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So recently, I've been getting spam with lots of random text in it, and a single PNG image.

The images look like this:

or

You see, the spammers are smart: they use filenames that are similar to the ones used by digital cameras (although I don't think I've seen a digital camera that makes a .png).

Since the spam is just an image, there's no way to really recognize it, is there? I mean, you can look at the spammishness of the hosts, assuming they get reported. You can't check the text of the image, or the urls in the image...and looking at plain image size and type don't really help.

...or can you:

Apr 29 15:25:05 quark spamd[15515]: spamd: connection from prime.gushi.org [72.9.101.130] at port 50049
Apr 29 15:25:05 quark spamd[15515]: spamd: processing message <000d01c9c904$b6dc41b0$6400a8c0@icons6902> for demon:58
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: Processing Message with ID "<000d01c9c904$b6dc41b0$6400a8c0@icons6902>" ("Dale Barrett" 
<icons6902@ultratune.com> -> <109k086i.0104649@necro.ws>)
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: PNG: [240x400] DSC9264.png (7742)
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: Found: 1 images
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: Found PNG header name="DSC9264.png"
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: Image hashing disabled in configuration, skipping...
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: Scanset Order: ocrad(5) ocrad-decolorize(0) ocrad-invert(0) ocrad-decolorize-invert(0) gocr(0) 
gocr-180(0)
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: Scanset "ocrad" found word "cialis" with fuzz of 0.0000
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: line: "viagra cialis special offer"
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: Scanset "ocrad" found word "cialis" with fuzz of 0.0000
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: line: "cialis special offer"
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: Scanset "ocrad" found word "viagra" with fuzz of 0.0000
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: line: "viagra cialis special offer"
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: Scanset "ocrad" found word "viagra" with fuzz of 0.1667
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: line: "lo x vagra loo mg lo x cals omg lgg"
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: Scanset "ocrad" found word "viagra" with fuzz of 0.0000
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: line: "viagra hot offer"
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: Scanset "ocrad" generates enough hits (5), skipping further scansets...
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: Message is spam, score = 10.500
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: Words found:
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: "cialis" in 2 lines
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: "viagra" in 3 lines
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: FuzzyOcr: (7.5 word occurrences found)
Apr 29 15:25:08 quark spamd[15515]: spamd: identified spam (19.0/5.0) for demon:58 in 2.6 seconds, 18406 bytes.

Note to spammers: if you get past my filters, you get my attention. And then, I find a way to kill you.

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Okay, I've lost it. Really.

I could describe it in detail, but instead, I think a link will suffice.

Lisa "left eye" Lopes would roll over in her grave
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Update: Sunrise highway westbound is completely closed. They overloaded a single one-lane road with all the traffic of sunrise highway at 5PM. I was on it for (I estimate) seven miles. Total time on this stretch: 3 hours 20 minutes. People honking (why?). People rushing to get in front of you (again, why?). People being complete fucking asshats. And me, thinking bad things about whoever caused them to close the fucking road.
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I started to detail my day here. I was really feeling stressed when I got home. However, I'm trying some of this Valerian stuff, and somehow, the problems seem to be fading. I can't seem to recall what I was quite so worked up about.

Then again, I'm also safe in my air-conditioned broadband futoned multimedia coccoon. We shall see how it holds out.

-Dan
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Wow, I sound like [livejournal.com profile] xial.

I had a brand new, fully patched win2k3 server machine sitting at the office. Fully patched. Every possible service pack.

Fully fucking patched.

It got some worm and flooded.

Fuck you Microsoft. You've been making OSes for what? 25 years now? And you still don't know the fucking rules of "don't run a listening process if you ain't got cause to listen?"

I futzed with FreeBSD as a desktop OS. I'm dismally disappointed by it:

1) Their installer doesn't even *do* the X config anymore. You're dropped at a prompt and left to assume everything about the complexities of how X works. By the way, there's no automatic hardware detection for *shit*. You have to guess at EVERYTHING. I locked the machine up several times making assumptions about what chipset I thought my video "card" (it's onboard) used.

2) After everything, I got twm, the default window manager running. For those who don't really understand X, all you need to know is that the LAST program you run from your startup files is your "window manager". Meaning you end that process, and you're logged out. X still was under the impression that my desktop was about 30 pixels wider than my screen. All the basic everything (keyboard, mouse, video, monitor) is configured by either running an archaic-looking X-based utility (i.e. log out of everything else, and run JUST that) or editing a text file. And there's no NOTHING installed by default. It's like windows 3.1. No start button. No menus. Just one screen, and run what you like. The idea being hopefully, run something that makes it pretty.

3) www.enlightenment.org. They all look impressive. It's bullshit, at least under BSD.

4) fluxbox.sf.net. Better, but the font support was so fucking blurry it gave me a splitting headache. Literally unreadable to know that you can't in the default screen font know the difference between an "f" and an "l". And most of the screen fonts (supposedly truetype, mind you) had the lower pixel clipped.

5) I am using an LCD monitor. REFRESH RATES SHOULD NOT MATTER. THIS MONITOR HAS EXACTLY 1280 x 1024 pixels. Fucking USE THAT.

FreeBSD makes no bones about being a server OS -- it still bothers me that their ports system tries to build X as a dependency when I go to build ghostscript or something. (I have to set a makefile option -- this is nowhere NEAR the tangles web of RPM-annoyance that is Redhat, by the way).

So, I've booted into Knoppix.

By comparison, I'm in love. It found my (shit) sound "card" (again, onboard). And works. Plays internet playlists, and mp3s. (The music player redhat gives you will not, btw). Took all of ten minutes to scan the network and find the network printer. Was able to log into other machines via remote desktop. Resolution is crisp, clean, and responsive (ESPECIALLY considering I'm running a CD-based OS). Everything is easily configurable (and savable to a floppy, or a hard drive if you have one handy). About my only annoyance at the moment is that it includes Mozilla, rather than firefox -- although if I copy it off to a hard drive, I think that and stepmania may be the only things I need to install. Copy and paste work consistently between apps. It's all good.

I think I've found my new desktop OS. I almost wonder how this would run on my vaio.

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