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Not Life After Death -- Email After Death

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the anubis-as-mail-admin dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 312

Rick Zeman writes "Wanna send that one last email after you're dead and gone? CNN has an article about a service that will give the 21st century equivalent to a old-fashioned note in a drawer except that this could be more targeted '...by offering people the chance to write one last e-mail, complete with video clip or photo attachments, and send it to loved ones, friends or even enemies after the person who wrote it is dead.'"

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312 comments

Mine is going to read... (4, Funny)

jolyonr (560227) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352277)

Aaarrrrghhh....!!!!

Re:Mine is going to read... (4, Informative)

joycircuit (734097) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352326)

wasnt this on /. a while back as well. jebus. and i dont even believe in jebus.

mine's gonna read (2, Interesting)

JoeBar (546577) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352336)

repeat story

Re:mine's gonna read (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352367)

You got it all wrong this story is back from the grave...

It's A Dupe (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352351)

Although, it at least took almost a year... http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/11/15/135524 5&tid=95&tid=126 [slashdot.org]

And no, I don't go checking for these things. I have a good memory.

Re:Mine is going to read... (2, Interesting)

HAKdragon (193605) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352394)

Are you going to be dictating it?

And mine would say... (5, Funny)

itistoday (602304) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352436)

I told you the vogons were coming!

Re:Mine is going to read... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352454)

Not bad, but mine will say...

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr-Baaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

o.b. Python (5, Funny)

SkippyTPE (318952) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352516)

King Arthur : Look if he was dying he wouldn't have bothered to carve 'Aaaaauuuggghhh' on the rock he would of just said it.
Galahad : Maybe he was dictating?
King Arthur : Oh Shut up.
King Arthur : Well does it say anything else?
Brother Maynard : No, just 'Aaaaauuuugggghhh'
[knights making groaning sounds]
Sir Bedevere : Do you think he could have mean, 'Camaaaauuuuggghhhh'?
Galahad : Where's that?
Sir Bedevere : France I think.
Sir Lancelot : Isn't there a Saint 'Iiiiivvvveeeesss' in Condor?
King Arthur : No that's Saint 'Ives'
Sir Bedevere : Whooooouuuuaaa!
Sir Lancelot : No it's 'Aaaaauuuugggghhhh' from the back of the throat.
Sir Bedevere : No I mean, 'Whoooouuuuaaa!' as in surprise and alarm.
Sir Lancelot : Oh you mean like, 'Auuuuhhhhh!'
Sir Bedevere : Yes that's it. Auuuuuhhhhhaaa!
Sir Lancelot : Auuuuhhhhhaaa!
Brother Maynard : It's the legendary black beast of Aaaaauuuugghhhh!
King Arthur : Run Away! RUN AWAY!
Sir Lancelot : RUN AWAY!

A week (3, Funny)

SteveXE (641833) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352281)

This will last about a week until people start using it against each other and for jokes...

Rick James! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352284)

e-mail:
Rick James bitch!!

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352285)

I thought these were only popular in the mid to late 90s. Hm...

Some novice will probably ask this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352287)

Omg, how are they going to send me mail when they're dead!? They must have been revived.

I smell spam from the grave (5, Funny)

evenSong (795250) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352289)

So how do we prosecute these dead guys?

Re:I smell spam from the grave (4, Informative)

fbform (723771) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352362)


I smell spam from the grave

What a coincidence! I smell a dupe [slashdot.org] from the past!

Well, to be fair to the Slashdot editors, it's not *really* a dupe - this service is offered by a different company. But how different and original can you get with posthumous email services?

Re:I smell spam from the grave (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352434)

These things have been around in various forms for about as long as we've had a WWW. I'd just wonder how many people died without realizing their final-e-mail service had died before they did...

Re:I smell spam from the grave (3, Funny)

ari_j (90255) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352536)

You could include a porn removal service to make it a package deal.

Re:I smell spam from the grave (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352382)

The same way we deal with dead people who vote?

