Thursday, July 5, 2012

What I’m reading #69

A drive-by art preview in Christchurch.

The last Word.

Your e-book reader is watching you.

Via TVHE, Cormac Herley of Microsoft Research answers the question, “Why do Nigerian scammers say they are from Nigeria?” (The PDF of his paper is here: it’s a fascinating and entertaining read). It’s blindingly obvious once he points it out. Money quote:
By sending an email that repels all but the most gullible the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select, and tilts the true to false positive ratio in his favour.

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