anyone about that. The only way to really get clean is really open the source/specifications of everything (including propietary firmware) and let people, companies and countries really be able to check that claims. Until then, you can't decide whether they are telling the truth or not. We already learned what happens when you put blind trust in something even bigger than IBM.

about 1 month ago

Shuttleworth Wants To Get Rid of Proprietary Firmware

gmuslera Starts with one generic enough (147 comments)

And if people start buying from that brand over rivals (or having country legislation forbidding not open enough and/or so backdoored hardware) it may move others to do the same.

Also, if a "hidden" functionality is exposed in major brands using that executable code to perform malware-like activities that brands should be punished in security aware circles. That won't reach the majority of people, but will be an start.

about 1 month ago

Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

gmuslera Re:Promised? (334 comments)

We were promised flying cars, home fusion reactors and hoverboards for next year. We already should had sent a tripulated mission to Jupiter, and the world should had ended 2 years ago. Sometimes our expectations have no grounds on the real world.

But anyway, maybe believing in some fantasies (like there is such thing as justice, and in this case, living forever) could improve things, maybe with that belief we could finally care about making our world to be sustainable in the long term.

about a month ago

Religion Is Good For Your Brain

gmuslera Movies (529 comments)

Believing that movies are "real" make them enjoyable, but not true. All the crying, pain, emotion shown is just an actor in front of a lot of cameras and people, and probably a green screen behind, but still you feel like it is true, Do the same with religion, suppose that there exist a meaning, luck, justice, etc in life, even someone that you can ask for help and that you can see his hand through confirmation bias. But don't take it too seriously because you know its false. You don't do things that could put your life or of others at risk because you saw someone in an (obviously fiction) movie doing it, take the same attitude regarding religion. Neither you should follow people that claiming that that fiction movie/book was real do things that affect other people lives.

about a month ago

The Future of Cryptocurrencies

gmuslera Re:Precondition (221 comments)

They must get to you somehow. Widespread use of criptocurrencies mean that with social engineering, fake/trojaned apps or even using nsa backdoors your wallet is exposed for all the world. Social engineering is a powerful tool with bitcoin stealing trojans. Things are not so easy with bank accounts, even with all the problems they have, and of course, not with cash.

about a month ago

The Future of Cryptocurrencies

gmuslera Precondition (221 comments)

Cryptocurrencies with no intermediaries can't become popular till we fix internet/personal devices security. If the intermediary is the government or banks then you are more or less in the same situation than with dollars, and if are thirdy party you will have the same problems that with bitcoin now, either they run/dissapear with your money or get hacked and stolen.

about a month ago

How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware

gmuslera Re:Skynet? (234 comments)

Even having nothing to hide, and guilty of nothing, you are still target to confirmation bias. And a private joke could put you in deep troubles.

about a month ago

The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

gmuslera Re:Shouldn't it be understood... (191 comments)

And if you don't want to rely in third-party gatekeepers, how most people will use it? In your phone? in your (for the majority, windows) pc? You can't use gatekeepers because a lot got hacked or just run with the coins, and you can't have them yourself because the most used platforms are ripe for external exploit, either making the user do something or just making popular good looking trojans.

And if that insecurity is not enough, having over that government sponsored weakened encryption algorythms and mandated backdoors don't help a lot.

We are still not ready for a distributed digital money in those terms.

about a month ago



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."
Link to Original Source

Google launches SideWiki

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 4 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."

Google Apps out of beta

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 4 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."




gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  about 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.


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?


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.


Lets rape before the world is over!

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 9 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.


Online Colaboration vs. Tikiwiki

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 9 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.


Crop Circles

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 10 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).


War: reasons given before vs. realities after

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  more than 10 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


War on perspective...

gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  about 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.



gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  about 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.



gmuslera gmuslera writes  |  about 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.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account