> These people are scum. They have what is rumored to be the
> largest e-address database in the world (53M last time I saw a
> count) and they use it to spam you to death, even if you check
> the box saying you don't want mail from them. They are in my
> site-wide database of spammers here now so no mail is accepted
> from any address on their network.
a short explanation at <http://www.tbtf.com/blog/1999-10-31.html#2>.
it's an excellent example of why it's prudent to:
- provide bogus info when you 'register' 'free' software
- set your browser to reject cookies, and, if some sites
(like the NYT) truly require them, delete the cookie
file on a very regular basis. many cookies set by site
A are accessible from sites B, C, and so on. if you buy
anything online, delete your cookie ASAP, since CC info
can be correlated with cookie info recording your usage
- periodically delete (including all associated files) and
reinstall any software that refers to a centralized server,
in the absence of clear business models, a lot of dot-coms are speculating that the data they can amass on specific udage pat- terns is a 'micro-targeted' data-mining goldmine.
> Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 13:25:10 -0500
> From: Doug Henwood <dhenwood at panix.com>
> Weren't the Real people some sort of political "progressives," at
> least at some time, by some definition?
they donated services and cash to radio B92. and, it seems, amassed a very rigorous database of everyone who listened to it.