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  • <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>Gee, yes - but I now have very large breasts (or whatever) and a doctorate of law from Fred&#39;s University Inc.

    732 31.00%
  • <img src=/S/woops.gif border=0 alt=woops width=58 height=36> Well maybe once

    649 27.49%
  • <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15> NEVER!

    563 23.85%
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  • I just want to view the results of the poll

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  • I DO NOT have a jumpy mouse pointer with <b>Windows ME</b> and USB

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  • I have a jumpy mouse pointer with <b>Windows 2000</b>

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  • I have a jumpy mouse pointer with <b>Windows XP</b>

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Thread: SPAM Inc.

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    SPAM Inc.

    <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/spam.gif> Here is an interesting inside current article on the skinny of Spamming as a lucrative business in PC World.

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    Re: SPAM Inc.

    <hr>Others believe that the best hope for eradicating spam is to educate the public to ignore it. "No one will admit to ordering ** Spam post - please alert a Moderator ** or getting a diploma via spam," notes Jupiter Media Metrix analyst Jared Blank. "But spam wouldn't exist if it weren't so successful."

    With the barrier to entry for new spammers so low, and with the potential profits sky-high, the spam problem is likely to get worse before it improves. After all, as Jason Catlett, president of the antispam organization Junkbusters, explains, "it only takes one sucker in 10,000 to make a spam operation economical."<hr>

    Seeing that there are 11,670 (5,486 Active) Loungers we can test this. Please take my poll! (Your anonymity is guaranteed)

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    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="1"> <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>Gee, yes - but I now have very large breasts (or whatever) and a doctorate of law from Fred's University Inc.
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="2"> <img src=/S/woops.gif border=0 alt=woops width=58 height=36> Well maybe once
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    Re: SPAM Inc.

    At least Fred's University is on-line now. I had to take all my classes down in the yard in in his chicken shed.
    -John ... I float in liquid gardens
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    Re: SPAM Inc.

    I read that. The real best hope is to charge ISPs a penny for every e-mail message sent through the Internet backbone. For your normal traffic of, say, 100 messages a week, your ISP should eat the $1. For the advertisers sending a half million messages a night, it might cause some to trim their lists. This actually was championed many years ago by Bob Metcalfe (e.g., E-postage would not only help fund the system, but it could stop spammers) but has never, as far as I can tell, been taken seriously. Now that Congress

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    Re: SPAM Inc.

    I've got a better idea. Charge <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> for each message. 1 cent to 'fund the system' (I'll leave discussion on that one for the moment <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>) and 1 cent to each user that actually accepts (opens) the e-mail. Any difference could go to the United Nations family planning programme (or something equally non-controversial). Everyone gets rich! <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15>. The spammers provide an incentive for users to open their spam rather than just delete it. The marketers pay more but with a higher rate of delivery and probably a higher success rate as well. <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15> <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15> <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15>

    Who knows you could even be able to finance your law degree, ** Spam post - please alert a Moderator ** or whatever purchase just by sitting and clicking! <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15> <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15> <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15> <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15>

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    Re: SPAM Inc.

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    Who knows you could even be able to finance your law degree, ** Spam post - please alert a Moderator ** or whatever purchase just by sitting and clicking!
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    Make $$$ the easy way. For just $2, I will send you my program that automatically opens and reads SPAM mails without you having to do anything...

    StuartR

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    Re: SPAM Inc.

    As I said <big>everybody</big> gets rich
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    Re: SPAM Inc.

    Maybe a user could get charged a penny every time they click that "Click here to be removed" button. I think that most users are not aware that it is actually a "feedback" button...."Yeah, I got your message, please send me some more...".

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