The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Monday, 12 January 2004]

Email more unreliable than ever

Fred Langa at InformationWeek performed an informal study of how much of email gets lost or caught in overzealous spam filters, and came to the conclusion that up to 40% of legitimate email goes into the bit bucket.

This is just so tiresome. We finally have this excellent communications medium, and due to the tireless efforts of the scum of the planet, it’s degraded more and more every day.

It seems we’re getting way past the point where desperate efforts are needed. Even though the concept is unpalatable for many reasons, we’re probably going to end up using email “clearing houses” to validate that our email is legitimate.

Music: “Antistar” by Massive Attack

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