Comments: Ah, but this penis-enlarging product is different from the other ones because it is FROM THE FUTURE!!! (fanfare)

I think it is unlikely that the dates will continue creeping further into the future, because it is likely that the spam generator authors are using the standard C/Unix time utilities either directly or through a scripting language. These are generally not tested beyond 2038, since the underlying time representation, the number of seconds since midnight January 1, 1970, is usually stored as a signed 32-bit number, which maxes out on January 19, 2038. Further, some mail clients that use those same time utilities may throw up their hands in disgust if they see a date beyond 2038, which would not help the receivers reply to the spam. So you may have hit an artificial limit with those last 16 spam messages you got, due to the amazing spread of a specific data encoding.

Posted by Jack at September 26, 2006 05:09 PM

I love my readers.

Posted by Francis at September 26, 2006 05:20 PM

I wonder what the statistic are for how many consumers actually buy viagra and penis enhancers from a stranger who sends spam over the internet. I'm assuming that the spammers continue because there must be a sizeable group that does!

Posted by Neil at September 26, 2006 08:48 PM

Well, out of curiosity I ordered a penis enlarger from 2020, and one from 2038. The 2020 one involved nanorobots injected into the bloodstream that then entered the cells and spliced in genetic material taken from the Argentine lake duck. Actually worked pretty well on my test subject. With the 2038 one, you just use an S-duality dilaton field to move to a parallel universe where you were actually born with a big penis.

Posted by Martha at September 28, 2006 08:41 PM
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