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Spammer's Porsche Up For Grabs 232

gaurab writes "Anti-Spammers would love this. In this news piece, the BBC reports that AOL is putting up a Porsche it seized from a spammer last year in a sweepstakes. What next -- 'Spammer's House' in another sweepstakes? Is this the sign of things to come? From the story: 'Internet giant AOL has ratcheted up the war against unsolicited e-mail with a publicity-grabbing coup -- an online raffle of a spammer's seized Porsche. AOL won the car -- a $47,000 Boxster S -- as part of a court settlement against an unnamed e-mailer last year.'"
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Spammer's Porsche Up For Grabs

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  • by Claws Of Doom ( 721684 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:13AM (#8712857)
    And any guesses what they'll fill it with?
    • by nathanhart ( 754532 ) <virusfarm@gmail.com> on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:14AM (#8712867) Homepage
      AOL CD's no doubt
      • No.... (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward
        you're thinking of the trunk.
      • AOL spams snail mail; Spammers spam email; AOL wins. Hmmmm....
        • I feel like a song:

          Particle Man, Particle Man
          Doing the things a particle can,
          Particle Man.

          Is he a dot or is he a speck,
          He signs all his emails, 'I'LL GET YOU WET'
          Or does the water get him instead,
          Nobody knows, Particle Man.

          Triangle Man, Triangle Man
          Triangle man hates Particle man,
          They have a lawsuit, Triangle wins,
          Triangle Man.

        • by Verteiron ( 224042 ) * on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @10:32AM (#8713528) Homepage
          AOL spams snail mail at their own cost. Spammers spam e-mail at the cost of those who operate the mail servers.
          • I'm going to presume most countries are similar to the US in this respect, especial regarding AOL. Please forgive any differences...

            AOL spams snail mail at their own cost. Spammers spam e-mail at the cost of those who operate the mail servers.

            You pay. Snail mail is subsidized by the government. Heavily. If people knew what it actually cost to mail a letter, they'd have a fit. Bulk mail actually costs less (because it's bulk) even though "bulk" mail is mostly UCS. So in fact, YOU are paying more for it

            • You pay. Snail mail is subsidized by the government. Heavily.


              The USPS is not federally funded; it has a federally granted monopoly, yes, but it operates from it's own revenues. Taxpayer dollars are not handed over to the USPS. So no, snail mail doesn't cost me a thing unless I'm the one mailing it.

        • I wish that this would be auctioned up amongst spam fighters :/

          I just lost an important email to spam (saw it in with the junk email *just* as I deleted it all). I have thus been taking it out on the next few spammers.

          I sure wish someone would give us a free car for hunting down these scumbags :]

          I doubt this will be very common, though. The last spammer I heard about was living in a double-wide trailer in Florida. I'm not sure they'd care to auction that ... :]
    • mark my words (Score:5, Insightful)

      by WormholeFiend ( 674934 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @11:03AM (#8713838)
      Slashdotters are laughing now, but just wait until the RIAA/MPAA take a cue from AOL and start liquidating pirates assets...

      (Well, at least, if more actors are caught "lending" their preview copies of movies, we could end up with some pretty nice lottery items.)
      • by DonGar ( 204570 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @02:37PM (#8716766) Homepage
        One difference. Spammers are making money, and so have nice stuff.

        The real pirates (selling illegal copies) are also making money, but that's not who the RIAA/MPAA is chasing. So how exciting is it going to be when they raffle off a "1987 Toyota with only 3 rust spots and 120k miles"?
        • Re:mark my words (Score:3, Interesting)

          by shark72 ( 702619 )

          "The real pirates (selling illegal copies) are also making money, but that's not who the RIAA/MPAA is chasing."

          The RIAA has always been chasing the big guys of the pirating world -- the ones who run the duplicating houses and sell their wares in Times Square -- and they still do. However, many people incorrectly assume that their recent suits against file sharers come at the exclusion of all other activities. This is probably because we don't read about those sorts of things on Slashdot. However, it

  • hmm (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mandalayx ( 674042 ) * on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:14AM (#8712869) Journal
    AOL won the car - a $47,000 Boxster S - as part of a court settlement against an unnamed e-mailer last year.

