It's been a while since I've seen something new in the world of spam. Creativity does not seem to be something that's required in the field, because there's a sucker born every minute. Today, however, something interesting did happen to make its way through the filters. Something very, very interesting:
If I didn't answer the first 1,500 sent yesterday, why would I answer the most recent 1,500 from today?
Spam, spam, spam spam. It's the scourge of the Internet and wastes a great deal of energy. I am willing to put money1 on the fact that if all the spam were to disappear from the world, humanity would have enough excess energy available to shut down a third of our coal-powered electric power plants. What bugs me about spam, though, isn't so much the fact that it exists. What bugs me about spam is that it's done in such an inefficient manner that servers and code are consuming far more power than necessary in a bid to help scammers sucker people out of money they're too stupid to have in the first place.
I've written a great deal about spam and how nonsensical much of it is. A number of times it's like the people who put out this spam honestly have no idea how much time and energy they're wasting when there are much more logical, much more efficient ways of attracting errant clicks and cash from suckers. So seeing spam messages like the ones I regularly get through my contact form actually bring me up short as I try to understand why anybody things this will work...
Oh, you silly spammers. How I haven't missed you.