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  • I never get tired of spam like this: "Purchase Chainsaws"

    I never get tired of spam like this: "Purchase Chainsaws"

    With the flood of “Hello my dear” and “YOU ARE WINNER” emails in my inbox every morning, I’m actually beginning to tire of the never-ending variety presented by spam. But it’s mail like this that renews my faith in the bots and non-native speakers variating these strange messages. The best part is trying to figure out how the scam works; it’s not your… Read More

  • Holy Smokes Study: More than 97% of all e-mail is spam

    Holy Smokes Study: More than 97% of all e-mail is spam

    This may come as no surprise to you, but don't think that spam is going away anytime soon. In fact, according to a recent Microsoft study, more more than 97 percent of all sent e-mail is spam. Ninety-seven percent! Granted, most of that stuff will never hit your inbox, thanks to improved filtering, but still! All that wasted bandwidth. Read More

  • Attention: Shilling in comments will not be tolerated (DRINK PEPSI!)

    Attention: Shilling in comments will not be tolerated (DRINK PEPSI!)

    We've got three crazy comments from Andy Gowen touting the magic of Clear dot com's fascination USB modem package which, for $50 a month, offers you a WiMAX connection (??) wherever you go and may or may not cause infertility in rats. Andy, please stop. We're sure your service is amazing but we're moderating you and I've taken the liberty of changing your comments to reflect our opinions moreRead More

  • Spammer McColo taken down, spam problem solved

    Spammer McColo taken down, spam problem solved

    A group of Internet providers have essentially shut down California hosting service, McColo, yesterday and total spam production dropped considerably. The provider, notorious for their low-down ways, was producing 2/3 of the spam in the U.S. Other providers saw a drop from about 40 spam messages per second to 10 per second – a major victory for those whose m3mb3rz are already rock solid. Read More

  • Won't somebody please think of the children getting Skype porn

    Won't somebody please think of the children getting Skype porn

    Usually I think claims like this are just shrill alarmists who can’t deal with the sexy wilderness that is the internet. In this case, however, I think they have a point. Skype porn spam is unavoidable, and there is no measure that can be taken to prevent complete strangers from hitting you with an dirty-talk contact request accompanied by an explicit picture. The Windows client, at least… Read More

  • PC reads unadulterated Spam

    http://cdn.episodic.com/player/EpisodicPlayer.swf?config=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.episodic.com%2Fshows%2F21%2F226%2F10%2Fconfig.xml John Hodgman recreates spam emails verbatim and reads them in his best small-midwestern-college poetry reading voice. Does Apple know he’s doing this? Can’t they make him sign an NDA or sue him? Read More

  • Spam for breakfast

    Spam for breakfast

    Yesterday, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled the state’s anti-spam law unconstitutional. Good news to the ears of Jeremy Jaynes who gets a free pass. The spammer was previously convicted as the first felony spammer in the country in a 2004 trial. He had been sentenced to nine years. Ugh. It’s still morning here on the West Coast. Read More

  • The Best of Spam, Today Edition

    The Best of Spam, Today Edition

    I totally fell for this because once I left the keys in my son and he almost got stolen. Read More

  • Using captchas to digitize old, damaged books

    Using captchas to digitize old, damaged books

    Those dumb captchas may actually serve a purpose now. A gentleman by the name of Luis von Ahn at Carnegie Mellon University (Biggs went there!) has devised a system whereby software-unreadable words are sent to captcha providers. Since the software is unable to discern what the words are, captchas then step in, and we humans get to identify them when logging into our favorite sites. As people… Read More

  • "Spam King" kills family, self

    "Spam King" kills family, self

    A great man and a madman died today. Guess whose passing is more tragic? Just four days after escaping a federal minimum-security work camp, “Spam King” Eddie Davidson shot his wife and child and wounded a teen-age girl before turning the gun on himself. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of gunfire in the small plains town of Bennett at about 11:15 a.m. today and found… Read More