    "We'll take cars, houses, boats - whatever we can find and get a hold of," said AOL's Randall Boe.

    According to Mr Boe, the Porsche's previous owner made more than $1m by sending junk e-mail.

    Nice car, but....you're telling me the spammer made $1mm+ and all AOL got was a $47k Porsche?

    Well, I suppose the publicity might work, like how the RIAA got many people to think that copyright violations = stealing.
    • Re:hmm (Score:5, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:16AM (#8712886)
      Who cares, I'm already planning my customized license plate for it: INBOXSTR

      It just works on so many levels.
      • Re:hmm (Score:3, Insightful)

        by mandalayx ( 674042 ) *

        Who cares, I'm already planning my customized license plate for it: INBOXSTR

        It just works on so many levels.

        cute, but sadly 8 characters--won't fit on most US license plates.

        Perhaps INBOXSR. Not as cool, but 7.

        Hey, I smell a good product name for a spam killer. Inboxster. Like Aimster, except the slutty girl goes to the spam file. not a single google result, either [google.com].

        • Re:hmm (Score:2, Informative)

          by JoeBar ( 546577 )
          I thought you could fit 8 characters on license plates here? 8 works in New York.. I got "F0RMAT C" on my 911 ;)
        • Re:hmm (Score:3, Informative)

          by Mr Guy ( 547690 )
          From NC DOT [state.nc.us] For an additional annual fee of $30.00, most plates issued by the Division may be personalized. The plate may bear up to 8 spaces made up of letters, numbers and/or special characters.
          INBOXSTR works here. Don't know if those rules are nationalized or state by state though.
          • Re:hmm (Score:3, Informative)

            by GTRacer ( 234395 )
            State by state... Last time I checked in Florida, it was a max of 8, BUT for 8 total, at least one had to be a space or dash. Otherwise you could use 7 or fewer alphanumerics.

            - Was going with QKSILVR or QUICKAG for my spiffy 280ZX...

    • Re:hmm (Score:3, Interesting)

      by MoonBuggy ( 611105 )
      The publicity could work, but to be honest the first thing I thought was 'They got a million from sending email? I can send email!'

      I've got just about enough morality not to go into spamming, but it sure it'd be an easy and very lucrative job for a geek that knows what they're doing. I wish I was more unscrupulous.
      • I can think of a much better way to make an anti-spam statement with a Porsche, rather than AOL's raffle.

        What I'd like to see is the sale of tickets to take out their spam-induced frustrations on the car. I'd pay $5 or $10 to beat upon the spammer's ill-gotten gains with a baseball bat, or to help fill the passenger compartment with a certain alleged meat product from a can.

        The festivities could culminate with a bang, say like exploding the spamobile in an expression of what most people would love to do
    • Number 2 (Score:3, Funny)

      by bbrazil ( 729534 )
      you're telling me the spammer made $1mm+

      Not exaclty great growth potential...
    • Re:hmm (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      "you're telling me the spammer made $1mm+ and all AOL got was a $47k Porsche?"

      No. That's why the article refers to the Porsche as part of the settlement. That implies that AOL received more than just the Porsche from the spammer.

      • Re:hmm (Score:3, Interesting)

        by meringuoid ( 568297 )
        Also, I tend to doubt that most spammers make as much as they claim. It would be interesting to compare and contrast
        the amount of money spammers claim to earn in interviews, when saying something along the lines of 'antis are just jealous'
        the amount of money spammers claim to earn in their filings with the IRS

        It could be very informative.

