The Core Dump

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

[By Nic Lindh on Monday, 01 March 2004]

Guessing that email address

Great reaction on Techdirt about a Wired article on the Direct Marketing Association releasing new guidelines endorsing “a controversial practice that allows businesses to track down customers’ e-mail addresses without explicitly asking for them.” Yes, that’s right, you buy something from a company, make the choice to not give them your email address, and it is now fully within the DMA guidelines for them to attempt to guess your email address to send you spam.

Hmm. Show of hands, who likes the DMA?

Music: “Professional Widow” by Tori Amos [Opens in iTunes]

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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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