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How Spam Was Done 70 Years Ago

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the need-ye-olde-timey-ed-meds dept.

Spam 79

bitrex writes "Modern Mechanix recently ran a reprint of a 1934 article describing the problem of offshore pirate radio stations broadcasting advertisements and drowning out local, licensed radio programs. 'The primary purpose of the unlicensed broadcast station was to advertise the gambling, liquor, and other dubious pleasure activities of the ship upon which it was built ... they found other sundry rackets, such as a fortune telling program ... After numerous unsuccessful attempts of a local nature, the floating broadcasting establishment was silenced, but only after the state department at Washington, D. C, had made diplomatic representations which forced a Central American country to cancel the ship's registry.' The article also has a great artist's conception of what might be called a machine age 'data haven' bobbing in international waters in the Gulf of Mexico."

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Bender Radio (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419422)

The primary purpose of the unlicensed broadcast station was to advertise the gambling, liquor, and other dubious pleasure activities ...
Fine, I don't need the FCC! I'm going to start my own radio station ... with blackjack ... and hookers. In fact, forget the radio station!

Re:Bender Radio (-1, Flamebait)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419518)

..and the blackjack. Lern to quote.

Re:Bender Radio (3, Funny)

stormguard2099 (1177733) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419692)

Lern th quote
eh, screw the whole thing

Re:Bender Radio (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22419822)

Fine. Learn to spell, anus-boy.

Re:Bender Radio (1)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22427322)

Offtopic? Slashdot mods are slipping.. he forgot the second half of the quote and I was offering it. . .

Re:Bender Radio (0, Offtopic)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420224)

Blackjack? Forget the blackjack! [slashdot.org]

-mcgrew

S'PAM! She's hot ain't she? Oh wait that one wasn't about Pam, sorry. Hey, I shot pool with Linda last night, we have a date tomorrow night. She might not be a hooker any more, I didn't ask her. Journal coming. SPAM SPAM WONDERFUL SPAM

"I'll have spam, eggs, sausage and spam please"

Re:Bender Radio (1)

Aeamarth (943939) | more than 6 years ago | (#22427686)

For a moment I thought you were talking about Spamela Hamderson [cleanroommusic.com]

Gulf of Mexico? (0)

suso (153703) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419448)

What is it about spammers and tropical areas?

Re:Gulf of Mexico? (0, Redundant)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419568)

What is it about spammers and tropical areas?

If you were starting a 'business' that had no need to be near any natural resources, other manufacturers, or a financial hub, where would YOU put it? Buffalo/Cleveland/Toledo/Detroit, or somewhere warm?
Additionally, bribes are quite a bit cheaper and easier 'down south'.

They're sane (5, Insightful)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419590)

What is it about spammers and tropical areas?

If you have to relocate to international waters, and you have a choice of tropical paradise or freezing your ass off somewhere in tbe North Atlantic, that's not a really tough call.

Also, from a practical standpoint, there's just a ton of countries bordering on the Gulf/Caribbean and finding one sympathetic to your plight (or more likely, one who will take some of your money in exchange for looking the other way) shouldn't be hard. On the other hand, in the North Atlantic or in the Pacific offshore of the US all you've got is Canadia and Mexico, our good NAFTA buddies who wouldn't foster such shenanigans. At least, not for the relatively paltry sums that spammers have at their disposal (compared to, say, oil companies).

Re:They're sane (1)

SpammersAreScum (697628) | more than 5 years ago | (#22435386)

On the other hand, in the North Atlantic or in the Pacific offshore of the US all you've got is Canadia and Mexico
Does no-one even look at a map anymore? You're forgetting St. Pierre et Miquelon [wikipedia.org] !

Re:Gulf of Mexico? (2, Funny)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419880)

This is the new Piracy. Spammers of the Spanish Main! Yarrrr!

Re:Gulf of Mexico? (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419942)

What is it about spammers and tropical areas?
Subtropical actually. I live less than 2 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Hint: Highs near 80 over the weekend. What's your weekend weather look like? :-D

Re:Gulf of Mexico? (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420172)

How's it in the summer? Here in central California, 80 is nice weather most of the year.

