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Send Emails After Your Death

CowboyNeal posted more than 10 years ago | from the packets-from-beyond-the-grave dept.

The Internet 271

Roland Piquepaille writes "As you all know, the two things in life you can't avoid are taxes and death. But if you will no longer have to pay taxes after your death, you will be able to send email thanks to a new service, The Los Angeles Times (free registration needed) says this service will cost you $9.99 for a three-year subscription. The company says you can update your farewell messages from anywhere in the world, including cybercafes or airports." If it's not a hoax, it's a pretty cool service.

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Shit a Brick (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480848)


BSD (5, Funny)

grennis (344262) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480849)

Quick, somebody sign up BSD, they are going to need this soon.

Re:BSD (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480853)


Re:BSD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480961)

do you mean the "soon" as in the "soon" that the slashdot crowd has been predicting for an eternity, or a soon - as in the propper meaning of the word?

Anywhere in the world? (5, Funny)

technopinion (469686) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480850)

Now, if one could update the messages from the underworld, that might be something worth investing in.

Re:Anywhere in the world? (2, Funny)

snarkh (118018) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480987)

That service is a $20 option.

My letter.... (5, Funny)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481021)

Dear Boss,

Susan pissed in your coffee,
John keyed your Jaguar,
and I was the one fucking your wife!

Have a profitable year,

A faithful employee

No need. (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480851)

I already have a list of people to send email to about my death in my will. It will be executed for free.

Re:No need. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480875)

Too bad everyone you know will have changed their addresses by the time you die. Or that you'll pay $120 per hour to have your lawyer update your will every six months to list the new e-mail addresses.

Re:No need. (1)

placeclicker (709182) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480890)

Is it limited at email?

I mean, could you ask that someone log onto site x with username y and password z, and have them post a message detailing that, you won't be around anymore?

Re:No need. (1)

Jellybob (597204) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480905)

It's a will... pay your lawyer enough, and they'll probably hire someone to dress up in a chicken suit and run around town screaming that your dead.

already thought of this (3, Interesting)

muyuubyou (621373) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481004)

I have little to no contact with my family. I hate writing home. Including e-mails.

Sometimes when I travel I think about my death - I have little social life. My girlfriend doesn't know shit about my family and background.

Several times I've thought of setting up a cron job so if I don't deactivate it in a couple of days, it would notify my direct relatives about my death. Not the best thing to think about when you're about to enter a plane.

AOL News Followup (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480852)

AOL News [] is doing a follow-up article []

Click Here [] to see it

TROLL? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480898)

How is a link to a pretty good news article a TROLL? Are the editors now modding down links to better news stories becuase its embarassaing that they didn't include the link in the story?

TROLL? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480949)

How is a link to a pretty good news article a TROLL? Are the editors now modding down links to better news stories becuase its embarassaing that they didn't include the link in the story?

Re:TROLL? (0, Troll)

QuietYou (629140) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480967)

Are you forgetting where you are? This is slashdot, modding is determined by rolling a 10 sided die. Duh.

No thanks (5, Funny)

fleener (140714) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480854)

What guarantee do I have that the bulk e-mail to my friends and family won't be snagged by spam filters? That would be the final insult.

Re:No thanks (4, Insightful)

piranha(jpl) (229201) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480899)

Really. The FAQ says that messages sent to recipients only contain a URL to your full message. Unless they actually include the name of the deceased in the Subject or something else which clearly differentiates it from spam, many people will probably disregard the message.

SERIOUS QUESTION: Roland Piquepaille (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7481036)

Why is it that Roland Piquepaille is the submitter of at least one front page story per day? Can someone please elaborate whether or not Roland Piquepaille has a relationship with Slashdot, or OSDN, or VA, or one of the editors?

This is a genuine and very serious question. I am curious as to why I see the name Roland Piquepaille on Slashdot's front page daily. No one can have a "submissions to accepted" ratio so perfect without something weird going on...

spam (3, Insightful)

spoonyfork (23307) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480856)

I have no doubt that I will be sending and receiving spam messages long after my own demise.

Free cash from Microsoft...... (2, Insightful)

markxsd (718350) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480986)

Why not attach a really nasty M$ killing worm to the email...

...Then get a buddy to pick up Bill's "Wanted Dead or Alive" $50k reward!

question ... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480857)

If they don't send the e-mail, can you sue them from beyond the grave?

