Re: mailing list vs "the futur"
On Tuesday 28 August 2018 09:03:05 Mark Rousell wrote:
> On 28/08/2018 12:42, Michael Stone wrote:
> > Yes and no. NNTP is inherently open to abuse because it wasn't
> > designed with mechanisms to account for the cost of a transaction.
> > (This is true of all the early internet protocols, not just NNTP,
> > which is why we have, e.g., such a spam problem on SMTP.)
> Isn't this true of, say, HTTP too?
Yes, and in most cases spamassassin and friends are incapable of dealing
with this. Judging any html only message as a very high probability of
being spam. And the windows oriented idijits in charge of net services
such as my banks online activities, aren't aware of that, so they've
been deleting any plain text from their messages. I had a long talk with
him just last week about how they are doing this new protocol where they
A: don't bother to verify me when I get redirected to their servers for
a one time code pad number to verify the authorization of my purchase.
B: I pointed out that the current method is dependant on a cookie that
exists only on this machine, and likely this browser since palemoon has
never worked for this. And that this precludes my ability to goto any
machine on my local net, fire up its browser and goto a vendors site and
make a purchase.
I pointed out to him that he had other means of I'ding me that were both
far more universal and would work just as well if this machine was in
pieces and I was actually logging on from the browser on my milling
machine in the garage. Thats the presence of a list of security
questions only I can answer, and which would via the https link that
exists, give me that one time pad number without emailing it to far less
secure a machine that is in parts on the front deck for its annual
dusting and cleaning.
He agreed that it was at least as secure and that he would look into
implementing it as an alternative way of identifying the account holder.
We'll see. Who was it that said words similar to "progress in driven by
the obstinate?" I can be that, and proud of it.
Cheers, Gene Heskett
"There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty:
soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order."
-Ed Howdershelt (Author)
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