[linux-elitists] IP: NYT: (Microsoft's) High-profile anti-Unix siteruns UNIX (FreeBSD) (fwd)
Mon Apr 8 08:32:21 PDT 2002
On Mon, 8 Apr 2002, Bulent Murtezaoglu wrote:
> The DoS aspect aside, I suspect this is a 'cultural' difference. I
To reiterate, it's not a DoS if their user dbase gets a bogus entry once a
few seconds. The regular users are still able to log in fine. It's just
they won't be able to use the dbase for marketing purposes as it is being
> used to dutifully provide my e-mail address to anonymous ftp sites in
> the pre-www days also even though I knew a@ would likely work. It
> seemed an innocuous enough thing for the owners of the site to wish to
> know. At that time, most ftp servers had a banner that'd say "we log
> everything, bugger off if this bothers you" and nobody got offended by
I used to do that too, and still do, as long as the site is not
commercial. I don't trust commercial entities with my personal info,
however, because I've been burned many times before.
> that. Now I realize requiring a login entails more work than entering
> a simple e-mail address, but I find it is easy to get around by using
> the same login/password for every non critical site. Since I don't
> feel the initial irritation, it is probably hard for me to understand
> the reaction.
Dunno, I just don't want to get even more spam. Just a cypherpunk thing in
face of potential invasion of privacy.
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