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Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages
Yes, dear readers, this post is related to spam. To be honest, spam doesn't actually bother me. I find it amusing. I'm aware of the economic argument: they can send out so many messages so cheaply that they only need one or two people to buy to make the advertising costs back.
What surprises me is that they can find that one or two people. I generally delete spam within a second or two - it is easy enough to identify them - but today (ok, I thought I'd write something about it, so I thought I would have to read one or two), I decided to have a look. Here is a sample of one which lobs into (and out of) my inbox fairly regularly:
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Have a read of that. Can you really imagine anyone, with any problem, medical or otherwise, looking at that and saying, "y'know, that unsolicited email from a weird email address makes a lot of sense. I think I will buy drugs from them."
I'm aware of the economic argument. But really. Surely not. Surely no one would actually buy these things based on an unsolicited email. Surely no one would accept stock tips from spam.
Similarly, I've been getting the occassional comment on my blog looking like this:
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They've really got my readership down, don't they. None of my readers actually seem to click links all that often. In fact, apart from the first day I out ads on, when people seemed to click because it was new and interesting and whatever, I have had less than one click per post. So, y'know, advertising in the comments, particularly on posts from six months ago, ain't gonna have a huge effect. More than that, as far as I know, most of the readers here are male (if any females besides my mother actually read this, please email me to let me know - I may even buy you a handbag!), and I doubt that they tend to buy prada handbags, but I could be wrong.
My favourite procrastinations
The Head Heeb - Jonathan provides a balanced view on various Israeli and (former) colonial states in less developed regions of the world.
The Bladder - a sports satire site. Well worth a look.