January 30th, 2004

  • evan

highlights from today's information overload

"www.sco.com is a weapon of mass destruction":
...In fact, the author of the MyDoom virus has delegated control of directing the most enormous volume of http traffic that the Internet has yet seen to hostmaster@sco.com. On a whim, SCO can direct that Tsunami at an object of their choosing, simply by changing an A record in named.conf in time for the change to propagate by Sunday.

[full article]

Distributed Social Software: "This is an ambitious, high-level description of how social software should really work in order to scale, preserve consistency, provide flexibility, and prevent fragmentation of the user base."
Just printed out, not sure if it's garbage yet. I saw RDF in there and that makes me way more suspicious than it really ought to...

Spam Assassin rules to cut down on those annoying "you sent a virus" mails. Linked from there:
...I'd like to propose a simple certification examination for people who'd like to write new mail filtering and response systems. It's very simple, just one question. If you answer the question correctly, you're free to write your software. If you answer the question incorrectly, you cannot ever write mail filtering software. I'm sorry, but that's just the way it is.

The question is, can a From address be forged?.