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NOVEMBER 2003: WARNING!!! THE U.S. PARLIAMENT TRIES TO LEGALIZE SPAM!!!
In the news today, some very bad news. The U.S. parliament attemps to legalize spam, that is to say all these commercial e-mails that are sent to internauts without their consent. This is a vast pollution for our mailboxes, dangerous because it propagates a lot of viruses. Also advertisements on web pages using popups take a lot of time to open and there is no way to close the popup or do anything else on the browser while it is loading. It's a kind of intrusion on your computer, even if YOU have decided to connect to a web site that contains ads in popup windows.
The war is declared against spammers and ads. Join me in this fight. There are ways to fight against this plague. Here are suggestions:
Add a toolbar on your browser with radio-buttons specifying if you authorize popups to be opened from this browser, if you deny this right or if you want a confirmation window showing the complete url before it opens (and it does not open if you don't want it). I'm in the process of developping such a toolbar for I.E., which can be more efficient than current popup-killer softwares that only scans the list of open windows to check if unwanted windows are opened (but we don't wan't them to open at the very beginning....).
SEND SPAM EMAILS BACK TO SPAMMERS using their own arms. Use a wrong origin email address
as they do, and make voluntarily some typo errors on each key-word in the body of your text
to make your email go through their anti-spam tool. For this purpose, do not reply
to their emails because they send you email with a wrong "From" address. Simply open
some of the unwanted spam messages (scanned by your anti-virus), and try to find email
addresses of some people on the web site, or try to guess it like email@example.com or
INTOXICATE SPAMMERS: dispatch all over the web wrong email addresses and addresses
of spammers. Spammers use robots to scan the web and read any email address they can
find inside web pages. A simple way to intoxicate spammers robots is for instance to add
this code inside the html code of your web pages:
<!-- <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">TOTO</a> -->This is invisible on your web page but robots will most probably catch it. The previous email is the one of a spammer, here is a list of other valid emails of spammers:
Another suggestion: forward all your spam emails to the U.S. parliament. Since they apparently like spam !!! ;-)
(Note, this email is encrypted so that spammers cannot catch it using robots, see how...
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Last update: 12/28/2003