tagged w/ Spam
"The images from the Spam Architecture series are generated by a computer program that accepts as input, junk email. Various patterns, keywords and rhythms found in the text are translated into three-dimensional modeling gestures.""The images from the Spam Architecture series are generated by a computer program... more
"Sales of Spam - that much maligned meat - are rising as consumers are turning more to lunch meats and other lower-cost foods to extend their already stretched food budgets."
Also for fun, the original Monty Python SPAM skit for those unacquainted:
"Sales of Spam - that much maligned meat - are rising as consumers are turning... more
A couple of internet spammers who sent messages to people supposedly from their friends made thousands every time someone clicked on their ads.
Apparently they made near $500,000 but the judge decided to implement $300 for each infringement brining their total fine to over $300 million.
Now they've just got to catch the other million spammers out there!
''A team of notorious American internet spammers has been fined a record $230m for bombarding MySpace users with adverts for pornography and gambling websites.
"Spam king" Sanford Wallace, along with his business partner Walter Rines, were yesterday ordered to pay unprecedented damages to the social networking website – amounting to the strongest punishment ever handed out to a spammer in the US.
A court in Los Angeles heard how Wallace and Rines sent more than 700,000 messages to MySpace users, fooling them into visiting gambling sites or adult-rated pages. Disguised as comments from the user's friends, the notes in fact contained advertisements that made the pair a small fee every time somebody was fooled into clicking on them.
Although evidence suggested that the pair made around $500,000 from their activities, district judge Audrey Collins used the terms of America's CAN-SPAM Act – which can levy up to $300 for each infringement of the law.''
Source: Guardian UKA couple of internet spammers who sent messages to people supposedly from their... more
The popular online hangout MySpace has won a $234 million judgment in Los Angeles over junk messages sent to its members.
MySpace says it believes this is the largest award ever under the 2003 federal anti-spamming law known as CAN-SPAM.
MySpace tells The Associated Press that the award was against two of the Internet's most prominent spam defendants, Sanford Wallace and Walter Rines.
Wallace has earned the nickname "spam king" for his past role as head of a company that sent as many as 30 million junk e-mails a day in the 1990s.
It's a big victory for MySpace, although service providers often have a tough time collecting such awards. The federal judge ruled in favor of the Web site, owned by News Corp., on Monday after Wallace and Rines failed to show up in court. The popular online hangout MySpace has won a $234 million judgment in Los Angeles over... more
A Colorado man accused of sending hundreds of thousands of spam e-mails has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion and falsifying e-mail headers.
Thirty-five-year-old Edward "Eddie" Davidson of Louisville was also ordered to pay nearly $715,000 to the Internal Revenue Service. He was sentenced yesterday and ordered to report to prison authorities in May.
Federal prosecutors say Davidson's operation used false e-mail headers to disguise the sender. Prosecutors say some of the spam was meant to dupe stock investors and manipulate markets.
Authorities say Davidson made at least $3.5 million sending e-mails for nearly 20 companies.A Colorado man accused of sending hundreds of thousands of spam e-mails has been... more
Serial spammer, Robert Soloway, won't be sending emails for a few years after it has been announced he could be facing a sentence of 26 years with accompanying $625,000 fine, after he pleaded guilty to electronic mail fraud, "snail" mail fraud, and not filing a tax return in 2005 (a year he allegedly made over $300,000).
At one point, Soloway was deemed the world's eighth largest spammer and has subsequently been charged with fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering.
He is being held in custody until trial, when all his 'ill-gotten' gains will be seized.
Will his arrest worry other 'serial spammers' or just open avenues for other spammers to move in on Soloway's 'spamming ground'?
Serial spammer, Robert Soloway, won't be sending emails for a few years after it... more
Boing Boing has posted possibly the worst case of bad translation from the "Redd Cross" of Slovenia:
'Good time of day. You are disturbed by the charitable company Redd Cross of Slovenia. We have the business offer for you. We can offer to you of earnings, thus your salary will make from 1000$ to 2000$ per one month, at an incomplete working day. Your earnings can be and higher. The more and forces you will give time, the there will be your salary more.
If it is interesting to you, you write on the address of e-mail of our agent: firstname.lastname@example.org he will contact you within 24 hours and will throw off to you all details, and will answer you on all your questions.
Thank you for attention Redd Cross of Slovenia!'
What's the worst spam you've ever got?Boing Boing has posted possibly the worst case of bad translation from the "Redd... more
The FBI is warning that Valentine's Day is the next target of the "Storm Worm" virus, a trojan horse virus. So unless you want your computer to become one of the botnets used to continue the spread of the virus, plus be susceptible to identity theft, don't open the e-card from that person you've never met. I'm sorry, but it's most likely not a secret admirer and will quite probably make you and your computer sick.The FBI is warning that Valentine's Day is the next target of the "Storm... more
Spam accounts for the vast majority of all information sent through email, and unlike snail mail there’s no way to stop it. Over two thirds of all email over the internet offers sexual enhancers.Spam accounts for the vast majority of all information sent through email, and unlike... more
Guerrilla Mail's a nifty site that gives you a disposable, temporary email address that expires after fifteen minutes.
It's handy for when you want to register for a service of some sort but you don't want any further emails or spam from them. Once you've got your temporary email address, it'll let you read and reply for the short period of time the account is alive for.
Guerrilla Mail's a nifty site that gives you a disposable, temporary email... more
When people discuss the issue of "openness" in the digital age, they talk about fostering free speech and protecting privacy and property rights without limiting freedom of expression. There are concerns that the internet filters imposed by governments and corporations might create "walled gardens" where access is extremely controlled and expression is no longer free. This video about the issues tied to keeping the Internet "open" features interviews shot at the 2007 Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Rio IGF was the second of five annual global events that attract stakeholders from all walks of life who gathered to discuss issues tied to the future of information and communications technologies.
This documentary was produced for Imagining the Internet http://imaginingtheinternet.org , an online resource exposing future possibilities while simultaneously providing a peek back at the past. In it, you will find the words of thousands of people from every corner of the world, from today and from yesterday, making thousands of predictive pronouncements about the future of humankind.
The multimedia section of the site includes short films and dozens of video interviews - all of them about the hopes and fears for the future of networked communications. Imagining the Internet is a project based at Elon University.
When people discuss the issue of "openness" in the digital age, they talk... more
Will there ever come a day when we can all muse at how much SPAM used to fill our innocent inboxes? In an increasingly hostile environment within the e-mail world, it looks as though the spammers are winning and gaining strength. When the law catches foothold, what would be an appropriate measure of punishment to permanently curb this act of malicious silliness?Will there ever come a day when we can all muse at how much SPAM used to fill our... more
Linzie Hunter paints illustrations that incorporate the subject lines of the spam she finds in her in-box. She captures the daffy mania of spam-subjects perfectly, too! Linzie Hunter paints illustrations that incorporate the subject lines of the spam she... more
A team of software developers is hard at work on a "stupid filter" that promises to do to idiotic online comments what a spam filter does to junk and unwanted e-mail: put it in a place where it can't hurt anyone anymore.A team of software developers is hard at work on a "stupid filter" that... more