Malice or stupidity, you be the judge. Verizon is prohibiting its DSL customers from relaying mail with a From: address that isn’t @verizon.com, presumably as some sort of misbegotten anti-spam measure. Not only is the system completely wrongheaded, but it’s poorly implemented as well. One of the great tragedies of the demise and consolidation of independent ISPs is the replacement of competent small-business owners with faceless corporate entities run by incompetents and morons. It pains me to get my Internet service from Time-Warner Cable, but it’s not like I’m going to dump my broadband service to go back to having a second phone line and a modem connection.