Re:I smell spam from the grave (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352426)

This service is HARDLY new. It's been around for MANY years. In fact, slashdot has reported on it before. CNN is, once again, WAY fucking behind the times and, once again, Slashdot has a short fucking memory. This is the sixth such "old news" story I've seen this week on Slashdot.

Re:I smell spam from the grave (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352438)

It will read,
V1AgRA: PL3Ase H3r w1th Y0UR HUG3 C0CK!

Actually I smeel WORMS/Viruses (3, Interesting)

pigscanfly.ca (664381) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352547)

Personally I know a number of people who dont send out worms/viruses simply becauses of the consequences, but if your dead whats going to happen to you?

Spam! (5, Interesting)

wviperw (706068) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352292)

It has GOT to suck when you miss one of these because it got sent to the spam folder and deleted.

Re:Spam! (3, Interesting)

beacher (82033) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352368)

What's worse is when a worm is already emulating this service [softpanorama.org] . I remembered reading some stuff about people recieving emails from dead people thanks to Klez. Still can't find firsthand stuff....

Weird? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352293)

That's almost to the point of obsession/weirdness. Now what exactly was wrong with a letter? First post... woohoo!

People tend to last longer than dot-coms. (5, Interesting)

McDutchie (151611) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352294)

Who is going to guarantee that the company in question won't go belly-up before you do?

Re:People tend to last longer than dot-coms. (1)

tajmorton (806296) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352327)

Or Slashdotted [mylastemail.com] ?

Re:People tend to last longer than dot-coms. (4, Insightful)

Lithus (733695) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352378)

Not only can the company cease to exist, but the target address of the email itself may do so as well.
People can often go through many email addresses in the time it takes a company to collapse.

Re:People tend to last longer than dot-coms. (4, Interesting)

kzinti (9651) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352492)

the target address of the email itself may [cease to exist]

Furthermore, the people you want to send that last e-mail to might change addresses even while you're incapacitated for the last few years of your life. I think the old letter in a drawer might be the better answer.

However, what if this company, instead of trying to send out an e-mail, instead stores a web page with your final message on it. Then you leave the URL of the final page in an envelope in the drawer.

You'd still have the problem of whether the company will stay in business longer than you live. If you operate your own web site, you might as well set up the page yourself. You could even keep on a hidden page in an otherwise visible site. Leave the URL in that envelope in your desk drawer. If you're smart, you'll also set up a cron job to periodically wget or curl the page, to ensure that it doesn't accidently get deactivated, or otherwise screwed up.

Re:People tend to last longer than dot-coms. (5, Insightful)

Red Alastor (742410) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352559)

Why don't a company send them by snail mail. It takes longer to reach the destination but it doesn't matter since you are dead. And your street address change less often than your e-mail address.

Re:People tend to last longer than dot-coms. (2, Funny)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352380)

well, if you arrange your own death to happen quite soon.
...ooor if they have service for that.

...wouldn't recommend signing up for the lifetime subscription though.

Re:People tend to last longer than dot-coms. (4, Funny)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352391)

It wouldn't be as bad as your cryogenic company going belly-up. It would really suck to be defrosted in 2999 only to find you're half-melted refrozen... and dead.

Re:People tend to last longer than dot-coms. (1)

dnoyeb (547705) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352508)

Poor man's cryogenics.

ah well (1)

plog (816386) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352297)

born too late

died too early

I love you (0, Offtopic)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352298)

I send you this in order to have your opinion.

Please send this to 10 of your friends and Bill Gates will pay for a trip to Disney World and Donald Trump will send you a voucher for a free enema.

hmmm... (0, Offtopic)

hyperquantization (804651) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352299)

w00t, FP... anyh00t, more on topic: yeah, im sure all of us have some sort of enemy that picked on us for being that intellectually gifted kid on the block. sorta like a really cruel way to say "I told ya so!" (of course assuming your intellectual gifts followed through and actually DID achieve something)

Re:hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352393)

Meanwhile, they'll be thinking

"Ha ha. Hey lookee here Mary-Kate. This here nerd died before'n I done. Now goes cook me some dinner so I can laugh about it 'cos I'm still alive!

