David Nicol wrote:
On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 8:37 AM, Alessandro Vesely <vesely(_at_)tana(_dot_)it>
What I wanted to say is that we would get better responses from users if we
were able to put better questions. Bayesian filters are so ambiguous that we
should be ashamed of proposing them: why would people ever use artificial or
natural intelligence if some much simpler statistical data sufficed? And I
don't mention TIS buttons, as their ambiguity has been pointed out recently.
Doesn't everybody agree that we only use such tools because we have nothing
better at hands?
But Paul Graham was /so eloquent/ in his argument for them
Yeah, I guess there is a lesson to be learned: countermeasures don't
bring any real advancement. To avoid getting stuck in the trenches
that we built that way, we should apprehend and surmount the system
weaknesses that spammers exploit. For example, implementing some of
the requirements of the various privacy laws may be a step toward that
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