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  1. Comment on "You should not run your mail server because mail is hard" in ~tech

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    I also found via linuxbabe.com that Microsoft has a sender information form that you can use to report that your email is being incorrectly marked as spam. I had to try submitting this form...

    I also found via linuxbabe.com that Microsoft has a sender information form that you can use to report that your email is being incorrectly marked as spam. I had to try submitting this form several times before I stopped getting an "Error, try again later" message. I'll report back if this has a positive impact.

  2. Comment on "You should not run your mail server because mail is hard" in ~tech

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    Thanks. I just found that too and worked through the sign up. Unfortunately no immediate impact. Microsoft seems to rely pretty heavily on their own reputation calculation for hosts, and I suspect...

    Thanks. I just found that too and worked through the sign up. Unfortunately no immediate impact. Microsoft seems to rely pretty heavily on their own reputation calculation for hosts, and I suspect it's heavily weighted against small time self-hosters. But I also see @pallas' comment below which contradicts this.

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  3. Comment on "You should not run your mail server because mail is hard" in ~tech

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    I self-host and have never had a problem making it into Gmail inboxes. But Outlook.com is another story. No matter how well configured a small email provider is, It seems like Outlook files them...

    I self-host and have never had a problem making it into Gmail inboxes. But Outlook.com is another story. No matter how well configured a small email provider is, It seems like Outlook files them in the spam directory.

    For Google, you can test your server with: https://postmaster.google.com

    I’m not sure if there is an equivalent for Outlook or other Big Corporate Mailers. But I’d love to hear about them if anyone knows others.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Dwarf Fortress 0.47.01 has been released in ~games

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    Even though I don't have time for games these days, I really enjoy following the story of Tarn and Zach Adams' work on Dwarf Forest. I don't remember when I first heard about it, but I remember...

    Even though I don't have time for games these days, I really enjoy following the story of Tarn and Zach Adams' work on Dwarf Forest. I don't remember when I first heard about it, but I remember really getting interested after reading a Wired article with a title calling Dwarf Fortress "the most inscrutable game of all time". How can anyone resist that?

    10 votes
  5. Comment on Which books had a major influence in your formative years? in ~books

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    Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman was a book about the negative effects of television on public discourse, and I would argue it is far more relevant in application to the WWW today than...

    Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman was a book about the negative effects of television on public discourse, and I would argue it is far more relevant in application to the WWW today than it was back in the 1980's. Reading that book changed the way I look at public discourse and its importance in democratic society. Sorry if I've talked about this book way too much on tildes.net. I think someone here recently posted an article about Stop Reading the News, and it was perfectly fitting within the argument Postman lays out. I failed to comment on that when it was still on the front page.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Inside TurboTax’s 20-year fight to stop Americans from filing their taxes for free in ~finance

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    Here’s a nice follow-up on this piece — a small reminder about the value of ProPublica’s non-profit investigative journalism. You won’t see FoxNews or CNN take on businesses like Intuit as...

    Here’s a nice follow-up on this piece — a small reminder about the value of ProPublica’s non-profit investigative journalism. You won’t see FoxNews or CNN take on businesses like Intuit as ProPublica has.

    https://www.propublica.org/article/irs-reforms-free-file-program-drops-agreement-not-to-compete-with-turbotax

    11 votes
  7. Comment on Rhode Island lawsuit: Students sue for the right to learn civics in ~misc

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    A misunderstanding about the role of informed civic participation in democracy is one factor that allows voters to be easily divided and/or kept away from the polls. If our public education...

    A misunderstanding about the role of informed civic participation in democracy is one factor that allows voters to be easily divided and/or kept away from the polls. If our public education institutions don't teach it, power will continue being ceded to those special interests that know how to manipulate it. This article presents an important case, Cook (A.C.) v. Raimondo, in which students are suing over the public school system's duty to teach a practical civics education. Whether or not a lawsuit is the best way to address this issue, the lawsuit "goes to the heart of the relationship between education and the success of the American experiment."

    In addition to this linked article, you can read more about the case here: http://www.cookvraimondo.info/

    11 votes
  8. Comment on Who are some creators that are doing interesting things on the internet right now? in ~misc

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    Kris de Decker runs a website called Low-tech Magazine that explores simpler technological solutions in pursuit of a sustainable society. The website has been running since 2007 and de Decker...

    Kris de Decker runs a website called Low-tech Magazine that explores simpler technological solutions in pursuit of a sustainable society. The website has been running since 2007 and de Decker publishes around 12 articles per year -- each very well written and supported with in depth historical research. He also runs No Tech Magazine, a blog with shorter articles that are published more frequently, and Human Power Plant, a project investigating realistic applications of human power over fossil and other fuels. Note that Low-tech Magazine is a solar-powered website, run off of a PV system on de Decker's porch.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Hey uber, are you writing about your thunix development steps anywhere? I would be interested to follow that.

    Hey uber, are you writing about your thunix development steps anywhere? I would be interested to follow that.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I have posted on tildes before about my interest in the history of public access unix systems and in the future of the non-commercial internet. My project recently has been to set up and run a...

