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Re: Remailer latencies



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David E. Smith wrote:
>> If so, what accounts for these message losses?  I would expect that
>> if your machine was down, even for a couple of days, that the
>> incoming messages would be queued up on other machines and none
>> would be lost.
>
>It's more like "of the last 1000 messages sent, 9964 of 'em have made
>it back to me."  Because of the way I have to have things set up,
>there are almost always a few messages in transit. I have, very
>occasionally, actually seen my remailer listed at 100%; somewhere
>over 99% is far more common.

But, presumably Raph waits awhile for the message before deciding the
machine is down?  If I understand correctly, you are saying that
messages don't actually disappear, but they are sometimes delayed for
longer than the two days Raph waits* for them to come back.

(* Assumption made on the basis that his timing data doesn't describe
any delays longer than two days.)

>For me, the remailer doesn't consume any exceptional new resources,
>so the added cost to me of running a remailer is very nearly zero.
>(Those are mostly the "administrative" costs of dealing with
>complaints, adding people to the blocklist, and cleaning up after the
>occasional spam bomb.)  Others, with different circumstances, may be
>more eager to pursue a profit-making solution.

It could cover the cost of that second line.  ;-)

If you haven't tried ecash, you might enjoy it.  Setting up your
remailer to accept it is a lot easier than you might think.

Monty Cantsin
Editor in Chief
Smile Magazine
http://www.neoism.org/squares/smile_index.html
http://www.neoism.org/squares/cantsin_10.html

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