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Greg Black

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If you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.

FQE30 at Qld Raceway 25 May 2003


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Worthy organisations

Amnesty International Australia — global defenders of human rights

global defenders of human rights

Médecins Sans Frontières — help us save lives around the world

Médecins Sans Frontières - help us save lives around the world

Electronic Frontiers Australia — protecting and promoting on-line civil liberties in Australia

Electronic Frontiers Australia


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Software resources

GNU Emacs


The FreeBSD Project

Fri, 25 Jun 2004

Evaluations of anti-spam tools

I’ve just read this article by DSPAM author Jonathan A. Zdziarski:

This article is a response to Gordon Cormack’s research paper entitled, “A Study of Supervised Spam Detection applied to Eight Months of Personal E-Mail”. Cormack’s paper was recently featured on Slashdot which has unfortunately resulted in a large swarm of geeks with wrong information, drawing wrong conclusions about statistical filtering.

I read Cormack’s paper a few days ago and had serious misgivings at the time. Zdziarski’s commentary seems, on the face of it, to address the issues that worried me. If you’ve read Cormack, it’s probably worth reading Zdziarski as well.