MIT held its 2005 Spam Conference last week. Some interesting talks, with new ideas. Some mad-sounding, academic ideas that would never work in the real world. Unfortunately some boring, unoriginal, or marketing-driven ones too.
Some interesting trivia:
- There are 600,426,974,379,824,381,952 ways to mis-spell \/¡äğŗă
- About 5% of web traffic appears to be spammers harvesting email addresses
- On average, spammers take about 10 days to send spam to a newly-harvested address
- At one point, an audience member asked, "If the opposite of Spam is Ham, what's the opposite of Phish?" Quick as a flash, the answer came back... "Phowl."