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From Ram <>
Subject Re: I have some bad news
Date Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:34:55 GMT

On Tuesday 16 August 2016 10:52 AM, Marc Perkel wrote:
> Well, this is kind of hard to say so just going to say it. I have 
> stage 4 lung cancer and the probably spectrum is not good. I've been 
> fighting spam for the last 15 years and I'd like to keep fighting spam 
> from the grave. So I'm willing to share my technology with anyone 
> interested.
Marc thats too bad. But stage 4 lung cancer does not mean you have to 
die of it.
And chill about spam. I know you have been great at contributions to 
anti-spam ( and we all remember your distinct hate of SPF :-) ).
But antispam is just "commodity" technology.

Probably ML will take over antispam in the future and people would just 
subscribe to some good ML antispam service. Running your own antispam is 
too much of an attention grabbing task, and no one wants to put in so 
much time today

> Several months ago I talked about a new trick I came up with to fight 
> spam and also positively identify good email as good. I've been 
> running it now for 7 months and it is a breakthrough. At the time I 
> had intended to patent it just to get enough protection to license it 
> to the big boys, but now it is unlikely I'll be around long enough for 
> that. I have however noticed that because of my condition people are 
> paying attention to me more now that there's a deadline.
> Here's my spam filtering trick. It's something that can be easily 
> integrated into SpamAssassin. Being that my programming is somewhat 
> sloppy at times it can probably be done even better than what I did. 
> The thing to keep in mind when reading this is that it's not bayesian 
> filtering. Many people in the spam filtering community make that 
> mistake. This is done with set operations using Redis. Here's the link.
> I'm still doing well for now and if not for this diagnosis I wouldn't 
> know I was sick, And I want to get as much done in this window as 
> possible. Since I live in Gilroy California I'm thinking I'd like to 
> contact the spam filtering person at Google and let them continue to 
> really develop what I started. So if someone could hook me up with the 
> right person(s) there I would appreciate it. And I'm willing to work 
> with anyone else that can make use of my work. (My way of cheating 
> death.)
> Below is a letter I wrote to EFF staff where I used to work. It 
> summarizes my situation. I'm still doing well considering.
> Hi Cindy,
> Hate to ruin your Monday morning but I have some bad news. I have 
> stage 4 lung cancer and the odds are not with me. I'm slowly telling 
> the world and realizing the the problem with having so many friends is 
> that I'm making a lot of people very sad. And that is very difficult 
> for me to do.
> I'm dealing with it about as well as can be expected, maybe a little 
> better than that. My needs are covered for now, but dealing with 
> rolling out the information. Please pass this email on to the staff 
> there. I'm somewhat concerned about getting too much response at once. 
> There is no specific time frame for me yet but stage 4 lung is almost 
> always fatal and it's more likely months and not years.
> I have a lot of friends who are offering to take care of me. I have a 
> paid for house, some savings, and I'm still doing well off my spam 
> filtering business. I am going to be looking for someone to take over 
> my small techno empire in the hopes of keeping my web sites and the 
> people who I host for online. While I plan to put up a good fight if I 
> get 2 years that would be considered a win. Taking over my empire 
> would be a great opportunity for the right person and I need to find 
> someone to do that. I am unfortunately really good at what I do and 
> might be tricky getting someone to take that over.
> I have lived a good life. I have done more than most people have done 
> in 100 lifetimes. At the age of 60 I was already down to my last 1/4 
> tank so if I don't get the last 20 years I really have little to 
> complain about. At this point my goals are to upload what's left of me 
> to the web, which is the afterlife in my world. I have to finish up 
> certain philosophical projects with my Church of Reality, which, 
> interestingly enough might lead to a solution for the control problem 
> for Artificial Intelligence. (Something I need to finish writing up.)
> Oddly enough the idea of being dead doesn't worry me. And that might 
> be the denial speaking. However the process of getting there is going 
> to be overwhelming. And it's been just a week since I found out. And 
> I'm exploring the idea that there might even be an upside to being 
> terminal. Maybe new opportunities will open up.
> I do want to say that working at EFF was some of the best times of my 
> life and I really appreciate having had that opportunity. The internet 
> is the new nervous system of humanity and is therefore sacred space, 
> not just in a religious sense, but in a Reality based sense. To 
> protect it is to protect the essence of humanity itself. The Internet 
> is our common mind and it is the core of who we are as a human 
> species. (Note to legal team, I think there is a legal argument 
> opportunity in this statement.)
> A person's story is everything they do from the moment they are born 
> to the moment they die. And then your story is the effect you had on 
> advancing the evolution of life from what we were, to what we are, to 
> what we will become. So my story will become part of the story of 
> humanity, which is part of the story of life on this planet, and part 
> of the story of the universe. And with the internet the essence of who 
> I am and what makes my existence have meaning will be preserved.
> I have always believed that if a person decides to "own their story" 
> and choose to live a life worth living that when they are faced with 
> the end of their personal existence it would be much easier. And now 
> that I am there I can say it is definitely true. I have not lived a 
> perfect life and looking back there are quite a few things where I 
> could have made a better choice. But at this point I'm feeling 
> unusually positive about my situation as my last adventures unfold.
> While I have spent much of my life writing software for cyberspace I 
> have also written quite a bit of software for meat space. This email 
> is an example of that. Meat space is coded in ideas and philosophies 
> and I'm hoping in the time I have left to see what else I can 
> accomplish. Facing death definitely sharpens the mind so I'm going to 
> take advantage of that.
> I suppose I'll wrap this up here as I can ramble on forever. And 
> forever isn't as quite long as it used to be.
> Marc Perkel
> /root
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> Marc Perkel - Sales/Support
> Junk Email Filter dot com
> 415-992-3400

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