Webone blocking port 25??

Martijn van Oosterhout kleptog at svana.org
Thu Jul 25 22:34:50 EST 2002

On Thu, Jul 25, 2002 at 10:10:17PM +1000, Paul Bryan wrote:
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> On Thu, 25 Jul 2002 20:15, Damien Elmes wrote:
> > Nope. I have my laptop deliver mail directly, and that way you don't have
> > to fiddle with SMTP server settings depending on where you are logged on
> > from. Here's a prime example of where ISPs blocking port 25 is causing loss
> > of functionality.
> I really don't think ISP's should block anything. I'd much rather have a free 
> (as in GNU)  and open internet where if today I feel like sending mail 
> directly well damn it I will! (and can with netspeed)

Ah well, that's easy them. Someone setup a Linux friendy ISP with "We
promise not to block anything" in the EULA. Price it accordingly and
advertise it.

> I was wondering in what cirumstances relaying or sending directly would be 
> more approptirate. Thats why I posted the question in the first place. Like, 
> in your case with the laptop, it does matter. Thats why the ISP shouldn't 
> determine what you can and can't access in my opinion. 

They shouldn't in your opinion, however they do own the servers, routers,
cabling, hubs, modems and phonelines, so they can do what they damn well
please. If you don't like it, vote with your dollars and go elsewhere. If
you can't find someone that does it, start your own ISP. Then you can make
the rules.

The time has not yet come for the Internet to be a public good. When that
happens you may get what you wish.
Martijn van Oosterhout   <kleptog at svana.org>   http://svana.org/kleptog/
> There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those that can do binary
> arithmetic and those that can't.

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