From: Lizard Blizzard
Subject: Re: E-mail from Korea, China or Taiwan no longer accpted
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 08:11:24 -0800
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Stephen Shaw wrote:
> TANSTAAFL it might be but Linux is getting close to it. Try looking at
> Spam Assassin.
Spam Assassin is a filter, according to its website: "Using its rule
base, it uses a wide range of heuristic tests on mail headers and body
text to identify "spam".."
One thing I have a problem with is its support of blocklists. There
have been problems with collateral damage, blocking innocent parties,
and some blocklists have been sued because of it. :-(
According to the SA website, it "uses a wide variety of local and
network tests to identify spam signatures. This makes it harder for
spammers to identify one aspect which they can craft their messages to
But think about this. Over half the states have spam laws and if they
would only enforce these, the spammers would be much less successful and
they would not be able to 'craft their messages to work around' filters,
because their obfuscations and tergiversations
(http://www.yourdictionary.com/ahd/t/t0115400.html) which are already
illegal, would cause them to be fined or subject to legal proceedings.
In other words, the laws are essentially going unenforced, and spammers
are taking advantage of that.
----------------(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!