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    I read about a program in Europe that people were installing on their computers that would take the live URL addresses (not Email addresses) out of spam mail and insert them into a constant poll program. This program would then poll the offending web site on some type of continual basis.

    As more and more people installed this program the web sites hosting the spam related sites were being overwelmed with activity and effectively shut down.

    Has anyone else heard of this? Was it a Lycos program?
    Curt

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtarmy
    I read about a program in Europe that people were installing on their computers that would take the live URL addresses (not Email addresses) out of spam mail and insert them into a constant poll program. This program would then poll the offending web site on some type of continual basis.

    As more and more people installed this program the web sites hosting the spam related sites were being overwelmed with activity and effectively shut down.

    Has anyone else heard of this? Was it a Lycos program?
    Wouldnt doing this make you just as bad as the spammers??
    Well behaved women rarely make history
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    Quote Originally Posted by clairegrrl
    Wouldnt doing this make you just as bad as the spammers??
    or just as good
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    Chick, Clare, & Dutch you are probably all right.
    The few things that I do know are..
    1. I was in high school when the beatles were on Ed Sullivan.
    2. I felt rage (but did not experience) during a divorce some twenty years ago.
    3. Spam sometimes causes me to curse.
    4. I am old enough to know that if I was a bit smarter, some problems would be in a different perspective.
    5. I am now happily married but that *#$&/?!#* spam is still coming.
    Curt
    Curt

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtarmy
    Chick, Clare, & Dutch you are probably all right.
    The few things that I do know are..
    1. I was in high school when the beatles were on Ed Sullivan.
    2. I felt rage (but did not experience) during a divorce some twenty years ago.
    3. Spam sometimes causes me to curse.
    4. I am old enough to know that if I was a bit smarter, some problems would be in a different perspective.
    5. I am now happily married but that *#$&/?!#* spam is still coming.
    Curt
    Thanks Curt...That really helped So here's a question. Is spam better then no email at all?
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    Quote Originally Posted by curtarmy
    Has anyone else heard of this? Was it a Lycos program?
    Yeah it was the lycos screensaver...
    I agree with Claire on this one, it is fighting evil with evil and you are sinking to the spammers level...
    Can understand why people do it though, but feel it is a bit of a knee jerk response.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToolkiT
    Yeah it was the lycos screensaver...
    I agree with Claire on this one, it is fighting evil with evil and you are sinking to the spammers level...
    And they are better at it than you. So, their escalation may be of much greater consequence, not to mention inconvenience, than the current situation.
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    No, spammers are generally greedy idiots in trailer parks in Florida. They are not technically savvy and can easily be fawked with.

    The solution proposed in this thread seems quite legitimate to me. It directly correlates the number of unwanted messages sent to an unwanted ping to the sender.

    I LIKE it.
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    point taken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToolkiT
    Yeah it was the lycos screensaver...
    I agree with Claire on this one, it is fighting evil with evil and you are sinking to the spammers level...
    Can understand why people do it though, but feel it is a bit of a knee jerk response.
    Do you know.... What happened? Did it work? Did it get outlawed? Are some people still using it? A Lycos Screen saver, eh?

    I agree with Clair or whomever suggested it might be dangerous to get into a fight with the spammers. While there certainly are a bunch of low life nerds making fractions of a cent per email, to screw up my day there also are certainly some with brains behind it, somewhere, that are evil enough to make my life worse. Like the guy from Australia said in the movie ...." that ain't spam, This is SPAM" or something to that effect.

    It seems that I remember the article talking about it actually shutting down some of the servers that were selling the products in the Emails. Right?
    Curt

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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas
    No, spammers are generally greedy idiots in trailer parks in Florida. They are not technically savvy and can easily be fawked with.
    Hey, hey, HEY! Not Florida ... Washington State! Isn't that where are good "friends" at M$ are? If it wasn't for him, we may have a little better control of the situation!

    And apparently, this would hold true for the 2d sentence in your post!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by curtarmy
    Do you know.... What happened? Did it work? Did it get outlawed? Are some people still using it? A Lycos Screen saver, eh?
    They pulled it off since it was too succesfull.. it took down a site so I've heard.. which makes it a dDOS which is illegal..
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