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A friend of mine recently had an ugly and most confusing experience. While googling for information on a newly designed web site, he was lead astray by some kind of search phrase hijacking trick. Which led me on a tangent down this path:

Parts of the Internet has become a source for misinterpretation and slander like some of our daily papers. To get along one needs computerskills which still might not be common knowledge.

With limited and non-artificial intelligence I tried to figure out how the spamming was done. Looking through the javascripts connected to the rerouted sites I found no automated redirect or anything else (but I didn't look through the phps though).

Random quotes intended to attract spiders is a well known trick which might be one of the reasons why Google nowadays ignore meta tags. Might this be the end of the Internet as a source of both reliable and questionable information? A recently read book comes to mind, as certain groups might want to subverse reality as we know it...

Spam example

As another example I'd like to use some text from a spam mail I received the other day. The following excerpts were accompanied by a female undressing:

Thank you for sending me a copy of your book—I'll waste no time reading it. Black holes are where God divided by zero. In the end, everything is a gag. [...] I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better. In the end, everything is a gag. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. All love shifts and changes. I don't know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time. No elected body is the country, we are the country. You and me. Us. It can only stay that way as long as we care to keep it so. Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. The nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people they think it's their fault. Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome. Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it. A narcissist is someone better looking than you are. A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation. [...] Love is always bestowed as a gift—freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love. A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation. Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up. The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it. A witty saying proves nothing. Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite. When ideas fail, words come in very handy. He who has a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'. The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it. Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. Books are the shoes with which we tread the footsteps of great minds. The quality of the moment is more important than the number of our days. People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. This book fills a much-needed gap. I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. [...] Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories. The Eskimo has fifty-two names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love. [...] We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough? I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. [...] Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. The Babylon project was our last, best hope for peace. It failed... But in the year of the Shadow war it became something greater: our last, best hope... for victory. The year is 2260, the place: Babylon 5. He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death. You can widen your life by yourself, but to deepen it you need a friend. I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right. You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it. If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars. The mistakes are all waiting to be made. It was the experience of mystery—even if mixed with fear—that engendered religion. [...] Each encounter that becomes a friendship turns into a lifeline. One can never have too many, only too many to properly take care of. The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. [...] Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters. No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. It's kind of fun to do the impossible. [...] One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important. Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together. [...] [...] Fill what's empty, empty what's full, and scratch where it itches. There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life. If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. Maybe this world is another planet's Hell. [...] Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. The full use of your powers along lines of excellence. Life is a waste of time, time is a waste of life, so get wasted all of the time and have the time of your life. The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true. Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being. A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. Give me a museum and I'll fill it. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.


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