Graham's spam filter

Erno Kuusela erno-news at
Tue Aug 27 17:36:12 CEST 2002

In article <mailman.1030456801.18090.python-list at>, "Mark
McEahern" <marklists at> writes:

| [Anthony Baxter]
|| This [whitelist] technique is evil, and fails to scale in any useful way.

| Evil?  Would you like cream with your hyperbole or do you just prefer it
| black?

evil (adj.) As used by hackers, implies that some system, program,
person, or institution is sufficiently maldesigned as to be not worth
the bother of dealing with. Unlike the adjectives in the
cretinous/losing/brain-damaged series, `evil' does not imply
incompetence or bad design, but rather a set of goals or design
criteria fatally incompatible with the speaker's.  [...]

  -- erno

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