Good question... Probably what you're thinking.
Fri Aug 25, 2023 6:05am

I'm sure somewhere you can find stats on how much stuff is on the Internet backbones that no one actually wants. Spam, the Nieman-Marcus cookie recipie that's been forwarded 35 times without being cleaned up, etc. It's actually quite a bit.

It could be that it's an exchange server... Yahoo! and Google! do a lot of analysis to keep the junk away from their users, but Exchange! leaves the responsibility to your IT guys.

  • I wonder how much an email does cost? - Erik_, Tue Aug 15 2023 1:05am
    It's using server resources on every hop it makes to the final mail server. It's probably a fraction of a fraction of a cent from end to end but the sheer amount of unsolicited spam emails that get generated and sent around must cost a somewhat substantial amount of money overall. I had that issue only... more
    • Good question... Probably what you're thinking.- Puckdropper, Fri Aug 25 2023 6:05am
      • Yeah, it's definitely an Exchange server - Erik_, Wed Aug 30 2023 9:54am
        It's just been so long since I've done IT/SRE work besides just development that I wasn't sure if maybe MIcrosoft had their own spam filter that they do on top of whatever your local Exchange server has set up. I guess thinking about it now, that would probably annoy a bunch of IT workers who are wondering... more
        • So now we know--email sending is cheap (like stealing) - Puckdropper, Wed Aug 30 2023 5:09pm
          and the receivers waste around $.95/message (like those being stolen from) and the only real solution is filtering (like theft prevention) but that takes resources (like buying locks does) and everyone except the spammers (thieves) would be happier without it. I really didn't expect the analogy to... more
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