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Tech: Pixar/Disney; MyDoom; caller-ID

updated 05:50 pm EST, Thu January 29, 2004

Tech: Pixar/Disney; MyDoom

Evening tech: Pixar said Thursday it had under new rules that take effect on Thursday.




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    Privacy Director

    The caller-ID rule sounds like a good idea, but in fact it'll hurt people like me who subscribe to services that block anonymous calls. BellSouth calls this service Privacy Director.

    If caller ID information is not transmitted, my phone just doesn't ring. I like that. I'd rather not hear the phone ring at all than find out it's a telemarket when I rush across the room to look at the caller ID display.

    Yet another "feel good" decision made without fully considering the consequences.

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    re: Privacy Director

    how well does that work? I get phone calls fairly often that don't have caller ID data and aren't telemarketers. Pay phone calls, long distance calls (less often than they used to, but still sometimes) etc... obviously I'm glad what you have works for you, but personally I'd prefer this new system.

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    re: Privacy Director

    If the caller ID info isn't transmitted, they'll get a recorded message asking them to identify themselves. A telemarketer will just hang up, but friends, etc. will speak their name, and then your phone will ring, and another record message will say: "Do you wish to accept a call from ?"

    When I first moved to Atlanta, I knew nobody, but the telemarketers knew me. My phone would ring every hour, and of course, I'd get excited, so I'd rush to the phone only to be disappointed by a "OUT OF AREA" or "UNAVAILABLE" number, only to be crushed and lonely :(. That's when I signed up for privacy director; I don't want my phone to even ring unless it's somebody worthwhile.

    P.S. Yes, I'm being melodramatic with the crushed and lonely business.

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    Forget Pixar

    Where's Pixlet? Don't announce thing slike Home-on-iPod or Pixlet if you can't deliver!

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    Just like email should be

    99.99% of the spam is from a different email address than the "return" address.

    Why on Earth did they allow this?

    If the sender is different than the return mail, then the email should be blocked by the first server. Simple.

    It seems that "big Business" wanted to redirect emails to another department, thus creating the scam spam hole-in-the-wall we have today.

    Just as they stopped telemarketers, they should ban all mail that is sent with a different return address. Problem Solved! Thank you very much...goodnite

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    Re: Just like email...

    "Just as they stopped telemarketers, they should ban all mail that is sent with a different return address. Problem Solved! Thank you very much...goodnite"

    Um... theoretically it would work (not really--there'd almost certainly be a loophole based on the way the Internet is currently designed), but then millions of legitimate e-mail users (like me) who like to send e-mail from one account with the return address of another account we use would be sorely inconvienenced.

    Heck, I use mail forwarders at a domain I own; If I couldn't "forge" the reply-to address, I'd never be able to get e-mail that way at all, since I can't even send e-mail through that server. The same would go for everybody I give forwarding addresses to.

    SPAM is a Bad, Bad thing, but it's not quite that simple to avoid it, and it's not worth throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

    As for telemarketers, reduces scams, if nothing else. I don't even have caller ID at home, but I'd rather know who's on the other end of the line if I did.

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    Where's Pixlet?

    The codec is built into Panther and QuickTime 6.5. When you go to compression settings for DV files, there it is.

    You're complaining but you just don't know where to look.

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    Re: privacy detector

    So how about this. Force all telemarketers to hide their caller ID info. That way, no one would be bothered.

    Oh, and i get just as much telemarketer traffic from people with CallerID set as I do with "Out of Area". Of course, I fight this the easy way. I don't rush to the phone. If I happen to be near it, fine. Otherwise, let the machine get it. Sort of like not answering the door just because someone knocks on it.

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    Pixlet

    " Where's Pixlet? "

    It is probably already installed on you Mac.

    Since you did not know where to find it, then you probably do not understand its purpose.

    Why do you want it?

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    Not so simple

    " If the sender is different than the return mail, then the email should be blocked by the first server. Simple."

    Not so simple at all.

    How are you going to determine the sender's email address? You have to depend upon the sender to tell you. Spammers can easily fake the sender address to match the return address.

    Beyond that spammers can setup their own mailserver to send out email with whatever sender or return addresses that they want to use.

    In order to do what you are suggesting, the Internet would have to standardize on some new email transport protocol instead of SMTP. Such a change would definitely not be simple.

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