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on spam [Aug. 8th, 2007|08:52 am]
matt
It's been about two or three weeks since I changed my DNS registry to use my correct email address- it had been pointing to a defunct email address for a year or two and I nearly lost the domain as a result. About two days ago, I go my first spam message at the address, and I thought, "gee, I wonder where my name got posted". Yesterday, it was two messages. Today it was ten, so far.

I'm pretty sure the email got farmed from my updated DNS record.

Ugh.

I really don't understand why this occurs. It may be nearly costless to farm these addresses, but do they really think "hey, if I cold-call this new email, they're bound to get a subscription to my pr0n site!" or is it a case of "even if they click through to investigate the source of the pron, to try and shut it down, it will register a hit on the clickthrough and will generate a fraction of a cent of income from ponzi.clickstream.com, and I'll be at a new macro-generated website address tomorrow, anyway"

The perils of micropayment and the long tail, I guess. At some point, the content is so worthless that the price is some infintesimal but non-zero value, such that each consumer (the spam receiver) notices no drain, but the aggregator gets rich quick because the transaction is repeated many multiples of times. This is like a sick "Superman 3/Office Space" style scam, I guess. The cost of spam is less than a fraction of a cent, and it is getting rounded off into the spammers pockets.

Newsflash: Joanna was right- it's still stealing.
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