Spam Volume

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I’m sure I’m just in the minor leagues here, but for the last month or so I’ve been averaging 50Mb of incoming spam a day. All but a handful of messages die before reaching my inbox, but it makes me wonder. I’m lucky enough to have fiber to the house, with some pretty decent bandwidth both up and down. But two months ago I was on DSL, and only a few years ago I was on ISDN, with dial-up before that. As the connection speed increased, so did the volume of junk that found its way down the pipe.

Maybe we’re seeing a kind of Parkinson’s Law in action here: trash expands to fit the bandwidth available to it.