Apparently the FTC wants to now do something about spam. I wonder if they will be successful. Spam will always be around until ISPs are proactive about it and start instantly blocking offending mailservers. Spam-reporting techniques are almost to the point of being real-time, so once a mail server has been identified as a culprit of spam it can be blocked until it’s proven to be secure again. ISPs can also put in global filters that automatically block any email that meets the requirements of being spam. They might want to start with blocking any HTML-based email. OK, yeah that’s kind of a joke but there is some truth to it. Easily 90% of the spam my filters catch is sent as HTML-based email, whereas only about 10% of my legitimate email is HTML-based.
Somebody keeps clicking reload on CamWorld about every 10-20 minutes (it’s random, not a spider). I did an nslookup on the IP number and I was not surprised to see what internal network the requests are coming from. Can you guess who it is? I guess some people have nothing better to do with their time…
A reader from Denver writes:
MSFT is holding an event for the .NET rollout here in Denver, and attendees must register with a Passport account. I figure the best place to get an email address (required for Passport) is a free account at fuckmicrosoft.com.
Etrade’s Embarassing Oversight: A long-time reader writes:
I found it interesting that Etrade.com will introduce their upgraded web site soon and has a preview posted on their site. Being exclusively a Mac and Netscape user, I tried to look at the new site. I couldn’t get it to load. I called Etrade tech support and was told that it will ONLY work with Internet Explorer on the Mac.
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It’s perfectly alright to have a religious President but it is written in the Constitution that Church (religion) and State (government) must remain separate. Our current administration needs to remember this…
Posted by Cameron Barrett at February 12, 2002 06:58 PM