turetzsr Posted July 14, 2004 Share Posted July 14, 2004 ...This is well put, IMHO: Editor's Note: Your Moral Imperative to Stop spam, by Mark Cappel, in the April 2004 Edition of Windows Server System magazine. ...Some excerpts: You, dear reader, and your fellow nerds responsible for the e-mail servers of the world, have the means necessary to stop unsolicited commercial e-mail. <snip> There are many ways to calculate the cost of spam. According to Nucleus Research, spam costs U.S. companies $874 per employee per year in lost productivity. According to IDC, the annual productivity loss is about $500. IDC, however, pegs lost revenue at about $900 per employee. We can also calculate the cost of spam in bandwidth and storage costs—less than $500 annually per employee, which is significant when spread across an enterprise. Of course, the parties responsible for sending spam don't pay for the cost of delivering and storing their messages. spam is a modern version of the tragedy of the commons—spammers don't pay for anything and as a result, use the commons as much as they wish. <snip> Both ISPs and enterprises should block the range of IP addresses used by spammers. [Note emphasis mine - SteveT] We don't have to wait for an amended Can spam Act for effective legal tools to attack U.S. spammers. We don't have to wait for e-mail postage stamps. We don't have to wait for magic bullets. None of these things will come soon enough. The power to stop spam is in your hands. The cost of stopping it is small. The cost of doing nothing is enormous. Now is the to time to act. The tools nerds can use to save the world from spam are at hand, and it's up to you and your compatriots to use them. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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