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25 October 2017, 4:12 UTCThe E-4

Ripped off from here: https://www.humoretc.com/mhcontent/e4.php

The Creed of the Specialist
Courtesy of Suzie S.

No one gets away with more than I. I am a non Non-Commissioned Officer, a beast of burden.
As a junior enlisted soldier I realize that I am a member of an under appreciated, much
chastised group of soldiers which is known as the ribcage, or perhaps pancreas, of the Army.
I am proud of myself and my fellow Specialists and will continue to bitch, whine and sham
until the absolute last second regardless of the mission at hand. I will use my grade and
position to avoid responsibility, accountability and any sense of presence of mind.
Ignorance is my watchword. My two best excuses will always be on the tip of my tongue
"I didn't know," and "It wasn't me." I will strive to remain invisible and unavailable
for details. Never ever volunteer for anything is my rallying cry.
I am aware of my role as a SPC and if you need me for anything, I'll be on appointment.
I know the other soldiers, and I will always refer to them by their first name or in some
cases derogatory nickname. On weekends, or days off I will consistently drink myself into
oblivion, and I will never answer my phone. I understand that for a person in my hierarchal
position, rewards are going to be few and far between, and punishment
will always be swift and severe.
Officers of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties, because I will be
accomplishing them for them. I will kiss up to their face and badmouth them behind their back,
just like everyone else. I will be loyal to those with home I serve, provided there's something
in it for me. I am the last bastion of common sense that stands between me and the Army
philosophy of "Work Harder, Not Smarter." My voice is a tool and my complaints are a weapon
that I wield with unmatched skill and finesse. I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades
to forget, Specialist is the greatest rank in the Army and rank has its privileges

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28 September 2017, 19:41 UTCSpam filter services - 421 on supposed bad HELO/EHLO

220 XXXXXXX ESMTP DumbWave dork4005
HELO simplehostname
421 Offline: HELO/TLD
Connection closed by foreign host.

Please read:
http://faculty.cs.niu.edu/~rickert/cf/bad-ehlo.html

If you do this, it seems you confuse spam filtering / blocking
with email blocking.
Please change the name of your service to email blocking, so that it matches the service
Summary in case this link breaks in future:
rfc2821 - ...

An SMTP server MAY verify that the domain name parameter in the EHLO command actually corresponds
to the IP address of the client. However, the server MUST NOT refuse to accept a message for this reason
if the verification fails: the information about verification failure is for logging and tracing only.

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28 September 2017, 17:11 UTCThanks Microsoft - easy peasy:

Simple to find, and so easy to run.

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Azure AD Sync\msiiclient.exe"

Metaverse? What is this a Neal Stephenson book?

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1 August 2017, 20:42 UTCYou email good.

Actual email from vendor:

tag, so it's good practice to include a table that spans 100% and can also have your body background applied to it. -->

I suppose so?

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6 July 2017, 16:24 UTCSenderbase - stupid by design.

Looks like blocking an MTA after an issue is fixed is standard for the folks that set up this "service".

With helpful log messages like this:

554 Your access to this mail system has been rejected due to the sending MTA's poor reputation. If you believe that this failure is in error, please contact the intended recipient via alternate means.

No reference on where to try to de-list, no reference to what blacklist is employed. Oh so helpful.
It is automated, so I don't know why they employ customer service.

Automation gone wrong?:
Hint, I think so.
https://www.crn.com.au/news/cisco-blacklists-thousands-of-legit-aussie-mail-servers-296155
...
Thousands of Australian businesses have been unable to send emails this week
due to a configuration error in a blacklisting service operated by Cisco Systems.

The issue, which has baffled IT administrators all week, incorrectly gave a large
set of IP addresses – many of them Australian customers of Cisco’s
IronPort service – a poor reputation score.
...


We are not alone :-)
http://michael.orlitzky.com/articles/cisco_%28senderbase%29_security_products_lose_email.xhtml
... SenderBase reacts badly to minor incidents, and there's no way to fix the system manually. 


Of course, good design decisions in the hardware as well:
https://threatpost.com/cisco-warns-of-critical-flaw-in-email-security-appliances/120968/
...Cisco Systems released a critical security bulletin for a vulnerability that allows remote
 unauthenticated users to gain complete control of its email security appliances.


