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Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?

karmaflux Bad implementations. (446 comments)

You either get SIGN IN WITH FACEBOOK, which means you turn all your data over to some retarded megacorporation, or you get SIGN IN WITH SHIBBOLETH, which means you get to spend six years wading through XML and Tomcat stack traces.

more than 2 years ago

Half Life of a Tech Worker: 15 Years

karmaflux That's not what "half-life" means. (473 comments)

50% of your body hasn't wasted away by the time you turn 35. You're lucky if the opposite doesn't happen.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Reverse DNS a Worthy Standard For Fighting Spam?

karmaflux let me help (301 comments)

Your post advocates a

(x) technical ( ) legislative ( ) market-based ( ) vigilante

approach to fighting spam. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws which used to vary from state to state before a bad federal law was passed.)

( ) Spammers can easily use it to harvest email addresses
(x) Mailing lists and other legitimate email uses would be affected
( ) No one will be able to find the guy or collect the money
( ) It is defenseless against brute force attacks
( ) It will stop spam for two weeks and then we'll be stuck with it
(x) Users of email will not put up with it
( ) Microsoft will not put up with it
( ) The police will not put up with it
( ) Requires too much cooperation from spammers
(x) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once
(x) Many email users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers
( ) Spammers don't care about invalid addresses in their lists
( ) Anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else's career or business

Specifically, your plan fails to account for

( ) Laws expressly prohibiting it
(x) Lack of centrally controlling authority for email
(x) Open relays in foreign countries
( ) Ease of searching tiny alphanumeric address space of all email addresses
(x) Asshats
( ) Jurisdictional problems
( ) Unpopularity of weird new taxes
( ) Public reluctance to accept weird new forms of money
( ) Huge existing software investment in SMTP
(x) Susceptibility of protocols other than SMTP to attack
( ) Willingness of users to install OS patches received by email
(x) Armies of worm riddled broadband-connected Windows boxes
(x) Eternal arms race involved in all filtering approaches
(x) Extreme profitability of spam
(x) Joe jobs and/or identity theft
( ) Technically illiterate politicians
(x) Extreme stupidity on the part of people who do business with spammers
(x) Dishonesty on the part of spammers themselves
( ) Bandwidth costs that are unaffected by client filtering
( ) Outlook

and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

(x) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever
been shown practical
( ) Any scheme based on opt-out is unacceptable
( ) SMTP headers should not be the subject of legislation
( ) Blacklists suck
(x) Whitelists suck
( ) We should be able to talk about Viagra without being censored
( ) Countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or credit card fraud
( ) Countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public networks
(x) Countermeasures must work if phased in gradually
( ) Sending email should be free
( ) Why should we have to trust you and your servers?
( ) Incompatiblity with open source or open source licenses
( ) Feel-good measures do nothing to solve the problem
( ) Temporary/one-time email addresses are cumbersome
( ) I don't want the government reading my email
( ) Killing them that way is not slow and painful enough

Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

(x) Sorry dude, but I don't think it would work.
( ) This is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it.
( ) Nice try, assh0le! I'm going to find out where you live and burn your
house down!

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Hints At Theora Lawsuit

karmaflux To hell with those codecs; the real story here is: (686 comments)

Received: from [] (wave-dhcp102.apple.com []) by
  et.apple.com (Sun Java(tm) System Messaging Server 6.3-7.04 (built Sep 26
  2008; 32bit)) with ESMTPSA id for
  hugo at fsfe dot org; Fri, 30 Apr 2010 06:21:16 -0700 (PDT)

Not even apple thinks xserves are worth a shit

I freaking knew it

more than 4 years ago

Palm's Software Chief Quits

karmaflux And nothing of value was lost. (98 comments)

Access owns PalmOS, Access owns BeOS, WebOS was a failure, and it's a damn shame, but Palm hasn't done anything worthwhile since the Treo 650. I loved my Treos, and I loved the Kyocera 6035 I had before them, but the only value Palm provides these days is nostalgia.

more than 4 years ago

Space Station Crew Drinks Recycled Urine

karmaflux Re:Nonsense. (349 comments)

This is artificially recycled urine and sweat, you twit.

more than 5 years ago

Have Sockets Run Their Course?

karmaflux Hilarious (230 comments)

This guy's worried about "narrowing the ways in which developers think about and write networked applications" in a world where people are reinventing wall(1) as twitter, IRC as friendfeed, and other web 2.0 'innovations.' You want to widen developers' thinking about networking? Leave sockets alone and close off port 80.

more than 5 years ago

The Pragmatic CSO

karmaflux Re:So who was the more pragmatic CSO?... (100 comments)

What, Worf and Tuvok aren't in the running?

It's because they're black, right? You leave Star Trek out of your racist agenda.

more than 6 years ago


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