The Core Dump

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

[By Nic Lindh on Thursday, 22 January 2004]

Interesting solution to comment spam

This is a pretty interesting solution to the problem with comment spam. Really clean and neat: comment spammers are like migrating pigeons, they land on your blog, crap all over it, then disappear, so by only letting IP addresses that have visited before post comments, you get a really nice first line of defense. The system will probably have to be tweaked a bit once the Evil Vermin figure it out and start visiting once, then waiting a few hours before coming back with their guano, but some judicious algorithm tweaks might help keep that problem at bay.

Sad, though, that smart people are having to waste their time combatting what shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Music: “Tubular Bells, Part 1 (edit)” by Mike Oldfield

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Book roundup, part 27

Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.

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Book roundup, part 26

Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.

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The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism

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It is impossible for a person to begin to learn what he already thinks he knows

Smell the Foam Finger

Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.

Book roundup, part 25

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