>> The shady world of spam intrigues me ... do spammers actually make money?
> Can they possibly be as stupid as they seem? Do they really exist,
If someone told you that the proper way to bury a nail into a block
of wood was to use a frozen kipper - and you knew nothing of nails,
wood and frozen fish - then you'd happily try nail your house together
with frozen kippers and rusty nails.
When you go to your DIY store and ask if there is anything which will
get the nail in easier - you'll be told that you need more kippers
and if you use enough kippers you'll be able to get at least one nail
If you then use 100 kippers and get one nail in - you'll be happy.
You're not going to complain about all the wasted kippers because
you don't understand the technology enough to be able to challange the
authority of the person who told you to use kippers in the first place.
The poor spammers are stuck in this world, the don't understand the
technology, they don't understand *how* to use the internet to benefit
their business - so you've got all these shady agencies promising
huge returns (properly buried nails) if only the people buying their
CD's of email addresses use enough of them... and if you can't get
the nail into the wood - then it's clearly your fault because you
didn't use enough kippers..
How do we solve the problem ? We need to be fair and honest with them,
we need to show them the hammer before we use it to bury a
frozen kipper into their heads.
> or are they just a conspiracy by some shady telco cartel?
Telcos ? Be organised enough to gang together ? Nah !
> Ditto the
> Usenet cabal?
Which usenet cabal ? Surely not the huge ie usenet committee cabal,
formed and died (which was predicted by many at the time - as I recall)
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