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Dear Google Mail Team,

  I've said very nice things about your spam filter in the past, but I'm afraid I am going to have to take it all back. I'm currently going through the spam for the last week, and have gone through about a third of it.

Something you did recently has been an unmitigated disaster. Of the roughly 1000 spam threads I've gone through so far, right now 228 threads were incorrectly marked as spam.

That's not the 0.1% false positive rate you tried to make such a big deal about last week. No. That's over 20% of my spambox being real emails with patches and pull requests.  Almost a quarter!

I don't know how to even describe the level of brokenness in those kinds of spam numbers. There were a few pages of email (I've got it set up so it shows me 50 threads per page) where more than half of the "spam" wasn't.

Quite frankly, that sucks. It's not acceptable. Whatever you started doing a few days ago is completely and utterly broken.

It's actually at the point where I'm noticing missing messages in the email conversations I see, because gmail has been marking emails in the middle of the conversation as spam. Things that people replied to and that contained patches and problem descriptions.

They didn't try to sell me a bigger penis or tell me about how somebody is cheating on me. Really.

You dun goofed. Badly. Get your shit together, because a 20% error rate for spam detection is making your spam filter useless.

[ Edit: looks like it started four days ago. As of July 13, it looks like a big swath of lkml has been marked as spam for me. ]

[ Edit 2: final numbers: out of around 3000 spam threads, I had to mark 1190 threads as "not spam". So the numbers actually got worse: about 30% of my spam-box wasn't actually spam. It started around 1pm on Monday, July 13th. The problem really is that clear, that I can tell pretty much when it started ]

[ Edit 3: it wasn't just patches, and it's not just lkml. There were things like Junio's recent git v2.5.0-rc2 announcement etc. The new gmail spam filter hates any mailing list emails, apparently. In the time I wrote the last note, I got seven more emails marked as spam, two of which weren't. ]
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Did you catch Droste Week on RetroBattlestations? It was a lot of fun seeing all the picture in picture in picture of retro computers, so many people submitted something! Even CP/M computers got into the mix with ASCII art! Lots more pictures here: http://redd.it/3avsv5
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The Droste effect, also known as "Yo dawg, I heard you like the "Yo Dawg" meme"
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BASIC Week on RetroBattlestations now has ports to the BBC Micro & BBC Master in addition to the IBM and Apple II ports. An Atari 800 port is currently in the works. Still no version for a Commodore or a TRS-80 though! Can you help? Full source code & contest rules here: http://redd.it/2zt6ra
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If you missed the hangout, here's the end result. The MCX-128 is now assembled and my TRS-80 MC-10 now has gone from a paltry 4k to the same amount of RAM as in my CoCo3. Too bad it doesn't make the keyboard any easier to type on!
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BASIC Week 4: Interstellar War has begun! There are currently only ports to the Apple II and IBM CGA. Anyone want to do a Commodore port? How about a TRS-80 version? Amstrad? BBC Micro?
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BASIC Week 4 starts on Saturday, are you ready?
BASIC Week 4 starts on RetroBattlestations on Saturday, March 21st. The program this time around is a Space War inspired turn based game with simple… - Chris Osborn - Google+
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I would say it's more SpaceWar! inspired since it's not interactive like the original.
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A couple of months ago I purchased several relay boards and switching power supplies off eBay with the plan to re-use one of my original (256 megs of RAM and no mounting holes) Raspberry Pi model B computers as a sprinkler controller. The parts arrived and I set them aside expecting to have time to work on the project after the 4th of July. About two weeks before the 4th though I realized if I got the project assembled in time I could use the spr...
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The Interstellar War program has now been ported to the TRS-80 CoCo and Amstrad CPC 6128! Still no Speccy or Commodore versions though! Who is up to the challenge?

And for an even bigger challenge, someone should try doing the TRS-80 model 100! Yes, that little portable computer is capable of doing graphics!

Source code & contest rules are here: http://redd.it/2zt6ra
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The Interstellar War program has now been ported to the TRS-80 CoCo and Amstrad CPC 6128! Still no Speccy or Commodore versions though! Who is up to the challenge?

And for an even bigger challenge, someone should try doing the TRS-80 model 100! Yes, that little portable computer is capable of doing graphics!

Source code & contest rules are here: http://redd.it/2zt6ra
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BASIC Week on RetroBattlestations now has ports to the BBC Micro & BBC Master in addition to the IBM and Apple II ports. An Atari 800 port is currently in the works. Still no version for a Commodore or a TRS-80 though! Can you help? Full source code & contest rules here: http://redd.it/2zt6ra
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And I just finished a port to the TRS-80 MC-10 which does not have split screen graphics. I just made it pause after drawing.

http://redd.it/30e9bv
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I'm going to do a Google hangout tomorrow while I assemble the MCX-128 kit for the TRS-80 MC-10. Watch me solder and see how many times I accidentally burn myself! It's a very small kit, and shouldn't take very long to put together.
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Thanks - 6pm GMT I should be able to make it.
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