Re:question ... (5, Funny)

lbrt (625194) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481007)

If they don't send the e-mail, can you sue them from beyond the grave?

You can try, but I bet they have their own Ghostbusters team ready to remove unsatisfied customers.

The last moments for a geek (0)

rf0 (159958) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480858)

No longer will a geek have to lie in bed dying they can now crouch in front of they keyboard and with their last breath write.



Now why don't I ever thing of ideas like that?


Re:The last moments for a geek (1)

denisdekat (577738) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480874)

This will be good, but I bet an even more interesting service may be "your last spam" LOL Can't wait to mass mail everyone when I die, how fun.

Re:The last moments for a geek (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480892)

Now why don't I ever thing of ideas like that?

Maybe because, like the rest of us, you hang around /. waiting to comment on the ideas of others.

Movie Update (2, Interesting)

Orien (720204) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480860)

So this officially depricates going to confront the bad-guy and sending a sealed envelope to someone with instructions like "if I'm not back by midnight, open this letter". We can just use email instead. I can see it now: "I've got the source to your virus Mr. Badguy. If I'm not back to my office in 24 hours, my automated service will email the source to the FBI."

my uncle is a moron (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480861)

This is a small complaint about damned uninformed relatives that I HAVE to share with the world cos I want to scream

An unnamed relative of mine... no fuck that it's my uncle kevin... had been sending me the same email over and over since july, when he got his first computer, and my cousin set it up for him. Turns out he thinks he was sending new emails to his family & friends. Nope, still the same junk forward, a powerpoint file called "Road rules for drunks" with some inane shit about road rules for driving if you're drunk, the kind of shit that the world forwards on the the rest of the world all the goddamned time. One after another, every week or so they'd appear.

Now I'm a helpful type, so I volunteered to fix this. More to the point I was sick of getting huge .ppt documents in my inbox. I rock up to his place and find out he's NOT actually forwarding on the same ppt file. He was:

1. opening an existing ppt file, the original "road rules for drunks" powerpoint document
2. creating a new page and typing his email in that, and inserting pictures if he wanted to send pictures
3. saving it
4. sending THAT newly edited file to about ten of us.

His inbox had loads of replies with "stop sending me this shit you've already sent it before!". admittedly most were mine.


So, 2 hours of explaining later, I show him how to start off a brand new email. How to reply to emails. How to select relevant parts for quoting, how to email sensibly, lightly and properly in plain text. He gets it right, he sends emails, he attaches images, and seems to have picked it up quickly. I feel happy. I've solved a problem and grabbed a few free beers while at it

I go back home, and the very next day he sends me an email - a thank you note mentioning how grateful he was I helped him, and is embarassed he was doing it so stupidly before.

The kicker? He wrote it, again, in the powerpoint document. Road rules for drunks. at the end. and sent it to me as an attachment, a 7MB attachment.

I want to cry

Re:my uncle is a moron (3, Funny)

mcpkaaos (449561) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480913)

Anyone else see this coming?

From:, on behalf of the late Uncle Kevin
To: My Loving Nephew
Subject: I'll miss you
Attachment: Road Rules for Drunks.ppt (7MB)

Re:my uncle is a moron (1)

QuietYou (629140) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480952)

It would be even funnier if Uncle Kevin died because he didn't obey the "Road Rules for Drunks".

I already know my last email : (0)

borgdows (599861) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480862)

So long suckers!

Bank account in Nigeria (4, Funny)

wayward_son (146338) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480864)

That's a convenient service.

I'll just wait until then to give away the money in my bank account in Nigeria.

Google News (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480865)

Google News [] has a bunch of good news links related to this story.

Check Them Out [] .

tipped your hand (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480911)

the give-away was you linking to it twice. Not subtle. very suspicious

Huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480917)

What are you talking about?

Good Article (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480935)

I didn't know how all that worked. Thanks for the link!

TROLL? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480956)

How is a link to a pretty good news article a TROLL? Are the editors now modding down links to better news stories becuase its embarassaing that they didn't include the link in the story?

Too much maintenance (1)

fleener (140714) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480866)

At the rate my friends and colleagues change their e-mail addresses, I'd die from exhaustion maintaining two address books -- mine, and the one stored on the remote site.

