Diane Trout firstname.lastname@example.org
By day, IS generalist for an biology lab currently working on ENCODE, speciallizing in the python scientific stack. By night, trying to contribute to Debian and KDE. Also easily distracted by various kinds of role playing games.
- New blog post, I confess to not reading my email, and link to a presentation by a #noemail early dropper. http://ghic.org/~diane/put-your-hand-in-the-inbox.html
- Google talk s2s federation is scheduled for termination on Jun 26.
Weren't we just wondering why it was still around?
There are a couple of projects to speak the hangouts protocol that might be usable as a gateway
- I've been thinking about email for a while, and decided to start writing some of those thoughts down. http://ghic.org/~diane/what-about-email.htmlShow all 7 replies
>> Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠):
"E-mail is dying. Most e-mail goes through gmail now."
I'd say "a Lot" or "a ton" but certainly not MOST. I run my own mail server and thus have a good idea where mail is coming from and going to, and I see A LOT that isn't Google.
As for e-mail "dying" I don't think that is true at all. #1 thing people still ask me for help with is e-mail. It my be falling out of favour with the younger crowd but then from what I can see many of them are just running from "Hot platform X" to "Hot platform Y"... for what seems to me no reason in particular. E-mail, like IRC is just too damn useful to die and too well deployed for Google to be able to push through any big changes. Their user base would loose their (sounds like) shirt if suddenly they couldn't send or recieve e-mail from non-google contacts.@clake as for "most email goes through gmail"
Maybe most person to person email touches gmail.
But I get a lot of notification emails that never touch gmail. Twitter, and github send messages directly, several newsletters are either direct or via a service like mailchimp.
It's because of "transactional" messages like these that make it hard to completely opt out of email
>> Diane Trout:
“@email@example.com I haven't managed to figure out how to subscribe to someone over Google's s2s connection since they deprecated it. But people I subscribed to prior to the spam waves still work. They didn't remove it must made it really hard to use”
Well, first they'd need to be using their account from a standard XMPP client, or set GMail's web interface chat to "Classic" or "Old" or whatever's called.
Bonus points if the person doing that gives them feedback to going back to """old chat""" such as "I want XMPP federation, not Hangouts silo" ;)
Secondly, as you probably know, your server would need to have very lax encryption settings. I don't recall the exact name of the things, but something that most XMPP servers agreed to require back in 2014 or so, that GMail, of coooourse, doesn't.
So yes, Google made it quite hard to use. I wonder why they didn't just kill it completely...
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Well, at least prosody allows you to add a whitelist of servers for which strict verification of SSL is not enforced (and comes with gmail.com as the example content), so it is possibile to talk with people on gtalk without having to allow substandard settings with everybody else.
It's definitely not something that I'd like to depend on, however, just something that currently makes it somewhat easy to have a migration plan to something else that doesn't require to be all-or-nothing-now.
- I discovered a bad thing about Emacs.
Control-/ is bound to undo and one of my cats can stand on "Control", "/", ".", "left arrow"
Two seconds undo with the occasional cursor movement made a mess of about 5 minutes of editing
LUCKILY! You can get it back! Emacs' undo history provides a very nice system of both undo and redo.
Try typing some text, or doing some various complex things, then type undo a few types. Now move the cursor, or do something that "interrupts" a sequence of undos. Now start typing undos again. You're now reversing your undos!
The emacs manual includes more information on undo/redo... it's a pretty nice system. Of course, like anything in emacs, more can be done.
- The simplest thing I could think of to help fight XMPP spam is a shared blocklist, and a utility save, merge, and upload ones block list.
There's a little network of xmpp spammer lists at these repositories https://github.com/detrout/XMPPSpammer
I have a small bit of code using sleekxmpp to download the block list. I next I need to get it to update the list on the server
Though what was most effective for me was blocking a few domains, which unfortunately requires administrator access.
- Grumble. Stupid Russian mafia computer criminals, This is why we can't have nice things.
I've started getting SPAM on my jabber server, some open XMPP servers have unrestricted registration, which is only slightly less bad than running an open SMTP relay.
Unfortunately the easiest solution is to blacklist domains generating a lot of SPAM. Which of course breaks federation.
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I feel your pain but in a different direction today.. Getting a lot of backscatter email because some asshat is using my address in their spam.
