There is a patch to check recipients... have to see if it works, of course :-)
Adds tarpitting to qmail-smtpd, which is almost mandatory for a modern large SMTP server.
Too bad it's not progressive tarpitting, but that's easy to fix :-)
Now all I need is a patch to make qmail-smtpd check local rcpt's validity and I'm completely trouble-free with it.
I just finished reading "Into Deepest Space" by Fred and Geoffrey Hoyle. It is the worst science fiction book I have ever read. And I have read hundreds.
Mind you, perhaps the translation is to blame for the flat tone and the dreadful dialogue. However, the stupid storyline and the undescribed location and characters surely come from the original.
In this book, there are three aliens, who come from Betelgeuse (although they are genetically almost-humans), and their names are Betelgeuse, Rigel and Alcyone. I have no idea how they got to be named as starts, but anyway, it took me 50 pages to figure out Alcyone was female, and 120 to see a mention of her being romantically linked to the human (called, I kid you not, Dick Warboys).
But enough of that. After I finished this garbage (which is at least short), I started thinking, what was my favourite scifi book, since this one is surely the opposite.
I have to say "The disposessed" by Ursula K. LeGuin.
As I have discussed with Uwe a few times (although we are both fans uf UKLG, so it's no argument :-), the reason her books are so good is that they are about people.
She is one of the biggest humanists writers I know. While some authors write about people who are more than human in some sense, like Heinlein, whose alter ego is usually trivial to recognize, and is super-competent and really, pretty super-human, LeGuin's characters are more human than us.
They are good, or evil, or something in between, but they are what they are for human reasons, with human motivation, for human goals, with human purposes.
You can understand the guys. You can hate them or like them, but you can understand them.
For example, Shevek, the main character in The Dispossessed, is, for human eyes, supremely uninterested in power, wealth, material posessions, which would seem to make him superhuman or inhuman.
After all, we all consider ambition and desire of posession, material or personal as natural, because we experience them, we embrace them!.
But he is not described as a character who simply is like that. He became like that through extensive and deep education, almost brainwashing, although brainwashing with a seemingly positive goal in the described circunstances.
Now, is it good? He seems to be happy. His society, formed of likeminded folks is described as happy, and good, and he even describes the wealthy earth-like capitalist world he visits as "hell".
Would we be better off if we were brainwashed into being good? Aren't we, only inefficiently?
Is there moral value on Shevek's being ethical after he has been educated to be unable to be unethical?
Does it matter?
Those are questions a Heinlein book will not make you ask, and they are worthy questions, and they have no easy anwswers. And they are all deeply human problems.
And although the competent men of scifi are fun to read, and cause me to think of problems of different nature, which are worthwile in themselves, I think Ursula K. LeGuin's books actually make me learn and think about more important things. I learn about people from them.
They are good for you. And they are well written. And they are a fun read. And what more can one ask?
I am reading comments about ars technica's KDE 3.2 review in /., osnews, etc.
Here's the stupid argument I mentioned in the title: "GNOME is better than KDE because GNOME does X and KDE does Y" 1
That argument is absolutely stupid unless you can show incontroversible proof that X is better than Y. And for 99% of the instances of the argument, you can't. And even in that case, you are isolating one feature or decision in a very complex system.
Is "yes/No" button ordering better? Maybe. Maybe not. I know "No/Yes" dialogs piss me off, but that doesn't mean one is absolutely better.
And besides, suppose KDE decided to do all things like GNOME. Minimalistic UI, GConf-editor for anything more advanced than changing the date.
Then what's the point? Why would another bland, boring UI be useful at all? 2
There's a saying: "Taste is in variety".
The opposite is of course just as stupid.
Yes, that is KDE-centric position, I am a KDE user, and I prefer KDE, live with it :-)
In an older version of this, I said footnotes were broken. They aren't, as you can see :-)