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Re: Internet email performance study
Brad Knowles wrote:
At 3:05 PM -0700 2005-04-28, Crist Clark wrote:No, it doesn't. Please read their paper. In the paper and as he stated again in the response above, their definition of a "loss" requires the message to be delivered successfully in the first place. The anti-spam measure described in the above URL causes the remote MTA to not accept mail at all from the blocked source. This would not be counted as a loss in their methodology, but possibly as an "error."
It's possible. Those with very sensitive threasholds that would pick up one email every fifteen minutes as a scan could produce drop rates between zero and one. Assuming the threashold detection is a well defined algorithm, however, one would expect the drops to be deterministic, e.g. after one hour (four sets) of attempts, they fall into black hole, come out after one hour, two hours, eight hours, or a day, and then the whole thing repeats. The authors couldn't find patterns, but that does not mean that there are not any patterns to find. I considered looking at their raw data myself until I saw it was a 100+ MB gzipped tarball. Anyone can test these kinds of theories if they are willing to download and slog through the data. -- Crist J. Clark firstname.lastname@example.org Globalstar Communications (408) 933-4387