Saturday, September 30, 2006

When good spamfilters go bad.

To: Daniel Burrows
Subject: Acknowledgement for your vote

Spam detection software, running on the system "jester", has
identified this incoming email as possible spam. The original message
has been attached to this so you can view it (if it isn't spam) or label
similar future email. If you have any questions, see
the administrator of that system for details.

Content analysis details: (5.8 points, 5.0 required)

pts rule name description
---- ---------------------- --------------------------------------------------
1.0 NO_REAL_NAME From: does not include a real name
1.5 RCVD_NUMERIC_HELO Received: contains an IP address used for HELO
1.0 BAYES_60 BODY: Bayesian spam probability is 60 to 80%
[score: 0.7536]
2.3 EMPTY_MESSAGE Message appears to be empty with no Subject: text

The original message was not completely plain text, and may be unsafe to
open with some email clients; in particular, it may contain a virus,
or confirm that your address can receive spam. If you wish to view
it, it may be safer to save it to a file and open it with an editor.

(but what if the editor is Emacs and it has a Lisp virus?? ;-) )

Saturday, September 02, 2006


Kate and I have been thinking for a while now about maybe adopting cats once we were settled into our new apartment. Two weekends ago, we went to a local cat shelter and adopted a pair of kittens. Photos below; the brown one is a female named Diana, and the orangish one is a male named Mars.

Not only are they INCREDIBLY CUTE, but they're very sweet-tempered and affectionate, at least when they can spare the time from chasing cat toys and play-fighting with each other. There's really nothing like having a pair of purring cats curled up on your lap together.

Kittens make everything better. :-)

(PS: more kitty pictures are available here)