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Re: Explaining spam to policians (was: test message)

  • To: Anders Andersson < >
  • From: Peter Berenyi < >
  • Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 15:41:15 +0100
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Anders Andersson wrote:
Jan Meijer <jan.meijer@localhost> wrote:
>Don't we have any stats on the number of spam received by people?  That
>might be simpler to convince them of the severity of the problem.

Do politicians understand statistics when they are merely shown
the digits?

I don't think they understand too much of anything. But they must understand simple everyday situations. So try to convince them that painting ads on the windshields of parking cars should be made legal, provided the perpetrator is clearly identified in the painting and the car would be removed from his list of cars to be decorated in the future on request. After all the car is available to all, it is parked in the street (a public place), "(auto)mobile advertising" would undeniably promote business and as a last resort, the owner can still remove the painting in case it doesn't hit his fancy.

If the guy refuses to support the case, the only thing you have to do is to point out that opt-out spamming is just the same in every respect. However, if he gets enthusiastic about mobile ads...


Supposition is the mother of all fuck-ups.

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