Re:Gulf of Mexico? (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421120)

highs in the lower-to-mid 90s are typical. Lots of really cool lightning storms, too, but they usually only last an hour or so. There's always A/C. :-D

Re:Gulf of Mexico? (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421242)

When I say 80's is nice weather, I mean that everybody is wishing for it to get down that far. High 90's and triple digits are the norm. At least it is dry heat, usually.

Re:Gulf of Mexico? (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#22423676)

Sometimes we get a dry heat, but not usually. Humidity is somewhere in the 50-60% range, sometimes higher. At least there's a sea breeze.

BTW--it's the storms here that make it cooler. We'd be in the triple digits if weren't for those.

Re:Gulf of Mexico? (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 6 years ago | (#22422202)

Where else do they grow bananas? [wikipedia.org]

And before that (4, Interesting)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419458)

...it was done with printed playbills. That's why so many cities had to pass playbill laws to keep every huckster from posting flyers on every surface (you can still see the fading "Post no bills" paint on many old city walls).

There is nothing new under the sun. You can always find "people being people" throughout history. And bad people are always looking for some angle to exploit the masses.

Re:And before that (4, Funny)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420294)

(you can still see the fading "Post no bills" paint on many old city walls).

I need to put that on my mailbox.

Re:And before that (1)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 6 years ago | (#22426194)

If you live in Canada you can sign up for a program called "Red Dot", postal carriers will no longer put junk mail in your box and you'll be removed from regular or in most cases most junk snail mail.

http://www.reddotcampaign.ca/ [reddotcampaign.ca]

I'm not sure if there's a US version of this, maybe someone south of the border can post it. You do however have the DNC List which I'd be happy to have.

Re:And before that (2, Informative)

Justus (18814) | more than 5 years ago | (#22431014)

As far as I know there's no universal "don't send me junk mail" program, but there are a couple lists you can sign up for that will dramatically reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.

To get rid of most "pre-approved" credit card offers, there's an official opt-out program [optoutprescreen.com] . This is free and it does, in fact, work.

To get rid of a bunch of other junk mail (like catalogs etc), you can add yourself to the Direct Marketing Association's opt-out list at their website [dmachoice.org] . This used to cost a small amount ($1, I think), but it's now free--they ask for a credit card number only for verification purposes. I guess they wouldn't want an interested party to suddenly find themselves bereft of junk mail or something.

Between those two, you're pretty much covered. I signed up for both of them and I receive very little unwanted mail.

1934 form letter (5, Funny)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421014)

Your post advocates a

( ) technical (X) legislative ( ) market-based ( ) vigilante

approach to defeating the menace of playbills. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws which used to vary from state to state before FDR passed a new law.)

( ) Bill posters can easily use it to harvest better locations
( ) Billboards and other legitimate posters would be affected
(X) No one will be able to find the knave or collect the money
( ) It is defenseless against brute force attacks
( ) It will stop playbills for two weeks and then we'll be stuck with it
( ) Users of large surfaces will not put up with it
( ) Sears will not put up with it
( ) The police will not put up with it
( ) Requires too much cooperation from playbill posters
( ) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once
( ) Many postboard users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers
( ) Playbill posters don't care about unusable surfaces in their plans
( ) Anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else's job or business

Specifically, your plan fails to account for

( ) Laws expressly prohibiting it
(X) Lack of centrally controlling authority for flat surfaces in public view
(X) Undocumented aliens who post the playbills
( ) Ease of searching tiny set of all flat surfaces in the area
( ) Men of ill repute
(X) Jurisdictional problems
( ) Unpopularity of fanciful new taxes
( ) Public reluctance to accept fanciful money not backed by gold
( ) Huge existing capital investment in buildings
( ) Susceptibility of buildings without flat surfaces to collapse
( ) Willingness of users to read playbills whilst passing by
(X) Legions of unattended buildings
( ) Eternal arms race involved in all mointoring approaches
( ) Extreme profitability of playbill posting
(X) Forgery of others' names
( ) Politicians ill-informed of new-fangled devices
( ) Extreme foolishness on the part of people who buy from playbill advertisements
( ) Dishonesty on the part of playbill posters themselves
( ) Labor costs that are unaffected by careful monitoring
( ) Tacks and glue

