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Free Software Magazine: You Needn't Eat Spam (Or Worms)

Aug 01, 2005, 07:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey Race)

"Many who would cure us of spam look in the wrong place--technology--for the answer. These well-intentioned analysts rightly see this menace as resulting from a state machine that can be tweaked, but they should look to the I/O relationships of human behavior rather than communications protocols for the solution.

"A pestilence in its own right, spam is also the dead canary in the mineshaft sternly warning us that the new communication and control system the world will inevitably come to rely upon for mission-critical tasks is dangerously vulnerable to catastrophe from any seriously talented programmer with a motive for chaos..."

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