From: Lizard Blizzard
Subject: Re: E-mail from Korea, China or Taiwan no longer accpted
Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2003 08:19:58 -0800
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Michael A. Terrell wrote:
> Lizard Blizzard wrote:
>>>Mail Washer. Free download. Do a Google for it. Best damned
>>>anti-spam utility ever. I used it for two weeks and ALL the spam
>>>stopped. Now when a new one shows up, I bounce it back once or twice
>>>and that's all it takes.
>>But how does it work? If it's a filter, it should be a Bayesian filter,
>>or else it will have false positives.
>>I checked their web page and thy do not say that it is a Bayesian
>>filter. I would not recommend this product, no matter that it is freeware.
>>>On Tue, 07 Jan 2003 13:18:22 -0800, Lizard Blizzard
> It works by checking with databases of SpamCop and others, plus any
> E-Mail name or domain name you want to blacklist. It also tells you
> that some messages are infected.
Thanks. I've gone to their web site and read the stuff, and I know
essentially what it does. But what they don't get into any detail is
how the program does filtering, and that is the key question.
A couple quick(?) comments. I am certainly not going to run a prog that
does nothing but tag an email 'spam', 'probably spam', etc., and leave
it in the inbox. If the filter can't remove the crap from the box, then
it is not saving me time in having to deal with the spam.
Consequently if the spam filters have false positives then it is liable
to reject a wanted email. And this is what Bayesian filters are better
at than filters that use regular espressions. I am already using
Procmail, which uses reg expressions to do the filtering and I am
familiar with its capabilities, because I wrote many of my own filters.
So I do not need to use some new software that does what I am already
If any freeware is not forthcoming in how it works, then I could not in
good conscience recommend it, no matter how many people rave about its
> So, basically you and other people decide what is spam, not some
> computer program.
That's not an effective spam filter. All it is doing is parsing the
spam and labeling it as to what category it believes the spam to be in,
and leaving it up to a human to delete it. I guess one would call it a
prefilter, and the human would do the actual filtering. In any case,
----------------(from OED Mini-Dictionary)-----------------
PUNCTUATION - Apostrophe
Incorrect uses: (i) the apostrophe must not be used with a plural
where there is no possessive sense, as in ~tea's are served here~;
(ii) there is no such word as ~her's, our's, their's, your's~.
Confusions: it's = it is or it has (not 'belonging to it'); correct
uses are ~it's here~ (= it is here); ~it's gone~ (= it has gone);
but ~the dog wagged its tail~ (no apostrophe).
----------------(For the Apostrophe challenged)----------------
From a fully deputized officer of the Apostrophe Police!