[mythtv-users] Comcast to drop analog cable

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Wed Jun 25 01:22:50 UTC 2008

On Tuesday 24 June 2008 18:54:33 David Brodbeck wrote:
> Brian Wood wrote:
> > A lot of ISPs, especially the cable companies, block port 25 on
> > residential accounts. This is not so much to prevent your running a mail
> > server as it is to render consumer boxes unattractive to spammers since
> > even if they can hack into the machine they can't use it to send mail.
> It's not very smart on their part if that's the goal.  Blocking port 25
> *inbound* does nothing to stop *outgoing* spam.

They are blocking port 25 outbound here, not sure about inbound.

> I currently have DSL from Speakeasy.  I have a static IP with no ports
> blocked, but I go through their mail servers for outgoing mail anyway.
> A lot of sites block mail from IPs that are inside DSL, cable, and
> dialup pools, and the blocklists they subscribe to generally don't want
> to mess with whitelisting individual IPs inside a pool.

Yeah, I notice that Spamassassin assigns a high score to mail that originated 
from a dynamic IP.
> I pay about $60/month, more than I was paying Comcast, but the service
> is much more reliable and the support is better.  When I have a problem
> and call technical support, I get someone right away who knows what's
> going on and can take action.  With Comcast I would repeatedly get
> people who had no power to fix anything, and would just tell me to
> reboot my computer or go get a new cable modem.

Yup, the typical "script" approach to support, really annoying, especially 
after 40 minutes on hold.


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