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Comments and discussion on TBTF for 2000-03-31

Anton Sherwood
10:58 PM ET (US)
Keith Dawson
10:26 AM ET (US)
Ayuh. For once Ask Jeeves came through on the first try. The query "Did oxen ever plow American fields?" returned a link to "A History of American Agriculture 1776-1990" at the bottom of the first page.

Anton Sherwood
10:10 AM ET (US)
Did oxen ever plow American soil?
Tim Chambers
04:38 PM ET (US)
I just used MailExpire [1] for the first time today. This is a WAY COOL service!

For some time now, I have been fishing for spammers using a little-known e-mail technique that enables me to have an infinite number of aliases. (I got the idea from a Slashdot posting. I couldn't find it documented in RFC882 [2].) My mail agent will get e-mail to me as tbc+anything@netbox.com. I have given a different e-mail address out more times than I can count -- each of them easily recognized by the "anything" string.

<>< Tim Chambers <tbc plus tio plus muNJP9EdDUJZeXoqH4 at netbox dot com> [3]

[1] http://mailexpire.com/
[2] http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc822.html
[3] http://www.netbox.com/tbc/
08:20 AM ET (US)
Two words for mailexpire.com: absolutely brilliant. What a great way to keep from being spammed. To top it off, it's free! Kris' approach is useful, but obviously requires a good deal more administration.

In Re Amazon: Bezos mentioned that he wasn't happy about the length of the patents, I believe it was in a Wired interview. Despite his stated misgivings, Amazon goes and does it again with this latest patent. Either Bezos is a liar, or he isn't running the show at Amazon. In either case, I'm taking my business elsewhere.
Keith Dawson
04:07 PM ET (US)
Whitney -- If you haven't done so, please read Richard Stallman's statement of the problem [*]. I agree that in the current patent-crazed environment Amazon must seek patents for its own work as a defensive measure. But upon issue of the one-click patent, Bezos immediately wielded it offensively. That's the crux of my beef with them.

TBTF dosn't have affiliate relationships with any other booksellers, never did. For now it's just Powell's.

I'm working on an arrangement with another party (can't say who yet) that will take a different approach entirely to affiliate revenues.

[*] http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/amazon.html
03:26 PM ET (US)
Regarding Amazon and patents: I've long thought that the PTO did not know what they were doing with both software and business methods patents, but I'm hard pressed to blame Amazon for playing the game the way it is set up to be played. I agree that Bezos has a chance to be a forward-looking kind of guy, but is applying for patents any worse than the kind of wholesale copycat design than B&N created? I assume that that you are also cancelling your associates agreements at Barnes & Noble and all the people who blithely copied their competitor?
08:06 PM ET (US)
Regarding the MailExpire bit, I've been doing something similar, but much more controlled, recently. Not long ago I got a NameZero portal up and running - krisjohn.net - so I've setup an e-mail address for use in the Newsgroups, and anywhere else that's a bit iffy. Currently it's news1@krisjohn.net - people can reply to it and I get the replies to my primary account. When it gets overloaded by spam (I've already received a few) I'll startup news2@krisjohn.net and redirect news1 to a throwaway account. I might still check through for real messages, or I might just clean the thing out once a month... I used to use my Yahoo address for the Newsgroups and everything else and the volume of spam I get through that account is so appauling I'm in the process of "moving out" (taking it off my POP3 list and setting up an automatic vacation message telling people to contact me on news1@krisjohn.net for my new e-mail address). Does anyone use Spamcop for e-mail?
Keith Dawson
11:23 PM ET (US)
Use this forum to comment on or discuss TBTF for 2000-03-31: Spampoena. I've set up another forum for one of the articles in this issue; if your contribution is about Process Tree Networks, please follow the link.

- Monetarized distributed computing

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