Spammers vs. SPEWS, not SPEWS vs. MAPS

They have been reading lately, on nanae (tinnanae, tint), many articles about SPEWS. Many of these articles, without permission, have made references to what they say or think.

They wish to clarify:

  • They like, approve of, and utilise MAPS. They even dished out money to subscribe to the RBL+ service, and strongly suggest that everyone do likewise. Those folks have done a great service to the internet, and need to be rewarded, recognized, and encouraged for their high-profile (yet strangely quiet) educational efforts. They recognize the importance of education to prevent spam.
  • They like, approve of, and utilise SPEWS. They strongly suggest that everyone do likewise. Some folks say that they don’t like the discussions being forced into nanae — those folks are wrong. They think that this practice is the ideal counterpoint to the MAPS offering, particularly for spam-friendly ISPs, and those who provide spam support services. They like the fact that everyone is now naming names: Qwest, Verio, and Yahoo in particular. It is truly time to get tough with spam, and SPEWS is one of many good tools to do that.
  • It can come as no surprise that yahoo turned their pages pink — yahoo claims it is for breast cancer (truly a worthy cause), but they know it is really to announce their spam-friendliness to the world in the most public manner possible. They contine to refuse all email that mentions (and, and that refusal still blocks more spam than MAPS and SPEWS combined.
  • They disapprove of what Alan Brown did, no matter how well-intentioned, with ORBS, just as they disapprove of what MAPS did with the RSS list. They are pleased to see many “competing” lists (though they all know that competition is not the point, here). They are still surprised that they never saw a listing for ORBS (the original) on F***edcompany.
  • They also approve of, and recommend, ORDB, ORBL, and ORBZ. Now, all they want to see is a set of additional lists for open socks proxies, and perhaps open script-hosting systems.
  • They also remind everyone to use spamcop to report and track spam — this tool helps support the spamhaus and spamsites lists, which help support SPEWS and the SBL. These folks also deserve our thanks and support.

Let’s pull together and stop these sociopathic spammers from stealing our time, bandwith, and disk space.

The horror caused by cowards

They were at the World Trade Center together 15 months ago. One of they was there two months ago, as another of they talked him into the subway station.

It’s not pretty, but here is the local mirror of images and video, including images from when they were atop that observation deck (which fortunately, was not yet open when attacked).

They are only glad that they are no longer traveling, and hope that all the wonderful folks (and all that those folks know) they have met in NYC remain untouched by this tragedy.

They are thinking of you.

pop-under ads are extra-annoying

Long ago, they bought a wireless x-10 controller for $5, and it works great. They did, however, use a disposable email address (which was a good thing).

The marketroids have gone and made it unbearable to think about ever making (or suggesting to anyone that they should make) another purchase from them.

So, in the spirit of public service, feel free to disable their pop-ups for many years to come.

They are considering making an image on the main page load using this technique — what do you think of that?

Irony grows exponentially

Fact: They like purple. (Duh.)

Fact: They don’t care about dinosaurs.

Fact: They really don’t like purple dinosaurs.

Fact: They really, really don’t like officially trademarked purple dinosaurs with teams of lawyers.

(Actually, they are still laughing about this letter.) Gosh darn it — they need a new bottle of windex, as the screen they are trying to use to submit this story is now thoroughly mostened with a spit-take combination of allergies and Diet Coke.Can anybody explain why lawyers keep forgetting about the first ammendment? There’s a reason it’s the first one, right? Or have law schools been cutting corners for years, and just skipping over that constitution bugaboo? Could that be why law school takes three years, and not four?

42 items of sad news

Douglas Adams, creator of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has died.

They met him once, and he signed a copy of his latest (and final HHG) book, Mostly Harmless. They are proud that they actually woke him out of his book-signing stupor.

And of course, his best quote (and they know that it is quite a contest) belongs here, for eternity:

Q: Will you ever write another H2G2 book?

A: Five books in a trilogy? Don’t be absurd.

What to do with the election?

Americans, rejoice! They have solved the problem of the electorial college debate.

Your platitudes are not needed, but are appreciated.

The simple, obvious solution is this: For the next four years, we have no President. Imagine a sign on the white house that says, “Back in 4 years” — doesn’t that have a nice ring to it?

Once the American people realize how unnecessary the role truly is, they recommend that it proceed to the legislative branch, as well as to the state level.

Just think — no longer will the promise of a tax cut mean simply that your taxes won’t go up quite as quickly.