lack of action incomprehensible
I think it's hard to limit any discussion about the current state of the internet without having to digress into discussions about post-industrial nihilism, apathy, dangers of extreme capitalism and deterioration of higher values, lack of education, uninquisitivity and blind faith in large parts of the world. Don't think too far.
Perhaps there should be an obligatory license for people (like a drivers license) so their ignorance wouldn't make things worse, but even such a license it can't protect us from their apathy, stupidity or greed - both from the writers of spam and virusses, and the people who help spread the virusses or react to spam emails.
In my opinion, the internet was better seven years ago, mostly unspoiled, before the low-life crud, big corporate noise and average Joe showed up and everything turned into banners, spam and virusses; but ofcourse, it depends on what you want out of it, free knowledge or backgrounds of kittens and sports cars.
I really, honestly, do not understand how anti-spam people can claim that most of the worlds spam comes from the same 10-20 people (seems true when I check the thousands of spam emails I get every month) and those people still walk around freely. I think known-senders, your third solution, is the only viable one. Combined with some temporary email addresses and a well kept secret one you defend with blood, sweat, tears and a baseball bat.
It seems we live in a open, free and democratic society, and thus must learn to live with everything being lowered to the standards of the masses - and sadly enough that includes get-rich-quick schemes, chainmails, virusses, point-and-click operating systems and instant sys admins.
Owning an island would be great, sometimes.
About Microsoft... ofcourse they should be held accountable for their bugs, but if you make all developers accountable, opensource developers would be exposed to the same scrutiny, creating a difficult situation. That's why I think it's most important that there are alternatives, a truly open market, and not dominance by a company that really isn't too interested in improving the whole internet (open standards) or the quality of their own products (security).
It would probably help if the government would be, just once, on the side of the people and kick such companies around a bit rather than the other way around. Since Microsoft seems to pay a lot of money to politicians and election campaigns in the US, this quickly becomes a very wide discussion again.
Mankind gets what it deserves, sorry if you're a better person than most.
> pointless indeed,
> do you think anyone care about you
> the people who have money are the one
> who decide
> you can protest or whatever no one would
> even notice.
Yes, doing nothing is better. Sure. Let's not even open our mouths. You know what? Let's bend over too.
Even when I don't win the first battle, at least I won't have co-operated with a system/philosophy I think is flawed, and I would have lived up to what I believe in.
There are (and will always be) way more 'poor' people than rich ones, and it's only your apathy that gives this world to a select few.