Telstra to offer rural Australia free e-mail
Thu, 15 Oct 1998 16:15:23 +1000 (EST)
Bernard Robertson-Dunn <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote on 15/10/98 11:53 AM:
> However, there are limits. In a move to encourage users to dial in
> as often as possible, Telstra plans to limit users' mailboxes to 10
> items each. Anyone sending an e-mail to an easymail user whose box
> is full will get a "friendly" message telling them the mailbox is
> too full, said the manager of Internet Services Enablers at Telstra,
> Mr Tony Richardson.
This could just be the language used by business when they want to send
messages to the regulators.
If not, then ...
I don't want to be getting a "friendly" email message telling me that ten
other people got to the easymail user before me "so try again later
please". Those return messages will cost *me* money. (Stuff all really,
but it's the principle, not to mention that most of that money, multiplied
a million times, ends up going to Telstra in the end anyway).
One easymail user tries to email ten other easymail users who's mailboxes
are full, their own mailbox fills up with ten of these "friendly"
messages. Anywhere else, that would constitute a "Denial of Service"
attack on the user.
One must assume that Telstra will not include those messages in the
easymail quota, lest mail storms and protest storms result.
An easymail user subscribes to a mailing list. BANG! The first ten
messages arrive for them and thereafter the list maintainer (Tony, are you
listening?) starts to get loads of these "friendly" replies.
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