Antivirus Spam

Here’s a nice rant about the spam that most antivirus systems indiscriminantly send out when they intercept an e-mail worm. Like the author, I’ve received many times more bogus “you are infected with [insert favorite worm name here]” messages than I do actual copies of the worm! Since it’s common knowledge the From: address of such worms’ messages are forged, and the AV companies certainly know this, these “warnings” are little more than spam hawking their particular AV “solutions”.

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More Anti-Spam Measures

Well, the Bayesian plugin I mentioned before is so painfully slow when trying to delete comments I just gave up on it entirely. Instead, I’ve decided to try taking a page out of fluffy’s book, or at least as much as seems possible without switching from HTML to PHP.
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Improvathon!

If you’re at Purdue, and you’re not going to the Improvathon this Friday, you’re going to be missing out.
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U, T, F, 8, Who Do We Appreciate?

Memo to the developers of terminal emulators:

It’s 2004. Why aren’t you supporting UTF-8 yet?
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Spam Problem? What Spam Problem?

This site’s addition to Google recently (I presume) has brought in everyone’s favorite type of spam: MT comment spam. Measures have now been taken that should take care of the problem, at least for the time being.
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State of the Union

Without a doubt, my favorite part of the State of the Union address was when Bush was in the middle of calling for renewal of various provisions of the Patriot Act. After boasting about how these radical provisions, passed quickly after the 9/11 attacks in the name of fighting terrorism, are now being used to bust embezzlers, Bush warned that “Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year.” The Democrats immediately broke into applause, much to Bush’s annoyance.
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Standard ML of New Jersey

This holiday weekend, when I wasn’t busy catching up on reading for my classes (how can I already be behind after only one week?) or finding more bugs in Rhythmbox’s Bonobo interface, I was giving myself a crash-course in Standard ML of New Jersey.
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Not My Fault

I found a bug in Rhythmbox while working on gkrellm-rhythmbox (my creatively named yet-to-be-released Rhythmbox plugin for GKrellM. Apparently, the very act of listening for a song change event through the Bonobo interface will crash Rhythmbox if it reaches the end of the playlist. Ouch.
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Predictions for the Semester

I think it’s obvious that the set of books I bought last night should be enough to predict how each of my classes this semester will be, before actually going to any of those classes. So, here goes.
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Applying to Grad School Was Soooo Last Year

Apparently, thanks to the University of Illinois’s ill-thought-out web site, I failed to turn in one of several paper-based forms for my electronic grad school application. They notify me of this yesterday, about six weeks after I turned my application in. So now I get to rush and throw together a paper form, half of which is duplicated from what I submitted electronically, scribble down a “personal statement” that amounts to “tell us what you did in the field,” and throw it in the mail this week. Yay.
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assert(!incommunicado);

blog: index.html:20040106: title: Assertion `!incommunicado’ failed.
Aborted (core dumped)
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