Dictionary.com - Godless is Godless Synonym

10 July, 2014 04:05 CST6CDT

Godless SynonymAccording to Dictionary.com, Godless is a synonym of Godless when used in profanity. Makes sense to me. I am a believer, as one definition of Godless on Dictionary.com is "wicked; evil; sinful" and the alternative is "having or acknowledging no god or deity; atheistic.". If I were to choose one whom is an atheist to be of profanity, then one whom believes in God must believe sin, evilness, or wickedness is a nature of God - if you are not Godless. If I were to believe wicked, evil, and sinful is of profanity, then I must choose to be an atheist, Godless, as to live by sin is Godless and to reject sin, evilness, or wickedness is Godless in itself. You can't choose both. It is absurd to use "profane" in relationship with "Godless", especially as a synonym, unless you intend to be cyclical. Cyclical is generally the flow in which God is introduced and Dictionary.com should use God as a pointer from such (cyclical).

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Microsoft's Canadian Legal Fears

04 July, 2014 02:43 CST6CDT

A supreme leader of the Canadian judicial system ruled that anyone sending unsolicited e-mail to an e-mail address of a resident of Canada may be fined one million dollars.  This was ruled to be held to law by the world - Canadian supremacy permits such.  Cough..  This ruling has scared the socks off of many marketing departments at various companies.  Microsoft was taking no chances as the following e-mail excerpt from MS explains:

Title: Microsoft Security Notifications
Issued: June 27, 2014
Notice to IT professionals: As of July 1, 2014, due to changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging, Microsoft is suspending the use of email notifications that announce the following:

  • Security bulletin advance notifications
  • Security bulletin summaries
  • New security advisories and bulletins
  • Major and minor revisions to security advisories and bulletins

In lieu of email notifications, you can subscribe to one or more of the RSS feeds described on the Security TechCenter website.

Microsoft loosened a buckle and said fuck Canada on July 3rd, 2014 with the following excerpt of a retraction e-mail:

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for July 2014
Issued: July 3, 2014
Notice to IT Professionals: On June 27, 2014, we notified customers that we were suspending Microsoft security notifications by email due to changing Governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging. We have reviewed our processes and are resuming security notifications by email commencing with the release of this monthly Advanced Notification Service (ANS) mailing.

BSOD, lpr on fire, Abort - Retry - Fail, though mostly a logistical panic with vast humor.

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HOWTO Force Spamassassin to Mark Mail As SPAM

30 June, 2014 13:05 CST6CDT

Spamassassin has default scores for Bayes results such as bayes_00 and bayes_99 where bayes_00 is mail thought as ham and bayes_99 is mail thought as spam from the local bayesian database.  Sometimes Spamassassin may know when an e-mail is spam though the overall score from the tests is not equal to or higher than the threshold to be tagged as such.

This is where the Spamassassin Shortcircuit plugin comes into good use.  The Shortcircuit plugin forces a message to be tagged as either ham or spam based on any test.  It is generally not a good idea to adjust the default scores of messages because you never know when their may be a false positive.  However Spamassassin 3.4.0 adds a bayes_999 score to the filtering system.  Basically bayes_999 means that it is 99.9% sure that the message is spam in addition to bayes_99, or 99% sure.  To prevent e-mail from hitting an Inbox that Spamassassin knows has a 99.9% spam probability (if well trained), I enabled Shortcircuit for the bayes_999 classifier.

Shortcircuit is a plugin, so you will need to comment-out or add the following to the local.pre file in your local Spamassassin configuration directory, usually /etc/mail/spamassassin:

loadplugin Mail::SpamAssassin::Plugin::Shortcircuit

Now that the plugin is enabled, you could add the following to the local.cf file for the bayes_999 Shortcircuit:

shortcircuit BAYES_999 spam

You will want to make sure Spamassassin is keen to your configuration changes by running:

spamassassin --lint

The default Shortcircuit spam score is 100 while ham is -100.  These scores may be altered with the "shortcircuit_spam_score" and "shortcircuit_ham_score" variables.  Shortcircuit may be applied to built-in and custom rules along with additional tflags such as allowing Spamassassin to learn from Shortcircuit ham or spam. 

