September 22, 2005

Confession of a climate criminal

'Next week I am going to turn myself in. I have been on the run for years, flying in the face of reason, but it is just too exhausting. The charges against me include crimes against the planet and two counts of theft. But if I go down for this the medical profession is coming with me. They are saying I am a climate criminal and that for the past five years I have consumed unsustainably large amounts of air travel, pumping into the atmosphere tonnes of carbon dioxide that will continue to warm the planet for more than a century. In the past year I have flown to conferences in Auckland, Tokyo, Milan, and Rome. The charges are serious. According to a report by the World Health Organization my actions have contributed to the deaths of some 150 000 people, mostly in developing countries. What is worse, they have found out that all this air travel was paid for by the public. '

Read the rest of the letter HERE.

3 Comments:

At September 22, 2005 7:52 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Every day I was getting comment spam on Long Burn. So, I have turned on a little puzzle ('word verification') that humans can figure out, but not spambots. Try it out!

 
At September 24, 2005 3:26 AM , Blogger Tim said...

I think this is effective and not too inconvenient. I don't mind filling in the extra field. However, I did read an article where spammers were using live humans to solve these puzzles in exchange for access to p0rn! That is, the "spambot" program would get here, find the puzzle, grab the picture, send it to the p0rn site. When I go to the p0rn site, it says, you can't see the next image until you type the letters you see. I do that and it sends the answer back to the spambot, who has kept your page open waiting for the answer. Then the spambot can solve the puzzle and leave spam. Neat huh? The computer just says, "pass this problem on to a human. It's just the kind of thing they are good at"

 
At September 26, 2005 3:53 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

What is weird is that the word verification puzzles are generated by computers. Why then can only humans solve them?

 

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