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Looks like hardware hackers, homebrewers, and the like may have some PSP fun in store: Undiluted Platinum appears to be a user-flashable firmware replacement board available soon, for $90/75€. Can imagine fitting the thing to be a source of some amusement, though, given how packed the device is. Custom firmware, anyone? MIPS-based, too, so the assembly otter be fairly easy to follow, though communicating with the hardware might take some reverse engineering. I know I'm going to have to get one - being able to play around with the firmware directly (well, downloaded over USB - doesn't look like it offers any JTAG functionality) is just too appealing.

Just out of curiosity, I thought I'd tally up the last couple days of crud in the spamtrap:

Misc gifts xxxxxxxxx
Pills xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Mortgages xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Judgment server xxxx
Penny stocks xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Watch replicas xxxxxxxxxxx
Sex chat xx
Phishing xxx
Diets xxxxx
Casinos xxxxxxxxxx
Diplomas xxxxxxxxxxx
Debt xx
Fake surveys xx
Unknown xxxxxxxxxxxx
Property x
Wealth x
Software x
Site traffic x
Directories x


("Unknown" being either so jumbled I couldn't tell what they were imploring me to buy, were blank, or consisted purely of linked images, which I don't load by default)

How does this compare to yours?


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I like that bumper sticker. I have seen it around on bumpers (what a strange place to put them) but I cant find them in the stores.

I cant even understand most of the headers of my spam. example ....

Illeggal and weiird familyy gangbanng har*dccore! after

What the hell is that??
Looks like it's a "cottage industry" item, so it'd probably be difficult to find, even in the Bay. (Cue someone pointing out where it can be bought in the area =:) What's the "i" representing there? I'm such a cultural philistine. ^_^

Some spammers really are going off the deep end, yep. One recent mortgage spammer's especially lousy, using subject lines such as "Immediate Notice of Repossession from Lender" and "Allegation received from Sheriff". It all falls into the spamtrap, so I only see the junk when I want to, but even for spammers, that's unpleasant. (But as I recall, California's typically limp antispam law does provide for private right of action - something like $500 per message, so easily handled by small claims court)
I'd say the dot on the i is probably the Wheel of Life from Buddhism.
Which, upon further examination, is exactly what it says on the linked page. I feel significantly less awesome now, lol.
*giggle* Well, just goes to show how easily distracted I am by OH SHINY! - I didn't even notice the text, only the design and price. Me read good!
You should probably force that text black - white-on-light-pink is hard to see, especially on my laptop (Which tends to make the pink look nearly white itself at a number of angles...)
Oh, btw, you can look at http://discosnorlax.livejournal.com/friends/ to see what I mean if you're not quite sure what I'm talking about...
That's a bit of a pain.. I tried forcing the table's fgcolor to black, but presumably the style sheet's overriding that. :-P Any idea how I can fix that? I'm an HTML expert of the "bang rocks together make fire" level. =:)
Watch replicas have dropped off in the last week or so, though "hoodia" is still going strong. Crap stocks noticably increased in the last week, too. Never gotten the judgement server, but we get about that amount of "work at home" spam.

And, yes, I get about ten mortgage "we want your account" letters a day.
Stocks do seem to be on the upswing, at least in the spammer market, if not Wall Street - they've long been a fixture of the phenomenon, but does seem to be getting worse.

Might be fun trying to hack up a tool to analyse what kind of spam each message is, if indeed someone hasn't already done so. I'm curious to see if different people get somewhat similar ratios, and how these change with time. Could be a fun project for Google Labs' "trends".. ^_^ (Gods, how much spam must GMail take in each day?)

If only spammers had to honor some of the mortgage rates they claim to be offering.. one today was claiming $490k from 3.65%. (Of course, the operative word is "from".. presumably if you're paying 90% of the purchase price in cash, and have a credit rating backed up by the House of Saud)
I would imagine that if you use something, like SpamAssassin, that makes a note of which rules the message fell afoul of (e.g. Possible Nigerian 419, Mention of Viagra, etc) then it should be fairly trivial to write a program that'll run through a mailbox and tally up each of those flags.

Of course, some of the Spam flags won't tell you what the spam is about (e.g. Malformed HTML), but you can filter them out once you've got the tally.
I dunno what everyone else does, but when I get a phishing mail, I usually go to their fake site and fill the forms with assorted insults and obscenities over and over, bassically filling the lists theyir software is making with that stuff. I also like to gather up otheres and jave them join in with me.

Anyone else do anything similar?
...and the keyboard on this laptop sucks...
I haven't taken action on spam in a few years now, I'm ashamed to say. It can take up quite a lot of time, and there's often a big difference in a colo provider's terms and conditions, and what they'll do about a spammer in their midst - in 2002, I'd built up a list of spam runs by one particular louse, coming out of a system housed by Concentric (now XO, as I recall). I reported each one, and as they were an especially persistent lot, took to adding each new instance to a list I included with each report, every few days.

After about five months, they were apparently shut down.

The guy in charge was apparently quite well intentioned, but ridiculously backlogged, and the corporate hierarchy supposedly required loads of proof, to cover them from hypothetical lawsuits for wrongful cancellation of the contract. (Oddly, that rarely seems to be an issue if they forget to pay)

Then there's the matter of having to keep up with what providers are vaguely good guys, and which are just shell operations for the spammers.. still, I suppose I ought to report at least some. If I can establish California law does indeed provide for private right of action, $500 a shot might be an encouragement. ^_^
What would be funny is if enough people did the same thing to the same phisher that I do, all at once. Watch as the phisher's equipment starts going south from the load, and what they do recover is mostly insults and obscenities all directed at them! :P
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I'd been thinking of a 1.50, but they're fairly scarce now - and this would permit the loading of any firmware you care for, including your own. ^_^ (Mine came with 2.50, which isn't such a bad one - most notably, WPA support[1], so it's happy with my usual router settings. Though Wipeout Pure couldn't connect when I tried it earlier today, showing the usual connection dimmed out and unselectable)

[1] Which the DS still lacks. :-P Not sure if the slimline model came with WPA support.. I read a while back Nintendo wasn't interested, considering WPA unnecessary for home users.