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Raghavendra Iyer
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Looking for a book to read? I review a book of short stories by a NYC cop - The Job: True Tales from the life of a New York City Cop, by Steve Osborne #book #review
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Star Wars - The Force Awakens was a great watch, but I am hoping for more great stories under Disney's stewardship. My quick take on the movie.
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2015 is done and gives me pause to pick some of my favorite reads of the past year #book   #reviews  
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A great book to read about a fascinating WW2 double agent. My review of Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre 
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Book Review - Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts. 800+ page reference tome which does a good job of detailing Napoleon Bonaparte's life. Verdict: 3 stars - buy if you want a reference on the great man.
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Another Inconceivable Desi podcast special on comics, continuity and desi attempts. Also Satish and I fondly remember Supremo http://t.co/GAxOTntit5
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At last I got around to my next blog post in my 90 day node journey. This time I talk about something basic - the events mechanism. #nodejs   #javascript   #programming  
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A third of my life has now been spent outside of India. A melancholy musing.
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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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90 days of node.js Days 11 and 12 were spent figuring out some more Jade, learning about domains and doing some oauth for the eventual twitter lists app. #nodejs   #programming   #javascript  
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