and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

(X) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever been shown workable
( ) Any scheme based on requirement to leave the program is intolerable
( ) Legislation of bold message headings is not Constitutionally authorized
( ) Blacklists are humbug
( ) Whitelists are humbug
( ) We should be able to talk about alcohol without being censored
( ) Countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or check fraud
( ) Countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public areas
( ) Countermeasures must work if phased in gradually
( ) Posting messages should be free
( ) Why should we have to trust you and your file warehouses?
(X) Jolly-good measures do nothing to solve the problem
( ) Temporary/one-time postal addresses are cumbersome
( ) Killing them that way is not tortuous enough

Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

(X) Sorry friend, but I don't think it would work.
( ) This is a confounded idea, and you're a confounded person for suggesting it.
( ) Nice try, knave! I shall find out where you live and burn your rental down forthright!

Re:1934 form letter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22421248)

That's pretty funny. Please moderate parent post "+1, Funny".

Re:1934 form letter (5, Funny)

Bloke down the pub (861787) | more than 6 years ago | (#22422172)

While I found your post to be most mirthful you have regrettably caused some of my finest porter, that I happened to be imbibing while perusing this emporium, to spill upon my stenographical apparatus.

To whom, sir, should I direct the invoice?

Re:1934 form letter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22422660)

(X) I appreciate the complete lack of originality in your post. That makes it much more funny.

Re:1934 form letter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22425270)

Sir,
I do appreciate the humor in your post, and got a laugh out of it, but I assure you that in NYC, when there is scaffolding etc that says "post no bills" on it, it doesn't have bills on it, and presumably when there is no such sign, the things become absolutely covered in the things several layers deep. Now the secret to this miracle is that the police don't go after the guys posting them... they go after whoever the advertisement is for and smack them with big fines.

Now yeah, if you wanted to do a DOS style attack on someone, you could print up fake bills, post them illegally and try to get them fined... but that just doesn't happen, mostly because the posters themselves are not cheap to produce.

Re:And before that (1)

stranger_to_himself (1132241) | more than 6 years ago | (#22422626)

it was done with printed playbills. That's why so many cities had to pass playbill laws to keep every huckster from posting flyers on every surface (you can still see the fading "Post no bills" paint on many old city walls).

In the UK the wording was slightly different, leading to fear and uncertainty for a few unfortunately named individuals [phrases.org.uk]

And even before that.... (1)

LynzM (1240854) | more than 6 years ago | (#22450706)

You had people chiseling graffiti into things. I have a photo (sadly, not yet in digital format, otherwise I'd gladly post it) from the top of Notre Dame, I think, with a rough sketch of what looks like a hat, and the date, 1698! Chiseled~!

Hello, all you slashdot-reading retards (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22419520)

This is a public service announcement:

THANKS MY GOODE FRENID! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22424244)

You Saveid my LYFE!+

Learned something (3, Funny)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419538)

I guess that gives a literal meaning to the term "pirate radio" eh?

Re:Learned something (1)

ozmanjusri (601766) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419778)

I guess that gives a literal meaning to the term "pirate radio" eh?

It seems to be a generational thing.

This is radio clash on pirate satellite
Orbiting your living room,
Cashing in the bill of rights
This is radio clash on pirate satellite
This is radio clash everybody hold on tight

A-riggy diggy dig dang dang

Re:Learned something (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22419826)

eh?
Don't your mean, AR!

Re:Learned something (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22419830)

That's where the phrase comes from.

Re:Learned something (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420922)

I guess that gives a literal meaning to the term "pirate radio" eh?

It's probably the origin of the term, though I think it was popularised more by the likes of Radio Caroline, which broadcast to London from offshore in the sixties.

I liked the ads in the sidebars (3, Funny)

JoeD (12073) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419592)

"New Deal Government Jobs!"

I want me one of them.

