"$MTP" and Extra Added Crypto(TM) (was Re: Throw away the Internet and start over?)

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Wed Apr 23 14:13:05 PDT 2003


James Rogers said:

> I think people frequently underestimate the nature of the spam cartels.  One
> that I am familiar with is burning around 1-Gbps of bandwidth at any given
> part of the day.  Forcing them to run expensive compute operations against
> their messages would slow them down, but not too much.  They use the Google
> model of computation, buying scads of disposable boxes to maximize their
> processor for the buck, completely foregoing quality.  If they needed more
> compute cycles, they would find a way buy them on the cheap and happily
> outsource if necessary.

BTW, the current model seems to be "outsource to developing-world internet
cafes" for similar jump-through-hoops, evidence-of-work antispam schemes.

--j.


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