I wonder if Survivor 28 is on?"

Profit? (1)

Trailwalker (648636) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352300)

They will make more money from the estate to not send the emails.

SEL? (2, Informative)

NEOtaku17 (679902) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352301)

Serial Experiments Lain anyone?

It's a dupe... (1, Redundant)

terraformer (617565) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352307)

Although, it at least took almost a year... [slashdot.org]
And no, I don't go checking for these things. I have a good memory.

Re:It's a dupe... (1)

pbranes (565105) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352331)

Yeah, I remembered the same thing as well. However, in my search for the dupe, all I could find was http://www.lastwishes.com/ [lastwishes.com] which made the news about 6 months ago. :-) You win.

thank you (2, Interesting)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352339)

I couldn't be bothered to go look for the dupe.

Personally, I'd rather leave an instruction with a lawyer to send that 'last email' (if I were so inclined). This .dom is likely to pass well before I do.

Re:It's a dupe... (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352365)

only a year? iirc there was some thing like this back in '96.

It's a dupe... (0, Redundant)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352383)

Dupe [slashdot.org]

They need to answer a few questions first... (2, Insightful)

tajmorton (806296) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352310)

"People find computers more intimate and private than letters and they feel freer to say things this way," said Iriarte, a Pamplona-born computer engineer..

Really? I donno... about that...
Also, what kind of backups do these guys do. I can't say that their site says anything about it. Could the FBI require and email to be opened? There seem to be lots of unanswered questions that they need to address, if you ask me...

latency (0, Redundant)

PureCreditor (300490) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352311)

that's a record latency between CNN and Slashdot frontpage latency...say hello to unsightly rambus relatives =)

Re:latency (1)

acxr is wasted (653126) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352338)

Hehe... they've been playing catch-up to CNN for the past couple weeks. Eventually all the pages on my link bar will have the exact same crap on them.

afterdeath email (2, Funny)

MrDoh! (71235) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352313)

But how could you get first post after death?
THAT would be worth getting your offspring into debt for.

Slashvertisment.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352314)

Slashvertisment.... Jesus. Slow news day? This is even "interesting"? Slashdot: where you shill your web site...

Isn't this the same as a statement in a will? (4, Informative)

mind21_98 (18647) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352320)

A statement or decree in a will to email certain people would serve the same purpose, I would think, plus it would legally mandate the email be sent (the service could forget that the person died and not send it).

Re:Isn't this the same as a statement in a will? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352388)

No. Do not rely on hand-written notes or even "do-it-at-home" will kits. If you need a will (more than one child, large estate, no next of kin, etc), go see a lawyer. For a couple hundred bucks you can be absolutely sure that you are doing the right steps and are preventing the government from dictating testate (snicker) law to you rather than your dying wishes to them.

Need a will? See a lawyer. Anything else is going to run you the risk of having your "will" disregarded.

Don't disregard parent post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352403)

But don't think it is on-topic.

I misread your post as saying that the email itself would act as a will rather than a statement in the will requiring the email to be sent.

Off-topic, yes. Important to consider, YES.

Parent is a robot (1)

NSash (711724) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352453)

Programs like this scan message boards and automatically post replies on the pet subjects of whoever wrote them.

Re:Parent is a robot (2, Funny)

mind21_98 (18647) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352464)

I can assure you I'm not a bot. :)

Re:Parent is a robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352526)

Yes, but you were the grandparent of that post. The parent of the post in question (the post in question being this post's grandparent) probably was a bot.

Re:Parent is a robot (3, Funny)

Alsee (515537) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352561)

How long have you been not a bot. :)?

-

Looks like (1)

beacher (82033) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352321)

Someone took the dead dot.com thing a little too seriously...