Re:I liked the ads in the sidebars (1)

m4ximusprim3 (619388) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419878)

Starting at $1200 a year, 3 days on and 3 days off. How can you go wrong? Maybe we're approaching this economic revival plan all wrong. Why give the people free money when we could make them work it off :)

Re:I liked the ads in the sidebars (1)

mamono (706685) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419914)

Me, too. I want to be an "Immigrant Inspector" at make $3000/year. Of course, when I first saw the ad I thought it was one of those "Work from home and make $2000/week." Then I looked again and noticed it was $2000/year. Funny how inflation changes the way you think.

Re:I liked the ads in the sidebars (1)

greg1104 (461138) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420054)

Yeah, and back in those days the ads were for products to add inches to your chest and arms; certainly a different target from today's spam.

Those old-time bodybuilding courses are both funny and surprisingly informative at times. You can see the "Moulding a mighty " booklets they're selling on the last page of this reprint at Sandow Plus [sandowplus.co.uk] .

The Future of SPAM? (5, Funny)

Mickyfin613 (1192879) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419602)

As per Futurama - In the future, SPAM will be broadcast directly into our dreams. "That's awful!" says Fry. "It's like brainwashing." "Didn't you have ads in the 20th century?" asks Leela. "Not in our dreams!" replies Fry. "Only on TV and radio. And in magazines. And movies. And at ballgames. And on buses. And milk cartons. And t-shirts. And bananas. And written on the sky. But not in dreams! No sirree!"

dubious? (4, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419610)

gambling, liquor, and other dubious pleasures
There's nothing dubious about them.

Re:dubious? (5, Funny)

UncHellMatt (790153) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419802)

Yes, but can you imagine what spam could be like back then, if combined with current methods?

"L00k at th3se Ankl3s!"
"H4wt babe shoz her SH0ULDER!"
"Get UR sn4k3 0ilz heer. CH3APZ!"

Re:dubious? (1)

Hawpond (1226910) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419884)

Liquor? I hardly know her!

Re:dubious? (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420390)

What puritan modded that insightful comment as "funny?" I'll show you funny [uncyclopedia.org] . Oh, sorry, I forgot. You want this [uncyclopedia.org] .

-mcgrew

In Soviet slashdot, joke laughs at YOU
THAT SNOT FUNNY DAMMIT!

Re:dubious? (0)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420478)

Puritan? I was arguing the exact opposite. They aren't dubious pleasures, they're great pleasures! Add in hookers and I'm in heaven!

I really have to remember that the average IQ of Slashdot has fallen in recent years, and that I need to add explanatory supplements to every little quip.

Re:dubious? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22421862)

Remember that total IQ is a constant. It is only the number of users that is increasing.

Re:dubious? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22422444)

It's quite funny that you comment on the falling intelligence of Slashdot users, right after you fail to understand the post you replied to!

Lets see what mcgrew said, shall we?

What puritan modded that insightful comment as "funny?"
Now from this a few things can instantly be understood. mcgrew thought your comment was insightful, and he disagrees with the funny mod. A fraction of second thought would lead you to the conclusion that he believes that whoever modded your comment funny did so because he thought it was a joke and not insightful. That's why mcgrew labelled the mod a puritan (because the mod thought the idea of liquor, etc not being dubious pleasures could only be a joke).

Get it now? I guess in the future anyone posting a reply to one of your messages will have to remember that the average IQ of Slashdot has fallen in recent years, and that they will need to add explanatory supplements to every little quip... geez.

Re:dubious? (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22423796)

Er, well, I don't have to comment since this guy [slashdot.org] said it well. You might want to reread a comment before before flaming the poster.

That's not spam (1, Interesting)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419756)

Unlike spam, It's not written. Unlike spam, it cost them money to do. Unlike spam, it was illegal.

Junk snail mail is more spam-like than what the article is about.

-mcgrew

Re:That's not spam (1)

drewbradford (458480) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421464)

Oh contraire!

I'll give you that, unlike spam, it's not written.

Costs money? To send spam, you need a computer and an Internet connection -- to send spam effectively, you need tens of thousands of computers with Internet connections. Sending spam costs spammers money -- the returns far outweigh the costs in either case.

Illegal? "pirate radio", as referred to in the article, is and was legal. Once you leave a country's territory (territorial waters), you are no longer subject to that country's laws.

