Preventing TrackBack Spam and Bad Robots
Steven Taylor passes on some good suggestions for derailing trackback spammers.
He’s also soliciting advice for keeping pesky robots from visiting. Clearly, the robots in question have not been programmed according to Asimov’s specifications:
1. A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
It would seem that the robots in question are interpreting the 1st law too narrowly, the 3rd one too broadly, and ignoring the 2nd law entirely.