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Re: Economics of SPAM [Was: Micorsoft's Sender ID Authentication......?]
On Sat, 11 Jun 2005 11:33:29 PDT, Steve Sobol said: > > Barry Shein wrote: > > > > One useful definition of (some sorts of) insanity is doing the same > > thing over and over but expecting different results. > > > > I therefore assert there is no technical solution to spam. > > The ultimate solution would have to be a combination of social, technical > and probably legislative. Amen (mostly). I think we can write off "legislative" until we fix the root causes that gave us the CAN-SPAM act. We'll more likely make progress on the "judicial" side by finding a gung-ho DA who wants to get famous by enforcing the *existing* laws - I seem to recall one up in NY.. ;) I've been saying it for years - there's a *really* quick fix to the spam problem. We just take a pool - a few hundred dollars from every ISP. We hire some <insert ethnic> enforcment goons to "explain things" to the spammers, and allow the goons to be creative. Have them visit one of the top-100 off the ROSKO list at random each week. We'll be well on the way to done by the end of the summer. ;) Squeamish? Oh bother. OK, so we hire lawyers instead. Less bloody, but it takes longer and costs more....