[LINK] NYT/SMH: To beat spam, pay to send email
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Thu Feb 5 13:11:29 EST 2004
At 11:15 AM 4/02/04 +0800, Jim Birch wrote:
>Using a set of these techniques would eliminate nearly all spam.
>Attempts to get past these makes spamming harder with fewer, more visible
Well, if the ISPs are after stopping junk traffic on the networks [they
could give a rip about customers; it's the traffic that bothers them], then
these approaches don't stop much. Seems you would need a similar model in
server to server traffic that stopped the traffic before it started across
the ocean [since most spam is off shore for us; US situation would be/is?
different?]. Having the individual person deal with filtering, black
lists, etc. doesn't solve the upstream problem. So the intervention
strategy needs to be different as well. Paying the freight may help the
IPSs, but not you and me. Just shifts the economics of the problem.
Remember when we didn't have spam before the .com emergence? We may have
had unanticipated contacts from people around the world, but that was cool,
not a nuisance. I once spent a week in Budapest in the home of the sister
of the head of the Hungarian Academy of Science [dinner with him] in those
days and travelled most of Europe on a similar arrangement. Couldn't do
that quite as easily nowadays.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
jwhit at melbpc.org.au -- http://member.melbpc.org.au/~jwhit/whitentr.htm
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