Re: [Asrg] Removing the incentive to spam

Kee Hinckley <nazgul@somewhere.com> Sat, 17 May 2003 00:32 UTC

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Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 20:15:40 -0400

At 9:26 PM -0400 5/15/03, mathew wrote:
>Graphics used to be included from referenced external servers, but 
>(a) that was too easy to filter and (b) the web sites got closed 
>down too quickly, making most of the sent spam retrospectively 
>useless. So now a lot of spammers send images embedded.

I suspect we'll see legitimate mailers sending more included graphics 
soon as well.  MSN and Hotmail are both providing (or about to) 
provide filters to turn off automatic inclusion of external graphics. 
And the next Outlook is supposedly shipping with the option off by 
default.  None of that bodes well for content-filters.

P.S. As for mailbox size.  Mine is just short of 1GB--not including 
attachments.
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Kee Hinckley
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I'm not sure which upsets me more: that people are so unwilling to accept
responsibility for their own actions, or that they are so eager to regulate
everyone else's.
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