I would say that over 80% of the population here at K5 has unlimited bandwidth connections. They do not pay their ISP a per-email surcharge, nor do they pay by the packet in any form. Thus, spam costs them nothing,
In a word: bullshit. The bandwidth costs somebody
somewhere something. That the charges are hidden does not make stealing any more
acceptable than walking out of a bank with $10,000
that isn't your own. IIRC, AOL estimates that
20% of their monthly fee is spent to deal spam,
be it bandwidth charges, or additonal servers to
handle the extra load.
You do the math: $5/month/user * 20 million users. No, no cost there...
except a little bit of time.
Oh, and my time isn't valuable?
Spam is, as everyone knows, the Internet equivalent of junk mail through the postal system local to your jurisdiction. Direct mail is, in the US, a huge industry. Companies such as RR Donnelley and Sons print tens of millions of pieces of direct mail each year, and pay the USPS millions of dollars in postage.
The key word here, mon ami, is "millions of dollars of postage". The direct mail folks pay for
the privilege to send you mail. In the USA, you get a direct benefit as those millions help subsidize the cost of a first class letter.
The average chicken boning spammer doesn't pay jack, tries to hide the true origin of the spam run, and will cheerfully relay rape any open relays that can be found. A theif is a theif, even if he/she is a petty theif.
I am BOFH. Resistance is futile. Your network will be assimilated.
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