[e2e] network coding and spam and anonymous email...

David P. Reed dpreed at reed.com
Thu Jul 6 07:10:57 PDT 2006

The nice thing about this is that the "spam coding dictionary" provides 
a way to code actual spam in a tiny number of bits, thus completely 
solving the spam problem. :-) :-)

Spammers become like the retired comedians at a Catskills resort who 
shout out "17" and every other comedian breaks out laughing, until the 
next one shouts "73".

Jon Crowcroft wrote:
> so looking at my spamassassing classified mail (quite a large folder
> as you can imagine) it is becoming increasing plausible that 
> one could _code_ legitiamte messages simply as a set of references
> to spam - the nice thing about this is that there is so much spam that
> it acts as fairly uniform random cover traffic (crowds) and the number
> of spam sources compared to legit current email sources is large and
> its routing is obfuscated, so you'd get pseudanomity really nicely
> the details are quite complex, but I am sure that you can work them
> out. a really neat thing is that we are seeing increasing numbers of
> apparently meaningful spam and spam with attachments (smap and eggs,
> spam and chips), so one could even probably send quite complex
> messages with attachments via the spam-channel...
> thoughts?
> ----------------------------->
> p.s.
> I have the undoubtworthy honour of having been chosen to chair the OO session of
> the ACM SIGCOMM Symposium to be held in fabulous Pisa, Italy, this september
> http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigcomm/sigcomm2006/
> I've noticed that it has been increasingly dificult for North American researchers to travel
> (indeed, they don't even have to go south of the border to hear many people speak Spanish), and 
> even the programme committtee found it easier to meet in the quiet of Seattle rather than hold the 
> PC session during one of the fascinating 11 parallel sessions on 
> photonic wireless switched router XML-based management at 
> IEEE Infocom in Barcelona, Spain, where the spanish is spoken by less people anyhow
> and you can't get such a good marguerita.
> So I am looking for two things
> 1/ people that are going to be in Pisa for the conference, and ae interested in offering OO
> talks, please contact me - my e-mail address  is used by many people I havnt met before, offering
> interesting items and services, so don't be shy.
> 2/ As a modest example of an OO talk topic, I have prepared one on the topic dear to my heart 
> we would like to support our impoverished american cousins in their research by giving them an outlet 
> easier to attend in these days of restricted travel budget, hence I would like to seek interest in a SIGCXOMM North American Workshop
> This would follow hot on the heals of the Latin American workshop, but  would not require anyone getting a visa, or even passport, 
> or learning Latin of course. Perhaps this could be useful for FIND projects...
> thank you for your interest, and, of course,  in the words of that fine Californian Governator, "Pasta la vista, baby".
> ciao
> Gianni

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