Spam [was Re: still looking for that stuff?]

Ian S. King isking at
Thu Aug 11 15:49:24 CDT 2016

On Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 9:48 AM, ANDY HOLT <andy.holt at> wrote:

> >> Spam will not stop until the last spammer is dead.
> >
> > Actually, it's really simple to stop spam.  Simple, not easy.
> >
> > You just need to delegate responsibility along with authority when
> > handing out netblocks, registering domain names, and the like.
> When there were only tens of thousands of mail nodes (few of which had
> more than a
> few thousand accounts it was practical to put the responsibility on
> postmasters.
> With tens of millions (often with millions of customers) that is no longer
> so.

"Every time you send a spam message, you kill a kitten.  Think of the
kittens.  Unless you're a dog person - then think of the puppies."

Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS, Ph.D. Candidate
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Dissertation: "Why the Conversation Mattered: Constructing a Sociotechnical
Narrative Through a Design Lens

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