If you send out an email with a link to a malware site, and you did, and google warns people that your email contains links to malware sites ...
Let me re-word that for you:
If you send out an email with a link to a malware site which doesn't exist ... and google warns people that your email contains links to malware sites then mangles the living daylights out of your mail for no good reason ...
They found one bad link, so they disabled every link. All it would've taken was a "ping -c 1 $IP_ADDRESS"
Re: So you want everyone to build there own email server?
99.5 of the people that use the internet these days are clueless F#@&s. I do NOT want them building email servers. The servers will become spambots, or worse.
Sure, yet a lot of the spam I get comes from gmail users. How 'bout that? You'd think something as big as Google could police their spammer problem, yes? It's not that simple. Spammers are the Internet's cancer, explosive destructive growth any time you close your eyes for a couple of winks.
I don't blame Google for this. I blame the assholes who sell spamming services to clueless users ("get rich quick!").
This needs you to set up your own email server, which requires a static IP.
I've not used this, but I've run mailservers for years on a dynamic IP. You point it at your ISP's mailserver ("Smarthost") or contract with another server out there. Sendmail, exim, and postfix (and I expect iRedMail) can all handle this easily. It's very nice to have the power to configure it to your specific taste.
... we're going to nuke their entire country into molten glass.
I take it you're unfamiliar with the phrases "collateral damage" and "innocent non-combatants"? Doesn't it sound just a little insane to you to postulate that entire countries could be populated exclusively by terrorists or other sorts of bad guys?
Let Curtis LeMay rot in hell. We don't need anyone channeling that fool.
When will politician learn to say: "I don't know enough about this to have an opinion!"???
Humility and human fallibility is not in the job description. They sell perfection, and rely on it not being necessary once in office. Once in, they get a free four year ride to find funding for the next go-round.
Why anyone puts up with this is the question. I say bring back Mr. Guillotine. It'd beat the crap out of reality TV.
On the other hand, we know there are legitimate concerns about government intrusion, network security, and creating new vulnerabilities that bad actors can and would exploit.
So we need Silicon Valley not to view government as its adversary.
Maybe government should start listening to people who understand this stuff, instead of airheads like Hillary Clinton. How did she manage to become the Democrats front runner? Who's paying her bills, and what's the quid pro quo?
My question is how many police officer's commitment to protecting communities and desire to uphold law can be so easily undermined by a camera?
... which their politician employers are bending over backward to ensure none of that footage ever sees the light of day. Why would the cops be threatened by something nobody's ever going to get to see? I smell paranoia, and police unions.
Just do your damned job, and re-read the constitution, ffs. You know, that thing you swore to defend?
But if there's not data of those things even happening (other than expressions of butthurt policemen) we can't even move into hypothesis.
I'm sensing a trend. Ted Koppel can write a book based around nothing but talking points from Beltway politicians, and Amazon gives it a glowing review. Is this somebody's crazy agenda at work, or are they just fools? Hard to tell sometimes.
Re: How easily the veneer of civilization falls away.
And the takeaway is, "We got him. We killed the fscker! We're sooooo good!"
Well, except for all the innocent victim's bodies lying around that is. By the way, do you have any proof he was the ringleader, and was he on any of your watch lists, and how'd he manage to pull this off if so? Just curious.
"Give us more money and maybe one of these days we can stop it from happening in the first place." Wait a second. How much more's it going to cost, 'cause I think you're already getting a !#$load of money, and look what we get from it? When do we see actual results, instead of excuses?
... cryptography is fairly advanced math isn't it?
The gory details of how it's implemented can get pretty complex (this algorithm, then this algorithm on top of that, yada, yada), but I think I learned all I needed to know about prime numbers in about grade three. The concept works no matter how big the numbers are. Happily, we've got these computer thingamahooeys that make that bit easy.
Based on what I've seen of their recent performance, it doesn't appear they can find their dick (or, you know) if you handed it to them. They're working from another playbook than we think they should be. "Results? What're those? Gimme more money!!!"
I hate to write this, but I think things will get worse -- MUCH worse -- before they get any better. I desperately hope I'm wrong.
I already accept that we're heading back into Dark Ages 2.0/dystopian future. With nitwits like these in control, could it be any different? They don't even appear to be trying. They're more fixated on growing their budget and keeping up appearances, not fixing what's broken.
I'm just glad I won't live to see it hit bottom. The rest of you have my sympathies.
Or, you could read the actual book it was based on. Hollywood's cartoon version was cute and easy to watch, but have you read the book? I've read lots more, far more entertaining, books in recent years than what Hollywood's producing lately.
I have a dream where all these Washington DC policy wonks make XKCD their home page. !@#$ like this wouldn't happen.
I've never understood why anybody thought Koppel was worth watching, much less insightful. I watched Sunday morning talking head shows for years, finally coming to understand it's just politicians' way of marketing themselves, and there's really no "there" there. Glad I got over that addiction. Amazon should be ashamed. What a stupid sounding book.