As a note, all further tests will be skipped once Shortcircuit is matched unless specifically instructed not to.  A "shortcircuit=yes/no" variable will be added to the Spamassassin header.

Here is the Spamassassin reference for Shortcircuit: Spamassassin Shortcircuit

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A Look at the Aspire ET-S BDC Glassomizer

17 June, 2014 04:25 CST6CDT

Aspire ET-S BDC GlassomizerThe Aspire ET-S BDC Glassomizer is a new e-cig device in respect to a traditional e-cig cartomizer, tank, or clearomizer. The ET-S BDC is constructed from pyrex glass and metal. This glassomizer does not leak. Many other tanks are known to leak e-juice either because of an open (unsealed) design or from a cracked tank as a result from heat or certain e-juice consistencies. The metal drip tip has a tight screw seal and the bottom of the tank, where filled, is also a heavy metal threaded piece that creates a tight seal. In-between the drip tip and the bottom e-go threaded end of the glassomizer (uses outer e-go threading) is a pyrex glass tank with two slim windows that show the amount of e-juice left in this BDC tank. It holds just under 3ml of liquid and is spent in a consistent manner when used.  Holes are punched in the casing to allow an appropriate amount of drag even with non sealed e-go connections.

Wicks are commonly used with other tanks and must be watched to be certain e-liquid is properly absorbed so that it does not burn. Replacing wicks often requires specialized equipment and a steady hand to test resistance and assemble, therefor these do not provide an average e-cig user an easy decision when choosing among the many clearomizers, some of which are down right confusing to piece together.

BDC stands for “bottom dual coil” and the encased two coils may last an all day vaper two weeks or longer. The small encased dual coil heating elements come in a pack of 5, rated most commonly at 1.8, or 2.1ohm resistance. A pack of 5 replacement dual coil elements costs around ten dollars. This element is the fourth piece of this glassomizer. It is easily replaced by screwing it into the middle of the bottom base, the piece with the e-go threading for the battery.

The ET-S experience is bliss – it produces a massive amount of smooth vapor. A couple suggestions for those interested in giving this simple device a try: at 1.8ohm I have found batteries between 3.3 and 4 volts provides the greatest consistency, and at times very thin e-liquid may produce a gurgle if a very hard draw is taken or the battery output is too high. This is by far the best tank I have used and the most appropriate for on-the-go and storage in a pocket.

Random thought...  Update 2014-06-18: MyFreedomSmokes.com has Aspire BDC replacement heads, 5 pack, half price ($5.48) with coupon code HALFPRICE. Expires June 19th at midnight.

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SpamAssassin Updates Not Available - Version 1588424 is the last sa-update version available for the near future

07 June, 2014 05:47 CST6CDT

Thinking "hmm" after several SpamAssassin rule update attempts showing no new updates, I decided a quick search was in order to find if it was a DNS issue or an issue of another nature.  "dig -t txt 0.4.3.updates.spamassassin.org" has been returning version 1588424 because of a power surge that took out the collocation where the rules update server was located.

It looks as though the last backup requested was way back in 2009, though this request was never processed.  As you can imagine, the complexity of this rules update server was well burnt-in and the rebuilding of this system will take a significant amount of time.

As of May 30th, 2014 these systems were starting to be rebuilt piece by piece - a box of many tiny and complex pieces.  Administration redundancy is being developed into the new replacement SpamAssassin rules update machines in case of a catastrophic event such as the misplacement of the current system operators.

In the meantime, this contributed custom rule set is suggested as a temporary drop in: http://www.pccc.com/downloads/SpamAssassin/contrib/KAM.cf in part thanks to Gushi.

Source: spamassassin-users

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