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Re: More on spam

On Friday 17 October 2003 11:19, Greg Folkert wrote:
> On Fri, 2003-10-17 at 08:36, Tom wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 17, 2003 at 02:04:44PM +0200, Kjetil Kjernsmo wrote:
> > > On Friday 17 October 2003 12:53, Jeff Elkins wrote:
> > ...
> > > Unfortunately, using a good anti-spam system is a necessity today, and 
> > ...
> > 
> > I read this book called "The Illusion of Technique" by William Barret 
> > which taught me about Wittgenstein, Heidigger, and William James.  The 
> > gist of it is: in a technological society, it is easy to fall into the 
> > trap of "if I just figure out the right techniques, life will be a piece 
> > of cake...".
> > 
> > i.e., If I just buy Jane Fonda's workout tape, I'll lose weight.  If I 
> > just act right in the bar, I'll go home with that hot chick.  If I just 
> > put the means of production in the hands of the workers, there will be 
> > no more economic injustice.  If I just develop the right behavioral 
> > psychology stimulus-response patterns, there will be no more anti-social 
> > behavior.  If I just build a big enough computer, It'll figure out the 
> > answer to arbitrary problems.
> > 
> > What does this have to do with spam?  It bemuses and befuddles me to 
> > observe extremely intelligent people to swatting the air with tools like 
> > spamassassin, when the correct solution lies elsewhere.  The correct 
> > solution is to merely enlighten all of humanity not to send spam.
Well - you go and work on that!
Exchanging the illusion that technology can fix everything for the illusion 
that people are inherently good is like switching from Budweiser to Coors.
Your headaches won't go away. 

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