Saturday, December 02, 2006

Spam Solution, for Now 

I've given up -- given up on trying to haystack all the mis- and mal-addressed email sent to locusmag.com. It seemed a reasonable thing to do, to skim through it all in order to find the occasional legitimate email sent to Locus but somehow not sent to any valid address, and I've done this for several years now, but as it's increased to 10K such emails a day, taking an hour to skim every two or three days, I've decided it's not worth it. Life is too short. I'll miss a few. Sorry.

Re: comment to a previous post: of course I realize that the 'intermediates' are automated robots. At the same time, I've always assumed that a fair fraction of the 'visits' to the website each day aren't people with eyeballs, but just such robots. It's because I've assumed that, that I'm surprised the compilations of active e-mail addresses and comment forms aren't updated more often than they seem to be. Obviously one of my premises is flawed...
One more example of the future being more banal than science fiction.

Had I read an SF story in 1980 about hundreds of robots attempting to contact me every day, it might have sounded cool.

Actually having them do so... not so much.
He-he! "Be careful what you ask for -- you might get it."

Think of the robots being developed now. I wonder how banal the "A Robot In Every Home" future will actually turn out to be -- maybe kids will spray graffitti on our robots, or gangs will kidnap robots and hold them to ransom, or salesman robots will pester us everywhere...
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