-B

When I wake up from my cryostasis... (1)

Cryofan (194126) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352322)

....I have a contract for cryostasis upon legal death with Alcor, [alcor.org] and I plan to post on Slashdot soon after I am revived.

I wonder if my gmail account will be full?

Re:When I wake up from my cryostasis... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352353)

See you never.

Re:When I wake up from my cryostasis... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352553)

Well....no shit - you'll be dead. He has a very very very small chance of coming back afterward. You don't even have that, so of course you're not going to see him!

Re:When I wake up from my cryostasis... (2, Funny)

AppHack (622902) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352389)

I don't know about your gmail account, but I'm pretty sure you'll find that all of the articles are dupes.

Is email more impersonal than hand-written mail? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352323)

I used to get the feeling that email, because it was even further removed from face-to-face contact that it was more impersonal than hand-written mail. Hand-written mail being closer because it requires a personal effort to physically write the words.

Would your loved ones want to read a "final email" rather than a goodbye letter that was written onto parchment? I don't know.

The video and audio are good ideas, but realistically, that kind of thing was done before with video cameras and cassette tapes. The digital fidelity of such a message would be much lower than the analog fidelity of VHS or cassette tape.

This seems like one of those silly projects that eventually disappears, like "DotComGuy" and other misbegotten web pioneers/ideas. Spend a couple bucks on a nice pen and some really fancy paper and write out your last words. Leave it with your lawyer to be handed out to your loved ones when the will is read. So much more personal than an email from beyond the grave.

Dancin Santa

If you are reading this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352325)

...I am dead. Being a lonely nerd, /. is my next of kin. Fare thee well, all.

or make a fone call.... (1)

stonebeat.org (562495) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352334)

or make a fone call from your grave using this casket fone booth [casketfurniture.com]

email is not very personal.

make room for new Nigerian spam (4, Funny)

dncsky1530 (711564) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352345)

Dear Friend;
It is quite disconcerting to contact you in such a manor however I bring terrible and rewarding news. If you are reading this email than I have in-fact died. I am Mr.Michael Shaw, the son of the former Liberia finance minister (Mr. Emmanuel Shaw) under the past government of Charles Taylor. In my will you have been left a large portion of my property and cash holdings. This totals the sum of 10,000,000 US dollars which is rightfully yours. You are receiving this email because you are the direct descendant of me. This email was sent with advanced software that was able to inform you after my death. Please forward of your back account numbers with routing numbers to me accountant Sir Richard Webber to begin the transfer of funds.
Regards, Mr. Michael Shaw

Dead Mail (2, Funny)

CmdrTostado (653672) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352348)

I can think of a few people I will be glad to recieve this e-mail from.

Oh this is perfect..... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352349)

Last Post! Buwahahahaha!

Last /. post (maybe) (-1, Offtopic)

Chatmag (646500) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352355)

I've got everything boarded up, car full of gas, important documents in a weatherproof container, and ready to unplug the computer and haul it away. No evacuation here yet, but we'll see what happens overnight.

Conditions here in Gainesville Florida are going downhill fast. Not a lot more I can do except wait it out. I'm not worried, but my 16 yr. old son is getting nervous.

I'm posting updates to the weather conditions in our hurricane section on our discussion board if anyone is interested. I'll update as I can.

"Insurance..." (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352358)

The old plot vehicle: The Man Who Knew Too Much, making arrangements for the Incriminating Evidence to escape into the press or to the police if The Man disappears or dies.

Now we can do it via e-mail. Huh. What a century we live in.

Enemies too? (1)

serutan (259622) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352363)

... or even enemies

Reminds me of a cartoon that was in Playboy many years ago. A florist delivery guy, whose truck bears the slogan "Say it with Flowers," is delivering a humungous wreath with a banner that says "GO TO HELL."

Ahh, the yocks we got outta that one. We won't see days like those anymore...

huh? (1)

GiveMeLinux (713432) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352514)

You actually READ playboy?