    I have posted on tildes before about my interest in the history of public access unix systems and in the future of the non-commercial internet.  My project recently has been to set up and run a free Linux server for people interested in learning about and practicing command line skills and shell programming in a collaborative social environment.  It's an opportunity for me to both support the non-commercial internet and to level up my sysadmin skills.

    Although users can publish web and gopher content to the web, most activity is internally focused.  And most tools for user interactions are built by the users themselves.  There is a user-designed shell blog (called "shlog"), a command line chat program, a git-based bulletin board, and a few other novelties.  I am currently working with a couple other users on a distributed link aggregator as well.  A cool part of most of these tools is that they are built on a decentralized architecture -- user content is stored in each user's home directory and aggregated into a view by client tools.  Because most of these tools are internally focused, it gives people a place to play with computer and internet technology without broadcasting everything to the entire world.

    The technical side of this project for me, again, has largely been about leveling up on sysadmin skills.  I started the system on a Debian VPS and have recently moved to Arch.  I'm now running an nginx web server, a gophernicus gopher server, postfix for email, and various other security and other configurations and services.  Although I'm philosophically not a fan of systemd, there is no denying its importance, so this has also been an opportunity for me to learn more about it.

    "Are you having trouble with anything?"  Not trouble exactly, but one of the challenges (in the good sense of the term) is resource minimalism.  The VPS is tiny and will stay that way intentionally, so a theme of the system has been about doing as much as possible with as few resources as possible.  The fun part of this is, as many of you may know, is that text-based computing is lightweight, so the system isn't nearly approaching any limits yet.

    This is intended to be a long-term project so maybe I'll post again if anything notable happens.  (And if anyone is interested in joining, just PM me. The system is new and has a small user base, so there is a lot of room for more members.)

    3 votes
  11. Comment on CNN treats politics like a drama, and it's making us all less informed. in ~news

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    Thanks @timo. This is a good point and I sometimes catch myself simply blaming the media when in fact the media wouldn't broadcast this garbage if we didn't choose to consume it. I think much of...

    Isn't it somewhat a person's responsibility to know what is going in politics and how it affects themselves and others?

    Thanks @timo. This is a good point and I sometimes catch myself simply blaming the media when in fact the media wouldn't broadcast this garbage if we didn't choose to consume it. I think much of our society has forgotten that living in a democracy is a big responsibility. It takes hard work to pay attention to the right information and stay informed enough to participate effectively.

    We're almost in a perfect storm at the moment, where public engagement with the political process is failing and both our public education system and our news media organizations are deflecting attention further away from meaningful engagement. (I bet Noam Chomsky would have a thing or two to say about this.) How do we break out of this cycle?

    5 votes
  12. Comment on CNN treats politics like a drama, and it's making us all less informed. in ~news

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    "manufactured drama" - that is a great phrase for what all of the mainstream media outlets do. And yes, it is making us all less informed. If anyone here has not read Neil Postman's "Amusing...

    "manufactured drama" - that is a great phrase for what all of the mainstream media outlets do. And yes, it is making us all less informed. If anyone here has not read Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves to Death", I strongly recommend it. While it was written to describe television media, it is just as applicable, if not more, to what we're seeing in the big corporate social networks too.

    24 votes
  13. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Cars are basically just computers on wheels these days anyway. :)

    Cars are basically just computers on wheels these days anyway. :)

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  14. Comment on The flat-Earth conspiracy is spreading around the globe. Does it hide a darker core? in ~humanities

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    Confidence in most scientific knowledge does not come from first hand experience with the phenomena being described. An individual simply cannot “prove” every scientific fact they’re exposed to....

    Confidence in most scientific knowledge does not come from first hand experience with the phenomena being described. An individual simply cannot “prove” every scientific fact they’re exposed to. Rather confidence comes from an understanding of and trust in the institutions and processes that produce the knowledge. I read this Flat Earth thing as a failure of public education systems to teach people that science is much more than just direct, first hand experimentation.

    23 votes
  15. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I was at the playground with my daughter last week when an old lady, maybe 85-ish years old, walked up. She climbed up the ladder to the monkey-bars and started doing a dead hang. I like dead hang...

    I was at the playground with my daughter last week when an old lady, maybe 85-ish years old, walked up. She climbed up the ladder to the monkey-bars and started doing a dead hang. I like dead hang myself (although I don't do it very often) so I was impressed to see her do it. Then she kept hanging, for what must have been five minutes! Then she took a break and did it a few more times. Age is no excuse!

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Watch enthusiasts in ~hobbies

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    I never really considered myself a watch collector, but I did go into the deep end with watch modding for a while. This started with several mechanical watches when I found that I could cheaply...

    I never really considered myself a watch collector, but I did go into the deep end with watch modding for a while. This started with several mechanical watches when I found that I could cheaply buy tools for swapping watch crystals (e.g. adding sapphire crystals), adding custom watch hands, of course swapping bands, and various other modifications. My interest in this finally burned out when I realized that I wasn't going to make the leap from cosmetic changes to actual work on the movement. Doing anything more than simple regulation of a movement is a much bigger undertaking. Now I have a bunch of modded watches, but I mainly stick with a simple and unmodified Seiko SSC001 quartz.

    1 vote