March 2008 Archives

Useful New Filter Technology

I'm just after coming across the Stupid Filter project. Now I'm waiting for the Spamassassin and Support Desk plugins!

I had an interesting issue today where up2date was complaining because a package was already installed. The error showed up as follows:

Fetching Obsoletes list for channel: rhel-i386-es-4...

Fetching rpm headers...
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Name Version Rel
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e2fsprogs-devel 1.35 12.11.el46.1 i386
gd 2.0.28 5.4E.el4
6.1 i386
krb5-devel 1.3.4 54 i386
krb5-libs 1.3.4 54 i386
openssl 0.9.7a 43.17.el46.1 i386
openssl-devel 0.9.7a 43.17.el4
6.1 i386
perl 5.8.5 36.el45.2 i386
tzdata 2007k 2.el4 noarch


Testing package set / solving RPM inter-dependencies...
########################################
RPM package conflict error. The message was:
Test install failed because of package conflicts:
package perl-5.8.5-36.el4
5.2 is already installed
Running "up2date -u --force" just gave me the same error. The eventual solution after much head scratching and wandering down deadends was to run the following commands:
up2date --get perl
rpm -Uvh --force perl-5.8.5-36.el4_5.2.i386.rpm
Once this was finish, "up2date -u" happily went about it's business again.

Just after having a rare look through my "High Spam" folder, and there is a massive amount of the usual Male Enhancement spam there. The spammers aren't sending all this just for fun of it, so there has to be idiots in the world who happily click on the links and buy the product.

 I wonder how ethical it would be for ISPs to send out a fake spam to customers with a link to an ISP controlled site. If they click on the Pay button and enter credit card details, have the confirmation page tell them something like:
"We know who you are and we have your account details. If you click on a spam like this again we will list your name and address on a public list of idiots. Your credit card has been charged a €5 stupidity fine".

It would probably break more data privacy and trade description laws than I know exist, but it could dry up one form of spammer income in a hurry :)

Wishful thinking?

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