Secrets get loose (2, Insightful)

glpierce (731733) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352369)

Could you imagine what would happen if someone hacked into this (and you can be sure that they will)? Chances are, it's going to be chock-full of dark secrets and admissions of crimes. Just the kinds of things you don't want in anyone else's hands. This is a bad idea.

why stop there (1)

plog (816386) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352371)

email is so ephemeral

when you can live on

in the web [leary.com]

Death Is The Ultimate Trip

-T.L.

Heard it before (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352384)

Seen stuff like this before.. worse I've seen is trying to get terminally ill people to remember a message to give to someone else in Heaven.

It's just a way for people to exploit the desprate. If you MUST get someone a message old fashion pen and paper is MUCH better then electronic means. Plus if it's a loved one the paper will have your person writing on it and if it's been in your house a long time it'll smell of you too. Which alot of people find reminds them of good times with them.

Remember data doesn't last forever but a well kept letter will.

Life-or-death typos (5, Insightful)

jstanforth (446672) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352385)

It's all fine and good until a jr. sys admin mistypes an account ID and accidentally sends out your final emails before you're dead... either to your enemies, as suggested (thereby now contributing to your death at their hands), or to your ex-girlfriends (just making you wish you were dead). So yeah, caveat emptor and all that. :-)

*sigh* (3, Interesting)

TWX (665546) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352386)

Somehow I think it'd be much more touching to leave behind CDs or DVDs of video clips, audio, or whatever message is to be given to someone digitally, as the recipient can store it in The Real World as opposed to on some hotmail account somewhere. It just seems tacky to send e-mail this way. One would even be assured of having enough storage space on the medium for the contents, and not being filtered out by a broken e-mail server.

another fine use of the internet (1)

jdkane (588293) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352392)

And for those who cannot afford the price of the full service, take the cheaper version with targetted ads:

-----------
Dear Joe,

I know I'm gone, but I wanted you to know one last thing I love you ...

___Click here for free VIAGRA___

very much and if you reach a time in this life where you don't know what to do or where to go ...

__Free vacation to Florida Only $299 Deposit__

remember I am right beside you, near your heart ...

___Cheap Pharmacy Prescriptions___

Good bye.

___Click here to send a loved on a letter when you die ___

They didn't think it through beforehand (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352399)

article says:

"and a personal password of 128-bits to which only the client, and not the Web site, has access."


Um, only the client has access? Not sure how they expect to be able to send out the mail in that case. Of course when they realize that after their first client dies the client won't be earound to notice they failed to provide the service.

I know what mine will read... (1)

glen604 (750214) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352400)

Last post!

ok, that's really bad.. I apologize...

Dead Man's Switch (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352411)

Dead Man's Switch

We use our computers for almost every aspect of our lives; shouldn't they help smooth our passing as well? Dead Man's Switch can protect or pass on your data and inform key persons of your untimely demise. You can set Dead Man's Switch to perform a number of tasks if you don't log on to your computer for a specified period of time. It can send out e-mail, encrypt or delete files, and post to web sites.

Remember to reset the time allowed on the switch before you leave on vacation. You don't want to scare anybody

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/ 0,fid,23183,00.asp/ [pcworld.com]

Any difference (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352413)

Between leaving a Video Will and this? I wont pretend to know the legal matters involving legal wills, but I'm sure you can leave a 'last' message to everybody all the while giving out your goods or not giving them out, depending on your situation.

Why not a letter after you die (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352417)

Maybe I'm just a bit old fashioned, but I think a letter is much more personal than an email. A letter captures a lot more about you. It captures your handwriting, how you may even mis-spell certain words, (if you are sure you are going to die soon) small warping of the paper from teardrops, hell even the paper you write it on may have a personal touch. It is easier to connect with the dearly departed. An email could have been sent by anyone, it just sits on a computer or gets printed out on bleached paper.
Thanks, but I'll just stick to good ol' fashioned communication models and leave emails for the "when the hell was that meeting" domain.

My dear PHB (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352419)

Dear Boss,

Now that I am dead, I can say anything I want without getting fired.