Maybe not the best term, but any unsolicited bulk advertising is pretty spam-like.

Re:That's not spam (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22424058)

you need tens of thousands of computers with Internet connections

Each and every one of which is absolutely free, thanks to the storm worm, other worms, viruses, and malware, and thanks to Microsoft's incredibly bad OS that makes such shitware easy to write.

I'll agree that unsolicited ads are spam-like, but who solicits advertising anyway?

Re:That's not spam (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421526)

Unlike spam, it was illegal.

Note always true. English-speaking radio stations were often set up in Mexico near the US border using more power than allowed in the states, and Mexican radio laws were more lax back then than US laws.
     

Re:That's not spam (1)

ObitMan (550793) | more than 5 years ago | (#22433084)

We heard The Mighty 690 from Tijuana up in Big Bear when i was a kid.
I'm sure the signal was heard further north.

We Didn't Start The Fire (3, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | more than 6 years ago | (#22419856)

With apologies to Billy Joel [teacheroz.com]

Green Cards [wikipedia.org] , Spamford [wikipedia.org] , Snake Oil [wikipedia.org] , these guys [modernmechanix.com] ,
Michael Lindsay [spamhaus.org] , Nigeria [fbi.gov] , Get Rich Quick Today [wikipedia.org] .

CHORUS
We didn't start the fire...

Spam is eternal (5, Insightful)

El Yanqui (1111145) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420034)

The Economist had an article a month or so ago about spam over the new invention of the telegraph. Several wealthy men in London were awakened late one evening by a telegram. Believing it to be of importance, after all only something important would be sent so late, they anxiously read it.

It was from a dentist. It was advertising his services.

The men were outraged, obviously and started the first campaign against spam. The point is that this is hardly shocking. It's always been around, but is simply much more prevelant now with the ease of email. I remember being a kid before caller ID and call blocking and getting lots of telemarketer phone calls at our house. Sometimes we got the door to door salesmen. Times change, spam doesn't.

I'm sure eventually we'll all get email spam problem licked. Then we'll have to deal with ads for Lightspeed Briefs beamed directly into our dreams.

Re:Spam is eternal (2)

eln (21727) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420626)

Personally, I can deal with spam a lot easier than I can deal with junk mail, telemarketers, or door to door salesmen.

As for eventually getting the spam problem licked, I doubt we'll ever be able to get rid of it completely. Right now, for most people it's basically reduced to the status of background noise, and I'm fine with it being there. My bulk mail folder gets hundreds of messages a day, but I only see 2 or 3 a day in my main Inbox, and that's on a Yahoo account that I've had for like 9 or 10 years and used on countless websites. If I could eliminate telemarketers and especially door to door salesmen in exchange for double the amount of email spam, I'd take that deal in a heartbeat.

Re:Spam is eternal (1)

knarf (34928) | more than 5 years ago | (#22433580)

Personally, I can deal with spam a lot easier than I can deal with junk mail

Junk mail is easy. Just get a wood-burning stove and start the fire with it. If it were not for the obvious environmental negatives (both related to burning the glossy crap they throw in my mailbox as well as the transport and manufacture costs) I'd just put my address on every crap mailer's list I can find to find my winters' supply of fuel delivered for free by the mailman. Use a briquette compactor to turn the crap into nice bricks which burn for hours. Have enough people do this and the junk mailers will give up. As would the environment around those houses which are heated with everything from Yves Rocher to Franklin Mint...

Complete with piano and lounge! (4, Interesting)

LoadWB (592248) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420068)

Screw the technology of broadcasting, I want to know how these pirates steadied a piano and a full lounge on a floating radio station. This design would not "float" these days: no cubicles and no manager's office.

I notice that there are also no engineer or crew quarters. Fun lot, these pirates! And what, no Marconi and cross-bones flag?

This seems as outlandish as some of the scare tactics used now to "warn" us about terrorism. I bet people were just as gullible then as they are now. Really, just stick to the facts, and stop making sh!t up, please.

