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I'm Ryan Lowe, a Software Engineering graduate living in Ottawa, Canada. I like agile software development and Ruby on Rails.
I write this blog in Canadian English and don't use a spell checker. Typos happen.
» Full-time Ruby on Rails freelancer
» Full-time with Rails since May 2005
» Former committer for RadRails (now Aptana)
» I also have a few Rails side-projects in development:
1. wheretogoinTO.com Toronto nightlife
2. Hey Heads Up! TODO list and sharing
3. Layered Genealogy family history research
4. foos for foosball scoring
5. fanconcert for music fans (on hold)
Hiring Rails developers? I can telecommute by the hour from Ottawa, Canada
»» Email: rails AT ryanlowe DOT ca
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More Spam Talk
This can't be a new idea, but how about this for a spam-fighter ...
Spammers probably have lists of millions of addresses. If they want to know who to spam more than once (to save money on bandwidth) they'll probably spam all of the people and see who doesn't bounce.
So what if SMTP (mail sending) servers sent back fake email bounces? If I get a spam email I tell my mail client it's spam and the mail client contacts the SMTP server with the original mail, indicating its spam. The SMTP server then sends a reply back to the spammer saying the account the spam was sent to doesn't exist.
You would still get a lot of first spams, but at least you wouldn't be put on "good email" lists. Spamming would be a one-shot thing, instead of multiple times from the same spammer. Larger organizations like Hotmail could use people-marked spam to filter email for other users at the SMTP level (again sending "account does not exist messages"). Possible? Thoughts?Posted at May 10, 2003 at 05:46 PM EST
Last updated May 10, 2003 at 05:46 PM EST