Update: 7/10/17 - Now we are reported as "good" by that same service. Not sure how we rocketed from poor to good.
Might just be a basic program doing rand calls I suppose.

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9 June 2017, 19:37 UTCKnocking S.E.O. - search engine "optimization"

So, SEO, is that not just adding another A to the first part of the company name,
and then helping them put a listing in the yellow pages?

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3 December 2016, 7:37 UTCIt's a trap!

Don't you know that the un-trusted folks surrounding the herd can hear us.
The heard is not safe because they (the heard) don't fully trust or know how to trust each other.
There will still be souls that talk outside of the heard without knowing it!

There is a weak spot in thinking that all in the heard are safe. The EFF does not see it yet.
If you don't force the meet and greet and trust your key sharing partner, all is lost.
There is a low level of trust that can't be taken away or abstracted by technology.
Trust is earned on a low level - personal contact.
It can evaporate quickly if you don't have that personal level to base the ring on and hand it up.
Think of trust as a link between yourself and your closest friends.
Think of how you trust the closest friends to trust someone to trust you...
This will work. Other schemes will fail.

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3 December 2016, 7:22 UTCchangelogs - Yes, you have to not edit it.

If I see another web based front end to a changelog ala blog...
that removes the pertinent data to judge if you can write code or not...
or if you are a poser that wants to make your code smell fresh...
by omitting pertinent data line the date of the post, and the changelog date...
well, I guess that is where we differ from being engineers / programmers / 'deveopers' and you become - sales.
The sales people are important, but don't let them mess with this part of your job.
If they do, they just make their job harder in the long run.

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5 October 2016, 4:17 UTCThanks Pieter!

Sorry you had to go so soon.
Pieter Hintjens - aka ZeroMQ. I agree with you on the ability to live as a private citizen.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/edgenet#/
Thank you for the thought.
The [I]internet was not meant to be private, but rather hard to take out (disruptively). It would be fun to build a bit of anonymity to it that existed before we were tracked. It would be fun to work against online services - in a passive way - (and as you say, "make it simple").
That door is closing soon. Without the ability to build open hardware, we are pretty much hosed. Thanks Nadella (M$). {line I see where you are going M$. You are about as October surprise as a turd in the shoe under your bed at night.]
Pieter, Edgenet will come about.
Even if you could not be around to see it, it will come.
Thanks for inspiring me.

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23 September 2016, 13:11 UTCSlack system status (sort of)

I connect (or at least try to connect) to slack via XMPP.
I know, I know, that is of the devil.
Anyway, it would seem that XMPP is not tracked properly at the system status page here: https://status.slack.com/
I have contacted support on this (to them I am guessing non-issue), and have been told to reconfigure my client.
Not that my client could not be at fault, but I find it funny when it does work some days, and not others.
So, long story short, if you rely on XMPP for some of your bots, you might not be getting the whole story.

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25 July 2016, 15:48 UTCSystemd / Journald - bravo!
3 September 2015, 5:04 UTCФедеральная служба по надзору в сфере массовых коммуникаций и связи
27 August 2015, 4:58 UTC- News flash - Google / Github / (add more later) / does not support the open web!
4 November 2014, 5:23 UTCI see what you did there...
3 October 2014, 5:21 UTCWho owns it?
28 September 2014, 5:47 UTCDid you think that...
8 September 2014, 5:37 UTCGoogle "Advanced search"
7 September 2014, 5:16 UTCIf you want to be understood, please speak clearly:
20 March 2014, 14:45 UTCPlease do....
5 November 2013, 20:01 UTCMartyr -
11 September 2013, 3:06 UTCReligion... seems to be an echo from the past generation.
20 August 2013, 14:59 UTCExchange Online - Shared Mailbox creation error.
25 July 2013, 14:06 UTCMicrosoft does believe!
27 June 2013, 3:42 UTCKill me now
27 June 2013, 3:13 UTCWindows 8.1 - O.k., we give in - ever so slightly
6 May 2013, 11:59 UTCTeliax.com - wonderful customer service.
3 May 2013, 3:59 UTCLife...
25 March 2013, 21:25 UTCWisdom for the ages.
7 March 2013, 4:26 UTCMc Che!
5 March 2013, 22:26 UTCRedmine

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