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sendmail.net: RBL Without a Clue

Jan 07, 2000, 21:02 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greg Knauss)

"With the increased availability of high-speed, always-on Internet connections and the fact that Linux has become so easy to install that certain species of bacteria are now being hired by MIS departments, what was once the domain of rigorously trained, highly specialized professionals has devolved into the Dark Land of the Monkeys. Over the course of the past year, millions of new machines have appeared on the Net, each and every one of them with a misconfigured port 25...."

"Nevertheless, in the Dark Land of the Monkeys, I am King, and the small fact that I administer a sendmail installation does not in any way require that I actually be a qualified sendmail administrator. I keep waiting to be dragged off by the Competence Police, but they're apparently no better at their job than I am at mine. Giving me the ability to put a mail server on the Internet merely because I can compile the software and cobble together a configuration file is the moral equivalent of letting the baby drive the steamroller because "he looks so cute...."

"This wouldn't be such a bad thing if I were alone. But there are thousands - no, hundreds of thousands of others out there, each and every one of them exactly like me. Only not as handsome."

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