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Monday, May 7, 2007

What attracts the most spam

There are actual academic studies on this now.

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So where is the academic study on the length of time it takes for an urban renewal district to "break even"?

By that I mean how long does it take to recover enough tax revenue to make up for the services provided to the district while its taxes were being diverted to pay off the bonds. Adjusted for the time value of money since the payoff probably starts 50 years into the future where the money is worth pennies on the dollar.

Especially in the case of the "pearl" or the sowhat where the frozen value is quite low.


Like a malfunctioning robot, Karlock goes for the urban renewal chatter again.

Anyway, back on topic.... More useful than that abstract is this study, which actually has advice for folks trying to avoid spam. (Plus pretty charts!)

Do you disagree with him, Kari?

Careful, Kari and Joey. Jim may have our webcams trained on us!

My Freshman Inquiry course several years ago did a similar study and came to the identical conclusions regarding the origins of spam. One conclusion that surprised all of us was that websites posting strong privacy policies are frequently all talk, but no privacy. We found major holes in the privacy policies of large companies like Nordstrom, Amazon. You have NO guarantee of privacy from many companies which offer assurances of complete privacy. Needless to say, they were not happy when we pointed out that their emperors had no clothes. My only advice is that one should use a "throwaway" email address for most postings or purchases on the web. Unless you do spam assays like we did.

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