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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