spamming today

Two new tactics in the war against humanity conducted by spammers. the first is to use a security hole in MT to send spam onwards from our accounts. The second is to use messages whose text is random nonsense. There is a hidden payload in the HTML. The point is that a human eye can spot these in seconds. The subject lines I have had this morning are

*Boatyards podge
pour advertisement
Pocketbook crewcut
Hounds accrue

But if it were possible to write a program that recognised these as nonsense and threw them away, it would do rather more than simply abolish spam. the only thing that will do that at reasonable costs is the idea of a postoffice that takes micropayments for email. Cheap for humans, prohibitive for spammers.

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