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Snippets #46, Sunday, 26.Oct.2003     (ISSN 1530-9622)

 

_______________S N I P P e T S

_________________________from James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door

___________________________________#46, Sunday, 26.Oct.2003

_____________________________________________ISSN 1530-9622

 

 

__________0. CONTeNTS

_____1. Errors and Corrections

_____2. Can Spam Bill

_____3. Outlook 2003 and Spam

_____4. Orgasmatron

_____5. A Bit of Humor

 

 

__________1. ERRORS AND CORRECTIONS

The last email of Snippets, #45, yesterday had an incorrect subject line. The subject said "#44" instead of "#45".

(If you are filing these in Microsoft Outlook, you can edit the subject to correct that.)

 

 

__________2. CAN SPAM BILL

On Wednesday, the Senate passed the Can Spam Act (S.877 introduced by Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) ).

The law would:

--- Prohibits incorrect header and routing information,

--- Prohibit harvesting of email addresses from websites

--- Prohibit deceptive and misleading subjects.

--- Prohibit sending email to millions of randomly generated addresses

--- Require contact information for company

--- Require opt out information

--- Allows domain wide opt out

--- Require labeling of sexually explicit messages

--- encourages (but does not require) the FTC to set up a "Do Not email" list

While we all would like to see something done about spam, this law might not do as much as people would like.

For example, it can't touch spammers who move offshore. The telemarketing law can work because telemarketers are primarily significant companies with significant assets. Spammers are horses of different colors.

Also, the idea for a "Do Not email" list could (if done wrong) make it possible for offshore spammers to obtain a list of valid email addresses direct from the government. This means that to be effective the government provide a way to check addresses against the list without actually providing the list.

Some significant organizations see it as a good first step. Others see it as effectively providing a way for spammers to continue to operate legally.

 

The Law
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:s877:%20 

News Article on the Law
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/23/technology/23MAIL.html
or
http://uhoh.org/senate-passes-spam-bill.html 

News Article on the Law
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/7082588.htm 

News Article on the Law
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,113065,00.asp

News Article on the Law
http://news.com.com/2100-1028_3-5095408.html

News Article on the Law
http://www.internetnews.com/IAR/article.php/3097451

Article on Problems of the Law
http://www.internetnews.com/IAR/article.php/3098111

Another Article on Issues
http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/7092333.htm

SpamCon Foundation (working against Spam)
http://www.spamcon.org/ 

CAUCE (working against Spam)
http://www.CAUCE.org 

CAUCE News Site (as of today, features concerns over the Can Spam Act)
http://www.cauce.org/news/index.shtml 

Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) Comments on Spam Laws
http://www.cdt.org/speech/spam/030714cdt.shtml 

 

 

__________3. OUTLOOK 2003 and SPAM

On the subject of Spam, this recent article discusses how Outlook 2003 (part of Office 2003 which hit the streets on 21.Oct) has improved, built-in spam filtering.

I have not tried it myself, but it looks interesting

How Outlook 2003 takes care of spam on its own
http://reviews-zdnet.com.com/AnchorDesk/4520-7297_16-5093279.html 

 

 

__________4. ORGASMATRON

I'll let you read the details (if you are inclined).

Orgasmatron Puts Tech in Sex
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,60943,00.html 

 

 

__________5. A BIT OF HUMOR

How many Bill Gates does it take to change a light bulb?

Microsoft and Changing Light Bulbs
http://JSH.us/h/hum1/change-light-bulb-microsoft.htm 

 

 
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