At 4:18 PM -0400 10/3/03, Curtis M. Kularski wrote:
I find item #1 humorous, "unscrupulous companies". Ever shopped with
Amazon.com? They sell addresses, but yet have a high amount of consumer
As I mentioned, I use tagged email addresses. I've shopped with
Amazon.com since they opened the store. I've never had them sell my
address. They *did* expose it to the public once, when I commented
on an auction vendor, not realizing they would use my amazon.com
address, but that was easy enough to fix once I realized it.
What evidence do you have that they sell addresses?
In response to item 3, the idea of the disposable address is for the
server to dispose of the mail and not respond. The server would forward
the mail to a dead-end account.
Those two statements contradict each other. Either you reject the
mail, or you forward it. If you forward it, then you get a *huge*
bandwidth hit. I assumed that you would reject it, and my example
addresses that assumption:
> 3. Spreading lots of different email addresses around is a bad idea.
The fact that you know you can reject them really doesn't help. As we
speak, my mail server is eating up 8-16KBs of bandwidth right now doing
nothing but rejecting email sent to non-existent addresses. Yesterday
some idiot on Level3's network tried to connect to our mail server
500,000 times. You do *not* want that happening to your mail server.
Increasing the number of throwaway addresses simply
> increases the bandwidth costs of spam.
None of those addresses are being accepted. That bandwidth and
traffic comes from bouncing spam and viruses sent to 40,000
non-existent addresses. We bounce one every two seconds in normal
times, 10-15 a second during peak virus season. To put that in terms
of throw-away addresses, I'd guess that an average user might have 20
throwaways in a year, so call that the traffic for 2000 users (the
first year--of course it doubles every year after that).
Throwaway addresses are based on the assumption that sending mail to
a non-existent address is "free". It isn't.
http://www.messagefire.com/ Next Generation Spam Defense
http://commons.somewhere.com/buzz/ Writings on Technology and Society
I'm not sure which upsets me more: that people are so unwilling to accept
responsibility for their own actions, or that they are so eager to regulate
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