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The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke

Filed under Welcome To 2015:

“I’m too idealistic,” he told me in an interview at a hacker convention in Germany in December. “In early 2013 I was really about to give it all up and take a straight job.” But then the Snowden news broke, and “I realized this was not the time to cancel.”

Like many people who build security software, Koch believes that offering the underlying software code for free is the best way to demonstrate that there are no hidden backdoors in it giving access to spy agencies or others. However, this means that many important computer security tools are built and maintained by volunteers.

The people who make important stuff get jack shit for their effort, but that how new Uber For Fart Sounds app gets millions.

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Rapportive

A Gmail extension that grabs useful information from the public domain on people who send you email. Works for Safari, Chrome, Firefox.

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Shoehorns and fossils

Jesper on two of the main problems with current implementations of, and discussions surrounding, email clients.

From Brent Simmons email-init mailing list.

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Popular Mail Scanner Spam Assassin Marks All Mail From 2010 As “Spammy”

When the software was first developed, a rule was hardcoded that marked the years 2010-2099 as “grossly in the future.”

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An Inbox Is Not a Glove Compartment

Disturbing news from the federal courts today, as a federal judge ruled that “government can obtain access to a person’s inbox contents without any notification to the subscriber.” which means anyone with a job in government can read your email without telling you.

Analysis at the link above, here’s a PDF of the actual ruling.