At Hostwinds, we’re well aware that your business model relies on hosting web sites that depend on traffic driven by unsolicited commercial email, commonly known as Spam. You may be concerned that our TOS forbids such web sites, but rest assured that we will never determine that your site actually violates the TOS. We have implemented the following procedures to prevent this from happening.

  1. We do not accept obfuscated Spam reports from Spam reporting services. This one measure eliminates most Spam reports at the start, since Spam recipients tend to be put off by the hassle and loss of privacy that comes from submitting Spam reports directly.
  2. If the user forwards a Spam email to us, we will reject the email, claiming it contains “executable content” and thus cannot be safely accepted.
  3. At this point, a small number of particularly obsessive recipients will go to the trouble of downloading the message, repackaging it in a ZIP archive, and sending that archive to us. We will open a trouble ticket and inform them that “we are working with the client to rectify the situation”. Rest assured that no action is required on your part. In most cases, we will simply close the trouble ticket and inform the recipient that we’ve done the best we could. Any complaints to consumer agencies will be closed because of the “good faith effort” on our part.
  4. If you continue to Spam this particular recipient (and you are welcome to do so) some people with way too much time on their hands might start forwarding every Spam you send them. We will do our best to confuse the issue with claims that we don’t actually host the web site in question and with other lies.
  5. In very rare cases, an obnoxiously persistent Spam recipient will establish that we’ve been lying and threaten more severe action. At this point, we will ask you to remove that recipient (and only that recipient) from your mailing lists. We regret putting you to this trouble, but it allows us to continue hosting your UCE-driven web sites, which you may continue to promote illegally.

Thanks for understanding.




Most Popular New Cars in each US State. By Jalopnik.

When you have multiple blogs on Tumblr, it’s a little too easy to post to the wrong one. The post that I originally put here has been moved to my Trimet e-Ticket Beta blog.


State Liquor Laws and Recorded Bigfoot Sightings

Cumbersome apparatus versus cucumbers and asparagus.


Moose love a restitution picnic. 


Countries and national subdivisions that have a smaller population than Orange County, California
Source: Vexillae (reddit)

When the developers pounce on me and try to prove me wrong about something

None of the developers I’ve ever worked with are cute and cuddly. Rather the opposite in fact.

When the developers pounce on me and try to prove me wrong about something

None of the developers I’ve ever worked with are cute and cuddly. Rather the opposite in fact.

(Source: dbareactions)

During the twice-yearly debate about Daylight Time, somebody always argues that setting the clock forward disconnects us from “real” time — time as indicated by the Sun. The obvious response is that most people are already disconnected. They’re a significant distance from the reference meridian for their time zone. For example, I live at 122° longitude, 2 degrees west of the reference longitude for the Pacific Time Zone. Only 8 minutes off, but it’s pretty common for people to live much further from the reference meridian. Time zones are drawn to minimize social and economic hassle, so being a full hour behind or ahead of your reference meridian is not rare. 

Which is why time zones were met with much the same kind of opposition when they were introduced in the late 19th century. I’ve been reading Keeping Watch: A History of American Time, by Michael O’Malley, which spends a full chapter on this debate.

And the argument goes even further back. Before time zones, people used local mean time. This is a convention that allows noon to occur at 24-hour intervals even though the traditional definition of noon (the Sun’s high point on a given day) describes an event that does not occur at equal intervals. If you take all the different solar noons and average them out, you end up with a “mean” noon. This simplifies clock making, since it’s hard to make a clock that speeds up and slows down to make clock time match “apparent time”. 

Not impossible, in 1826, Yale University had a clock tower with a special mechanism to make it keep apparent time.This was accepted by the New Haven community as “true time” until a more ordinary clock was installed in the town hall. The new clock rarely agreed with the Yale clock, running up to 15 minutes behind or ahead, depending on the season. This led to a spirited debate over the definition of time, with vociferous letters to the Connecticut Journal accusing the new clock of “lying” — overlooking the small fact that people had been relying on clocks that kept mean time for centuries.