What Ever Became of…This Feature?


It’s been a good run, but these last few weeks I have come to the realization that I have hit a bit of a wall when it comes to lost tech, dead ends along the trail of technological development. As in, I am out of good ideas to write about. And, quite frankly, we made it longer than I expected, so maybe it’s time to find another way to start most Saturday mornings here at Atomic Toasters.

I don’t know for sure what that will be, but today, I’d like to talk about spam. Comment spam to be specific, not the delicious meat product. This site runs on WordPress, with the comments through IntenseDebate, things most of you likely know, and there is some sort of connection between the two, and with a spam filter, that keeps, well, has kept, most of the crap away. There was an update back in Ought-12 that somehow turned off the spam filter, but since then it has been fairly quiet.

Until recently. Usually the spam that does make it through gets kicked into a pending status, so we can kick it into a junk comment file and you never have to see it. Some makes it all the way through, and you all have been good about reporting random spam on old posts so we can get rid of it. In recent weeks though, the spam count in the pending group has been growing progressively larger. It was mildly annoying when it was 5 a day, then 10 a day, but this week, wow. There have been like 20-30 pending comments that are spam, last night there were 57, and this morning, 70-something. The Professor asked the question, and I will echo it, who the heck did we piss off?

And to what end, really, is the spam? There is an old episode of The Simpsons where Homer get ahold of an autodialer and tries to get people to send him a dollar. But who gets the spam dollar with comments like:

There are foods that are a problem only when eaten while a given plant is pollinating. That is why some people undergo operations to improve their chronic sinus infections. Ethmoid Sinusitis: causes pain behind and between eyes.


What a information of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious knowledge concerning unpredicted feelings.


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  • The Professor

    Are any of you lot joggers? I just cleaned out the spam queue and there must have been 20 ads for plantar fasciitis treatments, and I know for a fact that none of the staff here jog, as it interferes with their beer drinking.
    And ads for Tunisian pharmacies? Do you guys really order meds from Tunisia?

    • nanoop

      I don't think it's very specific… on the forum I'm on for my project car, it's all about fashion accessories: two months ago it was sun glasses, now it's french luxury hand bags. And I still get unsolicited business proposals by email…

      • The Professor

        Yeah, me too on the business proposals. Many of them are from Chinese steel suppliers, offering custom forgings and castings, all referenced to my various articles on the Mesta Machine Co. and steel making in general. I should counter-offer a proposal for doomsday devices, but I suspect that I'd soon find myself in a great deal of trouble with the pencil-necks at the DOE. Again…

    • Plantar fasciitis isn't just from running. I have it. If you see me running, it means I'm out of ammo!

      • The Professor

        Yeah, I figured. My 10 seconds of research on Google came back with "jogger's heel" and I ran with it.

        You, running out of ammo? That's like IHOP running out of pancakes….;)

        • I can only carry so much ammo.

          • FЯeeMan

            If you start running, you'll get in better shape and will be able to carry more ammo…

  • skitter

    I volunteered myself in one spam report to aid with its cleaning out.
    I report a lot of them.
    That reminds me, I still haven't finished my next two articles.
    I am horrible at coming up with content.
    You should post an article that I can rebut, and then someone else can disagree, and so on and so on.
    Of course, we've tried to stay out of politics thusfar.

    • The Professor

      We'd all love to read your next articles when they're finished, as you're probably the best writer here. Especially when compared to the extreme lack of posts (and presence) from the rest of us these last few months (except for Hyco – he's our ironman).
      I really sympathize with your difficulties in coming up with content, it's much harder than it sounds, and it all takes up so much time to reference and write a decent article. It can be tough if you have anything going on in your meatspace life.

      • I keep thinking that one day I will submit an article on the M-1 Carbine. What else could tie GM, IBM, Rockola, National Postal Meter, and Winchester together? Kind of hard between a new job and a toddler at home.

        • The Professor

          If you ever get the time and desire to write up that article, let us know! I know that I'd be interested in reading it as well as the rest of our little community.


          • Yep, Rockola, the jukebox people, made guns. During the Korean war the government decided that maybe it wasn't a good idea to have ALL the firearms manufacturers within one nuclear blast radius in New England, so they got International Harvester to make M-1 Garrards.

          • My brother-in-law has a 1911A1 from Remington Rand. It is fun explaining to people that it's a Remington… of a sort.

    • The Professor

      Upon reflection, I realize that I unfairly shortchanged engineered in my last comment. He's been soldiering along with Hyco to try to keep the flame burning on the site while the rest of of us have been faffing around. In my defense, I point out that I'm an old bastard whose lousy memory is measured on the Planck scale.

    • This one was you?

      "The following comment was reported for the reason: I should really take over the spam cleaning job, instead of merely reporting it."

      I wondered who it was, and also didn't realize you could leave a personalized spam message! And, maybe we can find a topic for rebuttal without resorting to politics. Best ham radio ever, you pick one and I pick one? Or, perhaps, strategic nuclear bombers vs nuclear missiles, debate by the decade (60s technology vs 60s technology, 70s vs 70s, etc)!

      • skitter

        That's one of mine.
        I try to put something different and most interesting thank you in each report.

        Edit: That's a good idea about doing things decade by decade, since new technology is often a rebuttal of existing technology. The ICBM is a good example, covered a little bit in the B-47 article. And it might help me break down one big article into more manageable chunks.

  • "Sands the disc"?

    • The Professor

      It sands the disc as smooth as skin, else it gets the hose again…

  • The Professor

    Completely off topic: is anyone watching playoff hockey?

  • OA5599

    On a related note, over the last few weeks I've been getting a lot of Intense Debate "followers" who seem to exist only to have spam links in their profile.

  • craigsu

    The second example reads like a fortune cookie or an English translation of a product manual by the Chinese.

  • B72

    If we can detect and block the spam, why can't we generate our own spam with which to reply to the spam we detected?

    Too much potential for abuse I guess. Someone would post something that looked like spam and referenced <redacted>, and <redacted> would then get buried in system generated gibberish. Then again who would notice?

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    • Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a twenty five foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!

      • OA5599

        My son's phone survived a fall from a 45-foot climbing course. The next day he plopped it a few inches to the table and the screen shattered. It still worked, but the cracks made it very difficult to have enough contiguous touchscreen area to unlock the phone.

        • Sometimes it is a twenty foot drop, sometimes thirty, I have even seen a forty, but strangely enough, it is always 83 youtube views, that number never changes.

          I have actually heard decent things about those cell phone repair places, despite that whole disposable culture thing. I know a lady who has busted enough screens to have "a guy", I think she has replaced at least three–screens, not guys.

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