        • Re:hmm (Score:3, Interesting)

          by Zocalo ( 252965 )
          It'd probably be even more "interesting" for the IRS since the truth is probably somewhere in between given the legal line some spammers walk. Several (but not all) of the interviews and exposes with spammers known to ROKSO have shown that while some do indeed have affluent lifestyles others do not. It shouldn't be too difficult to cross check a metric like what car a spammer drives and their IRS filings against what other drivers of that model car file with the IRS and flag any anomalies. Unless that ki
    • Re:hmm (Score:5, Insightful)

      by EricWright ( 16803 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:27AM (#8712968) Journal
      As you quoted... "AOL won the car... as PART of a court settlement..." That phrasing makes me believe that this is not "all AOL got"! If they also obtained cash, a) do you think they're going to tell you how much, and b) do you think there would be a public raffle of money? They're just trying to liquidate the spammer's former assets. The cash is already liquid.
      • b) do you think there would be a public raffle of money?
        Why not? Someone did sell some pound coins on E-bay.
        • Re:hmm (Score:2, Informative)

          by EricWright ( 16803 )
          Which just goes to show that, for anything you can legally sell on eBay (and some things that aren't legal), you will find someone dumb enough to buy it. If you're lucky, you'll find more than one idiot and sell it for twice FMV!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:15AM (#8712879)
    Do you have to keep SPMNG CNT, or are you allowed to change it?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:16AM (#8712883)
    This spammer can afford a Porsche (and probably its replacement). How many OSS people can say the same? This is an interesting commentary on the economic value of the two groups to society.
  • Hey that was mine! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Yo Grark ( 465041 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:16AM (#8712887)
    It says so right here:

    Want to own seized property at half the cost? Want to buy a house for a fraction of the mortgage?

    http://www.hillnews.com/news/043003/ss_auctions. as px

    Bah. Hey AOL, you REALLY want to help rid the world of spammers? ANSWER OUR EMAILS OF ABUSE.

    Yo Grark
  • by hplasm ( 576983 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:17AM (#8712888) Journal
    Spammer's Balls Up For Grabs
  • Order v14gra now and get chance to win a p0r5che b0xt3r from A07.
  • by p_millipede ( 714918 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:17AM (#8712895)
    The Porsche sweepstake lasts until 8 April, and will be open only to those who were AOL members when it was first announced.
    Damn, so I can't just join now, win a car, and then terminate the account?
    • Uhm, is this legal? Since a purchase is required for entry, this ceases to be a promotional contest and becomes gambling, does AOL have a casino licence?
      • by Anonymous Coward
        There is no purchase required. That is the point. You already had to be a member to be eligible. If they used it as a way to get people to sign up then you would be right.

        There is no law that says a organization can't hold sweepstakes for its own members.
        • Re:Can't just join? (Score:3, Interesting)

          by phurley ( 65499 )
          Might just be me, but that sounds like a pretty big loop hole. I could start a company, charge a monthly fee and hold monthly membership sweepstakes (only for people who were members last month of course, this is not gambling club or anything crass like that of course)?

          Given the popularity of lotteries in this country (US), I would think you run a very profitiable business in this manner, keeping a small portion of the monthly dues and running the rest like a big lottery.
    • Terminate your account?
      What world are you from?
    • I just signed up for a trial AOL account a few days ago to test it's web browser... anyone know the details on when you needed to be an AOLer to get in on this?
  • by Alranor ( 472986 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:18AM (#8712897)
    Ha. Ha.
  • by Spencerian ( 465343 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:18AM (#8712898) Homepage Journal
    ...I want that spammer's ball sac for a potpourri-filled an air freshener.

    Yeah, pal, I got your "male enhancement" right HERE...
    • by Rand Race ( 110288 )
      It'll be a small sack. If the dude had big balls he would have gotten a Corvette for his $47k instead of an overpriced, underpowered secretary sportscar version of a real Porsche.


  • Funny... (Score:5, Funny)

    by hookedup ( 630460 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:18AM (#8712899)

    Seems this spammer bought one of the most expensive penis enhancement products you can get..
  • Smash it up (Score:4, Interesting)

    by EasyTarget ( 43516 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:19AM (#8712911) Journal
    Come'on AOL, give those members who this guy spammed a chance to have at the car with a hammer! Better still offer them a chance to buy the oppertunity to urinate on the upholstery, proceeds to CAUCE! All sorts of fun activities spring to mind. You can the webcast it so the spammer can watch ;-)

    Sweepstaking it is sooo tame.
  • Porsche? (Score:3, Funny)

    by CleverNickedName ( 644160 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:20AM (#8712921) Journal
    Clearly he was responsible for those "Increase the site of your penis" mails.
  • Wait... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ForestGrump ( 644805 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:20AM (#8712922) Homepage Journal
    Aol goes after other spammers, but doesn't AOL spam its own customers?

