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Thursday, November 03, 2021

With the steady hyping of Jarhead (opening tomorrow, probably will catch it sometime after that), I’ve been reminded of a quip I heard years ago about the term “jarheads”:

I was in the first day of a college class with an ROTC guy. The professor got into some kind of chat with the ROTC, and somehow or other asked him about the Marines. The ROTC, an Army guy, offered this up:

“You know why we don’t call them ‘jarheads’ anymore? Because that implies that you’re supposed to put something into them.”

It got a chuckle. Obviously, cross-branch ribbing is a world apart from wholesale military bashing.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 11/03/2021 09:38:56 PM
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A Florida-as-spam-central scenario was suggested last year, when a noticable dip in worldwide spamming levels coincided with the four hurricane hits to the Sunshine State.

So, when Hurricane Wilma knocked out power in most of Broward County (and big chunks of Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties), did spam correspondingly lessen? If so, it pretty much fingers the state as home to a bunch of spammers. If not, then 2004’s results could be considered a coincidence.

Personally, I didn’t notice any change in the amount of email junk I got during the last full week of October, when Wilma hit. But I do have an anecdotal bit of evidence that Web use in Wilma territory dropped: The traffic reports for Florida Trend, which I run every month, showed a sizable dip for October. Since most of our traffic comes from instate, I didn’t even have to look at the details to know that the decrease was attributable to the hurricane outages.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 11/03/2021 09:20:41 PM
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