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Spammers delendo est!


Happy Days Are Here Again!

The alleged Seattle Spammer is indicted, booked and docketed for trial on 6 August 2007. Anyone want to bet the defense will try a change of venue motion, to move the trial out of the Silicon Forest to someplace less Internet-manic than Pugetopolis?

"Spam is a scourge of the Internet, and Robert Soloway is one of its most prolific practitioners. Our investigators dubbed him the Spam King because he is responsible for millions of spam e-mails," Jeffrey Sullivan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, said in a statement.

200 spammers are alleged to generate 80% of worldwide spam; and, when we go to the planets and stars, will there be spam there, too?

Computer science has failed us, as this Scientific American story shows. Esteemed First Blogger Dr. Jerry Pournelle (now back east, to use 'science fiction in the public interest' for Homeland Security, along with other Rocket Scientists, SF writers and 'deviant thinkers') has long suggested Cato's solution, subcontracted to enterprising entrepreneurs like, oh, say, The Godfather Corporation.

But there are some things even Godfathers won't do... so, do we need lawyers? A classical libertarian solution would be for those bothered by spam, spamdexing, spim, and all the rest of the thousand and one annoyances of greed, would be to create a not-for-profit corporation, obtain IRS 501(c)(3) provisional status, open the books to audits, and provide total information to non-profit information clearinghouses such as Guidestar and Charity Navigator.

Then, buy one tiny text ad on Google, accepting audited PayPal contributions to stamp out spam, by fully funding independent investigators (such as the excellent Greg Palast, whose talents are wholly wasted in searching for Carl Rove's 500 missing e-mails) and thence to support prosecutions.

What do you think?

Sincerely yours,

Inflorescence B. Afghan

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5 comments
K7AAY
K7AAY

Will you be in the courtroom for the spammer's trial? Will you watch the story on Court TV? Any Oregon attorneys want to pro bono the creation of the aforementioned 501(c)(3) SPAMBUSTERS, INC.? Who're you gonna call? SPAMBUSTERS! And, if you were king of the forest, how would you fight spam?

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

but I've always thought that spammers fingers should be broken. Then, at least they suffer a few weeks of inability to type. It wouldn't really change anything but by god you damnable spammers are a degenerate breed.

DanLM
DanLM

Every computer that is a zombie, plant a virus that flash's on the user's screen that this is the NSA who has determined that you have issued the following spam emails. If your computer is not cleaned and verified within 24 hours your hard drive will be erased to insure that no more spam is issued from said computer. Any and all servers that have been determined to be hosting the zombies for distribution purposes. Coordinated ddos attack by all major back bones, both government and private until said server is taken off line. They say we need to teach the public. That would be a quick lesson in responsibility. After all these tactics have been completed on any given computer, then charges or fines are placed based on the number of estimated spam messages or zombie's distributed. Dan

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

I think the main trunk ISPs need to get tough and just block traffic from the WHOLE subnet of known spammers. This would get a massive cleanup reaction if suddenly a whole host of IP addresses got blocked. But then again, the ISPs are their own worst enemies as they continue to bitch about spam and then sell IP address blocks to packs of known spammers.

CaptBilly1Eye
CaptBilly1Eye

Anything so I can stop changing addresses every few years and get rid of BounceBully. After all, the way I look at it, they kinda gave up their right to privacy when they invaded mine.

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