Why machines filter spam better than humans

I couldn’t help laughing when I read Mako’s adventure with spam. What if a Nigerian email you, sincerely requesting collaboration on a project, or expressing a business interest in what you do? Well, this is what happens – your spam filter does not mark the mail as spam, while you do.

Mako’s blog makes me smile – almost always, and is now a daily read for me. How I wish he linked to individual entry pages from the title of posts. Each time I want to write about something he wrote about, I end up looking through the :

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at the bottom of the post (for which I have to scroll down, first, or I don’t see them), and then i have to figure out which of those links is the right one for the post. WordPress has spoilt me, I tell you!

Mako’s blog is powered by Bloxsom, which is not GPLed, or as far as I can tell, distributed under a free-software license but is released under the MIT license, which enables folks to redistribute modified versions. It also does not put a “generator” tag in the source of the feeds it produces, and is the first tool I have noticed that doesn’t put that feed in there (there may be more). A discussion with Matt a long time ago had concluded with the reasoning that looking for the generator tag in the feeds was the best way to identify the tool used to publish a blog. Not any more, I guess.

Alright, so Mako, want to step into the wonderful world of WordPress? Moving is easy.

P.S. This post started heading towards one destination and ended up somewhere I never intended to end up when I started writing it. Sort of like how I spend my days – lots of things are accomplished but the plan usually goes out the window – have to fix this.

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5 Responses to Why machines filter spam better than humans

  1. Anonymous says:

    http://www.blosxom.com/license.html

    License
    Blosxom
    Copyright 2003, Rael Dornfest

    Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the “Software”), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

    The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

    THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

  2. jm says:

    >Mako’s blog is powered by Bloxsom, which is not GPLed, or as far as I can tell, distributed under a free-software license, which enables folks to redistribute modified versions.

    Try again:
    http://www.blosxom.com/license.html

    License
    Blosxom
    Copyright 2003, Rael Dornfest

    Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the “Software”), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

    The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

    THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

  3. admin says:

    I am sorry, a cursory look at the license statement did not tell me whether it was compatible/classifiable as a free software license, which is what I meant. There is no way I can read even two relatively short paragraphs and tell if it satisfies the requirements for the same. The author of the tool must have felt a compelling need to not use a free software license or may have decided to use a license of his own for no particular reason, and has every right to do that :) and I appreciate your comment. Thank you!

  4. Seth Schoen says:

    That license is, I believe, the original MIT license, which is one of the most traditional free software licenses. See, e.g., http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php

  5. admin says:

    Thank you, Seth. I have edited the post now. It all fits it now. Sorry for the error.