Wave of the Future (Spam)

From: Richard Erlacher <edick_at_idcomm.com>
Date: Sat Jun 23 20:39:18 2001

It seems to me that it is unwise to ignore what the largest single society
associated with the problem under scrutiny does, and why they do it, or at
leasty why they may do it. Paying for hookup time is a sad reality, the result
of which is that each bit of email is paid for twice. It's my understanding
that hookup time is what's metered in Germany, though I don't know what unit is
metered in Sweden. I can assure you, if the folks who send you junk email from
outside your country had to pay as the ones sending you the junk snail-mail do.

If folks who detest nuissance mail as I do, all united their energies and
talents, it's likely someone, somewhere, would come up with the right
combination of ideas to make it possible to charge every bit of bandwidth back
to the individual SPAMmer who sent it, irrespective of where the multiple
destinations were applied, at a rate proportional to the $20 per month I
mentioned before for the 168-hour week, which is approximately 1.0901E-9 cents
per bit, there'd be no more SPAM from outside your own regional economy at all.

I think the traffic sent about via SMTP and received via POP, or whatever other
protocols can be used for moving email around, should be paid for by the sender.

more comments below ...


----- Original Message -----
From: "Iggy Drougge" <optimus_at_canit.se>
To: "Richard Erlacher" <classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org>
Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2001 12:00 AM
Subject: Re: Wave of the Future (Spam)

> Richard Erlacher skrev:
> >Point taken, but most folks here in the U.S. either have unlimited accounts
> >cares about what's right.
> I couldn't care less about what most folks in the US use, but I still get
> their junk mail, whereas all junk I get via snailmail is at least domestic.
I find the foreign-character-set-stuff even more annoying than the stuff I can
read. I do, however, read the junk snail-mail, for the very reason you spelled
out, namely that there might be a good by on chicken or fresh produce in the
ad's. That's not as likely in an ad I receive in Cyrillic alphabet.
> Besides, there are a lot of people who put "no ads wanted" stickers on their
> doors, and I trust that those work. I don't mind the junk mail, though, since
> I find it relevant (it's mostly news from local grocery stores).
I certainly wish they worked here in the U.S. Even a "no solicitors" sign on
the door won't stop the door-to-door sales people.
> They're putting in Ethernet in my wall on Tuesday, though. That doens't mean
> that I'm about to begin sending 500Kb JPEGs along with every email message I
> write.
My connection purportedly runs at 512Kbps ... I don't even then like the delays
associated with those unsolicited pictorial advertisments. I don't send 'em
either, and, I suspect, if I had to pay for the bits I send as mail, I'd
probably snip a lot more out of my replies than I presently do.
> --
> En ligne avec Thor 2.6a.
> A conservative is a worshipper of dead radicals.
Received on Sat Jun 23 2001 - 20:39:18 BST

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