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Re: Government scrutiny is headed our way

  • From: Dean Robb
  • Date: Wed Jun 17 12:54:27 1998

At 12:58 6/16/98 -0700, you wrote:
>It is MUCH more effective to guide business policies by the
>lure of money than by the gun. Each and every network service
>I have worked for has, once the benefits of cooperation were
>pointed out to them, changed their tune.

Unfortunately, for some networks, the expense in fixing the problem is a
reason not to...just as some networks want the income from spammers more
than a good reputation.
>Maybe if it were someone advocating force against YOU you 
>wouldn't be quite so pleased at the prospect as when you think
>the cavalry is coming to rescue YOU.

By advocating any kind of Internet oversight body, he IS advocating the
potential use of force against himself.  Unfortunately, the root problem is
that the cooperative paradigm envisioned in the Internet's creation has
been overtaken by human weaknesses.  Greed, sloth and a host of other sins
interfere with the Utopian vision of the original 'Net and cannot be
effectively dealt with by asking offenders nicely to shape up.

What do spammers and nails have in common?  They're both intended for

Dean Robb
On-site computer services
(757) 495-EASY [3279]

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