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Sunday, 2014 December 7, 17:07 — spam

self-referential

A recent comment on this blog from someone named ‘air jordan 1 ebay’:

Hello, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam responses? […]

Yes. Yes, I do.

Monday, 2013 December 30, 01:27 — spam

to boldly spam

A recent fad in spam is Star Trek filler:

Sisko swiveled toward his chief engineer. “What do you think? Is there anybody still aboard the cargo shuttle?”
The commander nodded grudgingly. “Yes, I know. But you thought they might steal a couple of pods off the station. This is bigger than that. What did those Klingon renegades get out of it? Not the antimatter. So we have to assume that they were paid for their participation.”
Epilogue
“No!” she shouted.
The planet was a bit closer now, a bit more fiery at the edges, but it remained dark and essentially featureless. Picard peered at it as if he could have spotted the Mendel just by looking hard enough- as if he could have outdone the Enterprise’s vast array of instruments, not to mention Troi’s considerable abilities, by determination alone.

I wonder what’s the source.

Sunday, 2013 December 22, 22:49 — spam

preprocessor fail

I’ve been getting comments like this: ( . . more . . )

Tuesday, 2013 November 5, 12:57 — spam

Dear sir or madam: It’s important in today’s economy to cover all bases.

Funny spam comment:

{The Secret|The Main Element {To|In order to|For you to|To help you|If you would like|If you want to totally|On the way to|When you need to}} master the moncler-market Is Rather Straight foward!

Saturday, 2013 October 26, 14:41 — language, spam, technology

limited voice recognition?

When I answer the ’phone, I generally say either “Yes?” or “Good day/evening, Sherwoods” rather than “Hello.” With cold-callers I often don’t get a response to that; I pause and try a variation or two of “Is someone there?” before the caller speaks up with a bewildered “Hello?”.

Does their robo-dialer wait for a “Hello” before prompting the human that it has found a live line?

Tuesday, 2012 July 3, 13:39 — language, spam

divided by common letters

I’ve been getting Russian spams in which some of the Cyrillic letters “Аа В Ее К М Н Оо Рр Сс Т у Хх” are replaced by the similar Latin letters “Aa B Ee K M H Oo Pp Cc T y Xx”, defeating Google Translate.

Monday, 2011 August 1, 08:11 — spam

Combien de temps est-ce que je la poitrine devrais-je nourrir mon enfant ?

On the first of the month, I look at my HTTP referral log to see if I have any new incoming links. Among this month’s spam is a breastfeeding blog in French, which appears on closer inspection to have been translated by machine, probably from English; the above title is a sample.

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