Seen around the web:
- Salon: “When spam filters go bad”. In my earlier article about spam, I wrote of the dangers of ISP-level spam blocking. Namely: if your ISP mistakenly blocks a non-spam message, you won’t even know about it unless your correspondent mentions it to you. Here’s one horror story about this actually happening combined with the typical “We are here to serve you, now go away” attitude of large service organizations.
- On the subject of spam, I’ve been trying out Spam Sieve, which uses a Bayesian filter and works with most Macintosh e-mail clients. So far, it’s blocked 155 spam messages with about 90% accuracy, which is at least as good as my manual filters. Plus, it integrates with Mailsmith 2.0, which I am currently trying out. What’s not to like?
- Lawrence Solum and Minn Chung: “The Layers Principle: Internet Architecture and the Law”. A look at the layered structure of the internet and its implications for lawmakers. Among the central theses are the idea that a regulation should apply as closely as possible to the layer where the problem is. Thus, for example, attempting to block objectional images (a Content Layer issue) by denying access to certain IP addresses (an IP Layer action) is likely to be under- and over-inclusive. It’s dense reading in places, but worth a look through. (via Lawrence Lessig)
- Wired: “Slammed!” An inside look at the Slammer worm, which showed that a worm as virulent as the theoretical “Warhol” worm (prior) can be constructed without the need for extensive preparation—blinding speed is quite sufficient. It helps, of course, to have an easy target, and Microsoft once again has provided a target-rich environment.
- Salon also recently posted an interview with Danny Goldberg along with an excerpt from his book which suggest that the progressive movement has lost touch with popular culture in general and youth culture in particular. How is it, he asks, that the left’s ideals (including equal rights for women and minorities, protection of the environment) have become mainstream while the left itself has been marginalized? There are a lot of answers, and he touches on a few that I hadn’t thought about before.