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Adam Nowak
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"Ridiculously optimistic" machine learning algorithm is "completely bullshit," says expert.
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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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Have you ever wanted to fetch remote HTML data in a similar fashion to cURL or Wget using some backend web service and parse it?  If you said no,...
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Java 8 was released last year adding lambdas, streams, and many other language improvements. Java 9 is already in the works, but with over half of Android devices stuck using Java 6, will we ever get to use a modern language? In this talk from Droidcon NYC 2015, Michael Pardo introduces Kotlin: a statically typed JVM language backed by JetBrains. With features like lambdas, class extensions, and null-safety, it aims to be concise, expressive, and...
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There is no question that microservices architectures are the current rage for software design. IT professionals and developers I speak to are migrating to...
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The last couple articles presented an introduction to Application Performance Management (APM) and identified the challenges in effectively implementing an APM...
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  • Rapid7
    Lead Software Engineer, 2014 - present
  • DEX
    Products & Services, 2012 - 2013
    Founding member responsible for Products & Services.
  • EK3 Technologies Inc.
    Sr. Services/Solution Architect, 2010 - 2012
  • Itinerant Software
    Lead Software Engineer, 2009 - 2010
  • REFCO Canada
    present
  • IDCOR Inc.
    Co-Founder, 2006 - 2009
  • Interactive Options
    Owner, 2006 - 2011
  • Planet R&D
    Co-Owner, 2010 - 2011
  • LDRLY
    Sr. Software Engineer, 2014 - 2015
    Gamer engagement & analytics platform.
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  • Lorne Park Secondary School
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