Daily Archives: 29 November 2004

Lycos Spams Spammers

This BBC
says Lycos Europe (no, I don’t know why there isn’t
a US version) has a screen saver

endlessly requests data from sites that sell the goods
and services mentioned in spam e-mail.

Lycos hopes will it (sic) make the monthly bandwidth
bills of spammers soar by keeping their servers running
flat out.

The net firm estimates that if enough people sign up and
download the tool, spammers could end up paying to send out
terabytes of data.


Signs of the Times

Two weekends ago the city did some road work near our
house. The work, which consisted of paving the an
intersection about block away, required the temporary closing
of the road. So, the workmen setup a five foot high by five
foot wide sign saying, “Road Closed.” You would think this
would be enough for cluefull people to know that, you know,
the road was closed and you should take an alternate

But no, at least 20 or 30 drivers, over a period of about
three hours, drove around the sign. Of course, having driven
around the barrier they found the road closed and impassable.
But if that wasn’t enough, one person, driving a Range Rover
complained so loudly about not being able to drive on the
road that I could hear her from about 75 feet away.

Clearly, these people have no business driving a two-ton
projectile known as a motor vehicle. These kinds of people
make me think that we need better licensing procedures.
Presently, once you pass the drivers exam, you never
again need to prove you know how to drive safely
Maybe making it tougher to keep a driver’s license isn’t the
best solution but I don’t know of any better way to keep
these people off the road. If not for our safety, then
for their’s