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  • #16
    If all you are trying to do is hide your mail from an automated system such as Google then the answer is both trivial and relatively painless. Just take a screen shot of the text composed in your favorite word processor and attach the image to your mail. The print screen key will grab the screen image and lacking anything else you can paste it into MS PAINt. Then save it and send.

    The automated email scanning system could be set up to read text in an image but it is highly unlikely that they are.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by Evan

      The automated email scanning system could be set up to read text in an image but it is highly unlikely that they are.
      Because of image spam, many sites, including all of mine, have OCR software read image attachments as the mail comes in. If I can do it certainly Google can do it.

      http://www.borderware.com/technologies/image-spam.php

      Once it's scanned the resulting text, assuming there is any, is available for further processing.

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      • #18
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        • #19
          One of the funnier anti-spam work arounds I have seen spammers come up with involves CAPTCHA technology - those sites that require the visitor to type in the contents of a scrambled image before the site will accept content for publishing. The thinking is a human can read it but a machine cannot. So how the spammers got around it was to create a link to the victim site's CAPTCHA in real time to their own, and if their visitor was able to solve it, they'd get free porno pictures. And of course in the background, with the CAPTCHA solved, the porn site's code would upload spam to the blog or bbs that hosted the original CAPTCHA. So perhaps a machine cannot read hand writing (they can, but is it worth it?), but if the need is there at least the spammers will find a way

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          • #20
            That isn't really handwriting BTW. It's a handwriting font so it is just as easy to use as any other font and you don't have to use the handwriting font while composing. There are numerous fonts that can't be machine read while still remaining reasonably easy for humans to read. Scene, shape recognition and anything else to do with the visual system is the domain of the brain and will remain so for a long time. It's going to take more than just processing power to equal the human brain in that task. It probably requires actual intelligence since in many cases it requires arriving at the most likely correct conclusion from insufficient information.
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            • #21
              I have used yaho email as my primary email address for 10 years now. I have moved 4 times (coast to coast) in that time period, and maintaining the same email address has been a real benefit.

              I like the spam filtering benefits of yahoo. I also like that they let you make temporary email addresses that you can use for common subscriptions to listservers, merchant accounts, etc. You can see what merchants are farming out your email address to other vendors, and delete one of these temporary addresses whenever you want to.

              Privacy? Not really concerned about it. If someone wants to read your email, they can unless you encrypt your messages, which is a PIA and I bet 99.9999% of people don't know how or don't bother. I believe that yahoo email is just as secure as any local ISP's email (which is to say: totally insecure). I seriously doubt that yahoo runs word searches on your email to target you with advertising; that sort of activity could open them up to seriously bad publicity, reduced share prices (!), and possibly lawsuits.

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              • #22
                There are two different issues here: email privacy, and online profiling.

                Google is one of the few (only?) free email providers that scans the contents of your inbound and outbound email and adds it to the global Google profile of you.

                I'm subscribed to a rock climbing mailing list through my Gmail account, and I get spam with rock climbing and outdoor equipment.

                Yahoo, Excite, and all the other free email services that I've tried don't do that.
                "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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