On Tue, Aug 13, 2002 at 03:23:04PM -0400, Keith Moore wrote:
| > However, I agree with you, merely prosecuting the people hijacking
| > other people's resources will not be sufficient. It might be nice to
| > see a few spammers go to jail, though, for stealing other people's
| > computer resources.
| it would probably please me to see a few spammers have their hands
| (or other body parts) cut off on worldwide television, but I don't
| know that that would solve the problem.
The problem is pretty clearly economic in that sending spam is close
to free; it probably makes sense to look at economic solutions. As
far back as 1995, Marshall Rose was charging (via First Virtual) to
read email from you if you were not on a white list. Perhaps the IETF
should consider standardizing such a charging mechanisms?
Clearly there are issues that payment systems are not free,
interfacing with them can be difficult, etc, but those are probably
"It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once."