Bill Gates suggests stamps for email...

StageLeft

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The money version simply will not fly. The processing one is interesting, but has a bunch of issues as well.

I think the best thing is to have a .com.safe email address or something, so that eventually people would only accept emails with a .safe suffix, and you can only get such an email address by passing some sort of authentication, and you'll lose it if you abuse your email address.
 

FeathersMcGraw

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I've heard of a variant of this proposal where you only have to pay if the other person rejects your email. Which means that email is still essentially free(*), but drives the incremental cost of spamming through the roof.

(*) ignoring, of course, the economic perspective where a debit/billing system would have to be devised/maintained to track this.
 

Entity

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It won't fly. It's too bad -- I'd like to see email reformed, but I'd like there to be a viable way to use it for business as well. Technology will eventually solve this problem, but it may be a while.

Rob
 

Argo

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I like the idea with 10 second computation loop. I wouldn't mind waiting 10 seconds if that means no more spam.
 

StageLeft

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Originally posted by: FeathersMcGraw
I've heard of a variant of this proposal where you only have to pay if the other person rejects your email. Which means that email is still essentially free(*), but drives the incremental cost of spamming through the roof.

(*) ignoring, of course, the economic perspective where a debit/billing system would have to be devised/maintained to track this.
Not sure how that would be implemented, but it would definitely be a great idea. I guess you'd need some escrow count holding money somewhere, so that you pay first before ever sending emails, so that the money is available afterwards if it's rejected. I like it!
 

amcdonald

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There's absolutely no way that either scenario would last more than a week before getting thoroughly hacked/cracked.
 

StageLeft

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Originally posted by: Argo
I like the idea with 10 second computation loop. I wouldn't mind waiting 10 seconds if that means no more spam.
Me neither, but 10 seconds on what? 2 ghz machine? Somebody on a 450 would be waiting a lot longer than 10 seconds, and you can't really have it scale up with more powerful machines because the spammers will just say that their server is a 20 mhz and the math problem would be too easy.

 

Argo

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Originally posted by: Skoorb
Originally posted by: Argo
I like the idea with 10 second computation loop. I wouldn't mind waiting 10 seconds if that means no more spam.
Me neither, but 10 seconds on what? 2 ghz machine? Somebody on a 450 would be waiting a lot longer than 10 seconds, and you can't really have it scale up with more powerful machines because the spammers will just say that their server is a 20 mhz and the math problem would be too easy.
Doesn't matter. It can be a half a second. Spammers send out millions of emails - it'll add up. Plus the hardware companies would love this - "Get a more expensive machine so that you can send email faster" :)
 

TheNinja

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Email is free, that's the beauty of it. Let's just keep it that way. I just delete spam and virus emails, it really isn't that hard.
 

LokiX

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Originally posted by: Staley8
Email is free, that's the beauty of it. Let's just keep it that way. I just delete spam and virus emails, it really isn't that hard.
:beer:
 

Vic

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Originally posted by: Staley8
Email is free, that's the beauty of it. Let's just keep it that way. I just delete spam and virus emails, it really isn't that hard.
:beer::beer:
 

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