    I remember using AOL in years past and they would throw crap at you telling you to BUY THIS and THIS every time you logged into an AOL account.

    • Re:Wait... (Score:4, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:26AM (#8712958)
      you can turn AOL's ads off via Keyword: Marketing Preferences
    • Not only can you turn the adds off, it actually works. I'd turned it off so long ago I forgot all about it. Haven't seen an add from AOL in ages.
    • Re:Wait... (Score:4, Informative)

      by EvilAlien ( 133134 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:59AM (#8713161) Journal
      Wildly tossing out over-broad labels of "spam" does not help the cause, and hinders it. Are you sure you didn't sign something? Are you sure that these clumsy marketing efforts weren't part of the previously established prior business relationship between you and your ISP?

      There is a hell of a difference between what you are describing and real spam. Real spam in involves privacy violations, harvesting of addresses, messages sent to randomly generated lists, etc.

      Check out The Definition of Spam [spamhaus.org] (according to Spamhaus) and What is spam? [abuse.net] (according to spam.abuse.net). The term was originally coined to describe the crap spewed onto USENET. It most certainly was not intended to describe marketing spewed by your ISP, television, newspaper, or the ad boxes on /.

  • by adzoox ( 615327 ) * on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:21AM (#8712928) Journal
    I think these high living SPAM execs salaries should be as well known as say Apple Computer's compensation for Steve Jobs. You can almost gaurantee that these people don't report their full income on taxes or "do creative accounting" like - every penis enlargement pill that DOESN'T sell from an email solicitation - is actually a loss - justifying it by saying the record industry says that every download = a lost sale.

    I would like to see the people that waste our time get what's due to them - spending every hour of my wasted time in court and in jail!

  • aol hates spam?! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hugzz ( 712021 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:22AM (#8712934)
    when can i take the CEO of AOL's car for all those damn CDs they send me?
    • by MMaestro ( 585010 )
      when can i take the CEO of AOL's car for all those damn CDs they send me?

      When AOL doesn't have to pay millions of dollars in manufacturing, packaging, and postage most of which never pays off.

  • I only want it if the spammer's gonads are hanging from the mirror like a pair of fuzzy dice.
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  • by redcaboodle ( 622288 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:24AM (#8712946)
    the RIAA auctions P2P users iPods?
  • I want... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Bilange ( 237074 )
    Spammer's e-mail adress. >:)
  • Why the Porsche? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by peterdaly ( 123554 ) <<moc.mocten.xi> <ta> <yladetep>> on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:32AM (#8713004)
    My initial thought was since when can a private company seize private property? It seems they got it as part of a deal with the government...but that being said, why a $40k Porsche? It's said this guy made over $1M.

    Mr Boe said the Porsche was seized mainly for its symbolic value, as the obvious fruit of an illegal trade.

    Makes sense, and it's a great idea. Getting hundreds of thousands of dollars does not make an attention getting headline, and not have made slashdot. Taking his Porsche, now that's a headline grabber.

    AOL is known for being marketing savy, and that's what this is about.

    • Re:Why the Porsche? (Score:5, Informative)

      by sjlutz ( 540312 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:45AM (#8713088)
      IANAL, but my roommate is. The Porsche was probably part of the liquidation of assets. If they guy didn't have enough hard cash to pay the settlement/award to AOL, AOL can then start liquidating his assets to get all the money they were awarded. I don't know who gets to choice which particular assets get "disposed" of, but I guess AOL worked with the government to just keep the Porsche as a Porsche and not convert it into cash. The spammer probably made out on the deal also, as I believe the cost of turning assets back to cash would have been charged to the spammer. So instead of converted the $40K Porcshe into $30K cash or whatever someone would have bought it for minus the cost of selling it, the spammer probably got the full 'value' out of it.
    • Just because he allegedly made over $1M doesn't mean it's all available to AOL, how much was frittered away on entertainment for example? Also doesn't seizure of property to cover debt, including damages awarded by a court, require that non-essential assets are seized first. You can't just jump straight in and seize the debtor's home if they have a Porsche, even if that does cover the value of the debt exactly.

