We dusted off our old Weird Al album, and I noticed that his song It’s All About the Pentiums (lyrics) is suprisingly technically accurate.

Anyway, one line (“I never feed trolls and I don’t read spam”) got me thinking that the spam vigilantes (aka email censors) should go after the people who respond to spam, not the people who relay it. At least that would be effective (if less people respond to spam, there’s less incentive to send it) and might actually be positive (one has to suspect that most people who respond are scammed or fooled or something). Not that I endorse them, of course.

(For more on the stupidity of censoring people who relay mail, see John Gilmore’s story.)

Update: After posting this, some arsecandle blasted me with relay tests. Get a clue.

posted December 29, 2002 05:59 PM (Personal) #


segway report
segway and social harmony
segway movie: part 1
be liberal in what you accept
final(?) segway update
it’s all about the spam-readers
what should I do with my life?
Wireless “Security”
Ideal PDA
install in cron.yearly

Aaron Swartz (me@aaronsw.com)