What is the Fuss?

Written by Peter M.K. Chan

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What isrepparttar Fuss?

I am a young surfer, barely six-months old. But I already know that spamming is a sin, soon to be made a crime. However, as an adult who has been around for quite sometime, I really do not understandrepparttar 132717 logic of it all.

What is wrong with sending decent emails to strangers? It’s because they have not asked for it. But are banners, pop-ups and pop-unders solicited? Yeah! How about TV advertising? You didn’t ask for them either, did you? These, mind you, are PAID for. Are you saying that paying someone to deliverrepparttar 132718 emails will be acceptable? If not, what really isrepparttar 132719 fuss?

Like everything else,repparttar 132720 fuss is about money. If it is OK for Tom, Dick, and Harry to advertise for himself, Where is advertising revenue going to come from? Well, as someone who has to put roof over head and food on table, I am beginning to seerepparttar 132721 truth.

This thing has got to be stopped. How? Why not nail it with a bad sounding label. What do you have in mind? How about SPAM for “Self Publicity-Advertising Mess”? Not bad for a bad name. That would also giverepparttar 132722 public something to spit from its lips. Like SPAMMING is bad for health, or whatever.

Bayesian Spam Filters Uncovered

Written by Niall Roche

In a word Bayesian spam filters are "intelligent". Bayesian spam filters are intelligent in so far as they're capable of comparing two sets of information and acting onrepparttar result. This is in direct contrast torepparttar 132714 vast majority of other spam filters who use pre-built rules to decide which e-mail is spam and which is not.

Bayesian spam filters can take one group of legitimate e-mail and another group of spam and comparerepparttar 132715 values and data of each. The definition of legitimate e-mail that it creates atrepparttar 132716 end of this comparison session is what it uses going forward to scan your inbox for spam.

FYI Bayesian spam filters are named after Thomas Bayes an 18 century cleric who created something known as Bayes Theorem. In summary Bayes Theorem is as follows: .."in statistical inference to update estimates ofrepparttar 132717 probability that different hypotheses are true, based on observations and a knowledge of how likely those observations are, given each hypothesis." In plain English it looks for obvious repeating patterns to form an "opinion" on something. In spam filter terms that "opinion" becomes a rule which keeps you spam free (or pretty close :-)

The really neat thing about Bayesian filters is that they're capable of learning. For example if they decided to block an e-mail becauserepparttar 132718 filter perceived it as junk butrepparttar 132719 user marked it as valid mailrepparttar 132720 Bayesian filter then knows not to block that type of e-mail inrepparttar 132721 future. So, in time, this type of spam filter learns enough to block spam far more effectively. AOL have embraced this type of spam filter withrepparttar 132722 launch of AOL 9.0 and AOL Communicator- ifrepparttar 132723 big dog wants it then it must be worthwhile?

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