      I think it far more likely that the spammer was told to pay AOL so much in damages and, when h

  • wrong message (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Cardinal Biggles ( 6685 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:33AM (#8713012)

    So what AOL is telling people is... Spammers have Porsches! Spamming => money!

    My next question as a newbie would be: so how do I become a spammer? Where do I apply & when can I start?

    • 1. Find lots and lots of email addresses 2. Learn to spell common words really, really badly 3. ??? 4. Cl~!ck this l!nk and Pr0fit!!!
    • So what AOL is telling people is... Spammers have Porsches! Spamming => money!

      My next question as a newbie would be: so how do I become a spammer? Where do I apply & when can I start?

      Are these the same people that think, "Hmmm, that bank robber just got busted, and HE had a million dollars! So how do I become a bank robber?"

      Clearly both these people did something wrong, made money, and then got caught. I don't see this as a positive story for spammers.
      • Clearly both these people did something wrong, made money, and then got caught. I don't see this as a positive story for spammers.

        This story seems to be the exception to the rule. Think back to just about every mainstream spammer article that has been linked to Slashdot. Every one of them talks about the money and wealth the spammers accumulate (Ronnie Schelson's new Corvette, Scotty Richter's palacial home, etc). At least this shows the other side of the story: a spammer losing it all.
  • by MrIrwin ( 761231 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:38AM (#8713032) Journal
    Or has it been re-morgated several times at an interesting rate?

    BTW, rumor has it that the GPS system auto-navigates to hot young sticky.......

  • by ajutla ( 720182 ) <ajutla at g m a i l dot com> on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:38AM (#8713037) Homepage
    Not in a million years. It'd give me bad karma. Think of it, it used to belong to a spammer? It'd be like, every day when I'd get into that car I'd feel the aura of that spammer's presence in there. As I'd be trying to drive I'd be interrupted by random flashes in my mind, flashes of male enhancement, low mortgages, and free pornography. It'd be a nightmare. The car would haunt me for as long as I drove it. I'd be terrified to drive it but would have to. Friends would say, "hey, nice porsche." I, however, would think, "gods, you have NO idea what it's like...it's not easy having a porsche...that was once owned by a spammer."
  • Porsche (Score:5, Funny)

    by black mariah ( 654971 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:39AM (#8713046)
    This car comes complete with...
    • Plenty of insurance
    • An elnarged... uh... 'exhaust'
    • A Nigerian bank account
    • A screensaver
    • A trunk full of Viagra
    • A low mortgage rate
  • ...his testicles, for keeping.
  • Spammers (Score:4, Funny)

    by panxerox ( 575545 ) * on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:44AM (#8713080)
    As anyone can now be listed as a spammer by some aol customer clicking the wrong radio button, when will we see my 1977 Toyota up for auction.
  • Symbolic Value (Score:4, Interesting)

    by steveoc ( 2661 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:45AM (#8713087)
    Quoting from the BBC article - "AOL says the Porsche has "symbolic value""

    No shit !

    ALL Porsches have symbolic value - that goes deeper than the badge.

    If you ever get the chance to own a Porsche, especially an older model, then do spend some time digging around under the surface and get your hands dirty. Every single component of the car has a wonderful consistent feel to the design of it. You can see that a strong single mind stamped its presence on each design decision, right down to the choice of nuts and bolts.

    Every peice of a Porsche is brutally simple, with no concessions made for fashion or cost. Its just like a really good peice of software.

    Problem is, the Boxster is a damn fine car, but is perhaps the first real Porsche to have made concessions towards fashion and cost. (The VW 924 does not count, since it was a never meant to be a Porsche).

    If you win the Porsche sweepstakes, then have a bit of fun in the Boxster, but then sell it, and use the money to get 1973 Carrera 2.4, or build up an insane 2.7ltr 911 RS replica. Then again, its your car, your dream, dont let me force my dream down your throat.