On the XMPP side I had to shut down the Proxy65 part of my XMPP server because it was being abused and Eating tons on bandwidth. But that was a while ago now
Diane Trout likes this.@freemore I too hate backscatter email. I set some pretty strict SPF rules on my domain which cut down on the backscatter, Though I still need to learn how to set up DKIM and DMARC.
Thanks for mentioning the Proxy65, I have that installed, and am not sure if its being misused, so another set of ACLs to go check.
- Ok Win10 that's a good idea.
The task manager shows breakdowns for CPU, Memory, Disk and Network both a total and per application.
On desktop Linux its hard to get per application disk and network utilization
- I was helping archive some data for https://github.com/climate-mirror/datasets and wondered how would someone know if a DIY data mirror hadn't tampered with the data.
Best I can think of is scientists really should sign their data.
Perhaps data producing projects should generate indexes of files containing a couple of high quality hashes and then have several project members gpg sign the hash index.
2016-11-17T03:55:46Z via AndStatus To: Public
A long list of things to do as a community to help resist hate groups, from the southern poverty law center https://www.splcenter.org/20100216/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide
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Thanks for sharing this, Diane. I've been watching some hate-based events unfolding at my own University, and the student and faculty community (led by the students) has so far responded wonderfully, doing a lot of the very things that SPLC recommends.
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- I was thinking about the how hate groups and bot harassment cause serious problems on twitter. The problem of harassment is likely to be even worse for decentralized tools like pump or blog comments.
I've wanted a way to restrict participating users to those who are likely to behave reasonably, without me having to moderate hate-speech comments.
One idea I had was to use https://shibboleth.net/, it supports a form of curated federation. Federation members download a signed configuration file that lists the approved identity providers for all the members.
One nice thing about shibboleth is that the identity provider site can control how much information is shared, and it can be as little as "yes the user is a member of our organization". This is a lot better than WebID (and probably Oauth) where you always get something like their home page or email address.
The current users of shibboleth are mostly research & higher education, so for instance there's the US InCommon and the European eduGAIN federations which are also trying to work together, but since their professional they have professional fees.
I was imaging the free software volunteer world might form its own federation. So we might start with technical groups like a federation between Debian, Fedora, FSF, Apache, and Python foundation.
If it works then perhaps it could be extended to support other less technical civil society groups.
I was hoping that by restricting access to groups that have a process to vet their memberships and are willing to kick people who are sufficiently obnoxious we could make it harder for trolls to slip in and attack people
(or prevent spammers to just drown useful discussion).
Though the more anarchistic types would probably still dislike that this gives groups power over them.
Anti-Trump protests in Los AngelesAlso from twitter: https://twitter.com/sandyherr2/status/797625070134771713
"Wilshire Blvd LOS Angeles Closed for Protest, INCREDIBLE SITE. PROUD OF THEM ALL"
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Oakland anti-Trump protestCalifornia does not like Trump.
From twitter. https://twitter.com/Bill_Palmer/status/797944601638223872
Post said human chain 3.5 miles long
- Though to be fair, for some people I might currently recommend non-free software.
I realized Office 365 is probably a good choice for people who still email attachments, because opening potential mal-ware on someone else's computer is probably safer for the recipient.
All of us who work in the production and dissemination of information need to engage in a serious reality check.We need to think about her research.
2016-11-09T05:19:21Z via AndStatus To: Public
In trying to understand what's going on I sine of cliodynamics posts and theory seem accurate one example http://peterturchin.com/cliodynamica/it-aint-over-folks/ but several others are also good
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- I really should have a way to post a blog entry, because this is too long for pump.
But I managed to get org-protocol working with Gnome 3. (It'll probably work with KDE too) The docs one the worg site are for gnome 2.
Basically you need to update ~/.config/mimeapps.list and add "x-scheme-handler/org-protocol=org-protocol.desktop;" under Added Associations.
You then need an org-protocol.desktop file from here: https://gist.github.com/detrout/d27ad655bfb3b09007fa2683f213d4cb
verify the installation from here should work
after that the bookmarklet instructions on the worg site are still valid
- A while ago I had to switch Internet running through AT&T U-verse. Today large chunks of my access to the Internet stopped working. We first thought it was DNS, but I checked and was getting addresses.
Traceroute showed several of the failed paths going to
184.108.40.206. Interestingly that looks like a Deutsche Telekom address.
I got around it by running openvpn on my router as some paths do still work. But still quite annoying