You are a horses ass. No, wait. You are a bleeding hemmoroid of a horses ass. You steal everybody's ideas, you read stupid magazines and then follow every management fad known to man. You don't listen to my warnings and then blame me when the warning comes true.

You hold meetings just so you can be the head cheese, but you say nothing and know nothing of importance.

Further, your kids are ugly and stupid, just like their father. And, a similar email has just told your wife about that affair you had with Lisa.

See ya in hell, Mike the Corpse.

Re:My dear PHB (1)

BlacKat (114545) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352573)

"See ya in hell, Mike the Corpse."

OMG, ok for some reason that really gave me one heck of a good laugh! Thanks! :D

Apparently this story Doesn't (1)

Motherchucker (753076) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352420)

It was posted [slashdot.org] here a few months back.

Give it a try ... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352428)

... we guarantee you won't regret it!

Internet bodybags (1)

Deorus (811828) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352444)

I think it would be more useful to create bodybags with Internet access so that people who weren't really dead could still come and post something here at slashdot or call someone on IRC to dig them out. I wouldn't like to wake up one day and find myself inside a bodybag 8 feet below the earth, but if it happened, an Internet connection could be really helpful.

Now about the topic: sending a "letter from hell" to all my femaly and relatives would be nice too, but since unfortunately I wouldn't be here to enjoy the fun (or maybe I would), that service would be rather useless.

My last message (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352446)

"I'm dead, biotch! (beep beep)"

I can see it now (0, Troll)

div_B (781086) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352462)

"Dear Slashdotters,
next time you gang rape someone's server you wanna check that they're not standing beside it?

Sincerely,
[some fried webmaster]"

for those who are really addicted (1)

Marrow (195242) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352471)

...to having the last word

That explains... (4, Funny)

Ann Elk (668880) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352475)

...the email I got from "BSD" this afternoon...

The article forgot the link !!!! (4, Informative)

jdkane (588293) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352490)

The actual link to the service is thelastemail [thelastemail.com] .

"strict privacy"? (4, Insightful)

linuxhansl (764171) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352491)

Strict privacy is guaranteed by powerful encryption algorithms and a personal password of 128-bits to which only the client, and not the Web site, has access.

I call "bullshit", how are they going to release the email if they do not have access to its content?
Of course the "Web site" has access.

:D :D (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352495)

I will do a virus for it to send.. when I die. :p

Ahh... yet another place for mistakes (1)

GreenKiwi (221281) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352506)

Wonder what happens when they make mistakes... i.e. they make a mistake in data entry, and your admissions of guilt get sent out before you actually die.

I have a better idea (1)

wikinerd (809585) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352525)

I can code an AI web-based or IRC-bot chatting proggie to resemble my personality. So, after I die people will be able to chat with me [wikinerds.org] ! (?)

Hi :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352527)

I read your e-mail, from here where I am.

PS: This is really a post scriptum, if you understand me.

For those interested in freeware... (4, Interesting)

I Love this Company! (547598) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352558)

Check out Dead Man's Switch [net-security.org] . If you die, it can send out e-mails to those of concern and delete all of your hardcore porn so not as to destroy your family's last image of you.

Seen this before... (1)

jdreed1024 (443938) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352566)

Looks like this is just a rip off of http://mylastemail.com/ [mylastemail.com] mentioned in this slashdot story from 2003 [slashdot.org] .

ISTR thinking that was pretty stupid at the time, but if the idea is being used by other companies, *someone* must be using these services. Though actually, mylastemail.com seems to be down right now, so maybe not. There's a Google cache [216.239.41.104] of it, if you care.

Re: Headstone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10352569)

Dear Mum,

I told you I was ill [bbc.co.uk]

Spike

Reminds me of Dead Man's Switch (1)

lou2ser (458778) | more than 9 years ago | (#10352572)

Dead Man's switch is an app someone thought up a few years ago to automate email, message board postings, and removal of files if it does not recieve user intervention within a set period of time.

http://www.net-security.org/software.php?id=138
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