First Post Service (4, Funny)

andrewa (18630) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480867)

How about a service to get a "First Post" after your death?

Re:First Post Service (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480879)

You mean "Last Post", right?


Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480903)

My mod points expired... funniest post in a LONG time.

Re:First Post Service (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480921)

Damn! You beat me to it. Well, how about sending everyone an obfuscated e-mail link to Trolling beyond the grave.

Re:First Post Service (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481037)

Well, Mr Blank, it was close but you're going to heaven. *beep*! Whoops, one last entry. Uh-oh.

My last email: (4, Funny)

(void*) (113680) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480868)

So long and thanks for all the fish.

Re:My last email: (3, Funny)

fleener (140714) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480889)

What fish? I did not ship you any fish. I don't even like fish. What the hell are you talking about? Are you on drugs? You type like you're smoking crack. But how are you smoking crack and typing at the same time? You must be a speed freak. Damn I hate you tweakers. You come here and work for less than minimum wage and take all our jobs. Go back to New Jersey. We don't want your kind here.

Re:My last email: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480964)

This is slashdot - if you don't get the OP then we don't your kind HERE!!!

Re:My last email: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480975)

idiot idiot idiot idiot idiot
fool fool fool fool fool
haw haw haw
! ! ! ! ! !

grave communications deficit notedead? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480872)

you won't be needing any phonIE payper devices to communicate with every life form in the universe?

that's right, this stuff is unbreakable, wwworks on several (more than 3) dimensions, & requires no 'BiG scIEnce' FUnDing.

'big science' will have to 'discover' it's conscience before it can tap into this stuff.

Two programs got the nod, so far. The top priority is planet/population rescue. Other goals mandated include the permanent disempowerment of unprecedented evile, & assurance that the planet/population is around to enjoy the gnu millennium of open/honest communications/commerce. Your grandchildren will survive to produce additional uses for the powers that are rescuing us from the greed/fear/ego based life0cide, as the lights come up...

consult with/trust in yOUR creator... get ready to see the light. there's never a cover charge/subscription fee. see you there? tell 'em robbIE?

even more corepirate nazi schemes eXPosed?

& what dispositions are to be considered for the felonious payper liesense softwar gangsters as they are rendered invalid, & more&more of their phonIE stock markup scams are known? maybe they'll 'release' linus, & put fuddles et ALL, in prison.

then, let's say fuddles IS the greed/fear/ego based massturdmined softwar gangster bankrolling the phonIE ?pr? ?firm? scriptdead attacks on the hobbyist dogooders. can we say fud wants more, has a conscience deficit, & no regard for the public/his hostages? we could easily say that.

talk about fauxking wags?

nothing gnu about this phonIE ?pr? ?firm? softwar gangster scriptdead crud: oe =UTF-8&q=microsoft+%22bill+weisgerber%22&btnG=Goog le+Search oe =UTF-8&q=microsoft+%22sanjay+ahuja%22&btnG=Google+ Search oe =UTF-8&q=microsoft+attacks+linux+open+source&btnG= Google+Search

wag on at:

felonious softwar gangster execrable hired goons?

what else could it be?

Re:grave communications deficit notedead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480948)

I have a pEnIs.

Does this mean... (5, Funny)

devnulljapan (316200) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480878)

Let me introduce myself to you.I'm Franka Guei, the former military ruler of ( cote d' Ivoire /ivory coast,).
I was killed on 19/9/2002 with some of my loyalist officers during a cross fire battle between us and government troops in an attempt to seize power through coup de eta in Abidjan on 19/9/2002 .
At the time of my death, I had the sum of Eighteen million united states dollars only(us$18m) which I still want to move out of here with most despatch despite being dead.
This money was deposited by me before I died in a security company for the purpose of using it to fine tune my administration in the invent that he succeed in the fail coup attempt.
Because of the present situation in my country cote d' ivoire, as well as my being dead, my I need a trust worthy foreign partner who can assist me to transfer the money out of South Africa for investment.
Please, I highly need your assistance both in transferring the money to your country and also investing it in a profitable venture with your kind advice ,as I confide in you hoping you will never betray me at last.
I have proposed (30%) percent of the total sum of the money for you as your own commission, so as for you to give us all necessary assistance and protection we may need in your Country. Please treat as highly confidential. All the vital documents covering the deposit of the fund in a security company are with me here and will be used to effect change of ownership in your favour for subsequent transfer to any account you may wish to use abroad.
What I want you to do is to indicate your interest that you will assist us by receiving the money on our behalf. Acknowledge this message, so that I can introduce you to my son (MIKE GUEI) who has the modalities for the claim of the said fund. The identity of the finance company where the fund is deposited, will be revealed to you by my son as soon as we recieve confirmation from you on your willingness to proceed, as seeing is believing.
Reach me through this mail box to discuss modalities on how to proceed.Reply to deadpresidentofsomeafricannation@untraceabledomain .com
Looking forward to hearing from you urgent.

