[extropy-chat] the RBL racket

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Mon Sep 11 08:56:29 UTC 2006

On Mon, Sep 11, 2006 at 08:12:31AM +0100, Russell Wallace wrote:

>      For now, it is easy to filter. For you and me. Not for most people.
>    Subscribing to Gmail isn't exactly hard. It filters more than 99% of

Subscribing to Gmail is not an option for most corporations. In fact,
if you value your privacy, you should not use any 3rd party services, 
*especially* Google. Don't use Gmail when planning to assassinate the president. 

>    spam.
>    I repeat: Do you understand what will happen if you start letting your
>    government imprison people because it doesn't like what they typed on
>    their computer keyboards?

You repeating that tired red herring doesn't make it more true. Spam
isn't being sent by human beings. Spam is being sent by compromised
(especially for that purpose) systems. Do you know the costs of recovering
from a corporate-scale compromise?

I most emphatically would like (not just my) government to lock spammers up.
FYI, definition of spam is unsolicited bulk email (notice there
is no "commercial" in it). Unsolicited is in the eye of the observer
(the person targeted), not a government official. Notice that polical
campaign spam is, of course, spam.

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