I rolled up my sleeves and threw a bunch of MYSQL queries at this blog’s database and removed 200,000 spamming trackbacks (sping) and 50,000 spamming comments. On the way I learned a bit about PHP, the language used by this blog’s software (PHP is a widely used but primitive web scripting language, that is, compared to Java and the .Net platform.)

At least I know how to get rid of the crud. My next project is to force some human interaction by anyone making a comment. What I’d really like to do is jail those vile parasites that infest the web, stealing bandwidth and resources.