Not to mention the method of nailing domestic "radio pirates." The pirates claim that their meager 5w output does not cross state lines. The government uses super-high-sensitivity detection equipment to prove that the signals do indeed cross state lines. Seems a bit nit-pickish to me, as the average Joe Radio would pick up more powerful stations. But, as Bureaucrat Number 1.0 says, "you are technically correct - the best kind of correct."

Re:Complete with piano and lounge! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22421818)

"Artist's Conception" would be the words you missed.

Restroom? (1)

Peter Simpson (112887) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421978)

For the obvious...and also, from the looks of it, for the use of landlubbers who haven't yet "found their sea-legs".

"The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed..."

Wolfman Jack Blasting At You... (2, Informative)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420120)

This is also how Wolfman Jack became famous, blasting across the Mexican border with 250,000 watts [wikipedia.org] (legal, but five times more power than U.S. clear channel stations could use).

Only 0.00025 gigawatts? (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420276)

No wonder he couldn't go Back to to the Future.

Re:Wolfman Jack Blasting At You... (1)

gotem (678274) | more than 6 years ago | (#22423358)

more interesting is the story of John R. Brinkley, no other spammer has made operations to insert goats testicles

Thank Goodness the airwaves are safe! (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420188)

Thankfully, the power of the state has eliminated spam from the airwaves and made radio safe... for advertisers that pay better. Wait. Damn. In all seriousness, this is basically the story of how the spammers with influence over state power drove out the spammers without such influence. Is control of EMI [wikipedia.org] really worth control by EMI [wikipedia.org] ?

I think I might have liked that (2, Funny)

misterthirsty (1102101) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420248)

I for one would enjoy Terry Gross [npr.org] trying to sell me penis enlargement pills. In other news...

Re:I think I might have liked that (1)

veganboyjosh (896761) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420540)

Thank you, Gene Simmons. [consolationchamps.com]

Kinda like CAPTAIN MURPHY! (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420256)

Heck with that, give me the pirate radio of Sealab 2021!

More recent than that! (0, Redundant)

BCW2 (168187) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420684)

Most of you youngsters never heard of Wolfman Jack but he had a show out of an outlaw AM station with offices near San Diego and the transmitter in Mexico in the 50's to avoid FCC power regs. Big force behind rock and roll. If you ever heard the ZZ Top song "I heard it on The X", that's about XROC 80 out of Juarez that gave them their first airplay. It was an overpowered FM station that had the best music in the area in the early 70s.

Spam is as old as life (1)

Schiphol (1168667) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420736)

Abusing an information channel, established for other purposes, to deliver information that, eventually, could cause harm to those that established the information channel in the first place (if this is what spam is, I've just made the definition up) is what viruses have been doing with DNA for ever.

it's a shame this era is lost really (2, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#22420926)

because according to their broadcasts, these guys had perfected a way to increase penis size with nothing but radio waves

Off-shore snot run amuck (1)

AntiMac (100361) | more than 6 years ago | (#22421304)

Watch out for the outlaw booger on page 5!

first poqst? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22421536)

of 7he w4rring

Almost relived (1)

Teflon_Jeff (1221290) | more than 6 years ago | (#22422524)

A while back, the FCC almost legalized mass-band broadcasters if the range was under 50 ft. What this meant was that anyone could broadcast on all frequencies, as long as it was less than 50 ft. Now, imagine if every billboard had a built-in broadcast of the product it was trying to sell. Exactly.

Bach then (1)

Fuzzums (250400) | more than 6 years ago | (#22425012)

the click-through rate was also much higher

Hmmmmm..... (1)

IHC Navistar (967161) | more than 6 years ago | (#22427164)

This reminds me of the stories of "Border Blasters" (stations just inside Mexico) that used to crank out signals (usually directional) aimed at the United States. This was also a popular thing to do in Europe too.

govs spams as well! (1)

wikinerd (809585) | more than 5 years ago | (#22430290)

Pirates weren't the only ones that spammed... governments spam us with numbers [wikipedia.org] and sometimes they interfere with normal radio as well.

That's what you get for not shooting them! (1)

Snaller (147050) | more than 5 years ago | (#22433716)

What? Illegal? The law aughta be changed i tellsya!

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