at least... (1, Interesting)

s33l3t (722580) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480881)

in the case of an untimely death i can email subscription cancellations to all my shell services and porn sites. i wonder if they will ever be able to do a last post, if that day ever comes watch out ./

Re:at least... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480915)

pula-n piza, life's a bitch, but when you die at least now you can send an email to all the loosers you knew. Kewl.

This is retarded (4, Insightful)

Lxy (80823) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480882)

the concept is cool, but there's one thing that doesn't make any sense.. HOW DO THEY KNOW IF YOU'VE DIED????

According to the FAQ on the site, you need to leave some kind of documentation in a place where someone will find it after you've died. That person is then responsible to contact them and have the e-mails sent. Dumb question: If you have to leave a note behind anyway, why use the e-mail service? Why not write letters in envelopes and store them in the same safe place you'll store this document?

Sounds more like a ploy to take money from the naive. Too bad I didn't think of this.

Re:This is retarded (1)

feenberg (201582) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480971)

Death certificates are public documents - you can get them in machine readable form from the CDC. They should just scan the death certs for customers.

This is well regarded (4, Funny)

Lieutenant_Dan (583843) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481001)

I haven't RTFA because that would against /. posting policy, but I suspect that they subscribe you a mailing list where you get an e-mail with the subject "Are you dead yet?" every day. If you don't reply after two days they assume you are dead and send the e-mail to your list of contacts and promptly sell the same list for profit to the DMA. Because once you're dead, it's not like you can sue them or anything.

Dead Man's Switch (4, Informative)

Plug (14127) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480884)

Sounds very much like the Dead Man's Switch [] that was covered on Slashdot [] a while back...

If you don't tell it you're alive every now and then, it can encrypt your files, send email, and post messages on the web. Very paranoia.

Nothing like Dead Man's Switch (2, Informative)

MyNameIsFred (543994) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480983)

If you read the mylastemail website, they give you a printed document that you keep where people will find it when you die (e.g., with your will). When they receive the printed document in the snail-mail, mylastemail will email out your last messages. So if they never receive the snail-mail, they never send your messages. Whereas with Dead Man's Switch, you have to proactively reset a switch to prevent automatic actions from taking place.

I've died, my message to slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480885)

I have seen the afterlife...



Could be surprisingly useful... (1)

Ianoo (711633) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480886)

I have the usual geek's collection of numerous websites and half-finished projects and have often wondered what would happen to them if the worst happened.

In typical paranoid style my files are hidden behind encryption and various usernames and passwords, and certainly no-one in my immediate family or circle of closest friends has the ability to be able to sift through all the gigabytes of crap I've accumulated over the years and deal with my online commitments (like paying hosting bills, informing people who post on the sites).

This site seems like this could be a pretty decent way of solving this. Only thing I'd worry about is the site going broke, or accidentally sending out these e-mails before my time is up!

Either that or I could program a boot-up message saying "This computer has not been booted in 72 hours, therefore assuming its owner is dead, please take the following steps..."

Re:Could be surprisingly useful... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480947)

Just make sure you don't accidentally include your password to your encrypted multi-gigabyte cache of child pr0n!

Re:Could be surprisingly useful... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480951)

The problem with dead-man-switches is that it takes enormous foresight to avoid accidental activation and ensure activation when you really meet your maker. You don't take your computer with you on vaction, I suppose, so the 72 hours rule needs an exception. Also, what happens when you leave the computer on when you leave the house and get run over by a bus? It seems this service company hasn't solved these problems and simply relies on someone finding you dead and informing them, so they can start sending your last emails.


