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Friday, May 14, 2004

Spamming and Skydiving and Ozone Therapy

Spamming on our servers is at an all-time high. 95% of the mail we receive is spam. We attempt to reject some of it, but a lot gets through. Some people have complained that they don't want us filtering their mail. The problem is that we can't actually continue to do business at this time without autorejecting spam, since it would require us to purchase 10 times as many mail servers. So we're stuck policing mail, and dealing with attacks and mailbombs.

Most of the problem would go away if:

1) People, like you, ran Bayesian filters, such as K9 and Spamassassin. This reduces the impact and revenue from their messages.

2) ISP's implemented the new Sender Policy Framework standard. This is a protocol that makes it so that your email address cannot be easily forged. If you're reading this, I'm inviting you to email your ISP and insist, as a customer, that they help protect your identity and fight SPAM by implementing SPF on their mail servers. The can learn about it at spf.pobox.com.

Also, I'm going skydiving Sunday. Freefall adventures is going to take me up to 14,000 feet and then kick me out of the plane. And I'll be paying them to do it! Since it's my first time, and I haven't been certified, I'm going to be "tandem jumping". I'l let you all know how it works out.

Finally, at this week's Transhumanism Meetup, we discussed a lot of things, and it was a bit chaotic. We're going to organize the debate better next time. Roger said he was going to try Ozone Therapy and report back on its effectiveness.

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