Monday, November 30, 2009

Topic Relevant Comment Spam

On my previous post "Streaming Audio to your iPhone", I received a very odd comment. It was related to the subject, so it didn't immediately look like spam, but it wasn't topical.

Here's the comment (I've removed it from the original post):

Web casting, or broadcasting over the internet, is a media file (audio-video mostly) distributed over the internet using streaming media technology. Streaming implies media played as a continuous stream and received real time by the browser (end user). Streaming technology enables a single content source to be distributed to many simultaneous viewers. Streaming video bandwidth is typically calculated in gigabytes of data transferred. It is important to estimate how many viewers you can reach, for example in a live webcast, given your bandwidth constraints or conversely, if you are expecting a certain audience size, what bandwidth resources you need to deploy.

To estimate how many viewers you can reach during a webcast, consider some parlance:
One viewer: 1 click of a video player button at one location logged on
One viewer hour: 1 viewer connected for 1 hour
100 viewer hours: 100 viewers connected for 1 hour…

Typically webcasts will be offered at different bit rates or quality levels corresponding to different user’s internet connection speeds. Bit rate implies the rate at which bits (basic data units) are transferred. It denotes how much data is transmitted in a given amount of time. (bps / Kbps / Mbps…). Quality improves as more bits are used for each second of the playback. Video of 3000 Kbps will look better than one of say 1000Kbps. This is just like quality of a image is represented in resolution, for video (or audio) it is measured by the bit rate.

It was posted by "Andy". I was ready to post a comment thanking Andy for the additional information, but I decided to look to see if it was copied from somewhere else.

It seems that the exact same comment is placed on just about any blog post that mentions streaming. On the Google search I used, I found a lot of comments from the past couple of months.

Seems "Andy" has been a busy boy, and is actually a dirty, rotten spammer.

"Andy" (blogger), who also posts as "andylock", or "Andy Lock" (Facebook) is an automated spam program for, and the website is a flash-only website. I didn't stay there long enough to really figure out what they were selling, but it looked like some sort of contracting agency in India.

Still, I found it interesting that it wasn't immediately obvious that the post was spam.

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