Masque (20587) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480887)


My name is Masque and I am writing you from the republic of Heaven to beg your indulgence in the matter

I came to your name through careful study of teh intarweb and u are recommmended as a helfpul and trustworthy person who may be trusted to be helpful and I beleive I can be of help to you in return


Imagine THAT being hacked! (4, Funny)

arcanumas (646807) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480888)

Wow, imagine using a stupid username/password and having someone get in and change the message.

"Dear world. I was a bastard. I am, however, no more. That plane i was in has crashed into a mountain and my remains have yet to be discovered.
The world considers this to be a great tragedy, but those who knew me can say that the loss of the innocents on-board was well worth my demise.
Feel welcome to defecate on my grave
Thank you.
The deceased."
And a follows...

news my my death.... (1)

thogard (43403) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480891)

So what happens if there is an "accident" and there is premature news of ones death?

Can you say Opps?

Re:news my my death.... (1)

gabraham (723236) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480906)

From: Me To: All Subject: Oops. Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated...

Email from Theo-de-rat. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480895)

Jello openbsd cearotz. js jou aride cnow, e ois cirrid oien i kompirid OpenBSD wn de 14-10-2003. Sirbiz mi lejt fur veing sutsh a yilk. Nebaj, E Likkomind jou uzi Debian Linux odel Windows XP enstad. Zolle avout de rangeuae, vut itz eld two zpeec im mi koffin. Menij fanx, Theo-de-rat.

Beyond the grave. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480901)

I've also thought about launching a post-mortem service. For a small fee of $14.95, I will assume control of your forum/bbs/email and irc identities and proceed to advocate OSS migration with extreme levels of blind zealotry.

Also, for only $10 dollars extra, I'll destroy your porn directory and replace it with bible quotes.

And lastly, for a tiny fee of $59.99, I'll carve out a terminal window on your tombstone, logged in as root. Thing about it - eternal uptime.

Dearly friends of the dearly departed... (1)

cpopin (671433) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480912)

...I'd like to spam you just once more before, actually, after I've gone to remind you that cannot escape constant attack on your e-mail box.

Look forward to spim as well.

Next: Wireless computers in tombstones? (1)

G4from128k (686170) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480914)

I think they should build little wireless websites into tombstones. That way anyone with a WiFi or bluetooth enabled phone/pda/computer would get be able to access the dearly-departed's website at the gravesite. The device would consist of a small PDA as the core computer, some storage, the wireless interfaces, a battery, and an external solar panel for power. You could even build a blog/wiki into the tombstone so that gravesite visitors could leave their messages.

Re:Next: Wireless computers in tombstones? (0)

s33l3t (722580) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480939)

you would end up seeing a lot of first posts on gravestones......

Mousetraps.. (1)

TheHawke (237817) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480927)

That would be great in case you have some stuff that you are holding over some joker to keep you alive..
When you croak, the emails simply go out and notify your comrades that they can either release to the press or trash the incriminating data.

LIVE LONGER with H-uman...G-rowth...H-ormone... (1)

joeszilagyi (635484) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480931)

The possible jokes and humorous spams will know no bounds.

"Sorry JOSEPH I am died! NoW increase ur size!"

Thank God! (1)

Zygote-IC- (512412) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480943)

I need something like this so I can still tell the Nigerians where to put my millions so that at least my family and pets can have it after I pass.

my email.. (2, Funny)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480944)

a simple "BOOO!!!!!"

that should stir up something.

What a(n after) world! (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480953)

Great, now I'm going to need an occult contact manager to keep track of people after they're gone. (Phone numbers? Probably not. Do they have fax in hell? Where else? Hobbies? I don't want to know. Favourite drink? Ask that dead greek, not Sisyphus, same section.)

Do spammers know about this yet? I thought that there was one definite solution to spam, but with this I could get 419 spam direct from dead "nigerians" and not just all their friends and relatives.

They should do this for voice messages too. Did you think that "voice mail hell" was just an expression?

overall... (0)

s33l3t (722580) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480954)

i do have to give the creators credit for coming up with this idea. i could see a lot of people getting hate mail instead of good byes. who wouldn't want to get the last laugh by sending an email to that boss you always disliked, but never would say it to their face.

But what about Heaven... (1)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480962)

The huge benefit is that you can return here whenever you like, login to your personal account from anywhere in the world, e.g. Internet cafe, airport, hotel room or even on the move using your PDA, Mobile Phone or Laptop PC and express your thoughts, your love and your appreciation.

