NCANE.COM going open source

I’ve decided to take my short URL generator and make it open-source. This is for a number of reasons, but I think primarily because I’m emigrating, and sometimes you need to just let things go.

ShutOff 2000’s code will also become open source when I release ShutOff 2010 (that’s a long story – don’t ask).

NCANE.COM’s code-base will be available on Google Code. I’ll update the blog with its exact location when I’ve created the project.

In case anyone is interested, I’m using the MIT licence. No GPL for me, thank you very much.

UPDATE: The project is now at Google Code. You can access it from: https://code.google.com/p/ncane-com-short-url-generator/

I smite thee, spammers

As the founder of the Smiters of Iniquity, I hereby smite all spammers.

Yesterday, ncane.com and I were targeted by spammers, where a spam email went out to (I expect) thousands of people, purporting to be from me (including my personal details from public DNS records), and a short URL generated by ncane.com.

An over-eager recipient of this spam decided to report it to the entire world. My upstream providers were included, as well as the ISP from where the spam originated. That’s to be expected, and I would have done the same. However, the South African Police were also included, along with various other parties (Federal Trade Commission? Really?).

I’d like to say this guy overreacted, but with the status of spam today, did he really?

I’ve since responded to every contact on the list he reported to, stating that my identity was stolen and abused in this email, so hopefully level heads will prevail. The email clearly did not originate from my server, and my ISP seems to be happy (so far).

I’ve also been forced to update all of my domains’ registration details with an additional layer of obfuscation (without breaking the law of course). I should have done this a long time ago because this was only a matter of time, considering my approach to spammers. But again, why should I have to hide my DNS details in the first place?

If this affects me any more, I think I’m going to throw in the towel and cross over to Google completely, cancelling ncane.com. Seriously, this sort of thing is not good for my mental health.

Some people might say that I should have just deleted the spam I receive instead of reporting it and taking on the spammers as I do, but if I don’t do it, who else will? We’ve become deluged by this spam, and it’s simply unacceptable.

Anyway, that’s my rant for today.

Best firewall ever?

I got this in email. I cannot vouch for its accuracy, but it made me smile:

1. One human cell contains 75MB genetic information.
2. One sperm contains a half of that; that is 37.5MB.
3. One ml of semen contains 100 million sperm.
4. In average, ejaculation lasts for 5 sec and contains 2.25 ml semen.
5. This means that the throughput of a man’s member is equal to (37.5MB x 100,000,000 x 2.25)/5 = 1 687 500 000 000 000 byte/second = 1,6875 Terabyte/sec

This means that the female egg cell withstands this DDoS attack at 1,5 terabyte per second, and only lets through one(!) data package, thereby being the best freaking hardware firewall in the world!

The downside of it is that this only small data package that it lets through, hangs the system for the whole of 9 months!