There Is No Cat

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Sunday, August 18, 2002

I do not like Green Eggs and Spam

Speaking of spam, there was a pretty decent package about spam on NPR's All Things Considered on Thursday on the subject. It started with an interview with Jason Catlett of Junkbusters, then got the other side of the story from spammer Alan Ralsky. He prefers to call himself a "commercial e-mailer", but I'm reading a book by Ken Smith called Junk English, and that would seem to fit into at least a half-dozen assaults on the language that Ken talks about in the book. If he doesn't like being called a spammer, perhaps the terms "weasel" or "leech" would be more acceptable. He seemed awfully defensive, but I guess getting a couple of death threats a week will do that to a man. When he was asked if he uses open relays to send his spam, he said he wouldn't comment on that. I'll take that as a "yes". He said he prefers to think of what he does as free enterprise. I prefer to think of it as trespassing and theft.

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"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."

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