Can I access their service from heaven? I think that's a value-addition they should definetly consider. In that case I will put off signing up till my afterlife.

Re:But what about Heaven... (1)

beebware (149208) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480995)

Hmmm, and what makes you think your going to heaven then? Last time I hacked into the "Afterlife Allocation List", your name certainly wasn't on the Heaven list, however, postion 59737659278878531 on the other list is another matter...

Mail to the future - for free (1)

negyvenot (582011) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480969)

Mail to the future [] without a fee.

From the site info:

"The purpose of this site is to allow you to send mail to yourself or others at a specified date and time.. in the future!

It's a really simple idea. Other sites provide similar services, along with lots of other stuff. This site is simpler, it's not a portal or a content aggregator, that's why it can be so simple. It sends mail to the future and that's all it does."

Cool! (4, Interesting)

ucblockhead (63650) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480970)

This is awesome! Now I don't have to go through all the rigamoral of finding a friend to hold snailmail evidence when I blackmail someone. Now I can just say "and if you kill me, the information will automatically be emailed to the New York Times".

Message from a Dead Apple Zealot. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480972)

Dear Apple, I am a homosexual. I died last week at the NYAUG (New york apple users group) When I took it up the ass from a 200Kg Apple Zealot and got crushed to death!

Anyway, I got sent to hell, and there is not Apple computers down here, Only FreeBSD, Redhat Linux, and Windows XP computers. I was wondering if you could bring down a G5 computer from the Overworld for me. And does the Itunes music store work from here, I got to get all my favourite music from Apple records.

This is just a bad idea... (4, Insightful)

ezraekman (650090) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480973)

Yeah, read about it already on the Register [] . Why would someone want to do this?

" , in its sole discretion, upon five (5) days' written notice and without liability to you, may terminate your password, account or use of the Service and remove and discard any Messages within the Service if you fail to comply with this Agreement... ... Upon termination shall have no obligation to maintain or delete any Messages stored in your account or to forward any Messages to you or any third party. "


You shall indemnify and hold and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, attorneys, and agents, harmless from and against any and all claims, costs, damages, losses, liabilities, and expenses (including attorneys' fees and costs) arising out of your Message or in connection with your use of the Service and Content, or breach of this Agreement.

Disclaimer of Warranties



That last bunch of bru-ha-ha is the icing on the cake. Basically, this all says "Pay us money. In exchange, we promise nothing, guarantee nothing, but give you a warm fuzzy feeling that everything will be okay if you die... but we don't guarantee or even really hint that you might feel A) warm or B) fuzzy. It's all in your mind. Give us money now, please."

It seems pretty pointless to me. It might be different if A) there was any kind of "real" guarantee and B) e-mail was a more reliable, widely used medium. But the fact of the matter is that there are still millions of people who don't yet understand or even use e-mail, and those who do know that it's not always reliable. If you need this kind of service, pay a live, professional person who knows how to use e-mail, phone, fax, snail mail, etc. to inform those who need to know.

Of course, that won't stop the masses who don't understand e-mail and like warm fuzzy feelings from handing over the cash.

Reliability of email? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7480994)

Is it really a smart idea to send a final message via email?

Once you're dead, how will you be able to verify that the recipient actually got your message and read it? What if it was accidentally filtered out by spam blocking software? Or what if there was a worm going around at the time, and for whatever reason, the email could not be delivered to the recipient's computer at all?

While you're alive, these aren't really that big of a problem, since you can just contact the person again to make sure they got your message. Unless guarantees to follow through on every email sent to make sure they were actually [b]received[/b] (read receipts, recipient's manual confirmation, etc.), it may not be a good idea to assume that your one last message would always be successfully delivered.

It would seem, to me, that something this important should be left in your will and the orders carried out physically, to make sure that your messages do get to everyone you intended them to get to.

I guess the question is, just how much do you trust email?

Re:Reliability of email? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7481009)

Whoops... preview, preview, preview! Sorry for the [b]incorrectly bolded[/b] text.

Virus did this before (1)

digitalhermit (113459) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480997)

There was a Windows virus a few years ago that spoofed the sender addy from an infected host's address book. I recall that many people started receiving messages from folks long dead, employees long gone, etc.. The emails included some random documents from the hard drive and occasionally they were combined in coincidentally ominous ways (dead person sends I Love You to living).

