Fun with Spam
Opinion: If we can't stop spam, at least we should have fun with it.Most people dont think of fun and spam as residing in the same universe. But if you cant beat it, I say, why not have fun with it? OK, youre right; maybe I have been spending too much time in front of the computer lately. But if spam is going to show up despite my best efforts, I might as well make the best of it. So every day, I try to turn dealing with spam into a series of games. Foreign language spam is always fun. These are my favorites among the messages that elude my filter. After all, if youre going to get spam anyway, isnt it better for the spam to be unreadable? And non-English spam is so easy to delete, since I can be certain it is not from anyone I know. For example, I didnt learn until I read our story that those German-language messages I found in my spam folder were links to neo-Nazi propaganda related to the 60th anniversary of VE-Day. Doubtless, the spam was sent by some loser skinhead whose grandparents hadnt been born when the Allies marched into Berlin.
Somehow I missed the earlier messages, also sent by the Sober virus, that promised World Cup soccer tickets. But the idea of spam being sent by viruses residing on unprotected computers makes me wonder: Who is more useless, the people who send the spam (and the virus) or the people too lazy to install/update anti-virus software on their computers and end up forwarding the messages?