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April 30, 2003 | By Claude Lewis
I still have not decided whether computers are marvels or monsters. To be sure, they often accomplish incredible feats incredibly quickly. In a matter of seconds, they send ideas around the globe. They keep track of nearly everything important. If we show them where to go, they can help us be creative and inventive. At the same time, computers sometimes confound us, intimidate us, and often frustrate us like nothing else we know. Indeed, on some days, they appear to have minds and personalities of their own and fail to cooperate with even our most minimal requests.
NEWS
July 16, 2003
THEY CLOG your e-mail in-boxes, offer products and services you don't want or need, or they're so vulgar they'd make even a "virginal" pop star blush. They're spam - and we want to hear your complaints and anecdotes about them. Just e-mail us at views@phillynews.com, and put the word "spam" in the memo field.
NEWS
April 12, 2005
AND WHILE we're on the subject of the Internet (see editorial on the left) . . . According to a new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, people aren't as annoyed by spam -those unsolicited and frequently X-rated e-mails clogging in-boxes - as they used to be. A survey of 1,421 people found that 67 percent found spam interfered with their use of the Internet, compared to a whopping 77 percent a year ago. Young people between...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013
Pat Szoke's Spam recipe 2 eggs 1 cup cooked white rice 2 cloves chopped garlic 1/3 pint of cherry tomatoes, quartered Chopped parsley and scallions. In a no-stick sauté pan, lightly toast garlic, add rice and sauté till hot. Meanwhile, in another pan, lightly sear 2 generous slices of Spam until crispy and brown. Remove Spam from pan and add the eggs. Place cooked rice on bottom of plate, top with Spam, then two eggs; top with seasoned tomatoes.
NEWS
December 11, 2002
What is it about the holidays that makes us long for the past? For the times when cards came through traditional mail. Presents were bought at a store. Turkey was never tofu. And spam . . . well, it was just a Monty Python routine: Man in cafe: "Well, what've you got?" Waitress: "Well, there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam; egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam. . . . " Back then the joke was on a canned meat product.
NEWS
December 17, 2003
THOSE endless pieces of e-mail promising a bigger bank account, a bigger libido or a bigger penis are now illegal across the land. Officially. Yesterday President Bush signed into law "Can-Spam" legislation passed by Congress earlier. Out-of-control spammers can now be prosecuted under federal law. The "Can-Spam" law will supersede various state laws, including Pennsylvania's, which sought to regulate the flow of pornographic and con-game e-mails polluting people's e-mail inboxes.
NEWS
August 20, 2003
DESPITE DOING all the right things, I get over 100 unsolicited spam e-mail messages a day. Despite its cost to me, service providers and performance, I do not advocate intervention by the government because, in the long term, that will destroy the Internet. The practice of sending unsolicited e-mail will stop when someone snaps as a consequence of e-mail harassment, and their horrific torture of one or more spammers is widely publicized. Bill Holmes, Carlsbad, Calif.
NEWS
August 4, 1995 | by Victor Chen, Daily News Staff Writer
Where else can you see 4-foot sharks and chow down on some wholesome Spam? The New Jersey State Fair, of course. The annual event - a state staple for 250 years - is offering more rides and ribbons, more music and magic acts than you'll probably find under any other roof. Motown oldies groups, such as the Coasters and the Duprees, will hit center stage throughout the week-plus event. Daredevil groups will put on shows, including a BMX bike exposition, a rollerblading bonanza and a high-diving act into a plexiglass water tank.
NEWS
July 21, 2003 | SANDY SHEA
GOT SPAM? Blame yourself. That's right. Before you complain about how long it takes each day to cull your e-mail messages, or scream about those evil spammers clogging our Internet and keeping more vital messages from getting through, make sure to include yourself in the blame. It's you - and me, and everyone else - who has helped to create and sustain a culture that is driven by the eternal sell. Oh, sure, advertisers are the ones filling billboards, pop-up ads, TV commercials, and e-mail, but we, their targets, let them get away with far too much.
NEWS
August 1, 2003
ENOUGH already with the spam! Anyone with a computer has to deal with this scourge of the Internet. They're unwanted - and quite frankly can be crude when they are adult-oriented. The government is going to have regulate these nuisance ads. My solution was Pop-Up Stoppers from two free sites and Spy Blocker, also FREE. I also paid for one that's a pop-up stopper, spy blocker history-killer, which covers your tracks when you leave a site. Other tactics include going through third-party sites to access others.
