Wednesday, November 22, 2006

January 18, 2038

Dear Reader,

On January 18, 2038, the universe as we know it will end. That is the good news. The bad news is no one will come to clean out the Honey Buckets.

On a more serious note, I've been getting a ton of SPAM with the dates spoofed to 2038 (which, by the way is an annoying trick that would easily be defeated by ISPs and web-based email programs if they had the will to do so). It turns out that this is a date similar to the the Y2K date that was supposed to cause so many problems. Whether it will cause problems (with UNIX systems) doesn't matter. Some fool decided it would be cute to pretend to sell viagra and mortgages using this date. Not that he or she is reallying selling anything--as with most SPAM scams, the trick is just to see if your email address is still active, and and if it is it is added to a list which can be sold to someone else who wants a big address list to advertise too.

No one likes SPAM, and even though it is a cheap way to advertise, it isn't really that effective (after all, only the true idiots ever respond to an obvious SPAM email), so why does SPAM keep going on?

SPAMMERS have friends and relatives (despite the fact that they are the foulest sort of human filth short of torturers and Republicans), so why can't these friends and relatives exert some sort of pressure on their SPAMMER relations?

I mean, SPAM affects everyone, and it only benefits a microscopic few. Doesn't it seem like a SPAMMER's mom or uncle would tell him or her to quit it?

It ain't being done by robots!

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