    Having said that - whoever wins the Porsche sweepstakes needs to remember 1 very important thing - it is pronounced 'Porrr-Sch-A' not 'Porsh'. Calling a Porsche a 'Porsh' is like calling Bill Gates the 'inventor of the internet.'
    • Re:Symbolic Value (Score:2, Informative)

      by ljavelin ( 41345 )
      I own a Boxster, not an "S".

      It's a great car... excellent handling, great looks, and very reliable. Plus, it makes a great daily driver even in the crappy weather. I don't recommend you take a '73 Carrera out on salted, wintery roads.

      You're right, the Boxster is a concession. Happily, it was something that I could afford. My non-S Boxster was bought new for about $45,000. For a Porsche, that's cheap.

      Don't get me wrong - I'd love a '73 Carrera too. Just not as my daily driver. And since I have a b
  • by dcavanaugh ( 248349 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:47AM (#8713096) Homepage
    If the winner chooses to disclose the VIN number. Armed with that, I'm sure some "researchers" can get the ownership history.
    • It's from AOL's lawsuits in April 2003, which means the Porsche belonged to one of George Moore [geocities.com]'s affiliate spammers, possibly Michael Levesque [google.com].

      Definitely didn't belong to Moore. He's here in Maryland, and his front men got a bigger cut than he did (example: on each $29 bottle of "herbal viagra", Moore paid $18 commission to the spammer)

  • is that it comes with financing that still needs to be payed...In fact, the trunk contains a briefcase that contains a list of AOL email addresses to help with the financing of the car...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:48AM (#8713108)
    Is this legal? If the spammer was unnamed as part of the deal, then the car's serial number will be a dead giveaway to the spammer's identity.
  • by Maestro4k ( 707634 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @09:51AM (#8713123) Journal
    Just imagine the fun of driving by his (assuming it's a he) house in his former Porsche blowing the horn and flagging him a bird -- every morning. Why hell, he's a spammer, make that around 3am every morning, and drop off a printout of your daily spam on his doorstep for good measure. :)

    Yes I know it'd probably be at least partially illegal, but it'd be great fun to watch his pop a vein. :)

  • AOL is putting up a Porsche it seized from a spammer last year in a sweepstakes.

    And of course, they're telling everyone about it by sending out mass e-mails.

  • Meh (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Greyfox ( 87712 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @10:05AM (#8713209) Homepage Journal
    The car is nice and all but what I'd really like is a spammer's organs. Mine work fine but you can never have too many organs. So AOL, next time you go after a spammer, go for the organs.
  • This will be like the stinky car episode of Mythbusters; you'll never be able to quite get the smell out of this car.
  • by clarkc3 ( 574410 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @10:31AM (#8713513)
    Does the porsche come equiped with AOL's top speed technology?
  • Just like old times. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by YouHaveSnail ( 202852 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @10:43AM (#8713628)
    This seems to me to be very much like the ancient custom of displaying someone's head on a pike in the town square. Sure, many of us would prefer that AOL stay even closer to that tradition, but offering up some spammer's Porche isn't a bad start.

    There are two important aspects to this action. First, AOL sending a clear warning to other spammers. "Stay off our network or your house may be next." Second, AOL is appeasing and entertaining its customers. "Be glad you're an AOL customer, because we're actually doing something about spam."

    It's all deliciously medieval.
  • Yeah, but the Mythbusters proved you can't get the smell out.

  • Spammer's House (Score:3, Insightful)

    by OrangeCarrot ( 92462 ) on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @12:21PM (#8714783) Homepage
    What next -- 'Spammer's House' in another sweepstakes?.

    Most spammers hide in Florida. Why Florida? Because in Florida you cannot take someone's house like you can take thier Porche or pet monkey or whatever. So, don't expect to see a house on the block.
  • by The Lynxpro ( 657990 ) <lynxpro@@@gmail...com> on Tuesday March 30, 2004 @03:18PM (#8717264)
    The article didn't mention where to enter the contest at once on AOL. You have to type in "Keyword: SPAM" to even find it. The contest does not appear on the Welcome *splash screen* once you logon AOL. You do have to be an AOL subscriber, but I'm sure that's not a problem because collectively, there's probably a few million AOL discs out there amongst all of us Slashdotters...

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