February 24th, 2004


Current Anti-spamming Tech

For several weeks now, JeffStoat (senorhonkhonk) has been unable to email George (drake57). Why? All his emails bounce. Why are his emails bouncing? It's not because of a server being down or some other transient problem, it's because George's ISP uses a black list of IP addresses to filter out spam, and one of the email servers which Jeff's emails pass through is on the list.

I discovered this myself because I tried to email George myself, and the email bounced. Jeff and I are sort of on the same ISP, in the sense that we were on different ISPs, and then the company which owns Jeff's ISP bought mine too.

I have emailed the Paradise postmaster to see what they can do.

This anti-spamming technique appears to be roughly analogous to cluster-bombing a city block just to get one criminal hiding in it.
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Parallel Parking

Back when the automobile was invented, I doubt its inventor ever envisioned that there would be millions of the suckers all over the place. I guess that's why it never occurred to him that when they invented parking, the method of parking which would involve taking up the least width of road, and therefore leave more room for the cars which were actually moving, would be parallel parking. Which is probably why he didn't invent a way for the automobile to drive sideways, which would make parallel parking trivial.

It's some two hundred years later, and parallel parking is everywhere, but cars still can't drive sideways, and seem to be designed in a way that makes parallel parking as difficult as possible for the driver.

ABS breaking we can do, airbags, etc, etc, but not cars that can drive sideways on request. It's no wonder we haven't landed a manned mission on another planet yet.
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    silly silly