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BUSINESS
June 1, 2013 | By Raphael Satter, Associated Press
MOSCOW - The Soviet Union disappeared from the map more than two decades ago. But online, an "e-vil empire" is thriving. Security experts say the ".su" Internet suffix assigned to the USSR in 1990 has turned into a haven for hackers, who have flocked to the defunct superpower's domain space to send spam and steal money. Capitalist concerns rather than communist nostalgia explain the move. "I don't think that this is really a political thing," Oren David, a manager at security firm RSA's antifraud unit, said.
NEWS
March 29, 2013
THE INDUSTRY'S Pat Szoke is a chef, but if he ever decides to hang up his apron, he's got a future in diplomacy. That much became clear last month when he adroitly responded to a question I likely pose more than I should: Do you like Spam? "I wouldn't say it's my number one choice," replied Szoke, who was seeking ideas for a limited-time menu inspired by the tastes of local food and drink writers. He'd never sampled Hormel's tinned wonder meat, a high point of American ingenuity that's somehow become "one of the most reviled foodstuffs known to man," according to Philly-based author Carolyn Wyman's 1999 book, Spam: A Biography . But he knew enough to approach the product with a healthy helping of skepticism.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013
Pat Szoke's Spam recipe 2 eggs 1 cup cooked white rice 2 cloves chopped garlic 1/3 pint of cherry tomatoes, quartered Chopped parsley and scallions. In a no-stick sauté pan, lightly toast garlic, add rice and sauté till hot. Meanwhile, in another pan, lightly sear 2 generous slices of Spam until crispy and brown. Remove Spam from pan and add the eggs. Place cooked rice on bottom of plate, top with Spam, then two eggs; top with seasoned tomatoes.
NEWS
November 29, 2012
Pilots on trial in 'death flights' BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The "death flights" were among the more macabre innovations of Argentina's 1976-83 dictatorship. The military planes that flew out over the wide Rio de la Plata and back returned missing many of their passengers: political prisoners who were drugged to sleep and thrown alive into the sea. A group of pilots who allegedly flew the missions are among the 68 suspects who went on trial Wednesday, charged with participating in hundreds of kidnappings, tortures, and murders inside Argentina's Naval Mechanics School.
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Billy Shannon and COLUMBIA NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK — Next time you hear of a friend or family member's forthcoming wedding, be sure to check your e-mail in-box, in case the invitation has gone there. Richard Israelite of San Francisco said he saved more than $1,000 when he chose to pay about $80 for e-mail invitations before he and his wife, Katherine, were married last year. "To me it makes more sense," he said. "I think it's much more convenient in reaching people. " The quick RSVP function provided by digital, he said, made the process smooth.
NEWS
January 12, 2012 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
What would the Founding Fathers think of Facebook? Great question. We keep referring almost everything back to the Fathers - so it makes sense to wonder what they'd think of social media. You can just see it: (Madison: "Well, there goes the right to privacy. " Jefferson: "This is so cool !") This question - which opens into a bigger one, about the fate of personal privacy in the communications age - is the topic Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the National Constitution Center.
NEWS
May 9, 2011 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a vast, invisible battle, going on all the time - and, unbeknownst to you, your computer may be one of the battlegrounds. The struggle pits thousands of smart, evil folks, who send out trillions of pieces of spam e-mail, against the people in law enforcement and business guarding against them and trying to shut them down. On the front lines against spam and cybercrime, some analyze malicious computer code (malware), and others - in the young science of cyberforensics - examine computers and drives confiscated in investigations.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2011 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
The messages read like the thousands of spam e-mails many of us have gotten for years on our computers - or would get if we didn't have elaborate spam filters standing in their way. "Get $1500 in Extra Cash Sent Immediately!" said one, directing recipients to a website to follow through on the fabulous offer. "Confirmation," began the other, with that classic spam ruse that suggests you're hearing from a company you've already contacted. "Please Call 877-803-XXXX" - I'm hiding the last four digits to protect the guilty - "For your Walmart and Visa Gift Cards.
NEWS
November 19, 2010 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
A California man admitted in federal court yesterday to sending out millions of illegal spam e-mails. Don Abadie, 39, of Dana Point, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in connection with electronic mail. U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell set sentencing for Feb. 24. Abadie, who is cooperating with the feds, could get less than the 12 to 18 months behind bars he would face under advisory sentencing guidelines. He was charged with violating a 2003 law that made e-mail fraud a crime.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2009 | By Jane M. Von Bergen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the annual tax deadline looming tomorrow night, it might not seem too odd to receive an e-mail from the Internal Revenue Service. The communication, sent to some area residents in the last few days, included attachments that appeared quite official. But the IRS wasn't the sender. If it's tax season, IRS spokesman William Cressman said yesterday, it also is tax-scam season. "We don't send out unsolicited e-mails, and we don't ask for personal account information," he said.
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