Don't I look like myself? (1)

Eevee (535658) | more than 10 years ago | (#7480999)

It still won't live up to Bill Cosby's idea of having a tape recorder in the casket.

Hi, Bob. How's the wife and kids? Don't I look like myself?

Another service (1)

HoldmyCauls (239328) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481005)

There's one specifically set aside so that if it's not updated within a week, we must have had an apocalypse, and the righteous have been removed from this plane of existence, and you can let your family know that it was their lack of faith in the One True God that left them here in wonder.

Can't wait to get that e-mail.

Re:Another service (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7481017)


Slashdot, News For Nerds. Stuff that matters. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7481013)

Why Login
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Submit Gay porn.

3 years? (5, Funny)

mcpkaaos (449561) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481023)

$9.99 for a three-year subscription

Isn't that a little pessimistic?

Cut out the middleman (4, Insightful)

fleener (140714) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481026)

Let me get this straight. I print a document from the web site, give it to my trustee, and my trustee is responsible for contacting the web site to inform it that I have died? I'll just give my final messages directly to my trustee and cut out the middleman.

um ... (1)

altp (108775) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481027)

Not a hoax does not imply "pretty cool" ...

especially in this case.

dead mans switch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7481029)

This is nothing new. Dead Man's Switch has been around for awhile and it's free. Dead Man s Switch is a tool, that can carry out three functions at a user specified time: posting to web pages, sending e-mails, and encrypting files. If your live is so dangerous that you`re concerned that you may not return from your next mission, simply set the countdown, and the program will automatically perform the specified actions once your time has come. Farewell email scan be sent, sensitive files encrypted (using Blowfish) and information posted to web forms of your choice. Of course it will also work for less extreme purposes, and you can use it as a simple countdown timer that automatically performs those actions, unless you press the reset button before the countdown runs out. Form posting does not work too well.

Not a new idea (1)

michajoe (124916) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481032)

Something similar has already been done during the dot com days. I can't for the life of me recall their name, but I seem to remember that they would send you e-mails regularly and you had to click a link to let their server know you're still alive.

I'm sure that company died a miserable dotcom death. Wonder what sort of emails they had set up for that "exit strategy"

Last First Post (1)

jalet (36114) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481039)

Maybe some slashdotters will subscribe to this service...

corepirate nazi hostages sentenced to life of debt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7481041)

just kidding. we've all really, up to now, been volunteers in the lop-sided cesspool of phonIE fauxking payper liesense billyonerrors.

Hand written letter? (2, Insightful)

gfilion (80497) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481042)

I think that your loved ones will appreciate much more a hand written letter to each one of them than a "email from hell".

It's been done for centuries, just hand write a letter to each of your loved one, and put them with your will. They will get distributed after your death.


good old cron.... (1)

nighty5 (615965) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481047)

I thought about this technique a few years ago. Simply put, if I don't log into a unix system for more than 1 month it will fire off emails to said recipients on my behalf.

Of course, the cron job could to tuned not to fire off if I'm on holidays but yeah - this website is a neat idea!

I "anonymous coward" being sound in mind, (3, Funny)

SmackCrackandPot (641205) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481049)

I "anonymous coward" of no known IP address, being sound in online connectivity, and over the age of credit card ownership,and knowing the uncertainty of dial-up connections and the certainty of disconnection and wishing to dispose of my possessions and belongings both in the real world and in online gaming communities while in health and strength do make this my will.

After the payment of my credit card debts, store cards and porn subscriptions, I hereby bequeath my slashdot username to be auctioned on E-bay and the proceeds donated to the open source community.

Live longer, pay more (2, Insightful)

Andy Smith (55346) | more than 10 years ago | (#7481051)

I don't like the fact that they charge you $9.99 for an initial three years, and then if you're still alive you need to keep paying top-ups to keep your account open.

Generally, people don't know that they will die in the next three years. There are exceptions of course but the majority of people, even the elderly, expect to be alive in three years. So the result will be that most people don't sign-up because they're waiting "until nearer the time". What if they get run over? Or they're killed? Well I guess their friends and loved ones won't get that last message because this company decided to charge a subscription fee rather than a one-off payment.

I want to use the phrase "emotional blackmail" but I don't think that's quite accurate. There's certainly something ugly about this service, though.
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